– FOCUS –

 

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Image by Emma Pilkington Photography

I wanted to have a different conversation today. I opened this website back in January of this year and I have yet to keep up on my blog; a place where I originally wanted to keep an on-going conversation with you all. I wanted it to be a place for the everyday acts, personal musings along with some thoughts on business growth.

I need to move forward with more intention for this space so I can use my voice to discuss goals, struggles and fleeting thoughts as a business owner and wife.

So, today I begin with a goal. My intention word that I took a while to figure out for my current day to day work and life. “Focus”

I have been trying to live this goal for the past few weeks and the lists stuck up on my wall will tell you the same. Instead of just setting yourself a goal, why not try to act on it each and every day? I often give myself tasks, dreams and goals without thinking hard enough on what exactly I’m serving myself, disappointment. By constantly setting goals and thinking about the future I haven’t been in the present and this was highlighted to me at a equine therapy session whilst on honeymoon. If I’m in the present, I’ll let my own mind guide me to create the work and content that I hoped to share.

A short musing today, but hope you’ll stay tuned to read more as I try to fill these pages with more.

Our next workshops dates have gone live on the website with spots filling up for both our October & November dates, do get in touch if you’d like to experience an intimate workshop built around instagram and community | workshops@thewstylist.co.uk

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– busy summer –

It’s been a little hard trying to update this blog as much as I’d have liked to, but with the heat of wedding season, getting married myself and launching a whole brand new course.. life is pretty hectic. That said, I thought I’d share some behind the scenes pretty & talk a little about the up-coming online course I have in the works.

Firstly, our little but mighty business is growing. With my summer season looking crazy and the bookings building up, it was about time I hired an assistant. So I proudly welcomed Nira to the team in Spring and she’s been by my side at shoots, weddings and in the office working away ever since.

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Photography by Emma Pilkington

I designed and pulled together an incredible team for a passion project of mine. Influenced by the environment of the venue and two conceptual words, each supplier brought on used just this as inspiration for what they created. These images within this post are the beautiful behind the scenes from that day. This stunning shoot will soon be shared fully on Bridal Musings, so keep an eye on my Instagram page to know when it features.

Vendors |

Bureau Design \ Emma Pilkington Photography \ Classic Crockery \ Stress Free Hire \ Kristina Gaspergas \ Kasia Fortuna \ Daisy Sheldon Embroidery \ Pompom blossom \ Floribunda Rose \ Butter Beautiful \ Fulham Palace \ Cherry Williams London \ The Wedding Stylist

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– The Instashoot Workshop, Millbridge Court –

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I wanted to share the beautiful images from the latest workshop held at Millbridge Court last November.

It was just last year that I began running The Instashoot Workshops. The workshop was born out of the large amount of emails and questions I kept receiving on how I created my photographs that featured on my instagram feed, followed by “did you use a camera?… no?! only your iphone?!”

I wanted to merge a creative and calm space to talk together as well giving each student the personal time to explore, style and figure out their own direction with Instagram. It wasn’t about claiming to have the biggest following out there, nor was it to position myself as an expert but the way I go about my IG page is something I enjoyed and I wanted to share with my peers. The workshop became a place where I could talk through how I organically grew my following, how my brand’s voice connected with how I posted and my personal experience in composing and editing my phone images for popular IG posts.

I admire other small business owners who want to think deeper than just “pretty pictures” for their feed. Whilst beautiful imagery is part of the equation, it also means nothing if you don’t have a brand voice. This workshop hits this right on the head and takes the individual back to where and why they began. For me, that is the key to a successful, interactive and enjoyable following. It is about delving deeper into your brand’s message and displaying it consistently and true to your work. Trying to copy someone else’s style won’t last the full run, it’s all about building your own identity which I think many struggle with.

For the 3rd workshop, I decided to move to the beautiful location of Millbridge Court. This place tied in beautifully with the meaning behind the workshops and offered the perfect backdrop for my students to meet, learn and create. It also gave me the opportunity to have Laura of Millbridge Court, who is the true representation of a wonderful soul, to talk to the others about how she took her small family run venue and sky rocketed it into the wedding industry. Having had been open only for 1 short year, I found the way that Laura presented the brand and the venue on social media as warm and welcoming the venue actually is.

Conversations are kept casual, I always strive for the workshop to feel more like a creative gathering of friends rather than a strict classroom and Millbridge’s dining space was particularly perfect for this.

We’re excited to return back to this wonderful space and meet another group of creative business owners who want to work on developing their own voice, beating the fear of putting themselves out there and giving them the actual skills to put their work into action.

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flowers supplied by Floribunda Rose \ calligraphy by Lamplighter London \ stationary props provided by Emma Jo  \ styling & photography : The Wedding Stylist \ image editing : Xander & Thea \ venue : Millbridge Court