London Wonderland Photography Workshop with Rosie and Alex
Last week I went down to London for the Wonderland/Circus Photography Workshop hosted by Rosie Hardy and Alexandra Cameron. I spent the day with a small group of photographers, Rosie, Alex, the models and the make up artist (I’ve credited everyone below so you can check them out if you like). The girls had scouted some beautiful locations and also brought dresses/costumes, props and smoke bombs for the shoot. We had a lovely creative day and I came away with lots of beautiful photos to work on! I’ve been editing away and can now show you some of my favourite images.
Workshop & Concepts: Rosie Hardy & Alexandra Cameron
Models: Marianna Saver & Chelsea Smock
MUA: Sarah Gray
Locations: Hampstead Pergola and Hill Gardens & Burgh House (London, UK)
We started the day at the gardens, which were very photogenic and full of lots of pretty locations in which we could play. The deep green leaves tangling themselves around the cool stone columns made for some gorgeous pictures, especially when combined with the soft grey blanket of fogginess created by the smoke bombs. I imagine it would be even more beautiful there when adorned with flowers and lit by scattered sunshine during the spring/summer months, so I’d definitely like to go back one day next year. Although I usually prefer to shoot with the sun, the overcast conditions actually worked really nicely to create the fairytale atmosphere in these pictures.
As well as having fun creating images and trying out new techniques, it was also great to meet Alex and get her advice on directing the models and choosing the best areas of the location to shoot in. I have been following her work on Flickr recently and she makes some really great stuff so it was very interesting to get a behind-the-scenes view of how she works. Having been following Rosie’s work for years (I remember the days of printing & annotating her work as artist research in my A-Level sketchbooks), it was so lovely to meet her in person! She was very friendly and smiley, and offered helpful hints and tips whilst we were shooting.
After an hour or so we were all getting rather chilly so we hopped on the bus down into town and walked through some beautiful little streets as we made our way to Burgh House. After a quick break for lunch and some outfit changes, we began shooting in small groups inside the house and in the little garden outside. There were some tricky lighting conditions to contend with inside (the winter day was fading as we were shooting and the wood-panelled walls made the light very warm) but with the help of Rosie’s circus-themed props, I got to shoot some interesting stuff that I would never usually do by myself!
Rosie & Alex run several workshops in different locations throughout the year, and they’re planning to do lots more soon. I would really recommend booking onto one of them if you can, as it was so lovely to be shooting within such a creative and supportive atmosphere. I was able to experiment with new types of images, try out new lenses and get lots of valuable feedback from photographers who continue to inspire me and my work. I also met lots of other photographers so it’s a great way to make some creative connections too! And on top of all that, it’s a really good opportunity to collaborate with professional models and MUAs at new and exciting locations to give you some fresh images to work on. I’ll be keeping an eye out for more dates in the future I’m sure. Thank you both for organising!
Love Marie x