Last week I attended a Wedding training session with the amazing Chris Chambers who taught us the art of Off Camera Flash, shooting angles and alternative couple posing.  I can honestly say it was the best training I have had, learning so much during our day by the seaside!

During our session Chris took us down to the beach and to various parts of the hotel to show us how you can get the best out of any venue and your surroundings.  I was blown away by the results and if I don’t show you the behind the scenes images as well you would never believe where some of the images were taken!    It was also absolutely freezing on the seafront, but our models on the day didn’t let it show!!

Harsh sunlight on a busy pavement – not a problem, creating a beautiful silhouette in the process!

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Not afraid to get a bit wet – although the North Sea looks a bit grey!

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Up on a grass verge, this was a really busy area for dog walkers and the sun was beaming down on us but with a little assistance you would have been able to tell!

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We founds some shipping containers to add some colour to our images – a little extra editing would remove the writing and large marks making it a great backdrop!

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Our last stop was ‘extra special’.  Who knew 2 speed lights and a change in camera settings could transform a dark alleyway behind the hotel – complete with wheelie bins, sour milk and an old coke can just for good measure – into one of the best images I have EVER taken.  The starburst photo is my favourite shot to date!

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These new lighting techniques has taught to me that you shouldn’t judge any Wedding venue by the initial appearance or worry about the surrounding areas, no matter what venue you choose or even if it rains on your wedding day I am confident I will capture some truly stunning images at every Wedding.  I’m incredibly proud of the images I produced during the day and cannot wait to put these new skills to practise!

The training was part of the 1st Northern Portrait & Newborn Expo which was held at the Norbeck Hotel in Blackpool (which I have heard being referred to as a castle by the seaside recently).   The Expo was a great place to buy new props, learn new skills, network and socialise.  Apart from melting my bank card, spending way too much with all the wonderful vendors there (I can feel some model calls coming up so I can use my new props), I got to meet other like minded professional female photographers who shared the same line of work and passion as me.  Hope to meet up (and work with) some of them again really soon!

Love & clicks

Michelle x

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