Last weekend I had my final exams for my Diploma in Wedding Photography with Barrett and Coe. It involved a theory and written exam as well as a practical exam whereby I took photos of a mock wedding. It was an odd feeling to be sitting an exam again – I felt like I was back at university (we wont talk about how long ago that was). I was surprisingly calm, although some nerves did set in early Saturday morning. This was a good thing though as I think some nerves are necessary to perform well. My aim was to get a Grade 1. And I was stoked to find out that not only did I achieve this, but I topped the class! Happy Days! If ever there was a boost required to keep me going, this was it! 🙂
You can see a post of the Barrett and Coe blog here. Please ignore the hideous photo, it was taken after a VERY long and exhausting two days!
Now, on a slightly different note, there is something else that I want to touch on. You hear photographers and creatives in general talking about finding ‘your style’ all the time. This is something that I’m still trying I’m still trying to develop, and I personally think is forever evolving. Barrett and Coe are very good at what they do. They have been leaders in the wedding and portrait industry for years. I learnt LOADS from them and the course has given me the foundation I needed to go off and shoot weddings confidently, but the further I got into the course, the more I realised that I needed to go off and identify with people in the industry that I feel reflect the same creative juices that I seem to have oozing out of me. I have booked into a 3 day workshop with Lisa Devlin of Devlin Photos in July. I AM SOOOO EXCITED! I will be spending 3 days on a farm shooting, learning, having fun, and hopefully coming away inspired!