Studio Lighting Workshop Hair of The Dog Photography Conference. Brisbane 2017
Photoshoot on the Gold Coast
It was about 4 months ago when i received a phone call asking me to be involved in the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, (AIPP), Queensland Division, State Conference,named Hair of the Dog, which was being held in Brisbane in February 2017.
To be honest, i was a bit taken aback and initially said to Sara, the current Queensland President, "Me? you want me to speak and run a Studio Lighting workshop? Oh no, i couldn't do that. No, no, nope. No, i don't think i could..what if no-one comes?? You think people would want to see me and what i do in my studio?"
Sara laughed. - " We knew that's what you would say!, now give it a minute to settle in" she said
Then she went on to, "we know you will go away and come back to us with an exuberant, fabulous presentation and will throw everything you have at it to make it great" "You are Professional, you have a great business, you love what you do, your lighting is beautiful, your posing is stunning, you have a great story, you can do this"
...hmmm...really...hmmmm...ok....hmmm.....maybe....no.....maybe...hmm...i..am...not...sure.....maybe.....oh man....maybe i could. Could i???
"OKAY, i'm in" !!! Crap. What had a i just agreed to - god! What if i fail..infront of ALL of my peers!! Can't breathe.......
So in the following months, i started to formulate some ideas on studio Lighting, studio photography, glamour makeovers, styling of shoots - and i watched other big name presenters all over the YOU TUBE to see "How it was done"!! THIS, this didn't help. It just made me freak out even more and made me think, maybe i don't know that much...oh god, but i said yes!!! Crap.
It was soon after a colleague of mine said "You'll be fine Megan, just be yourself", and i was like YES, oh YES, okay, i can do that! I hadn't thought of that approach...like, really. I was so busy trying to be this big professional, knowledge of EVERYTHING speaker, that i forgot to be the thing that come so easily. MYSELF.
It was only then that the ideas started to flow. Tell them your story. Tell them how you rediscovered your love of photography and how during your studies as a mum in your late 30's, you fell in love with Studio Photography. Once that was bedded down, i could create. I went to work. Hand painting the backdrops, making, designing and styling the costumes, but not just ONE, Let's do TWO!! Yes, two completely different styles, two studio lighting setups. Two backdrops, two costumes, lets blow their minds.
It was then that the great guys from Kayell Australia made contact and were willing to supply all of the lighting and support i needed to run the workshop. Now, if you know anything in this industry, you know that Kayell Australia are right at the very top of the tree. Their lighting products are simply the best. High quality lighting and accessories - everything a Professional Portrait Studio Photographer needs and desires!!
This was going to be AMAZING and i was so excited to be given an opportunity to share my work and my lighting processes with a bunch of great people. I had found the most perfect model who i adore. I CAN do this.
I recorded my talk and would play it in the car each morning and afternoon on the way to school pickup and drop off. That went down a treat!! ha, not! It was the greatest torment - but maybe if i fell ill, one of the kids could have run the workshop, since they had heard it playing over and over and over again. So really it was a backup plan!! lol
The weekend came around fast and i was cool as a cucumber, right up until about 6 minutes prior to the first workshop on the Saturday morning, when i became sooooo nervous, i couldn't even work the buttons on my camera. All function had disappeared from my brain!!!!
Only short-lived thankfully as i pulled it together took a heap of deep breathes, and pressed play on the slideshow.
I don't really know how to describe what happened for the next hour and a half, except to say that it was the most exhilerating, terrifying, uplifting, crazy, lovely, wonderful, fun things i had ever done. And i was addicted to that feeling!!
What an awesome Day OUT doing a Photoshoot on the Gold Coast
The rush, the storytelling and the energy that came back to me from the attendees in a massive wave that filled very part of my being with warmth was incredible. But i knew one thing. I wanted to DO IT AGAIN!!
and we did. On the Monday. A whole new group of people came, and extra's came, as they had heard about Saturday's workshop and they wanted to get a look for themselves. "Someone, get more chairs!"
I have added some Photographs. Behind the scenes as well as some of the finished images of the Beautifully divine Francesca Pang.
Have a look, and if you were one of the people who attended, i'd love your feedback. I appreciate every single person who came on this journey with me. You all know who you are. Without you all, i would simply be lost. Thank you. M xx
Behind the scenes images : Kurt Stockham
Some of the edited images that i took of the beautiful Francesca.
Photoshoot on the gold coast
Photography by Kurt Stockholm
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STUNNING article... absolutely awesome
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