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A big part of my life is finding new ways to create happiness. Making happiness can be big life events which can change everything! But also, and perhaps especially so, the little things. Admittedly, making big life changing steps, such as leaving your corporate job to be become self employed, retraining in something completely different to anything you’ve done before, selling your house to move abroad…. Well, those are HUGE steps, and not necessarily open to everyone there and now. However… I do believe that we can all take small steps in our day to day lives. Small steps towards creating, seeing and making happiness. And from there, opening the doors to living a more beautiful life.
In our new series “Making Happiness”, we will be focussing in the small ways that myself and those around me use to create happiness in our lives. Ways that we believe you can easily do too. If you would like to share yours, or contribute towards the blog, I’d love to hear from you. Get in touch here and we can go from there!
For now, in the first post of the Making Happiness series, I’m going to talk about Photography.
Photography is one those “hobbies” that pops up on most of our CVs, along with “cooking”, “socialising”, and “travelling”. It doesn’t sound very original really when you say you’re into photography. I am very much guilty of saying I like photography, but haven’t actually looked into this in a great amount of detail. And although I bought myself a nice Canon camera a few years ago, I still tend to mostly use the Auto setting….
I did try to learn more about photography at high school, joining the photography club where they had a dark room and everything. But as with most things in life, I seemed to have gotten distracted by something else and I don’t actually remember why I stopped going! There is also a photography club near me that I had everything intention of joining… but I’ve lived here six years and I’m now in the process of moving, so can’t see that happening either. Barry also bought a book a few years ago to help me learn how to take proper photos, however I’m not sure where the book’s gone…. Anyway, you get the idea! As much as photography has always featured under the Interests part of my CV, it turns out I don’t actually know much about it!
This became apparent very quickly when I started my Instagram account for Emerald & Jade Flowers. When I look at the first photos that I posted on there, well, there is a lot to be said about them, and I wouldn’t post them on my account nowadays.
Admittedly, a lot of the photos that I use for my business Instagram account Emerald & Jade are photos taken by professional photographers at weddings etc. So naturally, those photos look amazing! I soon realised however that I had to up my game with my own photos, as I keen to be able to post other photos than just the ones taken at clients’ weddings. I wanted to include photos from behind the scenes, and other related matters that tied in to my business.
Around this time, I was also following Emily Quinton on her business account: Makelight. I love Emily’s photos, and more than that, I love how she comes across. She’s also created this whole lifestyle incorporating work she loves, and which her family is involved in too. Last year, I got to attend one of her photography workshops at the Forge in Bristol, and she was so, so lovely, proving that she comes across so well on social media simply because she’s absolutely lovely in real life, as well as really passionate about what she does. Anyway, got slightly distracted by my girl crush there! What I meant to lead onto was that, before I did the Bristol workshop, I did one of Makelight’s online course on how to beautify your Instagram.
This course taught me some of the basics in photography, and most importantly for me at the time, how to take beautiful photos from my phone, which I can then post directly on Instagram. I learnt about light, composition and other steps which are essential in photography. My Instagram account has hugely benefited from this and I’ve loved being able to create photos more in line with my brand and work. I am hoping to use these skills for my new Instagram account @emeraldandjadelifestyle.
Recently, while tidying the house for the viewings, I found my old camera, gathering dust in a corner. I bought a tripod for it a while back with all the best intentions, but I don’t think I’ve actually used it properly… ever! And so I decided to change that and find a course. Luckily, I have an ongoing membership with Makelight which incorporates lots of amazing online courses, and they were just about to start a course on Photography Essentials, which I am currently following.
I’m really looking forward to learning what all the different functions on my camera mean, and getting to practice taking “proper” photos! I love nothing more than looking through old photos, whether it be of me as a kid with my brother and sister, or photos of my parents and even my grandparents in their youth and across time. A photo can say so much. They record so many details such as what life was like in the past, proof of how hairstyles, clothes, design etc have changed, but ultimately, the person in the photo probably had a lot in common with us today, whether it be in their dreams, aspirations and wanting to be happy.
I find photos fascinating, and learning how to take them properly so as to create my own treasured frames, as well as for my business, well that definitely makes me happy! And so this was an obvious choice for my first post in “Making Happiness” series.
What has made you happy this week?
Have I inspired you to dust off your own camera and learn how to use to as well? Let me know ????
I HAVE THREE INVITES TO MAKELIGHT MEMBERSHIP TO GIVE AWAY….
I am giving you the chance to try your first month of the Makelight Membership for free in December 2017.
You will be able to choose one of Makelight’s membership plans and have one month credit applied immediately. If you choose Makelight’s monthly payment option, you won’t be billed immediately, but you will asked for a credit card to set up a subscription.
If Makelight isn’t for you, you can cancel within the month and not be charged. If you choose the six monthly option you will have pay up front with a one month discount.
If you’d love to try out the Makelight Membership for a month, leave your Instagram username and your email in the comments below. The first three people will be emailed the link.
* * * This is not a sponsored post, it contains my own opinion and concerns a product that I myself use and pay for directly.* * *
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