After 8 years in the industry we finally hosted our first wedding photography workshop!
We’ve been hosting TYMEOUT workshops for beginners for some time now.
We’ve presented at several big photography expos but for some reason the idea of teaching our peers for two days was way more scary.
We’ve always felt that until we had ‘earned our stripes’, we would refrain from telling others how to earn theirs.
Now over 400 Weddings later, international destination weddings under our belt, hundreds of late nights and many beads of sweat later we decided to share what we’ve learnt along the way over the past 10 years at this 2 day WEDDING WORKSHOP.
Our industry is so full of talented people! There’s so much information on photography out there and the accessibility to helpful tools make it much easier for photographers to reach professional status relatively quickly. Many creatives still struggle however with running a sustainable business doing what they love. This workshop was aimed to help with this.
‘The Art of Business’
We spoke about the value of your website, social media, wedding expos and working with other service providers. We then had a Skype interview with Kate from WEDDING CONCEPTS to talk about how to work with wedding co-ordinators and commissions.
This workshop wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing sponsors we were so grateful to work with.
We wanted to give the students the opportunity to shoot beautiful things that they won’t always get to shoot at a real wedding and to work with professional models to help them learn the importance of body language and posing. We chose to host the workshop in our very own natural light studio and then headed out to MORRELLS for our location shoot where we could take advantage of the soft afternoon light.
You may not know this but when we started shooting we learnt to shoot full manual mode on film, we even had a little darkroom setup at home. YES it was a good place to make out when we were dating;-) but this is where our love for photography and each other really made deep roots in our hearts.
We’ve realized along the way that staying inspired throughout a big season is always a challenge.
Shooting film can be a great way to keep your passion going. Shoot for yourself, shoot because you love this art form, shoot because its your culture!
We invited our crazy friends, Seth and Tenielle from FEATHER AND STONE to talk to the students a bit about why they shoot film and what film can do for you as a shooter.
Thank you to everyone for making this workshop such a success. We had the best time with you in our space, learning and growing together.
We are looking forward to watching your businesses reach new heights over the next few months and years.
Now we are super excited to host the next one;-)
These two New Yorkers chose the beautiful island of Santorini for their: ‘I do’s’. And yes we were the lucky bums to capture their story! We love intimate destination weddings, I would go as far as to say they are our favorite! Only a handful of your closest people for a weekend of laughs, love, food and good wine!
And in one of the most beautiful places in the world, what more can you ask for? For a photographer it really is a dream destination, with gorgeous blue skies, amazing views and soft clean light, we were like a kid in a candy store, not wanting to miss out on anything! We way overshot this wedding, but hey, why wouldn’t we?
Was so nice to work with Athens based WHITE RIBBON BOUTIQUE EVENTS again who did the planning, decor and florals for this wedding.
Vana, you have a beautiful way of working with your couples and all the suppliers involved in a wedding! Lets do it again sometime;-)
It was a windy day on the island which made working with the veil a challenge, but as soon as we surrendered and stopped trying to make it do what we wanted it to do and just captured the day truthfully, I think we got some of my favorite shots to date.
I absolutely LOVE the shot of Olga’s friend running to catch the veil, such a cool moment!
Olga and Matt decided to do their ‘first look’ before their ceremony with the signature Santorini views in the background. What a stunning setting for this sweet little moment, just before Olga took a walk to the church with her mom and dad by her side. Just love little details like this at a wedding, gives us some extra real moments to capture.
As is Greek tradition, Olga and Matt were accompanied by their family, friends, two local musicians and a donkey to walk back through the streets of Imerovigli to their reception venue to get the celebrations going. This should become a wedding tradition in general, walking back from the church with family, friends and a cute animal in tow to some music, why not?
When we get to shoot at one of THE FORUMS venues, we know its going to be a good day. James and Julianne’s wedding was no different! We love the city feel of this venue. This couple requested that we do very little or no formal couple shoot as they wanted us to focus on capturing the day as it happened.
With beautiful light, an awesome coordinator and decor to die for, of course we wanted to capture every last detail! With very little time for any kind of portraits I think we managed to put this story together in a beautiful way!
To capture a moment is harder than it looks!
Besides being in the right place at the right time, unable to control your subjects body language and expression makes it really hard to catch the moment as you may be experiencing it. When we do catch them just right, we are forever grateful and know they will live forever.
James and Juli we wish you guys all the happiness that married life will bring and know that we are cheering for you guys. From an ‘old’ married couple (us;-) it really does just get better all the time.
Treat each other like the best friends you’ve started out as and the blessings will keep coming.
Since there was little or not much time for portraits, we managed to snap a few in this stunning afternoon light. Nothing quite like a nice sunny afternoon in Jozi! Not a breath of wind and the warm rays on your back. One of the reasons we use to convince ourselves that Jozi is a nice place to live… the weather!
There’s not much to say about this decor but that it was amazing! It was so different! I think OTTO and his team really thought out the box on this one. We loved the fresh breads on the table as part of the decor, the science lab jars for the wine, the candelabras that mirrored the city skyline which was illustrated all around the venue and we are totally in love with this use of the map of Africa.