I recently took part in an online workshop, focused purely on newborn photography. You can never stop learning, I think with an art form especially, there is no end to your work, you can't look at a photo and think, yep, that's it, I can't get better than that. There is always room for improvement.
In this workshop, photographers from all over the world submitted videos on all different subjects to do with newborn photography, a set of videos were released every day over 3 days. There is a Facebook discussion group which those photographers/teachers were part of for the first 2 weeks to answer your questions. What an amazing experience, I would never have been able to ask my questions to these photographers any other way.
Who was I most excited to see? Rachel Vanoven, Erin Tole, Kristin Cook (I went to Melbourne to her studio for a workshop in 2014 and it was incredible) and Amy Cope (NZ represent!)
If you don't know any of these names, look them up, their work is outstanding, their work pushes me to be better, every shoot I do, I want it to be better than the last, skill wise.
I was sold on this retreat instantly because it meant I could learn from home, see more than one photographer in action, watch and learn in my own time, you can download the videos and keep them forever.
What did I learn?
I learnt more about direction of light, posing techniques I've not tried before and tips to refine the ones I already use in my work. How to run my business more efficiently. Editing techniques to execute things I may not have been able to figure out before. To listen to my instincts, to shoot more what feels right not all just what I *think* I should shoot.
Newborn safety was covered in the workshop too, this should be the highest priority and watching that video made me realise how important it is to me. I will continue to always make this my priority.
I want to use this new found knowledge to try new poses, natural posing, newborn lifestyle sessions, to be more creative and to refine the look of my work.
I hope what I've learnt shows through in my work and helps me to become better at what I do, It's important for me to attend/be part of workshops like this so I can stay refreshed, up skill, continue my professional development, and learn more about the industry I am in.
As a newborn photographer, I was fan-girling big time seeing these amazingly talented woman working and teaching.
Watch this space to see what I come up with next.....