Sunday, May 10, 2009

Cheryl's Bootcamp

WOW WOW WOW just home from the most fantastic photography workshop weekend in Great Chesterford, London- Cheryl Johnson's Bootcamp. From beginning to end it was just an amazing weekend of learning and fun in the best company of lovely photographers and scrappers from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

The weekend was a great mix of tech talk and practical experience and the theme of Army Bootcamp was prominent as you will see from these photos. Lesley made this fun and clever animation of our graduation/fall out - have a look here

On Saturday we had a morning session in studio with a great little model Abbie aged 6 who was such a little pro....

After that session we went outside to the beautiful hotel grounds and photographed Abbie doing her thing in the garden. She was quite the little star and loved the attention from the papparazzi following her every move..

Afterwards we spent some time doing a baby photo shoot - little baby David aged 4 months who was half compliant and half annoyed at us poking lenses in his face which was good experience on adaptability as a photographer as that's what babies do at that age.

After a fantastic BBQ on Saturday night we had a chance to have a little play in the studio again and that's when the fun really started...

First I took some 'serious' head shots of Audrey - quite happy with the mood of these photos. Of course it helps when your model is photogenic!

...Then we discovered Cheryl's prop bag so we had lots of giggles with the fairy wings!

The next day we spent a sunny Sunday morning walking around the lovely village of great Chesterford with our model family of four which were duly stalked by the papps. At one stage we were photographing our roleplay 'moody teenager' subject on a doorstep when suddenly the owner opened his door to 30 or so cameras pointing his direction. He took it in good spirits and invited us in for tea!

It was an unmissable weekened - I learn't so much and had the best time...Thank you Cheryl!


Elisa said...

Wow, I am so envious! I've just enrolled for Cheryl's online course, but nothing beats real life, hands on experience.

All great photos, but the fairy wings photos are my favourite, the 2nd of you (taken by Audrey perhaps) and Audreys are really pro stuff!!!

Jackie C said...

Great photos Lainey!!!! I love the fairy wing photos too, though Audrey looks like a cheeky imp!! Sounds like you had a great time too!!

Audrey said...

Fab photos Elaine, I'm only getting back to normal now!!!! Was great having you there {hug}