...When we met for the Fire Up workshop run by awesome wedding photography duo The Crawleys. Lets face it, isn't it usually always a rainy day in the North?
Thankfully, we were headed into Trof NQ, a gorgeous little hideaway bar in the Northern Quarter of Manchester City Centre, for what promised to be a day of business insight, behind the scenes knowledge and some good fun with some of the top photographers in the UK Wedding industry. Boy did it not disappoint!
Once we had shaken off the rain, we were treated to coffee and a warm welcome from The Crawleys who then launched into several hours of hugely insightful information and shared invaluable knowledge with us all. The aptly named "Fire up" workshop left me feeling just that, fired up and ready to kick some butt in 2018!
We were taken through the editing process by the lovely Bee Crawley, who is the woman responsible for the finished images that The Crawleys present to their clients. Little tips and tricks were shared along the way, while also seeing the progression that they have gone through over the years. It's so important to keep reminding yourself as a creative of where you have already come from to look at where you can continue to grow, so this was great to see!
A lovely little gap in the weather allowed for some shooting time with Liam Crawley, the man behind the camera, around Manchester city centre. Watching how another photographer works is always so interesting, and it was brilliant to see where inspiration can strike even in more restricted locations. We also got treated to a look at how The Crawleys have used their drone technology to create unique images that really make their work stand out, if you haven't seen this take a look at their website as it is something else!
It's so important to remember that as a creative person you are never done learning, even at the top of your game. You are never too accomplished to find new inspiration and you are never done developing your craft.
And if you aren't in the creative industry, its never too late to visit a workshop, pick up a new hobby or develop your skills in an area you've always had a passion for but not yet explored. This is the year, 2018 can be the time to grab the bull by the horns and do it!
Whats on your bucket list? I'd love to hear about it and see how I might be able to help you tick some things off this year!
I'm going to be talking a bit more about bucket lists in the next week so look out for more blogging coming soon, in the mean time here are a few images from the Manchester workshop. If you are thinking about taking a new class, a workshop or a course...do it! You never know what inspiration it may strike in you too!