– Julie Oswin –

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

I have been a wedding photographer for over twenty years! A job I have loved and a career that has given me the opportunity to work from home and look after my children. When I started as a photographer I was determined to have a home studio at the side of my house; I wanted to always be there for my daughters when they were growing up, which I did.  My girls are now all grown up women.  I am so proud of what they have achieved so far with their life and love them to bits.

What has this got to do with Wedding Photography?

So, what has this got to do with wedding photography I hear you ask? The reason, I just wanted to share my story with you of when I started as a wedding photographer how hard it was. In 1994.  We didn’t have websites, the internet or emails. We shot all of our weddings on film, ten rolls of film – 100 shots and they all had to count.  They were processed at the Pro Lab, collected by van on a Monday and returned to the Studio on a Thursday ready for the Preview Album (Proofs).  No viewing of the images on the back of the camera.   We shot our weddings on medium format cameras not 35mm.   The world wide web did not exist, and there weren’t any computers, post-processing software or mobile phones!  But that was a long time ago!  At that time if you wanted to learn more about photography, in my case wedding photography, you had to attend seminars and workshops.  The Photographers annual pilgrimage was to visit Focus on Imaging every March (known today as The Photography Show), the majority of us joined either the BIPP or MPA and attended regional meetings. It was the only way to socialise with photographers and shared our ideas, thoughts and information on the latest equipment.

Getting it Right

Like today, some seminars/workshops photographers booked onto were inspiring, yes you did learn about photography, but, some of the trainers you liked; some you didn’t; some you found arrogant; some were happy to share information; some wanted to speak all about themselves in the morning and try to sell you photography gear and stuff in the afternoon.  And there were some trainers that set up the shots and just gave you the settings for the camera without explanation and you didn’t learn anything at all.  Some of the courses/workshops were a complete waste of money, others on the other hand are worth every penny.  I have been in those workshops too!

Not forgetting the chosen venue’s for the workshops, where the hotels have been below par and the food unedible or not enough to go around.   I remember many years ago a friend and I had driven for over three hours up the A1 to a hotel near Scotch Corner to attend a seminar the next day.  Long story short, we ended up sleeping in the car because the hotel room was too disgusting to sleep in.  I remember thinking all those years ago that if I were ever in a position in my career to organise a wedding workshop properly, I would.

The First One

In 2016 I decided to design a four-day residential training course for wedding photographers using my personal experiences of photography courses over the years.  I knew I wanted to host a training course that offered excellent quality accommodation, good food, with no hidden extras, and above all making sure that all of the important stuff was included!   Great, inspiring photographers who are also great trainers and willing to share. Good hotels with clean and comfortable ensuite bedrooms, centrally placed in the UK with easy access to motorway network, trains and not too far from an airport.  And last but not least a bar to sit in at night and share the day and chat about life, equipment and have a giggle!  The Photography Masters was born!

It was 2017 the first Photography Masters was held.  The course delivered everything I believed  a photographer needs when attending a training course.  It was hard work, but I loved it and I was overwhelmed by the reviews and the feedback which was received by all that attended.  The following year – 2018, I organised The Photography Masters again, but this time with different trainers and a different venue.

So, what is The Masters? The Photography Masters is a residential four-day photography workshop.   Where you meet like-minded photographers, build a network of friends and learn new skills to boost your confidence and a must as a wedding photographer to be held in a UK wedding venue and utilise whatever the weather throws at us.  The selected photography trainers are not only great photographers but good trainers who are willing to share and listen to your needs and requirements.

Getting Sorted

An all-inclusive training week with no hidden costs. A lovely bedroom of your own with your ensuite, no sharing, no single supplement, all inclusive of your meals including a three-course evening meal. No booking a restaurant or a hotel room or arranging to meet people for something to eat. You simply park your car on Monday morning and not get back in your vehicle Thursday night. The only thing to pay for is your bar bill. One fee, one price!  A great week of learning, sharing and laughter.  Have a look at the testimonials about the course on the page link below. If you fancy joining us to learn more about wedding photography or brush up your skills, you would be very welcome.

 

 

” Julie, your wedding photography course covered everything for me, natural lighting, looking for the right light, making available light and also providing light (OCF) and offered so much more than I expected with new techniques from photographing to editing. You have somehow managed to re-light my passion for wedding photography, and for that, I am most grateful “

 

The Photography Masters – 2019 is now in its third year and half the places have been sold.  WE have some of the industry giants backing the course because they believe in what I have put together for wedding photographers. This year we welcome Fuji Film UK, The Flash Centre, Jorgensen Albums, Fundy Album Designer, Studio Ninja, and South West Photo Mounts.  Join us!