The NMA Boudoir Sessions II – the aftermath
If you ever want to experience what it feels like to have your feet chewed off by dogs, put on a boudoir workshop in a hotel suite that’s split over two floors. By the time I got home, all I wanted was my slippers and a nice cup of tea. My life is so terribly rock and roll.
All my mates seem to think I lead a bit of debauched life, what with all these young ladies that cross my path. In reality, all I do watch reruns of How I Met Your Mother and annoy the wife with repeated calls to find out what time she’ll be home so I can get her tea ready for her when she gets in.
Whatever, back to the reason for this blog – the boudoir workshop. I don’t mind saying it was an absolutely blinding day, a proper laugh. Most of the people who attended hadn’t done anything like this in their lives, so it’s fair to say that a few of them might have had a case of the nerves. As it turned out, they needn’t have worried.
The key to doing something like this is to make sure that you’ve got all the ingredients to a successful day in place. I’d booked two quality models, Apryl and Felicia, who put the photographers at ease right from the start. The venue, Hotel Port Dinorwic, were very accommodating and supplied a rather funky two level hotel suite right on the banks of the Menai Straits (and don’t forget the great lunch we had), and you can never underestimate the effect a talented makeup artist can have on the results of a shoot, which is why I bought in the lovely Alexandra Grace. Knowing I’d be running around like a blue-arsed fly all day, I was ably assisted by my trusted mate, CJ, who also supplied all the BTS shots you'll see below (and apologies again for not letting you know that you’d left the sidelights on on your van all day – oops!) I’d even gone out of my way to book some sunshine, so that we could work with some fantastic natural lighting. OK, so the last bit might be a blatant lie but I’m sticking to the story, it makes me look good.
From my point of view, it was a pleasure to have such a great bunch of people attending the workshop, and the fact that the groups were kept small meant that everybody was afforded the opportunity to get a significant amount of shooting time with both models. By the end of the day, I was amazed by the standard of photography from the newbie group. In fact, everybody should be proud of the work they produced; I found it genuinely exciting to see the significant distance everybody progressed during the day. As both a qualified trainer and post-16 educator, I’m passionate about education, and I always structure my workshops so that everybody gets what they’re looking for from my workshops, from the beginner to the advanced.
I want to extend an extra special thanks to Paul Hanks, a film maker without peers and a bloody good friend. Keep an eye out for his video of the day’s shenanigans (I’ll post a link to it when it’s up).
So there we go, six hours of delegates telling me to chill out and stop worrying – I think I can call that a successful day.
Many thanks for reading,