I have blogged before about all of the great workshops and seminars that I have had the pleasure of giving to other photographers. Together, Robert Nowell (my EnlightenMe business partner) and I have spoken and taught on:
– Adobe Lightroom
– Off-Camera flash
– Album design
– Portrait lighting
– Embracing change
– The business of photography
– Wedding photography
I have a HUGE passion for teaching. For as long as I can remember, I have been involved with teaching in one way or another. I was a camp-counsellor for 4 years throughout high-school, I taught swim-lessons for 6 years throughout high-school and University and I have tutored, assisted and taught fellow classmates throughout my high-school and University career.
When I started my photography business, I knew that my love for teaching would eventually come full-circle and that I would have the opportunity to teach again. Now is that time, and I am totally loving it.
Most of the time, we speak and teach on the technical aspects of photography (lighting, posing, flash techniques, editing, retouching) and the technical aspects of business (marketing, advertising, branding, and so on). While I love teaching on these subjects, it was time for a change, and we had the opportunity to speak and teach one something totally different this past weekend.
Dave and Charlotte (Al and my wedding photographers) hosted the first-annual, two-day Awaken Workshops, this past weekend. The purpose was to awaken the spirits and inspire photographers. We had the room packed with over 100 new, experienced and aspiring photographers, to whom we were excited to share, motivate and inspire. Instead of taking our normal route of speaking and talking on the technical aspects of our business, we decided to take a completely different route.
Our program was entitled “The Lie of Busy” and we spoke about how personal growth and focusing on our lives is just as important (if not more important) as focusing on our business. We have found that photographers typically work around the clock, don’t have business hours, don’t have set policies, and often sacrifice family, personal time and friends for their businesses. While it is important to be flexible and accommodating for our clients, it is also important to have a personal life outside of our businesses.
We really enjoyed speaking on this topic, and we have plans to take this topic and project further to inspire more and more photographers. Keep your eyes peeled on this one!
It really was an inspiring weekend, and we were honoured to be speaking aside some of Tonroto’s best wedding and portrait photographers:
Our good friend and official photographer of the Awaken Workshops, Scott Willams has given me permission to post these images that he captured throughout the weekend, I hope that you enjoy them.
Also a huge thanks to Andrew and Emily, of Sorlie Arts, who were the event’s official videographer. Andrew did a bang-up job with the videos from what I’ve seen; I can’t wait to see the final product!
Keep your eyes and ears peeled for next year’s Awaken Workshops; you do NOT want to miss this! And also check back, here, frequently, to stay updated with our speaking schedule.
Have a great day!