Last November, I had the pleasure of attending The Little Workshop hosted by Michael and Carina Photography in Virginia. The workshop came at the end of almost one full year in business and as I drove through the rolling hills of the Virginia countryside, I reflected a bit on how much I had grown as a photographer and business owner in those months. I started shooting film again as a personal project in early 2014 and soon started to shoot a few rolls for each wedding. My rediscovery of my love of film seemed to be the missing piece in my work and I couldn’t imagine a better way to expand that passion than by learning from Michael and Carina – a film-shooting, husband and wife duo with the sweetest love story you can imagine.
After swooning over the Lewis Dream Home and pestering our gracious hostess Kristin with too many questions about paint colors and kitchen fixtures, we gathered in the cozy living room, with candles burning and the blustery Virginia wind howling through the fields outside. The next three hours of the classroom portion of the day passed in a flash and suddenly the smells of our buttery, cheesy lunch wafted through the old pocket doors.
After lunch, it was time for the shooting portion of the day. I will be completely honest when I say that as almost all the photographers around me unloaded their beautiful Contax bodies with pockets full of medium format film, I felt a pang of inferiority. I hung back a bit as half of us began shooting detail shots, watching the others work their magic and feeling quite self-conscious standing there with my old Canon EOS3 and the few rolls of 35mm film I had budgeted for the day. But then Carina, as I learned she has a way of doing, looked at me as said in the sweetest voice, “Your turn, get in there and shoot.”
So I did. And suddenly, hours had passed and we were all standing huddled in cotton field, capturing our last frames as the sun dipped below the horizon. Though I didn’t yet know the magic that had been captured on those few rolls of film, my head and heart were swimming with so much new knowledge and moments spent observing the shooting styles of Michael and Carina.
The day ended with a group of us sitting outside on bales of hay, cloaked in homemade quilts, warming ourselves by the fire and with s’mores and cups of hot cocoa in hand. After the thank yous and good bye hugs, I drove towards home in the darkness, entirely certain that this workshop was one of the best investments I had and will ever make for my business.
Thank you so much to Magnolia Rouge for featuring images from this day! See the feature here.
Workshop: Michael & Carina Photography // Venue: The Lewis Dream Home // Stylist & Wardrobe: Gossamer // Florals: White Magnolia Designs // Hair & Make-Up: Dana Ainsworth and Emily Tucker for Lora Kelley // Calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy // Ribbons: Silk & Willow // Model: Stephanie Knight // Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab