When I heard that David Beckstead would be in Cape Town and offering a one day workshop, I knew it was something I wanted to take part in. I signed up and eagerly awaited the day’s arrival. It came on Tuesday, and my oh my, it was a great day.

A day to soak it all in. To allow the creative juices to flow. To try things that I would not ordinarily do. A chance to experiment with no consequences.

David encourages you to use environmental elements to help tell the story. Shadows, lines, shapes, repetition. To stop, to look, to try something different.

Of course, with any workshop there are things you will never do normally – Let’s face it, the odds are good that I won’t ask a bride to lie up against a fence in harsh sunlight to get the shadows to form pretty shapes across her face. I get that. It doesn’t mean I don’t want to try it in a workshop though, or understand the concept, and incorporate it going forward in a subtle way that makes it unique to the way I work. Therein lies the beauty of learning and experimenting with workshops.

On that note, from here on out, I think I’m going to refer to Winter as Workshop Season. #workshopseason

1. Kobus Tollig – Off Camera Flash
2. David Beckstead
3. Tasha Seccombe – Food Photography
4. Styled Shoots with Debbie Lourens

Two down, two to go ; )

Here is a look at what we got up to at the David Beckstead workshop.

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Thank you to:
Host: David Beckstead
Venue: Sunshine Co
Event Organiser: DuWayne Denton
Hair & Make-up: Helga Strydom
Model 1: Dane Coetzee
Model 2: Thea Du Toit

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