The Photography Workshop

Our first workshop is done and dusted!

To summarise the week, let me quote from one of the CRC staff “You guys were laughing so much, did you get anything done?” Oh boy, did we get stuff done.

I always get nervous before a big event, and this being the first workshop of the project, lets just say I was getting calls from extended family to check in on me. I was so worried that people wouldn’t gel, that I would forget important things to say, and a slew of other planning details. But all that worrying was completely unnecessary, because it was by far the most fun I’ve had since COVID hit, I honestly can’t remember the last time I was in such a relaxed and playful environment.

Colleen was an absolute legend; she was informative, her presentation was paced just right (not too fast or too slow), and she gave really helpful advice in a gentle and whimsical manner. The cohort who came along were fabulous, asked lots of questions, contributed with stories of daily struggles, and took some stunning photographs.

Workshop Recap

Number of registrations: 7 / 10

Number of actual attendees: 4 / 7 (plus a toddler and a 4 month old baby who were both so lovely and patient!)

Best Part: I can’t speak for everyone, but I personally loved the section on flat lays, choosing backgrounds and playing around with composition. It seemed like that second day everyone was using the terms and techniques they had learned and really got in the groove of what was going on.

Worst Part: It always sucks when people don’t show up – obviously life happens or leaving the house can be a challenge, but for me that was disappointing. That’s just one of the down sides of a free event, it’s easy to register and easy to drop, but it’s still a let down when that happens.

Most interesting fact I learned: I thought it was fascinating that mums are absent in over 40% of family photos. There’s a lot of reasons for this, and no ultimate solution, but just an interesting bit of knowledge for consideration.

What to do again next time: The polaroid cameras were bought specifically for this workshop, but I’m bringing them to all of the workshops! I loved getting the quick snap of people in the moment and having it instantly print out, and they’ll make a beautiful collage at the end of the project.

What not to do next time: We had a comical amount of food! If I change anything, I would try cutting out the afternoon tea for the next workshop, we seemed to go from getting a platter of food, getting 3/4 the way through it, and then the next one arrived! We sent food home with everyone (including CRC staff) because there was just SO MUCH. I will always err on the side of Too Much, but I may have gone over the top this time.

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