For this blog I’m going to turn back the clock and talk about a photography workshop that I participated in earlier this year. I’m sure that we can all look back and identify moments in time where we didn’t actually realize the significance of what was happening or how it would influence us until much later on.
I had the urge to blog this back in March immediately afterwards but now, looking back on it, I’m pleased I didn’t. Five months on I feel that this post has a lot more relevance to it now that I’ve had the chance to experience how the whole experience of this workshop continues to progress after you walk out the door at the end of day two. The workshop is called ‘Dare’ and it is run by a guy that goes by the name of Gary Lashmar (Aka Marshal Gray). I think that it is also fair to say that he gets plenty of support from his partner Claudia Rose Carter. The two day training course was quite simply the best investment that I have made in myself since I decided that becoming a professional wedding photographer was what I wanted to do. The whole experience, for me, was something that I wasn’t expecting. It was completely different and all together far beyond anything that I thought or imagined it could be. I’ll be genuine here when I say that if you want to attend a workshop that shows you how to hold or set up a camera, or you want to talk about technical issues, settings, pre-sets or plug ins then this isn’t what Dare is about (although post production is covered). By no means do you have to be a professional to get something from it. It’s about waking up to what’s going on around us. On the course that I attended there were 12 of us, all at different stages in our careers but all in the same proverbial boat of not knowing what to expect. There were photographers who were just starting out in the world of wedding photography, right the way through to well established award winning photographers who could hold their own against some of the best people in the country. No matter what stage you are at there is definitely something in it for everyone and I cannot recommend strongly enough that you give it a go.
I won’t divulge too much about what happens over the two days because that would simply ruin it. What I will say that it is designed to make you work under pressure and to help you get the best from yourself while working in those situations. Personally, it made me think about my work — and consider ways I could approach my work that I hadn’t done previously. The reason I mentioned before that I think this post has more relevance now than it would have back then is that the two day work shop is literally just the start of it. The support that everyone gets “post-Dare” is unique. I know that it has helped me grow at a rate that I couldn’t have done beforehand. It’s not just what Gary offers himself (which is nothing but totally genuine, open and honest) but also what the whole collective of dare graduates offer each other once the workshop is over. It’s something that you really cannot buy. A way of putting it is that Dare doesn’t end; it just keeps on going for as long as you as you participate in it. If anyone is contemplating investing in a Dare workshop and hasn’t signed up already my advice to you is this…. Stop thinking about it and do it! It’s something that you will not regret.
I was going to hold back from starting my blog for a few weeks while I’m in the process of rebuilding my web site, but as you can see, here I am. Recently I was asked photograph a very special memorial in honour of those who fell in the Great War of 1914-1918. Yesterday night as part of the Lights Out, London commemoration, buildings around the capital and across the UK switched off their lights as a mark of respect to those who fought and died during World War I . The memorial shrine is located at Freemasons hall which is close to London’s Covent Garden and is a tribute to the Freemasons that died. Here are a couple photos to share with you all.