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Lake District Workshop – A trainee’s review

Lake District Wedding Photography Workshop

This is a trainee’s review and images of our Lake district Workshop, words and photographs from attendee Jan Sweeney

At the start of October 2015, I attended a two day wedding photography workshop in the Lake District, which was held by Chris Chambers. The workshop was for photographers from all over the United Kingdom, but with varying skills and levels of experience. I have only very recently stepped into the world of wedding photography so I am very keen to build upon my skills and learn from a master within this world. I have known of Chris’ work for a while and he is someone I really look up to in the industry, so there was no question that his workshop was perfect for me.

Something I want to do more of is to use off camera flash to create those magical images that make people step into a couple’s living room and say ‘WOW’ when they see one of my photographs. I am pleased to say that I had lots of opportunity to practice this skill and the results were better than I could have imagined.

Chris was extremely helpful throughout the two day workshop. He was patient and went at a very steady pace so everyone could keep up. He is obviously a regular visitor to the Lake District, as he knew the area well and took us to the most stunning locations. Chris even offered people the opportunity to shoot sunrise and star scenes alongside him.

Another invaluable lesson I learnt during the workshop was not to be afraid of any weather conditions. Throughout the two days, we had high winds, heavy rain, fog, and bright sunshine. I would feel very confident reassuring my bride and grooms now in relation to the weather, as it really does not matter! As long as you have a willing bride and groom, stunning photographs can be created whatever the weather.

As well as all the knowledge I have taken from the workshop, I met a lovely bunch of like minded people, some of whom I will keep in contact with for years to come. I don’t think you can ever stop learning when it comes to photography and workshops are one way to keep on top of this. Not only did I learn a tremendous amount from Chris, I also took a lot away from other attendees.

I am very much looking forward to putting my skills into practice with my future brides and grooms….whatever the weather!

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Photographs supplied by Jan Sweeney

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Blog Post and photographs supplied by Jan Sweeney Photography

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