Last week I had the good fortune to be able to attend Jonny Draper’s wedding masterclass at Heaton House Farm in Rushton Spencer. What can I say? It was a fantastic course, at a superb venue, with gorgeous models. Jonny Draper is an excellent photographer who was amazingly generous with his knowledge and experience. I came away with new techniques, new friends and heaps of inspiration. Thankfully I only have to wait a week until my next wedding because I can’t wait to get going!
The first day was taken up with shooting and how to manage all the different lighting situations you come across on a wedding day. Our models for the day were the amazing Jen Brook and James Taylor. Jen also runs posing workshops for photographers and so we were able to learn from her as she ran through the poses for us. We did lots of work with off camera flash which we were all keen to master. Besides being necessary in some low light situations flash can give a whole different look to your images and we practised using it indoors and out. We also did some work with video lighting which can be so useful. All the delegates came away with some amazing images. These are quite different to my usual style but I hope to be able to incorporate some of these techniques into my photography and put my own spin on them.
The second day Jonny talked business and how he manages his workflow. We heard from Emma, Jonny’s wife and owner of Love Bridal Boutique, and Sarah Heath from Heaton House Farm. It was so interesting to hear about the wedding industry from the perspective of other wedding suppliers and what its like to work with photographers from their point of view. We heard lots of stories, good and bad, and had the opportunity to get to know our fellow delegates and make friends. Making friends was actually one of the things that I really took away as being good business practice. It sounds simplistic but it is really about ‘networking’ in a totally genuine way.
So all in all a great two days. Huge thanks to Jonny Draper, everyone else on the course and of course all of the suppliers below. Enjoy x