At the start of the month I had the pleasure of attending the Feather Love Photography Artist Workshop in London. This was my second photography workshop since leaving college and becoming a wedding photographer. Last year I attended my first workshop in London which left me motivated, inspired, and wanting more. I decided after that to attend a workshop at least once a year. I think it's essential for artists to continue to grow and challenge ourselves every chance we get.
At the beginning of the year I began my search for a workshop to attend. Some of you may remember seeing a post about a workshop I wanted to host with Noa of Feather Love Photography in Ireland but sadly that was soon cancelled. After much deliberation and rethinking Noa relaunched her artist workshop in London and brought on board the talented Emma Case as a special guest and Kat of Rock N' Roll Bride to answer questions on blogging. It was a winning combination. What I loved about Noa's workshop was it was about growing as an artist, finding your inspiration, and getting your ideal client. This wasn't a technical workshop. We weren't there to learn how to shoot and edit like Noa or Emma, but we were there to be inspired, and that was exactly what happened.
What I took away with me was learning where to find my own inspiration and thus creating the art that is true to me. I love how Noa tells it like it is and doesn't edit herself to please others. Her work is a reflection of herself and that's something I admire. It was great having Emma involved as she was able to talk from a UK industry point of view. As well as finding ourselves and growing as artists Noa and Emma delved into a bit about business. We learned their views on getting the right clients for ourselves that will keep us true to our art. "Weeding out the shit" as Noa says. Pardon my language! Again I just love how she tells it like it is.
I think how most of us felt at the end of the day besides being inspired was that it takes a lot to find and keep true to your art. A lot of what was said most of us already knew, but sometimes it just takes hearing it again to really stick, and to know others are in the same boat.
A special thanks also goes to our awesome videographers Son of Shark Pig who came over with Noa from L.A. and Pete Smyth, Emma's super cool hubby! Can't wait to see the video!
Below are some images from the workshop and the styled shoot. For the photoshoot I decided to observe rather than try and get shots for the website. But I just had to take a few to show how really cool the styling was on this set up! Enjoy!