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So, the idea this year was to take the Photography Farm on the road and do a scaled down version, but still keeping the same warm and fuzzy feel and giving wedding photographers the skills they need to make their businesses fly. We called these roadshow workshops…..Photography Farm Elements.
We’ve been very fortunate to meet and teach some amazing photographers this year. We’ve been to Belfast, Glasgow (twice), Manchester, London (twice) and Cornwall….where these images were shot.
We stayed in Foye at the amazing Foye Hall Hotel with the website design legend that is Melissa Love giving a guest spot talk at the workshop all about Good Web Design for Photographers as well as SEO for Photographer’s. Lisa did her workshops on Kick Ass Marketing Techniques and The Fundamental Rules for Awesome Couples Shoots. And I taught my Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Flash Photography, but Were Afraid to Ask.
On the second day we were very fortunate to have Sophie and Gareth from Crown and Glory to model for our couples shoots and I took a few shots to show the people on the workshops how I shoot things a little differently using Off-Camera Flash. So here are the images that I shot.
We’re taking Photography Farm Elements back on the road and will be in Belfast in February and back to London in March. So if you’re interested, please do get in contact.
And of course there is the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (thats the only word that I can use to describe it) Farm Week in January where we have some industry leading wedding photographers teaching everything and anything that you’d ever want to know to make yourself an awesome photographer.
After last years mammoth success Photography Farm Week is back. (check out my blog post on 10 things that I learnt at the Photography Farm)
If you don’t know what Farm Week is, in a nut shell the idea is to bring together some of the industries finest photographers to run workshops, talks and panel discussions all in order to refresh / inspire / rejuvenate and take your photography business from strength to strength.
If you’ve been looking for that little something to help your photography grow the chances are that there will be a workshop for you. We’ve got workshops on getting the best from couples shoots, post processing, developing your style, stock photography, legal issues, film photography, photojournalism and styled shoots as well as so much more. Oh and all things Flash Photography.
Last years Photography Farm booked up so well that we’ve really strengthened the line up. We’ve got some amazing photographers including Brooke Davis, Tigz Rice, David McNeil, Joanna Brown, Tavis Johnson, Emma Lucy, Lee Robbins, Laura McCluskey and Neil Douglas Thomas. As well as of course Lisa Devlin and me.
Have a look at the Photography Farm website here to check out more details on the amazing workshops.
Adam here. I know it’s been a while since we’ve spent any time together. I’m a really bad friend. I promise to try and pay you a bit more attention in the future. Although we both know thats a promise thats likely to get broken some time soon.
We stayed at the A.Mazing Fowey Hall in Fowey (pronounced ‘foy’…I don’t know either) which is a typical Cornish seaside village that ticks all the boxes for postcard beauty. Our host for the few days was Melissa Love (her husband manages the hotel) and she gave a workshop on the secrets of successful web design and SEO. Lisa gave her workshops on The Fundamentals of Successful Couples Shoots & Kick Ass Marketing Techniques. And I spread the word of ‘The way of the flash’ teaching On & Off Camera Flash techniques.
On the second day we all did a shoot and I got to show the people on the workshops how I would light a shoot with a couple of Off-Camera Flashes. So check out the two images below to see the results.
Photography Farm Elements is coming to Manchester on 24th & 25th July to help you improve your photography. If you’re interested do give us a shout.
How cool is it to make your own wedding rings?
What a great idea.
Well that’s just what Rebecca & Phill did at the Cross Street Workshop on the Hove / Brighton border, in Sussex and they invited me along to take some photos of them having fun and making their very own unique wedding rings.
It was actually a very interesting process, watching the gold being formed and bashed about by the couple in the professional jewellery workshop. I didn’t stay to the very end, so I didn’t get to see the finished rings, so any shots of them here are halfway though the process. But i’ll make sure that I shoot the final polished versions when I shoot their wedding (which promises to be a very cool affair) in July.
OK OK OK. I’m glad that April is over. It’s been a super duper busy month. What with weddings and workshops.
So this time around the Photography Farm crew rocked up in the glorious city of Glasgow. We came. We saw. We conquered.
Well not conquered, but taught a bevy of super cool wedding photographers all about ‘the way of the flash’, kick ass marketing techniques and awesome couples shoots.
Me being the only bloke in the room, you can see from the photo above that I was having a bit of a hard time and found it very tough.
And just like at the Belfast Photography Farm, I fell in love with the City and people of Glasgow. It may have been the food & drink. I ate Haggis on more than one occasion. I had a burrito for breakfast one day. Porridge with Drambuie another. I found the best Whisky Pubs, and sampled many of the finest drams while putting the worlds to rights with the Farmers. (I even smuggled a bottle of said Whisky home with me). I even sampled a Pizza Crunch on the last day…..although i’m still regretting that one.
So thanks to all the Farmers and Glaswegians for a BRILLIANT few days.
Right, back to the workshop. So on the second day it’s all over to the Devlin for her workshops and a styled shoot. This time we had Ex Farmer and all round top gezza Neil Thomas Douglas and his lovely wife Jen.
They had just got married the weekend before and were up for being shot again in their wedding gear.
One of the great things about working with Lisa Devlin and teaching with her, is that me and her are kind of total opposites ……in a good way though. She’s Canon, i’m Nikon. I use Lightroom, she uses Apature. She finds the light, I get the background and add my own light. Now you may think that this doesn’t work and isn’t a good thing. However, I totally disagree and think that it offers a very well rounded workshop to anyone coming on it. You get to see two very different ways, neither of them right, both of them right. What we are trying to say is do it the way it works for you. So in a practical sense, having both of us teach you, means that If you’re Nikon and use Apature, we’ve got you covered. If you shoot Canon and use Lightroom, no problem.
So I always like watching Lisa shoot her couples, and teach the Fundamental Rules of Awesome Couples shoots. As she talks about finding the emotion and capturing that. And you know what, she’s very good at it and gets some wonderful images of people. It’s not the way that I work and if i’m honest, being a bloke, I find it hard to get other men to show their emotions in my photos. I’ve done it a few times, and I ended up making one groom cry. I felt really awkward and I know my couples don’t come to me for those kind of photos, where as Lisa’s couples want that from her.
It’s great seeing the people on the workshop, use Lisa’s techniques and develop their photography and shooting skills and being able to add them to their ‘photography toolbox’ though.
So the fact that Lisa and I have different ways of shooting and how Lisa finds the emotion and I don’t really do that was something that I was talking with Neil about on the shoot. Everyone had been shooting for a while and i’d seen the one photo I wanted to take of Neil and Jen and asked if I could shoot it at the end.
So here is the image below. It was the only set up that I did on the shoot. I didn’t have any lightstands and had to use a couple of the farmers to hold the flashes. I’d spotted this great motorbike earlier in the day and that amazing blue wall behind it and had taken an Instagram of Neil on it, but I really wanted to shoot both of them with the bike on my ‘proper camera’. So thats just what I did.
For the lighting (like I said, I find the background and make the lighting work for me) I’d tried having the flashes off camera infront of Neil and Jen, but I wasn’t happy with the shadows on the wall, so I asked the Farmers to move back and have the flashes hitting Neil & Jen from behind. It didn’t take long and I love how they both look in the shot. How great does Jen look in her leather jacket and red converse with her foot just kinked out like that.
Afterwards when I was talking to Neil about the emotions and stuff and how it works for Lisa and the other farmers and how I shoot in a different way, Neil summed it up like only Neil can. He said “You don’t get the emotion, you just get people looking cool as fuck!”
I like that.
So if you want to make people look cool as fuck, capture the emotion, learn how to light the first dance properly, use kick ass marketing techniques to boost your business or just become a farmer. We’re coming to a city near you!!!!
We’ll be in:
Cornwall on 5th & 6th of June
Bristol on 17th & 18th July
Manchester on 24th & 25th July
So check out the Photography Farm website for more info and give us a shout to see what we can do for your business.