Wedding photography workshops in Lancashire
Earlier this month I held my first two solo wedding photography workshops and I absolutely loved them! I couldn’t believe when I announced the first workshop that it would sell out as quickly as it did, in just 2 hours! As a result I then organised a second date for the following week, which also sold out really quickly – crazy.
I decided to hold the workshops at Hoghton Tower in Lancashire. It has long been one of my favourite wedding venues, it is stunning both inside and out so I knew it would be the perfect setting. The staff at Hoghton Tower could not have been more helpful in both the lead up to the day and on the days itself too so a huge thank you to them, especially Lucy, for all their help.
As the workshops were held in early March, the weather was more arctic than sweltering with a nice amount of rain just to add to the wintery feel but that all just made the day more realistic to the conditions we often face at UK weddings! The weather didn’t stop both days being so much fun though, in fact my only disappointment was that the rain didn’t last long enough for us to go outside and get some cool rain shots. Maybe next time?!
I was lucky enough to have the help of my awesome wedding friends on both days too. Firstly, my uber-talented photographer friend Toni Darcy, who I had originally just asked to photograph the day for me but in the end she did so much more, including helping me with the organisation of the day, shooting behind the scenes video as well as photos, whilst also helping the attendees on the day with lighting and composition whilst I was teaching off-camera flash on one to one basis with each person. Toni – a massive thank you to you for everything!! You can see some of Toni’s behind the scenes photographs at the bottom of this blog post, together with a video of everything too.
I was so grateful that the amazing Phoebe from the award-winning Flossy & Leigh joined me on the workshops too. Phoebe is the absolute best make-up artist out there and she just lights up a room with her laughter and enthusiasm. She also organised each of the beautiful wedding dresses the girls wore too (from the brilliant Lulu Browns Bridal Boutique in Whalley – thank you so much Helen!) so again, a HUGE thank you Phoebe!!
I also had three awesome models, Kit, who I have worked with on a number of shoots now and is always amazing and also James Jebson (an incredible wedding photographer himself) and his wife Gemma. Considering James and Gemma, hadn’t done anything like this before, they were both absolutely brilliant and I couldn’t be more grateful to them both.
The beautiful flowers and headdresses were made by my great friend Laura from Laurel Weddings. Laura is so talented and her flowers always look beautiful so again, a massive thank you to you too Laura!
Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who attended, you all played a massive part in making both days as enjoyable and exciting as they were.
Everyone who attended the workshops has been added to a private Facebook group and I am so pleased that the group is already becoming a really great community with everyone helping and supporting each other as well as referring wedding enquiries to each other. This is a huge part of what I want the workshops to become and I hope that the group continues to grow and become even more supportive as time goes on.
After the success of these first two workshops, I set a date for my third workshop on the 6th May, which has also now sold out! I can’t wait already – it’s going to be so much fun!
UPDATE: Photographs from my third wedding photography workshop at Hoghton Tower are now online – you can see them here: http://www.neilredfern.com/blog/wedding-photography-workshop-3/
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Here is a little behind the scenes video showing more of what we got up to:
A huge thank you to Toni Darcy for taking most of the photographs and video in the wedding photography workshop video above and also all the photographs below!