I’ve started to write this blog post a number of times and I am still not 100% happy with it. I have eventually come to the conclusion that I shouldn’t put that much pressure on myself to get it ‘perfect’. There’s a great quote by Salvador Dalí who says “Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”
It is with this in mind that I have decided to start blogging again and what better way to start my renewed vigour than to tell you about my mentor and trainer, Julie Oswin. I have been a wedding photographer for over 10 years now and I have always been keen to perfect my craft (there’s that perfection word again, lol). Anyhow I’ll get on with it!!!
A few weeks ago I attended the stunning Hoar Cross Hall in Burton Upon Trent with a number of friends and colleagues as the guests of Julie Oswin FBIPP. MCGWP.
Julie is the only woman in the UK to hold a Master Craftsman with the Guild of Photographers and a Fellowship in weddings with the BIPP. These are the highest distinctions within the field of photography.
She had undertaken to produce the wedding brochure for Hoar Cross Hall and kindly invited me, together with a number of other wedding photographers to participate and watch her work.
With a real bride and groom, Lisa & Tony (married in May this year) and beautiful weather, Julie demonstrated her craft to all, starting off in the Royal suite which was aptly named and beginning with bridal portraiture. Even Tony managed to get in on the act with some window light groom’s portraits.
Throughout the day Julie explained the fundamentals of why she had chosen the backgrounds, poses and her angle of approach. Classical posing and lighting was the order of the day, which is a skill most need to strengthen in their own wedding photography.
We consisted of a small group, which worked very well, capturing some stunning images, mixed together with light-hearted banter.
Lunch was served in the Hall’s restaurant and we were truly spoilt for choice. Hoar Cross Hall is renowned as a spa and the food on offer covered all manner of tastes. Some of the delegates, naming no names 😉 took advantage of the hospitality and chose to have seconds and thirds!!! Suffice to say, the staff could not have looked after us any better.
After lunch, Julie worked around the grounds of the Hall until we came upon the Church of Holy Angels (situated within Hall grounds). The church dates back to the late 19th century and is described as a Neo Gothic masterpiece. We were invited by the Reverend to photograph our bride and groom inside the church and I have to say it was truly breathtaking.
If you are thinking of taking your photography to another level and considering mentoring or photographic training courses, you can contact Julie by visiting her website HERE
I have put a selection of the days images below: