I am in the fortunate position to know some genuinely nice people, but even more fortunate to be able to share a weekend with them whilst indulging in my passion for photography. This was the case last weekend when I asked my good friend and top Pro Photographer John Denton to come down to teach two different subjects over the course of the weekend.
The first day was held at a location I know well and again I am fortunate that my friend Mick Butler has a wonderful pre-WW1 boat shed at his disposal on the banks of the River Hamble, in Hampshire. It was here that John's course centered on a Vintage Fashion theme and it was a location that worked so well.
Unfortunately the weather was just plain awful! No snow, but a wind that cut through the delegates wearing winter atire, akin to being in the Artic! But there was no complaint, especially as our model, the beautiful Jennifer Dickinson, was willing to ignore the sub-zero temperatures to give everyone the images that I'm sure will be a main fixture of portfolios for some time!
Sunday's workshop was a complete contrast to the day before. Photographing Nudes was the order of the day and was conducted solely in the confines of the studio. Bearing in mind the second ice age was happening outside, everyone was relieved that the heating was on full in the studio.
I've watched John teach many times, but it never fails to impress the moment you see the light bulb moment happen. It happen with all the delegates on this day, watching the awe in people understanding how light transforms the human form with the slightest of moment.
The finale was "the flour" shot. Simply it was a case of Jen having flour thrown towards her, whilst posing. She is pure class, a true professional and one hell of a model!
John's training is beyond compare and already there is talk of the next workshop, possibly in October, so if you missed it this time round, don't miss next time! Monday was my Birthday and both Jen and John made it such a special day with a 1-2-1 training day for me. An exhausting, but inspirational day of which I am eternally grateful.
The delegates over this weekend consisted were my good friends Clive Hall, Clare Woolford and Lindsay Dobson and new friends Will Genix, Stephen Maitland, Mel Taylor, Terry Kingston, Stephen Duncan and Simon Allen. Thanks guys for coming and helping us promote the studio and we hope to see you all soon.