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A Sunday Kind of Love: Barbershop

It may not come as a huge shock to you but I love being in front of the camera, you could say I’m a bit of a poser. Well, I do have pink hair but, whatever the reason, I tend to get asked to model at workshops pretty regularly. Which is fine and dandy by me – I’m also an unapologetic workshop-whore. Double win!

So when my buddy Chris Barber announced his ‘Barbershop’ (see what he did there?!) over the summer he emailed me soon after to ask if I’d guest speak and model for the photo shoot portion of the day, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. For some reason he also wanted Gareth to come along too. God knows why… don’t you know it’s supposed  to be all about me?! (in case my sarcasm isn’t translating this is of course a joke).

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Behind the Scenes at The Blogcademy

“I know this sounds crazy, but I really feel like The Blogcademy is going to be a massive game-changer for all three of us”, Gala said to Shauna & me the morning after the workshop, “and I really hate that phrase…”

But you know what, I think the girl might be onto something.

A heady mix of nerves, anticipation and excitement seeped through my trip to New York this month. Lisa & I had a few other things planned, but we knew our visit was concluding with the biggie. Organising this event was a labour of love and a project of passion – squillions of emails flew back and forth over the course of just a couple of short months while Gala, Shauna & I planned every last detail thousands of miles apart from each other.

A intensive weekend-long and strategy-based blogging workshop was something all three of us had dreamt about doing individually, but it was only when we realised we could do it together that the pieces of the puzzle started falling into place. We all have very different areas of interest and expertise surrounding the subject, and when we sat down and assessed what each of us could bring to an event like this it all just seemed to make sense.

 “It was hands down one of the best things I’ve done to move my ideas forward in a really long time. The BEST. I think I may have a choir of mojo about to sing hallelujah. It got me thinking about how we get our mojos to sing…” Maree Forbes

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Tattoo Themed Cupcake Decorating with Restoration Cake

Warning. You might not want to read this post if you’re hungry… or on a diet. This is a unapologetic diet-sabotaging article!

On Monday Gareth & I were invited by Charlotte of Restoration Cake to attend her cupcake decorating class… but this wasn’t any cupcake decorating class, it was tattoo themed! Now I’m not the most artistic of people and I don’t really like to cook but I’m all for trying new things…and, well, there would be free cake so…

Charlotte was a great teacher and made each step super fun and easy to follow. She’d made us all a batch of yummy cupcakes and we were tasked with going crazy and getting as creative as possible with fondant, food colouring and edible glitter!

I kinda fell in love with the unicorn mold and made it my personal mission to create a glitter rainbow unicorn. Well, you wouldn’t have expected anything less would you? And a little FYI in case you weren’t sure – there is no such thing as too much edible glitter.

Gareth being Gareth, he stole the show. He was the only boy at the class (and Charlotte’s first male attendee!) but he put us all to shame with his perfectly executed fondant molds and his incredible handdrawn dagger design. Do I have a hidden pâtisserie in my mist?

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A Sunday Kind of Love: Looking Forward

Seeing double? Photo nicked from Alexa Kent’s Instragram

On Friday Gareth & I packed up the car (again!) and drove down to Brighton (again!) for another School of Rock blogging workshop. The event was fabulous, my class were ace, and the whole thing left me with a warm n fuzzy feeling inside. As we drove away that night (slightly topped up with the celebratory after-workshop-wines – don’t worry Gareth was driving!) I turned to him and gushed away about how incredibly blessed I feel. Like, how is this my life? As someone who tentatively dipped her little toe into the blogosphere all those years ago, I can’t quite believe that people now line up to come and hear me speak about my journey. Like seriously… this is nutso. Even Darren Rowse of Problogger is singing my praises. Yeah no big deal or anything…

The ‘R’ keychains that the School of Rock students have taken home, made by the super fabulous Finest Imaginary

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The Blogcademy: New York City!

Isn’t it amazing when a plan comes together? In the weeks running up to today’s announcement I’ve been literally seconds away from tweeting my excitement and giving the whole game away. In fact anyone that knows me ‘in real life’ will be well aware about how rubbish I am at keeping secrets. Like… literally terrible. I actually don’t know why anyone would ever tell me anything because I’m the first person to accidentally say “OMG you will never guess what I just heard…”

Which is why it has been utter torture for me not to scream this from the rooftops I’M GOING TO NEW YORK AND DOING A TWO DAY BLOGGING WORKSHOP WITH GALA & NUBBY!!!!

Phew… that felt goooooooood. You’ll have to excuse me for being so damn uncool about it all…

Ever since launching the School of Rock blogging workshops I’ve been inundated with people asking if we might take it over the pond (American readers I love ya!) So when I was in NYC in May I spent many an evening chatting over the idea with Ms Darling. We started wondering if we could do something even bigger and better than School of Rock – to combine our years of blogging experience to create a truly one-stop blogging (work)shop. And Nubby… hell, Nubby is epically awesome with branding and graphic design (she designed my site and she created the Rock n Roll magazine in it’s entirety!) as well as being the perfect example of someone who successfully uses her blog to support her design business.

And so the idea was formed and The Blogcademy was born. We were to pull together a two day masterclass for bloggers, right in the heart of the most exciting city in the world. Covering anything and everything you could possibly want to know about blogging, branding and running your own business, this will be a weekend to remember. We promise truckloads of 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.

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Wedding Photography Workshops 2012

I’m not ashamed to admit that I love a photography workshop. No, I know, I’m not a professional photographer but I find them so inspiring! I’ve also been lucky enough to be involved with organising, speaking at and generally sharing the love for so many of them. So, today I thought I’d put together a comprehensive list of some of the ones that are coming up soon. There is a workshop out there for you, the hardest part is picking the right one!

The Photography Farm – Lisa Devlin

Where: The Photography Farm, Sussex, UK
When: 16th-18th July 2012
Duration: 3 days
Price: £950
Included: Food (breakfast, lunch & dinner for 2 days, breakfast on the 3rd) & accommodation for 2 nights. Goodie bag & discounts.
Maximum Number of Attendees: 10
Syllabus: Planning of engagement shoots and wedding photography. Styled bridal shoot and engagement shoot. Post-Production. Blogging (guest speaker Kat Williams of Rock n Roll Bride – how to improve your own blogs and get featured on professional wedding blogs). Business School. One-to-one session with Lisa. After-support via a private, closed facebook group. Access to swimming pool & hot tub (!)

For Enquires & Bookings: Email Lisa on lisa@devlinphotos.co.uk or call 01273231047. More info via the Photography Farm website.

Win a place at the Photography Farm: For you chance to win a spot at the July Photography Farm tweet @photographyfarm or leave a message on the wall of the Photography Farm facebook page and let Lisa know why you think yuo should be there!

Film is not Dead – Jonathan Canalas

Where: Surrey, UK
When: May 28th-30th (Workshops also taking place in Boston – June 11th-13th and Charleston SC – Oct 15th-17th)
Duration: 3 days
Price: $2300
Included: Breakfast & lunch on all 3 days. Goodie bag & discounts.
Maximum Number of Attendees: 15
Syllabus: FILM – who, what, when, where, why and how? Getting published. The Power of a blog. On and off camera flash with film. Storytelling through details. Loving Family Formals. Instaproofs : how it will change your life. Refining your vision.

For Enquires & Bookings: Email Jonathan on jonathan@jonathancanlasphotography.com. More info via the Film is not Dead website.

Feet First – Our Labor of Love & Max Wanger

Where: New York City
When: 1st & 2nd August 2012
Duration: 2 days
Price: $1500
Included: Breakfast & Lunch on both days. Goodie bag & discounts.
Maximum Number of Attendees: 20
Syllabus: You will learn about our ideas & philosophies. Marketing. Client relations. Technical concepts. Packaging. The gear we use. Pricing. Lighting. Editing. Albums. Finding ways to stay inspired. Styled shoot.

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