This weekend, I was priveleged to have helped out on an amazing styled wedding workshop (and lucky enough to have been able to take some photos too).
Lauren Hughes, owner at LaHu Studios, is a really friendly, put-you-at-ease type of person, and gets on with everyone. Oh, and did I mention, she's an awesome wedding photographer!
Lauren ran her first styled wedding workshop from the "gawjus" Belt Craft Studios in North London. What an amazing location - an industrial workshop type of space with a rustic feel, exquisite colours, textures, and the light was just...wow.
The workshop included a comprehensive guide on setting up a wedding photography business, aims and objectives, equipment, training, social media, contracts, starting out with your first clients, developing your style, an idea on the wedding day timeline, what to ask your clients, and getting images for your portfolio.
We arrived just before 9am on Saturday to unload and unpack all the beautiful props, dresses, shoes, and lunch! Lauren got all the workshop material ready for the photographers, and started to set up. With the help of Becky from Flowers by Becky, who styled the scene around their stunning floral displays; and Hair Stylist, Sarah and Make-up Artist, Ally who made our models look beautiful with elegant hairdo's and naturally perfect make-up; the photographers who'd booked for each day were in for a treat. And Lauren is just such a natural in passing on her experience and expertise to help them build up their confidence for working with brides & grooms, and bridesmaids to get some super images that any wedding couple would be blown away by.
I learned some invaluable tips too! Those of you who know me know that I don't normally pose people, as I tend to take more candid, natural images, but Lauren's skills in teaching how to direct the couples certainly made me think - and I think I might just be using some of those hints & tips with my next wedding couple!
All the students were great fun - ready to try out different styles and get out of their comfort zones! And I think they'll be proud of their final images. I know I'm proud of mine. xx
Lauren Hughes, Photographer
Belt Craft Studios - Location
Sarah Sandwell, Hair Stylist
Allie Bell Mesher, Make Up Artist
Becky Stevens, Florist
Jenny Knowles, Model
Matthew Lightfoot, Model
Helen Molloy, Model
Jade Lyon, Model
Mia Sollis, Model
Nathan Poulson, Model
Lucy Scarfe, Model
Petra Bartha, Model
Teresa Whyte (that's me!), meeter & greeter, in charge of the form signing, and lunch preparer !!