Hi Everyone, welcome to another "PiP Blogger"
I woke up early on the 18th June 2013 mega excited that I was going on a wedding photography workshop with a photographer I have great admiration for, Steve Gerrard.
Until this day I have made it a personal mission to self teach, and to bring through a natural style to my photography instead of being taught like everyone else at there college or
university courses. But, I had got to a point in my development where I just needed that final nudge to learn the skills I wanted to accomplish what is my capturing the natural 'you' style. My aim of going on this workshop was not to copy Steve's style, his is very unique. But I admired how he works weddings, how fun they are and how consistent his images turn out after post production. This blog is about my day with Steve. I wont give much away about what he taught me, 1 because unless you actually go on this course you wont appreciate how much you learn in one day, and second it wouldn't be fair on Steve if I blew all his secrets/tips to the world.
Right, here we go!
Arriving at "The Custard Factory" in Birmingham which is a funky part of town where all sorts of interesting people work, I met other photographers that were sat waiting for Steve to arrive, and we were all saying how excited we were. Then over comes Steve, all 5ft 6 of him! He invites us up to his studio via the lift, it got very cozy with the 9 of us and all our camera gear.
Being an ex squady, the minute he said "And here is the tea and coffee making area" I was getting the brews on for everyone, it's a good ice breaker as everyone was a bit shy at first.
The first half of the day is spent in his studio. We started by Steve asking us all to introduce ourselves and what we were each hoping to achieve from our day with him. From the off Steve listened to all our questions and was happy to go into great depth with his answers. Throughout the morning he covered subjects of his style, his inspirations, how he got into photography, mistakes he has learnt from, work and home life, the right clients for you and where to find them, what equipment he uses and answering lots and lots of our questions.
Like any good photographer, Steve made sure our bellies were full with a nice lunch from across the street. This is when we met our model wedding couple, 'Ben' and 'Hannah' from HBA Photography They are both wedding photographers! So the pressure was on to take some good pictures of them.
After a good fill, we grabbed our camera gear and Steve took us onto the streets of Birmingham for a hands on demo of how he would work through a wedding, conducting the couple shots in his unique style..
Even in a packed carpark Steve showed us how to untilise your surroundings and take advantage of interesting backgrounds and reflections off cars.
And then it was our turn! I think everyone at once went "OW #*@%!" The nerves set in as we had to step up to the firing line and show Steve what we were capable of. But, it was nothing like that. I can say there were photographers from all different experience levels there on the day, and Steve knew this. He was very calm, helped explain any technical questions on camera, let us play with his off camera flash, pocket wizards and soft box, and helped us one at a time. Here are some of my efforts. All these images were edited using the new method that Steve has taught me. It knocked days even weeks off my editing times!
After an exciting couple of hours out on the ground it was back to the studio where again we got brewed up, sat down and then had Steve take us through his entire post production and workflow methods. Its way to much to explain on a blog, but my goodness, it was INVALUABLE!
And then after the course, there was only one thing for it. Too the pub!
Cheers Steve for giving me such a great day out, you taught me so much in such a short space of time. For anyone that is reading this and pondering whether to go on this course, I hope my blog has convinced you to sign up for the next one, it's worth every, single, penny..
Until the next time, keep posted! Bye for now :0)