Last weekend I held my very first beginners photography workshop at the amazing Pumping House in Ollerton.
I am so passionate about photography that it felt like a natural progression for me and my business to share that passion with budding photographers, and hopefully help them to better understand how to be more conscious photographers. With this being my first foray into teaching I was a little nervous about how many people would be interested in hearing what I had to say, so I was thrilled when I had to ask for a larger space at the venue to cater for the number of people coming!
My main aim of the session was to explain the basic principles of photography in a way that was simple and practical. I didn’t want my workshop to just be full of technical jargon that overwhelms and intimates, so I sat down to write about photography in the way that I understand it, from my perspective and broken down to it’s nuts and bolts. Photography is such a complicated and mutil layered subject that can be pretty tricky to break down and I was nervous that I had pitched the workshop right for everyone attending; but I was delighted with how it worked. To see the various ‘light bulb’ moment’s amongst the group was incredibly rewarding.
The venue itself worked beautifully. I had inserted plenty of practical ‘challenges’ into the running of the day, so the group was able to explore the space and practice the things we had been discussing. The Pumping House was full of fantastic little corners full of interesting nic-nacs, perfect to get the creative juices flowing.
We ended the session with a final chat about what we had learnt over a slice of homemade cake (of course!) and it was amazing to hear how much everyone had taken from the day and how inspired they were to experiment being a more ‘conscious photographer’. There were quite a few people who couldn’t make it onto the first workshop so I’m already planning in my next one, if you are interested in learning how to use that fab DSLR you got for Christmas, or develop a clearer understanding of photography in general then drop me a message 🙂
Here is some of the shots captured by the delegates from the workshop as well as some of their amazing feedback:
“So yesterday I had the pleasure of attending an amazing photography workshop with the very talented Helen King at the most inspiring place.”
“Thank you so much Helen King for an amazing day. I’ve learnt so much from you as well as being inspired by the other girls and boy.. lol
You put some lovely touches to our day and I really can’t wait for your next workshop. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.”
“Thanks so much for today Helen! Really enjoyed myself and have learnt so much, can’t wait to get out there and get snap happy .Thanks for the lovely notebook and cake btw!!”
I enjoyed “being able to take photos in the quirky rooms and the intimacy fo the workshop -not scary at all! The homemade cake and personalised notebooks were a lovely touch too!”
Photographs shown are taken by the lovely Lucy Sheppard, Elizabeth Somi, Lucy Victoria and Collette Stanley.