London Institute of Photography

26 April 2016

"There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs." - Ansel Adams

If I knew what I had known 5 years ago when I first received my Canon 500D as a christmas present I would have fallen in love with photography straight away.
Doing a Film course at Uni almost everyone had a DSLR as they were slowly becoming the new IT camera for filming so of course I jumped on the bandwagon.
It never left my side throughout Uni but when I left I hardly used it - until I started Virgos and Kisses.

Just before I started VK I decided to take make it my mission to become one with my DSLR and take photography semi seriously. It was my mission to learn how to shoot in the manual mode and I even managed to produce a few good images - I wouldn't have called myself a pro photographer. 

When I began to take the blog seriously, I upgraded the DSLR to the 600D which I absolutely love and my love for photography grew.
I noticed a different direction in the images I took for the blog and felt more confident in how I wanted them taken.

London Institute of Photography

Holger Pooten contacted me a few weeks back and asked me if I wanted to review one of his courses.
A two day beginner course and of course I accepted. 
These kind of courses are really good for learning and honing in on the skills you've picked up - but in the back of my mind I secretly thought...
'Surely someone like me who has owned a DSLR for over 5 years should know how to take a good photograph right? It's just a matter of good lighting, pointing and shooting... no?'


I remember the first hour clearly - an introduction to our camera's. Because I whatsapp'ed Mani immediately saying 'I'VE BEEN SHOOTING ON THE WRONG SETTING FOR 5 YEARS!'
I'm so embarrassed to say it - but it's true. Throughout the years that I have owned a DSLR I have not been using them to their full potential. 

Holger completely put photography into prospective. 
The first day I couldn't wait to start practicing what I had learnt.
The second day we learnt how to get the best from our cameras - experimenting with the shutter speed, ISO and the aperture which resulted in some pretty cool photography styles.  

His class for beginners consist of a maximum of 8 people which is nice because everyone gets to have their say and you get that one on one with Holger which is also is super helpful for people like me who ask a million questions. 

I would recommend this class to anyone even photographers who 'think' they know what they are doing. It's such an insightful course and you're getting a lesson from an amazing photographer who's work has been commissioned for Nikon, Orange (now EE), Adidas and BMW.

Pretty cool right?

You could learn how to take some cool ass images and more some by taking Holgers class too.

Check him out below

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Life Catch Up

21 April 2016

I felt a relief when I posted the 'Not Feeling It' post last week. 
It's something which had been bothering me for a while.
Not so much the massive shift the blogging world has taken but more so the acceptance. 
The feeling of feeling like an outsider in a world that I cared about so much.

Looking back I felt so stupid for wanting to be accepted into a community that (let's be frank) are not my real friends. I came here to speak my truth, my feelings and lets not forget the occasional personal style post. 
Whether people/readers like it or not I do it because it's my escape from the manic world I live in. 

I'm glad I posted it because now it's making me love the blog and blogging again. 
I'm enjoying catching up on the blogs that I've been following for a while and the new ones I've picked up on - I'm also enjoying coming up with new content for the blog which I've been struggling with for over a year now. 
Basically Michelle got her groove back!


I convinced Mani to take this pictures before work yesterday. I wanted to blog this oversized short sleeve jumper from Aesthetic Laundry on my debut wear. 
I was in brick lane last weekend on a photography course (post coming soon) and in the mist of the over crowded food  and Esty like market stalls I came across a full of life individual, Heidi who recently quit her full time job to pursue her clothing line Aesthetic Laundry full time. She was such a bundle of joy on that Sunday afternoon - so much that I purchased this top. 
And glad I'm I did!

Top - Aesthetic Laundry (Brick Lane) | Jeans - Forever21 | Trainers - Adidas via Schuh

It's super comfy - I could literally hide and fall asleep in it. 

My Truth - Not Feeling It...

12 April 2016

I'm not the first and I probably not the last to say 'what happened to the blogging community?' 

I remember when I first started VK and I couldn't wait to tell my 10 followers about my day, what I wore and what inspired me. 
But now I feel like I can't express how I really feel. 
I guess it's a combination of wondering whether I fit in within the new social media bloggers and apprehensive that I wouldn't be accepted.
Every time I want to post a new blogpost I feel disheartened and careless and it's because I'm
not feeling it.

I revamped the blog, purchased a new template designed a new logo and identity ... But I'm still 
not feeling it. 

I miss the community that inspired me to post. The community which told stories and brought us that inch closer to their lives. That let their readers in and abled us to relate to them on a personal and emotional level. 
I miss the virtual friends that I made over the years and the appreciate the the ones who I still keep in contact with but it's still not the same anymore.

I remember how excited I was to log on to bloglovin' and see what my favourite bloggers were talking about, wearing and the sharing of their latest inspiration that would lead my day. 
Now. The app is simply an after thought. 

VK is an after thought. 

I guess what I'm trying to say is I want to enjoy blogging again - I want to read stories and posts that made me fall in love with blogging. 

Is that too much to ask?

Am I wrong?

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