In late July of 2017 we were contacted by a gal named Emily Hatch. Someone who we had sort of gotten to know the work of through online interactions. She emailed us very shortly after the first Real Workshop and asked if we wanted to come the next year to speak and teach on the subject of boudoir! Needless to say we were elated and said yes before we reached the end of the email lol. Lizz Hoard and Emily had created this workshop because they felt there was a need for real interaction, sound advice and teachings and real connection amongst the speakers and students.
Fast forward a year and the time came to go to Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas. The lodge sits nestled on top of a cliff that over looks a beautiful valley. It isn’t super high up but low clouds are often seen amongst the hills. Right away after getting out of our car we met Emily, her husband Jacob, Lizz and Laura Allen. It was so amazing to finally meet people that we had only known online. You know how you see how someone is online and then meet them and they are nothing like how they are on the internet? Well they are the exact opposite! They were all super genuine and even better in person than what their online persona’s had said!
We had spent a good amount of time on a presentation to give before doing a live shoot and we feel that went pretty well despite the fact of never attending a workshop much less speaking at one before! We talked about pretty much everything to do with boudoir but our main focus was how we, together, use empathy to read our clients and how important that is! For us if we can fee that someone is not comfortable with a certain pose, revealing more skin or being more sensual we will not do it. We can also tell if a person is more comfortable with one of us than the other. There have been times where Luke notices that they are uncomfortable with him being in the room for a certain pose, even if they had been fine with him being there for everything else, and he will step out of the room during that portion. In that same vein, there have been women more comfortable with just Luke shooting their sessions than they were with Molly. Which was very intriguing to those in attendance at the workshop! We believe that the use of empathy during your photo shoots, whether it’s boudoir or not, is very crucial to being a photographer and we will gladly educate people about this time and time again!
After our portion of time was over we were essentially “done” with what we were brought to do but of course we stayed the rest of the week, took classes and notes, because lets be real, we don’t know everything lol. We fielded camera and posing questions during various other shoots, we lead groups for a few other live shoots and we even were the models during a sunrise session! We got to know some amazing people and photographers and feel we gained some life long friends both in the photography industry and real life. For our first experience in a workshop setting we feel like this was amazing and cannot wait to do it again!