When I started writing this little blog 18 months ago, I didn’t really have a plan. I thought it would probably be a place to share some thoughts on how to stay sane with twins. Perhaps to give hope to someone struggling to have babies. Maybe share what I feed our family.
I’ve struggled to work out what blogging camp I fall into. Am I parenting blogger? A food blogger? A lifestyle (ha!) blogger? I’ve kind of realised that I’m not sure it matters.
These are the things I have learned:
1. I love posting about food.
2. I love the blog community, here and on Instagram in particular.
3. I just want to make pretty things.
In line with numbers 2 and 3, I’ve been following Emily Quinton on Instagram for some time. She posts the most beautiful photos that make me smile each time they fill that little iPhone screen. What a joy to be able to brighten someone’s day with a photo.
So a few weeks ago, a couple of friends and I made the pilgrimage to Emily’s beautiful studio to learn more about her signature style of photography.
We spent a blissful morning talking about props, styling and light. All about the light. This was followed by general faffing with flowers and capturing these little scenes on our phone cameras.
After lunch together we learned more about our camera settings and how to make the most of them. Emily was inspiring, patient and full of helpful advice for each of us and our individual needs, camera and aims.
It was such a treat to spend the day just being creative for the sake of it. It’s really encouraged me to set some time aside for just faffing about with pretty things.
With so many other things going on in life, time is taken up with work or children or chores. Being creative, just because, is never really on my agenda. I’m going to try to find an hour here or there in the coming weeks to photograph pretty things, just for the fun of it.
Before we left, Emily talked a little about social media and her rise to success. I found it really interesting that whilst being a creative ‘free spirit’, Emily has absolute focus on what she wants to achieve in her business and her life. She sets goals and moves her creative tempo accordingly. What a talent to be able to juggle both sides of your personality.
I struggle with the balance of being creative and also making a living. I sometimes dilly dally with arty bits and bobs that take up too much time as I’m aiming for a 100% perfect photo or recipe or shot and then end up cramming the making a living bit into the small window left.
I left the workshop inspired that you can make a creative life that also has focus and balance. I’m now on the hunt for it (after I find a white painted brick wall like Emily’s..).
Are you creative or business like? Or have you mastered both?