PHLOCK

The Honest Approach to Family Photography and Filmmaking

Learn how to use light, mood, and emotion in your storytelling with Laura Wood and Sarah Mason.

An immersive and interactive experience where you’ll learn how to use light, mood and an honest approach to tell captivating family stories through photography and filmmaking.

In this one day, hands-on experience you’ll learn how Laura and Sarah have built successful businesses through an honest approach to family photography and filmmaking. You’ll leave with an understanding of how light, mood and emotion come together to tell compelling and emotive stories which become treasured by your clients. You’ll learn how Sarah manages to incorporate both photography and filmmaking into her sessions and how Laura sets expectations and bends rules which see her ideal clients returning year after year.

You’ll learn how Sarah and Laura use framing, angles and layering to create depth in their sessions and how they work within any space to tell a full story. You’ll have opportunities to work both inside and outside to understand how to manage the challenges faced in various lighting situations. You’ll have time to shoot alongside Sarah and Laura to build your portfolio whilst learning and asking questions as you go. You’ll have time to chat with other creatives who are on a similar journey to you, to make new connections and forge friendships.

When?

TBA

Where?

Alkrington Hall, Alkrington, Manchester

There are only 30 places available and are first come first served

To register your interest, email us on contact@phlocklive.co.uk with the subject HONESTWORKSHOP.

Is this workshop for me?

This workshop is for those who want to push their family photography and filmmaking further whilst gaining a better understanding of an honest approach to storytelling for families.  This workshop is perfect for you if you feel your images or films could be created with more depth, emotion and mood. This workshop will help those who lack confidence in dealing with different spaces and lighting situations. This workshop is for those who have already started, or who are making films, but also to those who maybe have only dabbled or have been a bit too scared to switch their camera into video mode for the first time – Sarah can show you techniques that can bridge that gap between photography into film. This workshop is ideal for you if you like to learn in a hands-on, relaxed environment with supportive and nurturing instructors.

Do I need any specific skills or equipment to join this workshop?

Photography prerequisites:
– An understanding of how to shoot in Manual Mode is essential – understanding shutter speed, ISO and aperture and how to adjust them on your camera
– A basic understanding of Lightroom basics (exposure, contrast, white balance) is helpful
– For some of the tighter spaces a wide lens such as a 35mm may be helpful, but not essential for the entire workshop.
Filmmaking prerequisites – please read the following information:

We don’t want to overload you with information in the run up to the workshop, but we just wanted you to check a couple of things out before we dive in.

Please can you look at your camera, and see if you have the option to shoot in NTSC and PAL (they are broadcast formats and this affects the frame rate you can shoot at). Some cameras will give you the option to film at various frame rates in both NTSC and PAL (and you may not see these acronyms), and for others, you will need to select either NTSC or PAL to bring up the available frame rates. Don’t worry, we’re going to go into this in more detail. When you’re filming, think of it in this way, that  your camera is recording clips as a number of stills, and these stills are measured in frames per second. Take a look and see what frame rates are available to you. You will see some of these or all of these numbers  – 24, 25, 30, 50, 60 or 120. We’ll take you through what each of these frame rates means, and how it affects your footage.

Please can you also check what video resolution you can shoot in – is it 720, 1080, 4K, 8K? Again we will go through this, we just wanted you to have the chance to have a look around your camera’s movie mode, and acquaint yourself a little with it.

To secure resister your interest, email us on contact@phlocklive.co.uk with the subject HONESTWORKSHOP.

SCHEDULE

Before the workshop:
Get to know Laura, Sarah and fellow workshop attendees a week before your workshop.
9.30am onwards:
Arrive at Alkrington Hall for a brew and a light breakfast in the walled garden.
10:00am
Lesson on the terrace with Laura Wood and Sarah Mason:
Sarah and Laura will take you through their journeys and how they communicate their approach with their clients. We will discuss capturing emotion, use of light, how to feel in control in clients homes, depth, framing and mood.
10:30am
Group One with Laura Wood
(Inside)
Photography shoot-along with a real family. Shoot alongside Laura to build your portfolio in the beautiful spaces within Alkrington Hall. Everyone will have the opportunity to shoot and ask questions whilst Laura talks you through settings and her approach to light, mood, framing and capturing emotion. Learn how to capture stunning images of everyday life, love and the connections which make each family unique.
Group Two with Sarah Mason:
(Outside)
Outdoor family session where you’ll learn how to make a mini film to tell the story of a family enjoying time outside together. You’ll learn about how filmmaking differs from an indoor setting to an outdoor one and how to overcome challenges with light, settings and stabilisation. You’ll learn how to slow down and notice small details as we as being able to capture movement with confidence.
11.30am
Group One with Laura Wood:
(Outside)
Outdoor family session in Alkrington Woods where you’ll learn how to make family shoots feel natural, how to use any kind of light to your advantage, how to encourage natural and honest connection, playfulness and joy. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to shoot alongside Laura to build your portfolios and to ask questions as you go.
Group Two with Sarah Mason:
(Inside)
Filmmaking shoot-along with a real family inside the rooms of Alkrington Hall. Watch and listen to Sarah as she shares her unique approach to filmmaking for families. Sarah will be on hand to answer your questions as she gives you the confidence to begin making your own films filled with emotion, connection, beautiful light and stories.
12.30pm
Lunch on the terrace. Enjoy local food and a good catch up with attendees before heading into your next lessons.
1.10pm
Gather on the terrace for a debrief of the morning and to ask questions about what you’ve learned so far. Laura and Sarah will talk through how they communicate their approach with clients and about the journey they have gone on to become sought after family photographers and filmmakers.
Laura will talk to you about pricing and how she went from a £75 per session photography to earning a minimum of £650 per shoot whilst selling only digital collections.
Sarah will talk to you about how she incorporated filmmaking into her photography businesses and how the two things can be interwoven in your own sessions.
2.00pm
Group Two with Laura Wood:
(Inside)
Photography shoot-along with a real family. Shoot alongside Laura to build your portfolio in the beautiful spaces within Alkrington Hall. Everyone will have the opportunity to shoot, ask questions whilst Laura talks you through settings and her approach to light, mood, framing and capturing emotion. Learn how to capture stunning images of everyday life, love and the connections which make each family unique.
Group One with Sarah Mason
(Outside)
Outdoor family session where you’ll learn how to make a mini film to tell the story of a family enjoying time outside together. You’ll learn about how filmmaking differs from an indoor setting to an outdoor one and how to overcome challenges with light, settings and stabilisation. You’ll learn how to slow down and notice small details as we as being able to capture movement with confidence.
3.10pm
Group Two with Laura Wood:
(Outside)
Outdoor family session in Alkrington Woods where you’ll learn how to make family shoots feel natural, how to use any kind of light to your advantage, how to encourage natural and honest connection, playfulness and joy. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to shoot alongside Laura to build your portfolios and to ask questions as you go.
Group One with Sarah Mason
(Inside)
Filmmaking shoot-along with a real family inside the rooms of Alkrington Hall. Watch and listen to Sarah as she shares her unique approach to filmmaking for families. Sarah will be on hand to answer your questions as she gives you the confidence to begin making your own films filled with emotion, connection, beautiful light and stories.
4.30pm:
Cocktail hour on the terrace – a chance to catch up over a drink, talk about what we’ve learned and relax.
Post workshop: Online lessons in editing with Laura & Sarah – learn how to edit films using music, cuts, transitions and basic colour grading. Learn how to use Lightroom to enhance depth, tones and light in your photography.

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