Recently various people have asked me if I was planning on giving a photography workshop about what I do. Not anything highly technical, but more on how I approach people on the street – especially the more challenging subjects – and how I find interesting things to shoot in apparently uninteresting surroundings.
A blog follower and professional wedding photographer, Gemma Clarke, actually organised for me to give her a ‘mentoring’ session. She got a lot out of it (see her feedback below) and I also enjoyed it (who doesn’t love rabbiting on about what they love at the same time as helping someone?).
So I’ve decided to test the waters further by giving a free workshop, together with the fabulous people who make beautiful photo books, Momento (and I’m not just saying that because they’re a sponsor of mine – their books are lush).
I’ll talk about how to approach strangers for their photograph, no matter how scary they might appear, and how to look beyond the cliched travel shot. There’ll be an interactive element (it won’t hurt) and then the lovely Libby from Momento will show you how to make a beautiful book of your own travel photos (and offer you a discount too if you’re interested in making a book).
Room is limited (40 max.) so if you’re interested, head here and reserve your seat.
I’m testing the waters with this one – if it goes well, there could be more workshops, most probably out and about in a Sydney suburb.
It should be fun. At the very least, it won’t cost you a penny, and at the very most you’ll achieve approaching-people-photographic-enlightenment and learn how to make an impressive-looking photo book. How could you resist?
• 6-8pm, Wednesday October 9
• Momento Showroom
20-40 Meagher St
Feedback from Gemma on our mentoring session:
“I run my own business as a portrait and wedding photographer. Louise’s 52 Suburbs in Sydney and also the World inspired me to take on personal projects of my own. I love how Louise brings out an amazing energy in people in her photos and yet only spends a small amount of time with these people. I wanted to know what was her secret so I contacted her asking to have a mentoring session so I could learn more about the legalities of street photography and also the approach to strangers! I gained a lot of insight from Louise but the greatest thing was an increased level of confidence to take risks because the photo is worth more than the fear of not taking the photo. Thank you Louise for making me realise that I am more than just a wedding photographer!”