Thursday, 14 April 2011

Victoria Baths photography workshop

As you may be aware I love to run workshops - I love to get photographers, make up artists and models together and see what they can create , I thinks its the teacher part of me loves waiting for the 'lightbulb' moment when the squeals of excitement start because someone has got 'the shot'!!

So when I got the chance to use this amazing location and work with fantastic models and make up artists I jumped at the chance Victoria Baths. The building was the winner on the BBC Restoration programme a few years ago and a keen band of volunteers a working hard to bring the building back to its former glory

"For 86 years the Victoria Baths provided both essential and leisure facilities. Private baths and a laundry were housed there along with three swimming pools and the Turkish Baths. The main swimming pool was floored over in the winter months to hold dances. In 1952 the Victoria Baths installed the first public Aeratione in the country." (taken from the Victoria Baths website) 

 All images taken from  Victoria Baths

Pop along to the BBC website for more amazing images. Gallery

Gok Wan has used the baths as a location for his Miss Naked Beauty series and episodes of Prime Suspect and Cracker and Life on Mars have also been filmed here !!!

The workshop will start at 10 with coffee and a chat about the plan for the day - we have full use of the building until 4pm. You will have the chance to work with experienced models who will work with you to create amazing images for your own portfolio using the surroundings of the pools, the changing rooms, the Turkish baths.....the choice of locations goes on and on!! 
This day is perfect for almost any level of photographer - you will need to have a basic understanding of your camera but there will always be someone on hand if you have any questions or need a helping hand. On previous workshops I have organised the groups have worked together and learned so much from each other and sometimes suprised themselves in what they have been able to achieve!

Here is some feedback from the residential workshop I organised in February - I hope that this gives you an idea of how we do things!  Claire Penn Photography

And here are some of the fantastic images that Claire produced on the day.....

So ....the details...... the day will run from 10am until 4pm and costs just £115. You will have the chance to work in small groups with the models. This can be a little daunting at first if you have not done this type of photography before but I will be on hand throughout the day to help and support you if needed - on previous workshops I have started off by photographing and directing the model so that the delegates can ease into the day!! I am a strong believer in being able to learn new skills and practice old ones while having fun....and I can certainly see that this day will be fun!

At the end of the day you will have memory cards full of fantastic images that you can use for your Facebook page, website and promotional material and more importantly you will have learned news skills and made new friends......networking and support are vital and its always fantastic to see the connections that are made after any of the workshops that I have run - we have even had the occasional romance I cannot promise true love on the day but I can promise a cracking day out.

So....come along, stretch yourselves a little and try something a little me as soon as possible for booking details and I will see you soon!

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Claire Penn Photography said...

Eeeeek... I'm so excited to get in there and start shooting! Thank you for organising another event Jo, I was getting withdrawl symptoms. :) xxx

Alexandra Andrews said...

Coming on your residential in February was the best thing I have ever done. I had never shot a model before and felt quite intimidated that I would be shooting in front of other photographers but this was amazing. My confidence grew as I realised I could help people who were less skilled than me (photographers less skilled than me....big revelation for me ) and the people I met have been so much help to me since that I can't even begin to tell you what advice and support I've had from them. And on top of all that I got a great set of images. If you are free that day you simply must come along, believe me you won't regret it and it will be the best £115 you spent all year!

Andrea Ellison Photography said...

I am actually gutted that I am on holiday and am going to miss it ( I Know !!) .......but I had such an amazing time on the Photo Camp that Jo organised ......the support was just fabulous...I learned so much about my camera and came away images that I am proud of .....the organisation was spot on ....Jo I wish you every success with this event.. know anyone who attends will have a fabulous time ....and I will see you on the next one

Lisa Dearnley-Davison said...

What a brilliant location - thanks for oganising this Jo - can't wait!

Anonymous said...

So excited about coming along - thank you!

Tracey B :)

Kerry said...

I am also really excited to be coming along! A bit nervous too as have never been on a workshop, but more excited than anything.

Chris Thornton said...

Wow. That venue looks amazing. I was all ready to book then realised I had a re-schediuled event for that day. Boo Hoo. Hope you use it again soon. Looks great,

Have a great day,

Chris Thornton

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