I can’t believe I’m on the other side of the workshop. To those of you who don’t know, this was my first workshop and one I never really anticipated would happen as I don’t always consider myself the best “teacher”. I hosted it at one of my absolute favourite venues in the Western Cape, Hawksmoor House. I’ve taken many happy wedding photos there and I couldn’t think of a better fit for me and my style of photography.
Hosting a workshop is a little like going on a very long (emotional) rollercoaster ride. During the past two months of preparation and planning, every spare moment was spent making slideshows, searching through old hard-drives or sending around Pinterest boards. I had a few mild panic attacks during this time too, but none as wonderfully embarrassing as the one I had during “class” on day 2. The attendees saw me and my quirks in all it’s anxious glory.
I always get a knowing little nod or smile when I tell people I’m anxious by nature, but the struggle is REAL people.
I’m incredibly lucky though that I was blessed with the most amazing group of ladies (yes, all girls!) who didn’t judge me or make me feel I need to be a certain way. I could just be me and share my story and experience honestly.
There was a few nail biting moments, like the cloudy weather that threatened to shower us every few minutes. Thank goodness we had a lot of prayers going during the practical session which I believe did the trick in getting us soft beautiful cloudy light!
One of the highlights was when The Pretty Blog, represented by its founder, Christine Meintjes, spent an hour giving us tons of valuable advice and tips for getting your work featured and how to shoot with that in mind.
It was incredibly insightful listening to the behind-the-scenes workings of what is one of the most successful wedding + lifestyle blogs, not only in South Africa, but the world.
Thank you to all the ladies who were there and the amazing group of service providers who helped me pull this off. I couldn’t have done it without you.
Amanda (Kadou) who adhered to all of my whims and requests and completely blew us away with the subdued elegance of the decor. Marli, who moved some of her own appointments around to be able to do Jessica’s hair & makeup – your work is always incredible. Kristen (Hawksmoor) for being my Cape Town “mom” and giving me hugs and support throughout it all. Liels for being the best wingwoman a photographer could ask for and running around sorting out little hiccups along the way.
Anelle + Ella (Seven Swans) for the kind and friendly way you correspond and make me feel like your one and only client in the world (even though that’s far from the truth) – it was an honour being able to use your stationary. Janita, thank you for not minding scheduling last minute dress fittings and giving me advice on the groom’s suit. Nicolette (La Petit Patisserie) for making the gorgeous bread and delicious cake that we had for tea the next day. You are a friend I can always rely on!
And lastly a huge thank you to our wonderful models and my previous clients, Joberto + Jessica, who went way beyond what they should have and helped me pull together the couple shoot. You guys are the best thing that could have happened to the workshop! x
All of the behind the scenes photos in this post were taken by Liesl.
Enjoy a peek into what we experienced…