It's been so long since I have written here. Life has been frantic for some reason or another and I have been unable to find a balance and a steady pace. It gets like that sometimes I guess, for most of us.
I do, however, need to share my amazing adventure in Italy. About three weeks ago I flew to Italy to participate in a 6 day workshop with Beth Kirby from Local Milk . I arrived late on the first day due to having missed my flight from Rome, so unfortunately I missed the introductions of the other 11 people that attended. I did make it in time for dinner prepared by Beth, it was the most welcoming sight to my travel weary soul.
Each day breakfast was a lovely ritual in this beautiful setting. It was delightful to come downstairs, eat, chat and just share little bits of our lives and goals with like minded people.
The actual learning on the course was unrivalled by any other course I have attended (and I have attended a few). I now feel that I have a good working knowledge of my DSLR camera. Previously I just changed settings randomly. Now, if I am not achieving the result I am after, I KNOW which settings to change. I understand my camera and can now enjoy the full benefit of the camera's 'manual' setting.
Each day was full of new learning experiences. We learned about different types of photos and how to style effectively to get our desired message across. Beth is a very attentive teacher and we each received a fair amout of one-to-one tutorials and advice from her.
Food styling was a big portion of the course and it was so inspirational. Beth's love of the ritual of sharing food really shines through here. The food was a delicious detail of the trip. We went to dinner in two local restaurants, enjoyed Beth's fine cooking and also had an amazing meal prepared by a local family. Good food really turns strangers into friends, I find.
The house was sublime. This setting provided the perfect tranquil backdrop to a day full of brain work.
It was so sad to say goodbye to everyone and it took weeks to return to my normal self, and continue with my daily activities. I would definitely go to another workshop with Beth. Though I learned so much from her, I am sure she has at least twice as much more that she could teach me. Really, I would just go for her company, she is down to earth, straight forward and so likeable .