So at the end of last year I entered an online competition to win a place on one of Emma Case’s wedding photography workshops. To to enter you had to submit up to 10 images for an online portfolio, then Emma judged them after the closing date and chose 10 people to attend one of her workshops (something I’d have loved to go on before as I’ve always admired Emma’s work but just hadn’t got the budget for). I actually found out I’d won one of the places the morning my Nana passed away in December, so just couldn’t find it in me to feel proud of myself or get excited about it. I had even wondered if I’d feel up to going at all, but by January I had managed to make myself think differently, knowing Nana would have wanted me to go as she had always been so encouraging of my art and photography, I started to get excited about the workshop.
So on Tuesday night I set my alarm (5:30am, eek!!) to get up for my first train.
I managed to get myself out of bed pretty much as soon as the alarm went off on Wednesday morning(it’s always so much easier when you know you have to get up for something fun isn’t it?). Unsurprisingly it was pitch black on as I made my way to the station for train 1 of 3 for the day, urgh, but it was alright ’cause I was going somewhere awesome and had reading material (the latest issue of Empire).
I was the first one there so had a bit of waiting downstairs, but when we were all there, and they were ready for us upstairs, we made our way up to meet Emma and her husband, and business partner, Pete. She greeted us all with a big hug and we were treated to croissants and hot drinks while the last minute preparations/technical problems were sorted. They both instantly came across as such friendly people, and everyone else on the workshop seemed lovely too so it was obvious it was going to be a really cool day with like-minded people.
It was great to be around lots of other young people in the same boat, passionate about what they do and keen to learn how to do their absolute best.
Emma was really inspirational. She talked with such enthusiasm, honesty, and emotion about photography that her love for it showed in every word. Both of them have clearly worked so hard to get to where they are today and really deserve it.
The workshop itself was a real privilege to be a part of. It wasn’t so much about the practical/technical side of photography, but the more important part, putting your heart into it.
Emma and Alan were wed at a local registry office before heading to Hackwood Farm in Derbyshire for their reception. This was a wedding with all sorts of cute quirkyness going on! Bow ties, button bouquets, a pink petticoat, Irregular Choice, and a bride that wore buttons in her hair with a fabulous birdie fascinator! Get ready for some colour…
Thank you to the lovely clients that I worked with this year, and to those getting married in 2014, I’ll see you soon!