a bit more soul

a bit more soul

3 years ago, I was quite new to the photo-biz game. A friend had told me all about this workshop called A Bit More Soul, which sounded so unique to other workshops offered around the place. Rather than being about lessons in technicalities and rules of shooting, it was about a group of photographers & creative folk from all over the world getting together, breaking down their walls and sharing about their inspirations, the highs and lows of their work, what it is about photography and art that really makes them tick.

When I left ABMS, I felt so inspired. Up until that week, I’d always felt shy about saying I was a “photographer” whilst taking myself seriously. ABMS taught me the importance of shutting out all of the outside noise about so-called rules and how you should be shooting stills, and embracing your own unique style.

This year has been a busy one for me…  since the wedding season wrapped at the beginning of the year, I have been working on 3 different films spread across NZ & Australia. Inspiration can be hard to find, especially when you’re working 11 hour + days each day on these jobs. When I saw that A Bit More Soul was hosting a reunion get-together in Raglan (and it just happened to fall into a week-long break between two films!!) I pounced to sign up.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, being a photographer can often feel lonely. You are working most days by yourself, sometimes even for yourself. Because of that I feel so grateful for this kick-ass little ABMS community. Being able to reach out to these amazing, honest people, embrace the highs and lows of what we do… because at the end of the day, we’re all in this together.

Below are a few frames from the days spent with these incredible people. Two weeks have already passed but it still feels like yesterday.