Well, the last few days since THE workshop have been a bit of a blur. Two pre-wedding shoots, a wedding consultation, a day off (at the beach….lovely!), a trip to Bristol for a planning meeting and yesterday I was on a farm in Wales. Phew….sometimes I wonder how I fit it all in!
As you know, getting onto the Jasmine Star Workshop was a dream come true for me & this time last week, that dream was becoming a reality. Now, I’m not normally the shy, retiring type or someone who is in the slightest bit nervous about walking into a room of people I don’t know, but having looked at my fellow ‘participants’ fabulous photography & with the prospect of meeting THE amazing J*, I was delighted when Delia agreed to be my ‘travel-partner’ so we could hold each others hand. I picked her up at Tesco’s (isn’t that where all international, jet-setting photographers meet?!) and although we talked the whole way to London, we suddenly found ourselves dumb-struck when we arrived at our hotel.
Kat (the fabulous lady who coaxed J* across the Atlantic & organised the day itself) had arranged an ice-breaker the night before the course at a chic roof-top bar in Soho & to say I was nervous, was an understatement!
I think nothing about organising 200 guests at a wedding, but this was an entirely different matter. Eating dinner at the hotel my hands were shaking, getting dressed I felt sick, the taxi ride across London was the longest ever & walking up the stairs to the bar, I thought my legs were going to collapse. For those of you who know me….you’ll know this is sooo not me!
When we arrived, everyone was so lovely, so after a cheeky cocktail or two, I was feeling much more myself. HOWEVER….I noticed there was one (or maybe three) vital people missing. Stood with my back to the entrance, I suddenly became aware that everyone was looking towards me & over the noise heard hushed whispers of ‘OMG, she’s here’, ‘Oh look, here they are’. OH NO…there go the legs. The room is spinning. Dear God, all those times I’ve joked about fainting right at this moment, please don’t let me really do it?!
I somehow managed to keep my cool but knew I had to turn around at some point. So. I just went for it. And there she was. Exactly how she’s looked on my screen at home so many times before, her friendly face beaming at me with her hand outstretched. ‘Hi…I’m Jasmine’ she said. And that’s one of the many things I love about her. She is so humble & down-to-earth…..like she needed to introduce herself to us?!
The next day went by in a whirlwind. Logos, branding, client care, managing your online presence, networking, post processing and a little bit of shooting thrown in for good measure. It was everything I expected it to me and more. I learnt so much not only about the ‘nuts & bolts’ of a photography business, by one of the top photographers in the world, but surprisingly I learnt so much about my myself & my business too. It really was the most incredible day.
I want to say a huge thank you to Jasmine & JD for making the journey over. For not being afraid to share everything you did with us. For not being afraid to be yourselves. And for inspiring us all with your ‘awesomeness’. A big shout out also goes to Kat who not only persuaded her to make the journey across the water but for all the hard work that went into such a fabulous two days. (Although I’m not sure the next day I was thanking her for encouraging me to drink Mojito’s the night of the course!). And an extra special thank you to all 19 other photographers without whom, the experience just wouldn’t have been the same. I just know we are going to keep in touch and I can’t wait to share the next stage of the journey with you all.
As a direct result of the course, things have already started to change around here and the future is set to be fast and exciting. In the words of the amazing lady herself “Sprint towards what you want and never look back.”
Kat had styled a fabulous bridal shoot for us & we got a chance to get our camera’s out. I chose not to take too many images, as I wanted to watch and absorb everything that was being said, but here are a few memories of that day.
Poor Rachel & Dan had to contend with not only being photographed by THE J* (& JD) but 20 others of us….no wonder she looks slightly nervous
Jasmine asked for volunteers to come forward to direct the ‘bride & groom’ into a pose in front of the group. I was scared stiff but knew if I didn’t do it, I would regret it. This was my pose and although my hands were shaking…I still managed to ‘nail’ an image I was happy with.
Leo looking all serious….which he soooo isn’t!
Rachel was a dream to photograph. She isn’t a real model but she could so be….she worked it so well. Gorgeous!!
Love the bottom one here…they look genuinely relaxed which is amazing because if you saw behind me there was 22 lenses pointing at them!!
Tweaks to the dress…while we all brainstorm the next poses
When Jasmine’s back was turned we ended up practicing our wanna-be model poses…which created a lot of laughs! I LOVE Delia’s face in this one…she looks soo happy!
Mmmm cake! But if you had one that looked this good you just wouldn’t want to eat it would you?!
The following suppliers donated their time, energy & products beforehand & on the day itself – thank you so much.
Venue: One Marylebone
Flowers: Pollen Nation
Cakes: Restoration Cake (mini cakes) and The Art of Cake (large ‘rose’ cake)
Furniture (chairs/tables/screen/sofas): Great Hire
Caterers: The Recipe
Hair: Severin Hubert of The Hepburn Collection
Make Up: Elbie Van Eeden
Behind the Scenes Video: Richard Wakefield of FX Films
Organiser/general dogsbody: Kat Williams of Rock n Roll Bride
Models: Rachel & Dan