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My Only Speaking Event of the Year: FarmShop 2017

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From 2012 to 2015 I did a LOT of public speaking. And for someone who would actively avoid it at all costs while at school (even so much as faking illnesses – sorry mum!) this was no mean feat. I wouldn’t say I’m a natural public speaker, but when I stand up on stage, I do end up really loving it!

Although I still get incredibly nervous, I enjoy teaching. I love sharing what I’ve learnt over the years with other people. I like to be able to use my position (even though that phrase makes me cringe) to help other people make waves in their own lives and businesses.

Which is why I am thrilled to let you know what I will be speaking at the Photography Farm’s FarmShop in Brighton and Glasgow in March. I haven’t spoken at a wedding photography event since October 2015 and this is most likely going to be my only one for 2017 too!

So what is FarmShop?

For the past four years, the Photography Farm have hosted an annual ‘Farm Week’, offering individual classes for wedding photographers hosted on a real life farm in Sussex.

For 2017, they’ve decided to shake things up a bit with a much larger, conference style event (don’t let that word put you off, it’s going to be really fun, I promise!) where rather than booking into individual classes, attendees will be able to listen to every single speaker all for the one price.

It’s a super international event too, and if you come along you’ll be able to learn from Sara K Byrne (USA), Mark Pacura (UK) Todd Hunter McGaw (Australia), Jim Pollard (New Zealand), Janneke Storm (Australia), Lisa Jane (UK), Phil Chester (USA), James Frost (UK) and, of course, yours truly!

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How is this event different from all the other photography workshops and conferences?

Let’s be real here – there are a lot of workshops for wedding photographers to spend their hard-earned cash on. Even as a non-photographer I’ve attended a lot of them (as a speaker and an attendee) and, as these things usually go, some are much better than others.

I have been to too many workshops where the speaker simply tells their story, with a few easily Googleable (is that a word?) lessons thrown into the mix. That’s all fine if you particularly love that speaker or you just want a few actionable pieces of advice to go home with, but what if you want to learn the real nuts and bolts of it all?

FarmShop will be different because the format is completely new. Instead of each speaker standing at the front on their own, lamenting about how they got started in wedding photography and telling the audience to ‘be authentic’ (or whatever buzz-phrase is popular right now!) the format has been set up so each speaker’s section seamlessly leads onto the next.

Each lesson will build on the next meaning we’ll be taking you through step-by-step with everything you need to know as a wedding photographer – from launching your business to branding to working with clients to marketing and beyond. Speakers will stay on stage to chip in on each other’s sections so not only will you get access to an enormous amount of experience, but you will be encouraged to take part, workshop style, not just sit and passively listen to the talks.

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Way Up North 2015

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In early December I received an email from Cole and Jakob of Nordica Photography, inviting me to speak at a wedding photography summit that they were putting on in Stockholm this coming October. It took me approximately 3.5 seconds to reply and say “OMG yes! Where do I sign?!”

Sworn to secrecy, I quietly and internally freaked out about travelling to Sweden to speak to a conference of 500 photographers all about blogging for business… but I was excited. Very goddamn excited.

Then, this month, they slowly started to drip feed their social media with the rest of the line up… and my quiet, internal freak-out became a whole lot louder and more vocal.

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The Blogcademy: Live in your Living Room…

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The Blogcademy online Q&A session is starting at 1pm PST / 4pm EST / 8pm GMT today. Sign up below for the bargain price of $7 to watch and participate in the action. If you can’t tune in live, don’t worry, your ticket will give you access to a recording of the action forever. Signing up is easy – just press the orange button!

However I do have to warn you, I only got into Portland late last night so I’m pretty darn jet-lagged… it may not be a pretty sight but maybe seeing that is worth the $7 in itself!? Thank God I have Gala & Shauna to keep me awake and excited. See you there my pretties, and don’t forget – this is your chance to grill us and to ask us all those difficult questions! Either pipe up during the livestream or tweet them to us in advance.

EDIT: The livestream has now taken place but you can still sign up and watch a recording of our shenanigans below!

Snowdrifts & Sequins: London Blogcademy Video Insanity

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I’ve been playing with my Holga DSLR lens – so fun!

The London Blogcademys were nothing short of incredible. Like, seriously mind-blowing. I am forever in debt to the 60 (!) guys & gals who spent two whole days with us, each of them battling sleet, snow and precarious public transport to make it to the beautiful Curtain Road Studios in Shoreditch.

I am so immensely grateful to the ridiculously talented Richard Wakefield of FX Media for being there to capture the magic on film, to Lisa Devlin Emily Quinton for guest teaching and to Shell de Mar for snapping away mercilessly.

I’ll be sharing much more about what went on at both events over the coming weeks, but I couldn’t resist posting Richard’s amazing video today…

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We’re SO Excited! The Blogcademy London – Second Date!

Oh my goodness. We’re so EXCITED!

Yes, that’s right, The Blogcademy in London sold out in just 24 hours and we couldn’t be more thrilled! In fact we’re so over the moon that we’ve decided to add a second London date! Waaaaah!

What utter nut jobs…

The third Blogcademy class will take place on Wednesday 23rd & Thursday 24th January 2013, again at the Curtain Road Studios, Shoreditch. The same rules apply so if you’d like to join us hop to it. No excuses for missing out now guys – hurry hurry!

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We’re Bringing The Blogcademy to… LONDON!!

Cor blimey guv’nor, it’s true! We’re off to London-town for the next instalment of The Blogcademy madness and we couldn’t be more excited!

It didn’t take much persuading, but I’ve coerced Gala & Shauna into hopping on a plane to do the next Blogcademy workshop on my turf. To say I’m excited is a HUGE understatement. Come on Britain, let’s show these international playgirls a good time! Shauna has never even been to the UK… I can’t wait to get that gal in a black cab, by a red phone box and eating fish n chips. Lisa & I managed to get her drinking tea in New York, it’s only a matter of time until she’s a fully fledged Anglophile!

Alongside 30 passionate bloggers, Gala, Shauna & I will spend the weekend covering anything and everything you could possibly want to know about blogging, social media, branding and running your own business. We promise learning, laughing, photo ops, sugary treats and homework assignments you’ll actually want to complete. As Blogcademy headmistresses we promise to be unshakably honest, to give away all our secrets and to be full of sparkle at all times (and, yes, probably wearing ridiculous headwear).

Whether you want to make blogging a full-time gig, you’re doing it to support another business or you’re just doing it for fun, this is the workshop for you. All we ask is that you have a basic understanding of social media and blogging (this is not a technical workshop – you can find that stuff out from a day of Googling) and if you’re ready to take your online presence to the next level – we’d love to help you!

Oh but that’s not all, for the second time I’m bringing wedding photographer of the year, Lisa Devlin, along for the ride. She’ll be there to teach you all some basic photography skills. I’ve even roped in my buddies Chris Barber & Richard Wakefield in to photograph and video the event for us. Basically this is going be one massive party so who wants to join us?!

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