September heralds the start of the busiest season at f11 Workshops and, this Autumn, I’m running more workshops than ever before. So, yesterday being the first of the month, it seemed like a good day to head down to the coast to check on the locations for the first workshop. Places can change, even in a few months, and pre-workshop recces are one of the hidden but essential expenses of this business.
Well, it’s never exactly a chore to spend time at the coast and I also felt obliged to check that standards hadn’t fallen at various essential eateries, so I can’t complain! My son had lost a bet with me and I called in my marker, so he became my ‘photo-slave’ for the day, providing kit-carrying services and witty banter in equal measure.
I don’t usually bring my camera when leading workshops as I prefer to concentrate on the clients rather than making my own images but, of course, this doesn’t apply to recces and, once all the essential business stuff had been taken care of, I had half an hour before last light. Luck was with me and the evening turned out nice, reminding me why I bring clients to this beautiful place.
All is ready for my busiest workshops season yet – bring it on!
I can finally explain why Focused Moments has been so quiet lately. It’s been a long time in the planning but this week my business partner, Tony Antoniou, and I launched our new venture, f11 Workshops.
We are going to be leading photography workshops and tours in Surrey and West Sussex. The photographer is spoilt for choice when it comes to workshops in some of the UK’s more famous beauty spots, like the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, the Lake District, or the Scottish Highlands, but there are few tours elsewhere. Yet there are rewarding locations everywhere if you know where to look. I am really looking forward to introducing other photographers to some of my favourite local places.
Taking small groups of 6-8 maximum, we aim to tread lightly in our chosen locations, leaving nothing behind and taking nothing away but our photographs and some great memories.
I’ll be blogging about our tours as they happen. Plus, now that the business is up and running, I should be able to get back to regular posting, and reading. In the meantime, if you have time, please visit our website. I’d love to know what you think. We are also on Facebook and Twitter.
I recently enjoyed a day out capturing images in the South Downs National Park, with my friend, Asmita Kapadia. Asmita runs photography workshops in the area and showed me some marvellous locations. More information about her tours can be found on her website. She also has a page on Facebook