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Makelight - photography workshops at West Elm, London

Emily Quinton West Elm Workshop

For the past two Saturdays I have held photography workshops at the new West Elm in London and I have spent the past week smiling at how much fun they were, how inspiring they were for me to teach and how many lovely people came. Wow! Thank you everyone!

Back in the Autumn I tweeted one evening about how excited I was that West Elm were coming to the UK. About half an hour later I received an email from the lovely Jess from West Elm asking about my workshops. Yes people, this is why you should use Twitter! A few emails and a coffee later and we had got the first workshop to be held in the new West Elm store (which still hadn't opened) all booked and planned. I mentioned in passing that I could keep the following weekend free just in case it turned out to be popular and we might want to run another one. I wasn't expecting anything like the response we had to both dates on West Elm London's Facebook page, and I certainly wasn't expecting people to actually come!

I have been teaching photography for a few years now but this was very much out there in public, so when the reaction and response was so positive I was absolutely thrilled. 

@hopinteriors

@hopinteriors

I am so honoured that West Elm London chose me to kick off their workshops. I have been enviously watching blogs like The House That Lars Built and Studio DIY hold workshops in West Elm stores in the States, so it is just so exciting to not only have been a part of it but also to be able to attend future West Elm London workshops. 

@fabricofmylife

@fabricofmylife

My workshop lasted for two hours. That's not long when you could talk for a whole day, and probably the next one too, about a subject so close to your heart. I based my workshop around the the idea of daily creativity and my creative meditation. I wanted to give people some tips and tricks to improve their photography but also to encourage them to take time to be creative every day, even if only for a short while. I wanted people to go away and look at the world with their eyes open wide and be inspired. 

@westelmlondon

@westelmlondon

As well as running the two workshops I was also on the lovely West Elm blog talking about my photography tips and where I find my inspiration. 

@westelmlondon

@westelmlondon

Bright Bazaar and Dear Designer's Blog wrote about the workshop, which was just so lovely. Thank you Will and Carole, you both made my heart sing this week! xx

Emily Quinton West Elm Workshop

And a huge thank you to West Elm for inviting me! xx

@ariannainteriors

@ariannainteriors

I am running regular full-day workshops in 2014, so if you are after some creative and photographic inspiration and learning some new skills then take a look at Makelight. 

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