I am not one to attend tons of workshops and seminars or follow many photographers work. I find too much clouds my sight and I stop seeing how I see.
I do, however, at the beginning of each year, work out what I need in terms of inspiration and growth and plan for 1-3 workshops a year.
On Tuesday I attended Jonas Peterson’s workshop called ” A greater story ” . It was absolutely wonderful. Truly what I needed. Jonas is a world class wedding photographer, in fact, voted in the top 10 in the world. I have adored his emotive, delicate, gentle, story telling style for several years and he has been on my list to go and see speak, was so excited when he decided to visit little ol’ Adelaide.
The workshop had very little to do with photography. Which pleased me. I don’t need to learn to pose or shoot. It was about the human spirit, about being your authentic self, being brave, taking chances, being real and honest and your story being a part of your uniqueness in business. And about rather than being a story teller when you shoot, but a good listener. Shoot what you see, not what you create.
All of which I believe in, and live by. It just reinforced and taught me new things, spoken by a man who although super confident, competitive, crazy successful and driven is quite shy, quietly spoken, down to earth and humble from what I perceived.
I loved sitting and listening to Jonas’s story. His vulnerability, his struggles. The balancing act and realization that as a photographer, a busy one, you become a spectator in people’s lives. The loneliness and solitude of that takes its toll. I have been doing that for years, 17 years in my business and 25 in the industry, dedicated my life to my business and other people’s stories that it rang very true to my heart. In the last few years I have taken stock and worked towards more life balance, trying to find tools to shut off before and after the adrenaline high and emotional roller coaster of massive all day shoots.
This was one of the best days I have had in ages :)
Below are a few or my favourite of Jonas’s wedding images as well as some shots taken of the workshop by Pete Thornton, one of Adelaide’s lovely and super talented photographers. Pete’s studio is on his country property just out of Gawler and it reminded me very much of what my life is about to become as I move out of the big smoke and build my studio in the Adelaide Hills.
It was a very inspiring day all round and I drove home feeling grounded and carrying a happy heart
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