I believe its important to always keep an open mind and heart in order to always be learning and growing as a person and artist. I try to keep my skills up to date and learn from others. This year one of my goals was to find something to refresh and learn new things, before the busy wedding season kicks in. The word workshop is banded around so heavily these days and there is a photography or styled shoot popping up everywhere – I wasn’t really after a workshop with 20 others scrambling to shoot the pretty. Then one day I saw Bohemia Collective, a ‘journey for like minded woman seeking more, more learning, more sharing, more soul’. I applied to be acceptable on the retreat and lucky for me I got accepted.
Everything was as I hoped and more. Aux Jaardins des Thevenets, a 17th & 19th century French manor house lovingly restored by the very gorgeous Lynn & Oliver Chaulieu was to be our haven for the three days. What a place, adorned with Olivier’s art work and their antiques and finds from travels the interior was perfection and surrounded in idyllic French countryside. Lynn is simply the best hostess, she is one in a million with great taste and style…..oh and an amazing cook too.
Isabelle Hesselberg ( 2 Brides photography) and Siegrid Cain (Siegrid Cain photography) the beauty and brains behind Bohemia Collective were amazing. I had admired both female film photographers for a couple of years and could wait to meet them and hear their thoughts and learn. They didn’t disappoint, both amazing ladies with such individual style and character. Importantly though, they gave honestly and openly, sharing skills and experience. We spend time listening, learning and seeking. Looking for the light and how to use it with film to craft and create, no styled shoots just going out using the light and capturing each other and the environment.
A big shout out to the 8 other ladies from around Europe who joined us, its absolutely would not have been the same without these ladies. Each and every single one of them made the experience real, honest, emotional, hilarious and supportive, THANK YOU.
Above are a few images of what we got up, all shot on Contax 645 with a mixture of fuji and kodak film, scanned by the wonderful UK Film Lab.