Now, there’s nothing I love doing more than taking photos, but staying on an amazing farm-studio conversion (where Bohemian Rhapsody was written), with a whole bunch of lovely and likeminded photographers; learning, chatting, and being waited on hand and foot, as well as taking lots of gorgeous photos of gorgeous people? Well, there you have my Happy Place.
As photographers we’re really spoilt for choice when it comes to courses, so it really takes something special to stand out from the rest. Well, the Photography Farm is pretty darn special. Created and organised by the fab Lisa Devlin, the Farm is held over 3 days in an amazing old house in the Sussex countryside (with a pool. Yes, a POOL). It’s cosy, it’s beautiful and it’s the perfect place to be inspired and learn.
The course I went on focussed on Advanced Off Camera Flash Techniques and was co-led by Adam Bronkhorst of Viva Wedding Photography. I’ve used a bit of off-camera flash before but it was really fantastic to really get to grips with it properly and I’m definitely going to be giving a few of my newly learnt techniques a go! Lisa also holds a business school on the second day and there’s also a session on post processing. Lisa and Adam are both SO incredibly generous with their knowledge – we talked branding, marketing, pricing and they shared their tips and tricks with workflow. And then, there was the styled shoot….OMG. The only word I can find to describe it is AH-MAY-ZING.
Styled by the magic Hannah of The Tea Set, the gothic winter theme took my breath away. There were feathers, smoke machines, a tree house, and an 8 foot nest. Yep, you heard that right, an 8 foot nest. The models, Martina & Leslie were the most gorgeous real-life couple and an absolute joy to photograph – I said it at the time and I’ll say it again, it’s virtually impossible to take a bad photograph of these guys! I love them! I’m not sure my wittering will do it any justice at all, so I’m going to leave it to the photos.
A little bit of magic… (this photo also won photo of the course, so a big thank you to Martina for looking so amazing in this!)
And can we just take a moment to admire THAT hat…
If you’re a photographer looking to improve your photographic skills and have a lot of fun along the way, please do check out the courses run by The Photography Farm. I know Lisa’s just announced a bunch of new dates for boudoir photography and wedding/engagement photography, as well as another off camera flash course with Adam starting on 29th January 2012.
If you’re a bride to be having a nosey around, please go check out these amazing vendors who will add a little bit of magic to your wedding day!
You can also check out Rock n Roll Bride’s write up of the course right here.
Photography Farm ~ run by Lisa Devlin
Lead Photographer ~ Adam Bronkhorst,
Stylist ~ The Tea Set,
Co-ordinator ~ Jayne Sacco (and a big thank you to Smokey Joe Sacco for being a smoke-producing wizard)
Hair and Make-up ~ Elbie van Eeden,
Dresses & Veil headpiece ~ Hope and Harlequin,
Suit & Overcoat ~ Gresham Blake,
Bird of Paradise Hat ~ Jane Taylor Millinery
, Jewellery ~ Union Jewellery,
Antiques~ Henry Nicholls Antiques