"When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear"
Hands up if you've ever been scared to try something new...
Choosing boudoir photography as the subject of my first major workshop was always going to be a gamble. Yes, there was always going to be a lot of interest but I was kinda concerned that it'd put just as many people off. Let's face it, taking photos of girls in their underwear in a posh hotel is always going to prove to be a contentious issue with a lot of photographers' partners, eh?
So, on Sunday, a group of intrepid photographers gathered on Anglesey for the New Model Army Photography Boudoir Workshop, and I don't mind saying, what a day it was. I knew it was going to be a bit of a full-on day when it took me three attempts to pack all the gear needed into my car, but I completely forgot that I'd have to carry it all in at the other end too. Still, I could do with losing a bit of timber so I shouldn't moan.
If I was going to do this, it was vitally important to me that I held it at one of the most prestigious venues in North Wales - Château Rhianfa, on the banks of the Menai Straits. Getting quality models (Apryl and Sasha) wasn't really much of an issue; I'm lucky to know quite a few and even luckier to count them as my friends. And of course, no shoot experience is complete without a top drawer makeup artists, and that's where the seriously talented Faces By Poppy weaved her magic. To make sure that the workshop went smoothly and to assist delegates, I was ably assisted by CJ Barr and Nick Auskeur, both very talented local photographers and good friends.
The workshop was split into two sessions; the first one covering various lighting setups and posing models, with the second session seeing the delegates put their new-found knowledge to good effect and actually create their own images. Let's be honest, why would you go on a workshop just to repeat shots set up for you by the facilitator?
To cut a long story short, a group of people came to explore a genre of photography they weren't familiar with and all left with a collection of their own images that they can be very proud of. The best part was that each delegate was left to explore their own style and that shows in the fact that everybody put their own stamp on proceedings. And guys, for that, you should be applauded.
Finally, I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to Lee and Eifion at Welshot for nudging me along to this point and also for just being bloody good eggs. Love you, guys!
All BTS shots courtesy of CJ Barr (apart from the last one, obvs!)
So there we have it. Now all there's left to do is plan the next one ;-)