Christmas Eve, and I’m sat down waiting for my husband to finish cooking dinner (yes I’m a very lucky girl! He does the food shopping too – apparently I’m not to be trusted with this) and I check facebook as you do, to only go and find that I’ve won three classes at the Photography Farm!!!! BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVER!
It’s always been really important to me to take time out to concentrate on learning and pushing myself creatively. There is always something new going on with photography, either style-wise or technology based, and gaining fresh inspiration from going to different courses and workshops is a must for any photographer wanting to keep their work as a passion, not just a job. The Photography Farm has been on my list of courses I’ve been wanting to attend for some time, so this chance to go to the Photography Farm at the start of the year had me very excited. And it did not disappoint! Not only were the classes I took insightful, but just getting to be around other photographers and chat and drink and eat cake, well I smiled the whole time I was there.
The first class I took was with Neil Thomas Douglas. He spoke openly and honestly about how he works with his wedding couples to produce images which push the boundaries of conventional wedding photography. Communication is always important, as I know from my boudoir work, and this is what Neil does best. Gaining trust and confidence with his clients to produce some striking images unique to them. I picked up some nice little working practices to put to good use this year with my couples. 2014 shall be a good year for my couples’ portraits!
On the second day I attended a boudoir photography workshop with Tigz Rice. Tigz took us through how she approaches a shoot from start to finish which was incredible insightful and I picked up lots of little hints and tips which I’m really looking forward to using on my boudoir and pin up shoots throughout the year. Luna Sapphire was our model for the day and I have to say a big thank you to her; it can’t be easy being photographed by a whole group of photographers, normally, but in particular in your underwear! But she was marvellous and looked divine. The hair and make-up was done by the talented Amy Saunders, and the corset Luna got to wear was specially made for her by Rawhide Corsets. With shooting in both a mixture or natural light and flash, it was a wonderful day of learning and pushing ourselves to get images that we might not normally try out. And the results….
My last day at the Photography Farm was with Lisa Devlin, the founder of this amazing yearly experience. She chatted all things marketing, branding, and seo. If you have a chance to attend a class with Lisa, I couldn’t recommend it highly enough. There are so many things I learnt from her class on my to-do list now! I’ve already started putting some into practice and can already see results which is just fantastic.
A big big thank you to Lisa for bringing so many talented photographers together, both teaching and learning, under the very beautiful roof of Ridge Farm. The Photography Farm is a truly unique and exceptional experience x