One Gay Wedding Day Workshop
The last couple of weeks have been challenging with lots of things happening and hardly any time to fit it all in. I’ve been looking forward to this weekend in Brighton for a long time as it was to include a day on a same sex wedding course run by Emma at Shotgun Weddings.
Training and improving my photography skills is important to me, there are always aspects with courses that I choose that can help or inspire me further.
The promise was a small group of photographers, lots of time with the couples shooting and plenty of locations to include the bandstand at the beach, street locations in Brighton and the prestigious Royal Pavilion (but more of that later).
For me the course offered the opportunity to work alongside a specialist who has helped to spark some different workflow ideas and apply some technical aspects that I wanted to try in order to give me some more creative and alternative images - that I can now create, in my own style.
The beauty of a course with Emma was the time allowed to try new things and combine this with aspects of how I work already; it will allow me to enhance what I can offer to all my couples whose weddings I shoot.
Time spent in the classroom initially was followed by an intense shoot schedule that whizzed us literally, to the beach, the town, the lanes and finally the Royal Pavilion. The attention to detail was perfect and included a celebrant to meet us and our couples at the venue and fresh flower bouquet and buttonholes for our brides and grooms.
The whole day was enjoyable but the high point was being allowed access to shoot within the Royal Pavilion, a place I’ve visited previously and was stunned by. The building is simply spectacular.
As a wedding venue it has a commanding presence. The internal colour and design are intense and offer a totally different experience as a photographer. This combined with the consideration that you are in a heritage property surrounded by art, objects and canvas of incredible importance brings additional challenges.
The oriental architecture makes the perfect backdrop for low light evening shots.
This is just a flavour of the images from the course - I've hundreds more to work on but the experience was great and I'd recommend the course to any wedding or aspiring wedding photographer.