Fashion Photoshoot : Urban Arabian
That Time I Did a Fashion Photography Course
A few months back I signed up to do a fashion photography course that was being offered by London Institute of Photography . I'll have to admit that when I signed up, I was doing a night shift, I was a bit disoriented and I wasn't in the right mindset to make decisions on spending a sizeable amount of my income for a course. I remember waking up the next day in the afternoon and thinking to myself: "did I just spend a rents worth of money on a photography course??!!" but the money was spent and I decided to go rather than cancel the registration. I must say, it was the best decision I've made while being half asleep.
The course is run by the extremely talented Holger Pooten, when I checked his website I was mesmerised, such strong visuals. I was a bit intimidated and had to calm myself down on the way to Brick Lane, what if he was mean and broke my spirt? do I really want to do this in this very vulnerable stage in my life? But then I met him, sweetest person I've met. He is the perfect mentor, gentle but honest. He is there to help you bring out the best of you. I felt at ease knowing he was going to be my mentor, and so, the week long course started.
First of all, I realised I knew absolutely NOTHING about photography and how to use my camera, I've been doing it so wrong for so long, so so wrong! I only started taking photography seriously less than a year ago and I did some reading online, everything I've read did not do me any favours. It could be that I was reading the wrong sources, I also attribute my wrong ways to the fact that I learn by seeing something being done in front of me and practice it straight away, only reading and trying to apply the knowledge on my own meant I didn't know if I was doing it right or not. Anyway, at the end of the week, each student directed their own photoshoot, I was an absolute mess and I really struggled, I don't know if it was the nerves or the inexperience or both! I did not do well! I had no intention of ever looking at those photos again! Only bad memories were associated with them. But, a few days ago I had a second look at them and decided to do some editing, they're still not as good as I had originally wanted them to be, but I suppose it's a learning process. I have actually registered with LIoP again to take the full Professional 10 week professional photography course and I am currently on it, Hopefully by the end of it, I'll have half a clue!
Without further ado, presenting to you, my first ever proper fashion photoshoot