X-Weddings Schedule And ActivitiesAll the Keynotes will be on Day 1 (13th November) with the Electives on Day 2 (14th November)
Checkin, grab a coffee and your goodie bag full of errr, goodies & lots of great discounts exclusively for you.
There is a lot of misinformation out there regarding SEO for Wedding Photographers.
In this talk, Kevin will demonstrate actual best practice that won’t get you in trouble with Google. He will also cover Social Media and understanding the difference between branding and marketing.
He’ll also show a few pictures, I’m sure.
Every wedding film is approached without preconceptions. We want every aspect of our wedding videos to truly reflect the personalities of our couples, from the style of the edit to the type of soundtrack we create. Matt will talk through his thought processes and how he achieves individuality in his personal, intimate, lively and real films.
Grabe a Coffee and speak to our helpful Sponsors and Supporters.
Have you ever thought ‘I can’t put a bride there’, or ‘there really is nothing here, this venue sucks!’?? Scott will explain how he gets the award-winning images he is known for by using nothing more than his eye. Often his couples say to him “well, how did you get that there?!” when they look back at their wedding images, and he will explain how he does this.
In this presentation, he will explain his thought process before he clicks the shutter of his Fujifilm X-T3 and will show you some before and afters of locations, and the editing process that will turn something that to the naked eye looks, well, average at best into his signature look.
Posing can be a dirty word, but he will also explain how he gets his couples to stand to make them look more elegant and refined, and combined with the use of light, help to give your images the ‘wow’ factor moving forwards.
Take a break and enjoy lunch in the hotel restaurant.
A Hot Lunch is included in your ticket price so no need to bring anything with you.
Chris will talk a little bit about inspiration, how he looks for things outside of wedding photography to inspire his work.
How he looks for things in movies, tv, music videos, magazines or art.
Trying to take things that we personally enjoy and implementing that into our work, staying true to our own tastes and trying to develop a vision that’s a true representation of our own personalities.
How can we get our couples invested in creative couple portraits through common inspirations?
Saraya is our “Wildcard” for 2019. Although she has shot a lot of weddings, this talk is about giving us all a break from wedding photography.
Having worked as a photographer for various Non-Government Organisations Saraya reflects on her photographic experiences from around the world and how they have changed the way she now shoots.
Sharing her stunning images along with some inspiring and fascinating stories from her travelling adventures, Saraya will explain how the Fujifilm X System has helped her capture some beautiful images of remote communities from Tanzania, Nepal and Nicaragua.
Saraya will outline her perfect photographic kit for travelling the world whilst still managing to maintain her high quality of travel portrait photography and how she can travel for months at a time in some very remote and in very basic conditions.
This talk will inspire you to push your creative boundaries and how shooting out of your normal comfort zone can reinvigorate your photographic passion.
Grabe a Coffee and speak to our helpful Sponsors and Supporters.
It was quite recently when I realised that I actually do know how to shoot the wedding. I already know where to stand, when to press the trigger. I know what emotions I want to mirror in my pictures. I even dare to say that I know how to tell the wedding story through them. Moreover, I use the best (for me) photography equipment. It would felt that everything was almost ideal. But one question remained without an answer until these days. The question was simple: Why do I do it? And do I do it well if all the others do it differently? Consequently, I realised that many people around me struggle with the same. They do their job (and they do it damn well) but they haven’t clarified their “why”.
This talk is going to be about how I found the ultimate answer to the mother of all questions. Why is it so good to be yourself? That is exactly what I would advise to my early-career me. Besides that, I will share with you some thoughts on why is it good to give up the fight with your competition and give you some tips on how not to succumb to the pressure of ephemeral wedding trends, which can hardly survive a decade. By the way, aren’t you the subject of this pressure yourself..?
Everyone has a voice, but how do you show that in a still image? And how does that sound and still image, become a value proposition for your subjects, sitters and clients? Take it a step further and ask yourself this too. Have you seriously yet turned that collar dial on the top of your Fujifilm camera to the video setting? If not, why?
It’s a story I’ve told a number of times at workshops and conferences across the country and for some it resonates immediately. For others it’s a slow burner of realisation, that they could be missing the one sense that has never been associated traditionally with still pictures.
In 2011 I’d been photographing weddings for seven years. I thought I had it pretty sorted in terms of my sales conversion, shooting style and post production. I was shooting 80 weddings a year and with the help of a modest team, things were pretty sweet in terms of formula. In March, right at the start of that year I was visited by a couple who I’d photographed as portrait clients with their little baby daughter a few years previous.
I’ll never forget that meeting.
The couple announced they were getting wed, the next month, and they wanted me to do my thing photographically. Then there was the kicker, the bit that changed my way of thinking. The bride to be had a particular kind of brain tumour that as she said in our meeting; “Will see to me, I won’t be able to see to it.” All I could think about at that time was their daughter who in 2011 was about five. I had children not far off that age. You do the math, as they say.
So I offered something that I hadn’t done before that wedding, I offered to audio record the day as well as make pictures, so that I could produce some kind of supercharged slideshow. This wouldn’t just feature music, and it wouldn’t simply play out as a rotation of pictures. It would be a living, breathing production that in stills and sounds, would be a total legacy piece. I made it for the couple, but really I made it for their daughter as a sound and pictures time capsule. The bride gave an emotional speech on that wedding day. It brought the house down, obviously. She talked about her family and her husband and then asked of her friends; “Look after him for me people.” That sound, those emotions, her speech and that day will live on through this film with her daughter forever. And for me, I realised, for the second time in my life, having started my working life in radio, that sound is a potent force to be reckoned with. This was the day the Photofilm was born.
Babies hear sounds from the outside world at sixteen weeks gestation. It’s noted that they can recognise a father’s voice for example from the day they are born. And it’s widely now believed and understood that sound is the last sense we experience before we pass on.
So why is sound something as photographers we don’t think to embrace? What should it be the domain of the videographer or film maker? Why can’t sound and stills live harmoniously together too?
If you’re a portrait photographer and specifically a ‘day in the life’ style shooter, have you ever thought to ask a family to read their newborn or young child a book? Imagine the power a recording may have if your parent or even grandparent’s voice could still read you a bedtime story as you yourself grow older? What I would give to hear my grandmother read me The House at Pooh Corner.
What we do is about legacy. Every time you press your shutter button, it’s about record, it’s about life, it’s about that legacy.
Extend that a little further and you may be thinking about filming. Vlogs, journal pieces for your website, commercial films, or just simply filming those you love.
In this workshop, I want to give you an edge that you may not have considered yet. The gift of understanding sound recording. I want to show you how to record, what to record with and what to do with those recordings. I want to take you on an audio journey and I want to change your business. I want to give you a voice to go with those fabulous pictures you make every day.
Wedding photography could be one of the best ways how to tell engaging human stories.
On the other hand, it is very binding. During this all-day workshop, I will show you how I approach this craft and how timelessly I see it.
I will reveal to you my entire workflow – from preparing for a wedding day to submitting photographs within 14 days.
I will tell you how, when and where I take photos and how why I am always trying to be one from wedding guests.
I will introduce you a really tuned workflow that allows me to choose from the 4000 captured photos the 400 best and how I edit them. It takes me usually only two days.
The workshop will be divided into three parts:
The theoretical part
Here we will talk about:
– a professional photographer’s workflow (everyday habits, photo-taking on the wedding day, wedding edit and thrifty post process),
– and how I work with social networks.
The following section will be about portfolio review
– I will tell you how to tell an engaging wedding story in 100 pictures,
– We will make a portfolio review of your stories.
The last part of the workshop will be a practical part, where we will go to the streets of Beth:
– wedding street photography
– we will learn how to take advantage of the surrounding events when taking portraits and how to find the right place for original and engaging portraits even in a not very interesting environment.