YAN FAM WAY WORKSHOP.
I'm secretly glad that film takes a long time at the lab because it has given me a few weeks to really soak in the fullness of the YANFAMWAY workshop.
Here's the deal, Yan is amazing in the most beautiful, real and authentic of ways and has this incredible ability of really... getting... YOU. She can see right into your artistic being and pull out the very best. I'll admit the idea of the portfolio review slightly terrified me but it ended up bringing me to tears in the very best way. She looked past the flaws and imperfections and saw the truest and best part of me. And then of course the individualized homework assignment was spot on... and the best creative and constructive exercise I have had in a long awhile. All than happened before the workshop even began.
Here is where it gets really fun... learning from one of the best in the industry, surrounded by beautiful creative souls, is my version of heaven. The entire morning was chalk full of really...really.... good stuff. All those things I've been dying to learn that just can't come from a book. Here we are practicing some family posing techniques. I told you, good stuff right?!
After lunch we were able to walk over to the ever gorgeous, Lucy Taylor's house for her family session.
That right there is their most beautiful two-year old daughter.
All that to say, the day wasn't completely perfect. I made every rookie film photographer mistake in the book...seriously...every. single. one. Forgot my film camera at home. Check. Dead camera battery, when it was my turn to shoot. Check and Check. Panicked and left in the dark slide. Yep, that too. Chickened out and only took a few images. Yes, it all happened but Yan gracefully covered for me and I still ended up learning a whole LOT.
And then we wrapped the day up with dinner at an amazing tapas restaurant around the corner where we all relaxed a bit and shared some really good food and conversation. I came away with a renewed creative spirit and a couple more friendships.
I am a pretty big fan of Yan Palmer and she can throw down an epic workshop. I hear she is about to roll out the new dates... I'd say you all might want to check it on out!