As some of you may already know, I am organising a WORKSHOP on how to take beautiful natural light portraits. I emphasise ‘portraits’ because creating amazing landscapes or tabletop pictures is not the same as photographing people. Don’t know about you, but when I was learning how to photograph people, I’ve come across all sorts of problems I couldn’t understand how to fix.
Every photographer has their own favourite artist/expert and mine was Kristen Weaver at the time. I fell in love with her work because of clean look to her photos, creamy backgrounds, shallow depth of field, beautifully composed images, natural posing, rich colours and most importantly – gorgeous skin tones. That was something I was desperately trying to replicate for a long time with no success. Back then my understanding was that ‘it’s all done in Photoshop’. In fact, it was my standard answer to all beautiful pictures, because as I couldn’t figure out how to get results in-camera, Photoshop was the only logical explanation.
So I started working really hard on my portraits in post trying to get the look I wanted. I would spend hours, days and even weeks editing just one image!!! That requires an enormous amount of patience… Needless to say, I failed and blamed myself for not knowing how to use Photoshop – for being stupid.
As I kept looking for photography inspiration all over the internet, I came across great artists such as Jose Villa, Elizabeth Messina, Kayla Barker, Greg Finck The list goes on… I suddenly realised this is THE look I always wanted! My search was done. By this point my understanding about photography was a bit better, but I still was convinced that the soft, dreamy and romantic feel to these images was created in Photoshop. So I started looking for PS actions that would help me achieve the same results. I don’t remember the exact keywords I was using, but they were something like ‘pastel effect PS actions’ or something along those lines.
Little did I know, that these soft and creamy images were captured on film! I can hear you say ‘but it’s in their bio’ and I’m sure I’ve read it multiple times. However I wasn’t quite sure what they meant by ‘film’ (English is not my first language). Also, it would’ve never crossed my mind that people still shoot on film. That’s like… ancient! (By the way, when I bought my first SLR, one of my tog friend’s said ‘Oh no, you’re going backwards! 😀 )
As I progressed with my own work and finally got where I wanted in terms of visual aesthetics even though I’m constantly learning, I’ve realised that I can help those who are at the same stage I was some time ago. I know how frustrating it is when you know exactly what you want but not sure how to achieve it.
Fast forward all the inbetween bits of my learning journey so far, I came up with an idea to do a workshop and show you exactly what I do to create my images (minus editing bit). You already know that the key ingredient here is natural or available light.
DELIGHTFUL workshop will take place at a beautiful romantic country wedding venue – Trevenna Barns in Cornwall. This is a one day experience, from 12pm to aprox. 8pm, and will include a beautifully styled shoot created by a team of very talented wedding vendors (the hair stylist, MUA, the florist, the bridal boutique, stationery designers, the cake supplier and some others). A meal and refreshments will also be provided.
It will be a wonderful experience, as well as lots of fun, and I am sure you will leave feeling INSPIRED, UPLIFTED and MOTIVATED to create more beautiful work independently.
For any questions, feel free to cantact me via email.