One of the things I really love about being a photographer is going on workshops presented by photographers I admire and being surrounded by like-minded people who are all there to learn, be inspired and have fun. I met some awesome people on this workshop!
This is my second wedding workshop and suffice it to say that I might have developed an addiction (so much so that I have already booked a spot in another workshop towards the end of the year!). I have been following Jani B’s work for a while already and last year when she presented her workshop I decided I would go if she offered one again…so I stalked her…kind of…a little bit…and when she released the dates for this year I was so excited!
I ended up attending the workshop presented at Kleinevalleij in Wellington in the Western Cape – what a gorgeous setting! Day 1 dawned with gorgeously blue skies, green as only the Western Cape can be (a welcome break from the starkness of winter here in Gauteng) and a storm strength wind…65 knots according to the weather man. Well then…the natives were bothered by it, so as the only Gautenger in the group I was shocked at the force of it. Outside the chairs were being blown across the lawn, the roof made creaky noises and Jani’s gorgeously styled winter shoot (complete with huskies and snow machine) had to be taken indoors. We did manage a few shots outside and our models were the best – they smiled and actually didn’t even look cold out in the icy wind…Heather and Dirk – you guys rock! I still loved it – the creativity of the vendors in this industry blows my mind!
Thank you Jani for inspiring me, for opening my mind, for being absolutely direct and uncomplicated in your approach. I learned so much, I am reminded of why I love my job…and with wedding season starting (3 weddings for me in August!) I am looking forward to applying a lot of what I learned.
Here it is – a peek at the styled shoot from the workshop…