“Know who you are. Don’t water yourself down.” (Mary Marantz)
In the course of 2 days, they brought me back to the essence of why I wanted to be a photographer in the first place. Professionally that is. For money. In good times and bad times. For better or for worse. Because that’s the part that feeds into your soul – which in turn will power everything else.
While I learned a lot the first day, about checkerboard lighting, studio flashes and restricted parking times (don’t ask), it was the second day that empowered me the most. Talking with the other participants about our workflows, ideas and inspiration. Getting to see how everybody tackles things differently – and more importantly the motivations behind it. I’ll never forget Mary, storyteller extraordinaire, brought us all to tears with her why. Justin, calm as ever, stayed remarkably comfortable surrounded by 11 weeping women. Total teddybear material. And Mary reminded me of my best friend back in Belgium, stylish and ambitious, with a heart of gold.
So Justin & Mary, thank you. For the chocolates, the laughs and rocking it out, despite the extreme jet-lag and lack of fresh coffee. Next time can we do it again and turn it into a whole week please?
Below some photos from day 1. Shout out to newlyweds Nick and Kellie for their patience. It’s not particularly comfortable getting shot at by a bunch of photographers, so kudos. You guys are too adorable!
As a result from this workshop, I’ll be paying a lot more attention to my blog from now on. Next week I’ll go deeper into the “why I photograph” – or rather the moment I discovered I really wanted to do this. If you want to stay tuned, subscribe here. Or you can follow me on facebook. I finally decided to take the jump and get myself a fancy page, ooh la la 🙂