If you've been following along for the past year or so, you'll have heard me talk a bit about my mentorship with Jonny Draper. The opportunities I've been given as a result of our work together over the last year have been invaluable and I have seen such an incredible positive change in both my business and my photography itself. This confidence from knowledge gained has opened me up to being a hell of a lot more creative and relaxed in my approach and has shaped my work so much.
So whenever Jonny announces another one of his workshops for wedding photographers and people ask whether it's right for them, I emphatically urge them to jump at the chance and book on immediately! And okay so you learn LOADS and he opens up his business to attendees and offers tonnes of info and insight but the other amazing piece to these workshops is the chance to shoot in an amazing venue, working with incredible wedding vendors and play with everything you chat about in the inital discussion. The practical shooting of these workshops is a photographer's paradise and really pushes you outside your comfort zone. Plus the models are always awesome and decked out in killer threads from the gorgeous Love Bridal Boutique!
I was lucky enough to be asked along to Jonny's recent workshop at the gorgeous Cheshire wedding venue, Owen House Wedding Barn to shoot some behind the scenes images of the workshop and assist in some of the practical shooting. I was invited to participate in the discussion with the attendees and chat about my own business journey whilst shooting the super rad duo of Seb & Zuzi of Stella Photo, the beautiful Sarah and the incredible venue styling by Mat of Red Floral Architecture, The Word is Love, & Luminate Events. When I walked into the venue, I was completely blown away by the dressing of the room with blossom covered trees, edison bulb lighting installations and softly lit glass tea lights hanging from every branch and lining the aisle. Zuzi and Seb were killing it as usual with their own natural rock n' roll style, tempered by the elegance of bridalwear by Love Bridal and a gorgeously tailored waistcoat and jacket by the guys at Whitfield & Ward whilst Sarah was an angel-dream-bride vision in Sarah Seven.
The day was an awesome mix of shooting in a truly unique location, hearing from vendors at the very top of their game, really interesting discussion and capped off with a feast by the truly remarkable Smith Street Kitchen - Owen House Wedding Barn's mobile wood-fired pizza oven. I am so grateful for the chance to come along on this workshop, it was such a great day! Thanks to Jonny for having me along. Here's what we got up to!