Wedding Photography Masterclass - 'The Italian Job'
Wedding Photography Masterclass in Italy
I have to say that this was a dream come true, I have had the honour of working with Hasselblad Cameras, Graphistudio & Broncolor for a few years now and this was one of those moments that come once a lifetime. We were asked to host a 5 day Wedding Photography Workshop as part of the release of Hasselblads new Flagship Camera the H5D 50cmos and to help promote Graphistudio Albums and as Graphistudio have just renovated 2 stunning locations to host photography workshops then this was a perfect match & our Italian Job became a reality.
We arrived at Marco Polo airport in Venice to 35+ degree heat and after checking in to our fabulous Hotel we had a recce around Maniago, our base for the trip.
The first day was held at the stunning Palazo D'Attimis in the centre of Maniago, The delegates were introduced to the cameras, lights, albums infact everything a wedding photographer needs to run a successful business then onto the main business... shooting gorgeous images in a stunning location.
Our models Stephanie & Simone were first up and with the old look & feel of the Palazzo D'Atimis we showed a more 'Fine Art' approach to how to shoot a wedding couple with a more formal look to capture a timeless feel to the image. For you photographers all my Images are shot on the Hasselblad H5D 50 cmos this image was daylight but with a broncolor move pack & soft box giving a little fill flash from above.
I love the triangle patten of this image & boy what a look from our couple. Processed to give a timeless film like feel to the image. The lighting was just amazing and I was able to get really creative with the shafts of light flooding into the room.
The delegates get their shots, ably assisted by David Neild from Hasselblad #LB7 holding the lights
Another room in the stunning Pallazo D'Atimis this time to include the amazing ceiling (shot with a 24mm lens & flash balanced to keep the highlights in the window behind)
Mark Witney from Hasselblad shows the delegates the array of functions on the new Hasselblad H5d 50 cmos
Our two gorgeous Bride models Lorella & Stephanie take a break
Back to shooting, this time Lorella on the staircase, just with available light & a little fill flash.
Outside in the Palace Gardens to get more movement into the shots, Lorella giving the delegates a spin
One of our speciality shots on weddings, shot to show the power of the Broncolor lights... turning Italian sun to darkness
Day 3 we was held at the 'jaw dropingly' beautiful Castello Ceconi, words cannot describe how beautiful this place is... it is immaculate and a true testament to the passion for perfection from Tullio Tramotina, the CEO at Graphistudio and whose passion this castle was and is. Time for a quick team shot in front of the castle.
I wish you could feel just how hot it was this day, 34+ degrees not a cloud in the sky as we grabbed the must have shot, Stephanie & Simone with the most stunning of backdrops
Just how beautiful is the Castello Ceconi... one of my favourite shots of the whole trip
If the architecture of the Castle exterior wasn't good enough the inside is Ultra Modern, just unbelievable!!! I shot a bit more fashion style this time with Lorella.
One of my fave shots of Lorella, the ceiling is a mood ceiling and you can choose your colour to match your mood.... how cool is that
You have to be careful were you put your camera... Lorella having a go behind the lens, Yes she was photographing me... NO you can't see the photos ;)
This amazing day ended with a fabulous Gala meal hosted by Tullio, his daughters Lisa & Alice & our new friends from Graphistudio consisting of local hams,cheeses and the wonderful local wine, an evening both Jane & I will remember for ever.
Day 4 was a visit to the Graphistudio factory to see how our (and yours) albums are created. This turned out to be a real eye opener as the albums went from state of the art machinery to next being hand assembled & hand glued to make our stunning albums, I knew that our albums were hand crafted but i really didn't think so much time,effort and passion was put into the process... we now view our albums in a totally different way, I knew they were the best (thats why we only use Graphistudio albums) but now I know why. Unfortunately due to the nature of the process we were unable to take photographs inside the factory but did get another group shot outside... then a lift back with my good friend Francesco in the Hummer... Brilliant!!
I have so many people to thank for creating & making this a truly amazing few days not only for Jane & myself but the delegates also. Thanks to the Hasselblad/Broncolor guys Mark for all his planning,organising & patience,David & my new #LB Colin. Graphistudio Uk Jeremy & Martin for the UK planning, Graphistudio Italy, Dario, Lisa, Alice, Chiara and Tullio and not forgetting the fixer, Francesco if we needed it he got it, what a guy!!!! a huge thanks to our models Stephanie, Lorella & my double Simone :) to my co host Milosz & our awesome delegates who without this would never have happened, Thank you, and last but not least to Jane who took the behind the scenes shots, helped the models, ran around looking after the delegates and putting up with my rubbish Italian. This was a truly fabulous intensive few days that have left memories with me that will last forever :)
Now the planning starts for next years trip... you interested????