In November I took part in a two day workshop on wedding photography run by Steve Gerrard (www.stevegerrardphotography.com) at his studio in Birningham’s Custard Factory. So it was back to Birmingham again and a trip to the Digbeth area with its trendy galleries, railway arches, arty graffiti and £3 car washes. The scene of occasional trips to drink rough cider at a shilling a pint in my student days.
I joined eight others looking to break into wedding photography or gain some fresh insights to apply to their existing businesses, so between us we had a wide range of experience. True to his pre-course notes, Steve gave us a thorough grounding in how he goes about his art, what equipment he carries, some other photographers who inspire him, and much more besides, and above all he made it fun for all of us. Tthe sandwiches and cakes were pretty good too. As darkness fell at the end of the first day we went out into the surrounding streets or a session of painting with light.
On the second day we were joined by Steve’s friends Anna and Simon, (www.annaclarkephotography.com) who had agreed to pose as bride and groom so Steve could demonstrate his approach to a bride and groom shoot and give us the chance to take what shots we could ourselves (in my case, far too many). Much credit to Anna and Simon for braving the icy cold winds for more than two hours. We visited some half dozen locations close by the Custard Factory – plenty of gritty urban backdrops . Then back to the studio to get warm, have some lunch and look at a selection of Steve’s own images from the shoot and watch him demonstrate his post-production workflow. There was just time at the end for him to show us techniques for outdoor portraits using available light.
All in all, a most instructive couple of days in the company of a great bunch of people. Here are some of my favourite shots from the second day.- a laid back bride and groom with attitude.