Food Photography

And styling

Learn to take beautiful images of food

An inspiring and accessible online course

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Included in the membership
Two week online course
Available on demand

Improve the images you take of food

Hello foodies!  Our level one food photography course has been such a success that we're now making it available to take any time you like throughout the Summer (here in the UK).

I’m Emily Quinton. I teach people to take beautiful photographs. 

Increasingly, to communicate well online we're using images, and many of us now carry a camera around in our pockets every day – our phones! 

But do you know how to really use a phone or a camera to create images of food that work well online?

I've teamed up with award-winning food photographer Catherine Frawley to offer a series of online courses for people who want to improve their food photography.

Join us and get inspired to improve your food photography.

Our popular food photography course

Now available to take on demand

Professional photographers Catherine Frawley (of Borrowed Light) and Emily Quinton (of Makelight) took their popular Food Photography & Styling workshop online for the first time this year. It went down a storm! It's now available again for you to take whenever you like.

A two week course that will really help you improve the standard of your food photography.

What have you been using photography for so far? How are you styling your food to capture it at its best? Are you getting the best from your camera or Smartphone? Are you getting the most out of social media and sharing?

Make time to learn some new skills. Stop sharing grainy, poorly-lit images and learn to tell the story of you and your food in a beautiful way.

What this course covers

Video lessons and exercises including

Composition and image-making

How to create well-composed images
Using natural light
Great camera settings for photographing food


Styling tips and tricks to help your food look amazing
Advice about props
Picking backgrounds and colour combinations.

Visual storytelling

Telling food stories
Tips for formats to use
Sharing your food photography on social media

Love for the Makelight experience

Just some of the feedback we've had from our courses.

The small tips and tricks I've learned have been the most enlightening and the feedback of the group is super helpful!

Kristen Smith

There is a lot of information, things that I haven't thought of that are really helping me think about my brand. Also, I love that I can fit this in as and when I have time. I would say the amount of information given and contact through webchats and lessons is good value.

Julia Gibbs

The support from Emily and Stef is just amazing. Each course delivers really high value for money. I have paid more for courses and got back a LOT less.

Caron Rachael Philbert

How it works

Makelight.com is an online learning membership site for creators, makers and doers.

A community of entrepreneurs, Instagrammers and bloggers all learning how to grow communities, online audiences and businesses around what we're passionate about.

This is a one-off course with no ongoing commitment, but if you enjoy it we hope you'll join us as one of our monthly members where you'll receive lots more like this.

Some principles

You can learn at your own pace
Lessons are snackable so they're easy to fit in
Live video Q&As are great for motivation
Exercises are achievable and realistic
A supportive community helps you keep on track
Advice should be useful, honest and no-nonsense
The price should be affordable

What you'll receive by joining the course

Join a community of makers and entrepreneurs all looking to improve how they share what they're passionate about online
Two week of lessons including videos with text, images and embeds all delivered by our own custom-built learning site.
of support and advice from the Makelight team and the community, or more if you join as a subscribing member
Advice on equipment, apps and how to use them
PDF downloads to help you with your workflow and planning
A profile page that will enable others in the community to find and follow you
A dedicated Facebook group just for the people taking the course
Facebook Live Q&A sessions
Our weekly newsletter with inspiration and ideas
On-demand access to recap or catch up whenever you like

Phew! Sounds like a lot, but don't worry, the course is calm, inspiring and keeps you motivated throughout.

This course is hosted by Emily and Stef, co-founders of Makelight.


Hi, I'm Emily Quinton I'm a photographer, writer, teacher and founder of Makelight.

Learn to create beautiful images that tell your story, plus gain tools and techniques to grow in an authentic, inspiring way using the approaches I've learnt.

Over the last few years I've grown a following of 500,000 across Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook. Some of it's luck, but a lot of it is about consistently working towards what you're trying to achieve. Along the way I've learnt a lot and with our Makelight courses and membership sharing it all with you!


Hi, I'm Stef, Emily's husband. I'm a designer and technologist I'm working full time building and designing the Makelight.com you see around you today.

My background is in computer science, and I studied artificial intelligence at university. I'm applying that knowledge to help build our Instagram analytics tools.

I'm also a photographer and you'll see some of my photos on our shared Instagram account @thequinskis.

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