Makelight Magic | Kathryn Holeywell

Kathryn Holeywell | Makelight Magic

Hello and Welcome to Makelight Magic, a new series where I will share images and words from Makelight students. 

One of the things I absolutely love about Makelight is the amazing community of students that has grown around all the workshops and online courses that I run. Friendships have been formed and the level of support for fellow students continues to blow me away. 

A few lovely students have spoken about the Makelight Magic that happens during courses and afterwards and it made me smile so much that I thought it would be lovely to share some of that magic with you each week. 

Kathryn Holywell | Makelight Magic

Today Kathryn is here to talk about what Makelight Magic means to her and all the images in this post have been taken by her. She's definitely one to follow over on Instagram if you don't already! 

I heard about Makelight Workshops when I saw Emily’s studio on a calligrapher-friend’s IG feed while I was at my parent’s home in Texas for an extended holiday. So I joined the summer online course and loved waking up in the mornings (Houston time) to discover Emily’s lessons waiting in my inbox. Once I arrived home to London, I attended my first class in Dulwich. 

When I walked into her studio for the first time I didn’t know where to look because the bright space is as whimsical and charming as one of Emily’s intricate and feminine photos. That day was incredibly enlightening because it was the first time I’d listened to photographers theorise and analyse their IG feeds in a methodological way. After that I took the food photography class taught by Emily with Catherine Frawley. The food styling was so much fun, and Catherine answered so many questions for me about why my photos of food never ever turned out well before. And last week I took my first private tutorial with Emily, which was a two-hour walk through Dulwich Park. This was a whole different experience because it changed the way I approach my outdoor photography, both technically and in terms of my composition. 

In my IG feed I’m telling a story about London and England. I grew up in a sprawling American city where almost nothing existed until the 1950s. So what interests me now is the history of London told through its castles, towers, cathedrals and stately homes. And also the natural beauty of the English countryside: villages, rural churches, woodlands and gardens that change across the seasons. Through Makelight I’ve discovered a ‘look’ for my photos that is singular to me and consistent with this story I’m trying to tell about a romantic and traditional and almost storybook version of my adopted country. 

I look forward to learning much more from Emily, and I can’t wait to see what she journey she will take us on next. 

Kathryn Holeywell | Makelight Magic
Kathryn Holeywell | Makelight Magic
Kathryn Holeywell | Makelight Magic

Thank you so much Kathryn for your lovely words and images. 

If you would like to experience some Makelight Magic the next Photography for Beginners E-Course begins in a couple of weeks time.