Last week I took a trip to London to attend one of Emma Case Photography's Welcome Home Workshops. I'd been looking forward to it for a few months, having booked my place whilst we were still travelling through Thailand on our way back to the UK. To say that the day exceeded my expectations is a massive understatement. Meeting people that you truly admire and respect can be a daunting prospect but I can honestly say that Emma and her husband Pete couldn't have been more down to earth and ummm welcoming!!! Receiving a huge and comforting hug from each of them as soon as I arrived went a long way to settling any nerves I had. As for my fellow 'Homies'... wow what an inspirational and supportive bunch of people you are!
One of the main things that I took away from the day is that everyone is critical of their own abilities, and that it isn't just me. We all have our hang ups and insecurities, we all worry about whether we are doing a good enough job, whether we have enough talent and whether or not we are doing things the right way!
I honestly can't remember the last time I let out so many belly laughs, heard so many profanities, or saw so many people bare their souls in front of others and embraced one another as much I did during our day together. It was an experience that will live with me for a very long time indeed and the lessons learnt will be drawn upon time and time again for years and years to come. It was a truly humbling experience and I feel extremely privileged to have been around so many wonderful people for the day.
Below are a few shots I took on the day. The couple shots are of the beautiful Michelle and Colum, who are having a wonderful Irish wedding at home with their family and friends in August.
If anyone is debating whether or not attending one of Emma and Pete's workshops is worthwhile or not, I honestly cannot recommend it enough. Receiving multiple man hugs off Pete is worth the course fee alone if you ask me!