Happy 2019! I’ve still got that excited ‘New Year’ feeling – like I’ve just opened the front cover on a fresh exercise book. Last year was very quiet for me blog-wise whilst I poured my energy into other areas of my life but things have a way of coming in cycles don’t they? And now I have so much that I want to share – starting with a visit to Charleston Farmhouse (the former home of Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and various other members of the Bloomsbury Group at one time or another) back in October… Continue reading
Over the last few weeks I’ve been working my way through Sara Tasker’s new e-course ‘Bloom & Grow‘ (you may already be familiar with Sara’s stunning Instagram account and blog Me & Orla). I signed up because Instagram had been leaving me feeling kind of flat for a while and I just felt left behind now that everyone seems to have found their style on this platform and are creating (what seems like) a never ending stream of imaginative and beautiful photos day in, day out. I consider myself pretty creative but when it comes to taking photos for Instagram, I just can’t seem to make the magic happen (I’m like that guy from the Lego Movie ‘Just tell me what to do, and how to do it’). I felt like my account didn’t really paint a picture of me, my life or my work… which is kind of the opposite of what I’m aiming for.
The course is about harnessing the power of flowers to create photos that are captivating, surprising, delighting, thought provoking and above all creative. I’m taking my time absorbing all the course materials and am slowly starting to put the things I’m learning into practice. Sara’s lessons are really helping me figure out the kind of photos I want to take and how to get there – you know how the best teachers don’t just tell you what to do but gently guide you so that you figure out the answer yourself and learn a whole load in the process? Yep, it’s like that and I wouldn’t hesitate to reccomend it to anyone who feels adrift on Instagram.
This is a round about way of explaining that if you’re wondering what a melting peony ice cream has to do with crafts, the answer is that it’s another type of creativity that I’m dipping my toe into. Jumping in with both feet in fact. These are the kinds of images I want to create and I’m really looking forward to sharing that journey here as well as on Instagram.
If you would like to follow along on Instagram you’ll find me at @chloemullaneyuk. Don’t forget to leave your Instagram handle in the comments so I can come and find you too!
You can see what my other classmates and I have been up to (and share your own floral inspired photos) with the hashtag #bloomandgrow. I’m lucky enough to be taking the course with some truly fantastic photographers and I’m so happy to be a part of this community. I’ll be back soon with a few inspiring accounts for you to follow!