Between Friday 12 and Monday 15 April 2013, the Radisson Blu in St Helier will be the focus of attention for all photographers in the islands.
The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers SWPP, the largest body representing photographers in the UK, are coming to Jersey for a weekend of photographic training aimed at photographers of all levels of experience. They will be bringing photographer and trainer John Denton across from the UK together with one of his regular modelling team. Together they will demonstrate and guide delegates through a range of techniques to light, pose and finish images in art nude to fashion styles.
For John this is a dream booking. I've been coming to Jersey since I was a child and more recently with my own kids, so to get the chance of training photographers on the island again is a dream. He continues, I love the scenery and the atmosphere of the island and also the fantastic light you get around the coastline. It was the work of Gerald Durrell that first made me aware of Jersey so I guess my ideal shoot location would be around the Zoo which is always a place of pilgrimage when I arrive.
This is the second time the Societies have visited, Director Colin Jones explains, We would love this to become an annual event. We trialled it in a low key way last year and had a wonderful time. This year we are aiming to bring photographers from the mainland as well as welcoming fellow photographers from all over the Channel Isles. We are grateful to Fitzlab of Guernsey who is sponsoring the event and if any other local businesses would like to get involved then please get in touch.
Last year's event nearly fell at the first hurdle, John explained, When we arrived in St Helier late on the Friday afternoon, we realised the wedding dress we had ordered had gone missing in transit. There was a mad panic until we found the wonderful Ellis of Ellis Fashions on La Colomberie. She was incredibly calm and kitted our model out in a beautiful bridal gown. Panic turned to triumph and the pictures turned out beautifully over the weekend.
For model Jennifer Dickinson this will be a first visit to Jersey. I'm incredibly excited to be coming to St Helier. I've met so many fantastic people and visited wonderful places through my work and can't wait to meet the photographers of Jersey and Guernsey.
Visit The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers website for more details
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