There is an old quote from Sir Francis Bacon that I absolutely love and try to follow in a lot of areas of my life (not only professional, but for self growing as well) and if I need to give someone an advice, it will always be the one that this quote brings: scientia potentia est - or, translated as KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!
There are two things that are certain in life: it will end someday, and that we will never know or learn enough - perfection doesn’t exist. Since we all know that our days are counted, why not take some moments to improve ourselves? Why not start now instead of postponing it? Grab chances and opportunities - you will only profit from this once you make this little switch.
So, my-lovely-photographer-customer, it doesn’t matter for how long you are shooting, I am sure that you always have something new to learn! And this is possibly why workshops are the best choice for learning!
Let me talk a bit about my own experience… Most of you know me as Ingrid, the owner and designer of Mii-Estilo, but I too started a path as a photographer. In 2017 I felt the urge of learning this new art to photograph my own products in order to test them - and as you can imagine, I did fall in love with this new activity! ❤️ I’ve been photographing for 6 years now, but it seems like only yesterday - I started photographing outdoors, since I didn’t have a studio in hand at that moment.
If you are a little bit familiarised with the weather in The Netherlands, you will know how challenging this was. 😌
Photographing outdoors was fun and I could do it for a while… until the winter came. ❄️ Having yourself and your models always freezing and wet wasn't very funny anymore, so I felt the urge of finding a space indoors to continue with my new passion.
By moving inside, I also needed to learn and to invest in new things - the scenarios and the lights weren’t “for free” anymore. I can’t enumerate how many workshops I followed in this period, but I can say that even though we are now in the second half of 2023, I still follow 1 or 2 workshops every year.
I can proudly say that after 6 years I know a lot of photography, but I can’t express how much I still learn from workshops and how much my work does profit from the new techniques. This is how I can provide that “wow effect” once my clients open my photos. You will never know enough about exposure, setting, edition, There’s always someone that will know a little bit more, or maybe have a different or easier way to teach you. Knowledge is not only power, but it is also never too much!
My tip for you is to find a favourite photographer. That one that you are absolutely mesmerised by their photos and work - and book a workshop with this person! Absorb the way that they work so you can inspire your own work with these new techniques and in this way you can create your own style. By doing this I am sure you will have guaranteed success! Create your wow effect - your clients will come for your work, your style, your technique, your colours - but wow, they will come for you! ❤️
Veronika Marques is a photographer that did inspire my own style in the last years, since I followed SEVERAL workshops from her and at the end of the month she will be here in The Netherlands teaching THE INFINITE MATERNITY MASTERCLASS.
This is a BIG SHOUT OUT TO all Dutchies (and European photographer’s that wouldn’t mind stepping in a car to learn loads of wonderful things): this is an unmissable unique opportunity to live and breathe the class of one of the most renowned photographer’s I know.
If you are still reading, I have in here some information about this intense day.
This one-day masterclass not only offers you the opportunity to get to know better the world of fine art maternity photography, but you can also learn about the latest lighting trends.
You can learn how to make your portfolio even more exciting and diverse using GELS and OPTICAL SNOOT.
In addition to the different lighting techniques, mastering the most used poses during maternity photography also plays an important role. You will also learn how to choose the perfect background and clothes for each client in order to achieve the most harmonious composition.
An integral part of the workshop is the comprehensive Photoshop training, which you will also receive in the form of a video, so you can watch it again at any time.
The learning process does not end at the end of the workshop, you can ask your questions after the workshop in the closed Facebook group created for the participants.
9:00 - 9:30 MEET AND GREET
As we would spend 9-10 hours together, I would like to give you the opportunity to get to know each other, share former expreriences and talk about your expectations of the workshop.
9:30 - 10:30 THEORY OF FINE ART MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY
My presentation will cover a complete all-around knowlegde of fine art maternity photography.
10:30 - 15:00 PHOTOSESSION
On my workshop we will work with two models, create different styiling and light combinations.
Learn unique techniques of lightning and how to get those perfect shadows and highlights right out of your camera! Every participants will have the same opportunity to take photos of our models.
13:00 - 13:30 LUNCH BREAK
15:00 - 17:30 MASTERING THE ART OF EDITING, BUSINESS, QUESTIONS
Perfectly flawless skin textures, color grading and unique tones, dodge and burn techniques, using different textures and overlays, achieving crisp sharp shots worthy of a magazine cover. Nothing will be left out, and all questions about my editing process will be answered.
I will use mostly hand edit, and a few actions and plugins. I will provide you the links to these actions and plugins. You will receive a recorded version of the editing after the workshop. We will discuss business and marketing, and I would answer all your questions at the end of our day. You will be added to a private Facebook group where you will have the opportunity to further deepen your knowledge with my help and guidance.
You will need a DSLR or a Mirrorless camera body and a lens (I prefer 50mm, 85mm or a 24-70mm), and at least one empty memory cards for the workshop. I will share before the workshop (in the Facebook group) which studio light will be used, so you could take with yourself your trigger if it matches. Of course we always have a few triggers in the studio. You don't need to bring a computer.
The price of the workshop is €990.
The non-refundable deposit for the workshop is €290.
The remainder of the tuition fee €700 must be paid 28 days before the workshop.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
1. These Terms and Conditions covern the agreement between you and Veronika Marques Photography (73262 Reichenbach and Fils, Wilhelmstrasse 9, Germany). By booking this workshop you agree to this agreement.
2. FEES AND CANCELLATIONS
2.1 A deposit of €290 is required to register for this workshop. The deposit confirms your place. The deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE.
2.2 If you need to cancel after payment has been made, you will need to sell your seat to receive a refund.
2.3 The remaining workshop fee of €700 must be paid at least 28 days before the start of the course. If you fail to pay the remaining fee, you will lose your place in the workshop and you will not receive a refund or deposit.
2.4 In the unlikely event that the workshop is cancelled, you will be notified as soon as possible and any fees or deposits you have received will be refunded in 10 working days. Please note that no travel or accommodation costs will be reimbursed for canceled courses.
3. IMAGE USE
3.1 Participants are not permitted to use the images taken in the workshop for commercial purposes. Images may not be submitted to magazines, exhibitions or competitions. Images may not be used for advertising photo shoots, workshops, but you can use your images in your portfolio.
3.2 Participants must agree that all information learned in this workshop is for personal use only and you will not resell the knowledge gained during the workshop.
3.3 Participants may not film or record the workshop at any time without permission. Veronika Marques Photography reserves the right to take photographics or videos during the workshop without the requirement for a signed release from any participants.
4.1 Veronika Marques Photography is not responsible for any personal injury or damage arising from incidents occuring at the workshop venue.
4.2 Please keep your belongings in a safe distance during the workshop and check all your equipments at the end of the day. We are not responsible for a loss or damaged personal property.