I am so excited to announce the launch of my new workshop series: "Treating Digital Like Film". It is essentially about how to slow things down, take a step back and think about your environment, and take it all in before being snap-happy. People often thing that taking 1000 photos is better than taking 10 because there are more likely to be a larger selection of excellent images within those 1000... surely right? Wrong. If you are taking 1000 images, not only are you causing yourself more work, especially in post-production, but you are also not thinking about what you are photographing. When you take more time to set up your shot, (yes you may miss out on some opportunities to start with, but they will always come and you'll learn how to capture them in time, because this is where another philosophy comes in: "Learning how to 'see' and to not just 'look'"), you are more likely to capture better images, thus having to take less photographs because you have considered every aspect of your "frame". This is something I will be teaching on this workshop series. You can find more details and the link to this workshop here.
I have always loved photography, but often got deterred from doing it because people didn't understand my vision or how much I loved it, but little did they know it wasn't just about the content behind the imagery, it was about the act of photographing itself that I loved.
Only now in the past year or so have I finally accepted that I owe no one any explanation for doing what I love. I pursued it and conquered it.
I wanted to share this passion with others, who may have had similar situations where they have felt alone or have been too worried about pursuing the thing they love most for fear of looking silly or not succeeding. I too was at that stage once.
I started my floral business Okishima & Simmonds back in 2013 with no questions asked, I just went for it. So why did it take me basically all of my life to finally take photography seriously? Honestly, it was the absolute fear of doing the thing that I loved more than anything. It wasn't just me thinking it, it was all the backlash from people constantly making jibes that I always took so many photos and uploaded them to Facebook too often or too many. Why am I posting photo's of food etc... Like I said - it was never about the subject matter, it was in part, the love for doing it, that I did it, but also the love of sharing the things and places that I loved the most and made me happy, so that in turn other people could gain knowledge from that. New restaurants, new places to visit, new ways of seeing, new products, new types of food, new experiences, friends, family. People just didn't see it the way I felt it.
I essentially got over this about a year ago because I was having to take photographs of our floral work for our business at O&S. I am a perfectionist and hate creating and putting out there, anything short of 110%. My style has changed from the very beginning, and I have improved drastically because I was able to meet and study with some of the best photographers in my field that are out there. I also practiced every, single, day. I even started something called the 365 Project - I never finished it because I ended up getting bored and feeling claustrophobic, having a restriction of only being able to post one image a day.
I made all this happen because I strive to learn something new everyday and know that I will never 100% be perfect because I will always be learning something new. To be able to finally give in and say you know what, don't care what anyone says, if it matters to you that's all the matters, was a HUGE step in the right direction. It's easier said than done.
So waffling aside, I present to you my first Photography Workshop, with the hopes that not only will you learn something new or hone skills you may already have, but to also help you understand that this niche industry of fine art Photographers and Visual Storytellers is bigger and friendlier than you think.
Doing these workshops and meeting Beth Kirby of Local Milk, Ginny Au & Erich McVey, Marte Marie Forsberg, Sinclair and Moore, Sarah Winward, Georgina Harrison & Samantha Ward, really woke me up to this wonderful world of people that essentially become family, people from all over the world in all different types of creative industries, there to help you in your time of need or give you advice, because they've all been there and done, whatever that may be.
I believe in the power of workshops & retreats. Some may turn their nose up at it, because they aren't cheap, but I hands down learnt more collectively doing all of the above than I ever did at University. And it was cheaper in total. That isn't to say I regret going to University, I don't at all, I just think that Workshops and Retreats are equally as, if not more valuable because you are in smaller groups of like-minded people, essentially with all similar aesthetics and interests that bring you all together through an individual or workforce of people that you admire.
I want to immerse you into this world of amazing people that I have been lucky enough to be a part of.
Creative humans and our craft matter.
I hope to see you there! :)
I will be hosting floral styling workshops, bespoke one-to-ones (you can arrange this with me here), floral styling and film photography, as well as other smaller workshops for those more interested in a quick fix for learning the ins and outs of Instagram, editing only, photography only, etc. Sign up to my newsletter to be the first to know about all of these wonderful things and I assure you, you won't be disappointed!