A few weeks ago I headed off for a selfish weekend away from the kids to a residential photography course held by the lovely Sara-Jayne from Keep up with the Jones Family. I got to know her and her blog when we became pregnant with our little boys at the same time and we met at a Tots100 camp in Birmingham.
I absolutely adore her blog and her Instagram feed. Her photos are so bright, light and beautiful, and I have always looked at them enviously, wishing I could produce something similar. For my 33rd birthday I got a DSLR camera which improved my pictures no end but I could only use it on manual and I knew that I was missing out on so much because I couldn't work it properly.
I had been to a couple of little photography workshops at various blogging events but I really needed some quality lessons and one on one time to get to grips with my camera properly so when Sara-Jayne posted details of her Family Photography Course I jumped at the chance to attend!
It was held in a beautiful barn just outside Hereford and I headed up there with the lovely Debbie from An Organised Mess. On the course with us was a lovely lady called Hannah who wanted to improve her personal family photography skills and the very sweet Louisa whose Instagram feed I stalk for victorian renovation inspiration! It was a really nice group and we got on really well which was lovely.
The course was very detailed and very well planned. I was worried that I wouldn't understand some things but Sara-Jayne is a natural teacher and was so patient and I came away understanding everything and eager to put it into practice! I loved how she told us all her own hints and tips and was very generous in sharing her knowledge.
We worked very solidly and had lots of time to practice what she was teaching us and as it was such a little group she was able to give us lots of one on one help (which I really needed!). All food was provided and it was plentiful! We had a lovely lunch, followed by a stunning spaghetti bolognese, pizza and garlic bread for dinner. Breakfast the next day was a real highlight too - croissants, fruit and chocolate galore! I've not felt so spoilt for a long time!
She brought some great props and a tonne of fresh flowers and I took lots of great pictures (and lots of not so great ones too!). On the second day we staged an afternoon tea and these cute biscuits from Nila Holden were a huge hit when I got home too!
I hope to get to another one of Sara-Jayne's photography courses as I would love to learn so much more and she is a great teacher. I have found the whole experience really inspiring and I have loved getting out and about and practicing using my camera on manual more. I hope you have noticed the difference in my photos recently too as I know I have.
Here are more details of the Spring course I went on. Keep checking her blog for new dates! I'm told she has some new ones in the pipeline!
Disclosure - I paid full price for this course and as such of course was under no obligation to blog about it. I was so happy with it and learnt so much I felt I had to share it with you.