FOREVER FEATHER LOVE – Workshop Reflections

It must have seemed strange for some people. I attended the Feather Love Photography Artist Workshop and I’m not a photographer.

The workshop was targeted towards wedding photographers and I wasn’t sure whether or not to go. Was it the right workshop for me? Would I get anything out of it? Truth is, as soon as I saw Noa’s video below I knew had to meet and connect with her.

But it wasn’t until I reached rock bottom one night (Saturday 20th Aug 2011, 1:39am) that I decided to contact Noa. I sent her an essay and my opening line was “I’m an artist in conflict”. I then continued by pouring my heart out …

“As an artist I have this deep, burning desire to create and tell photographic love stories – like stills from a movie. I love working with real couples and making their romantic dreamy unusual fantasies come true. For me it’s all about the story.

But as an artist I wrestle with my own inner demons of ‘am I good enough?’ and ‘is there a place in the world for what I do?”

For me these are real insecurities. I have never perceived myself as being creative so I turned to Noa – someone I believe is incredibly talented to teach me “where do I go from here and how do I overcome these insecurities?”. I think I secretly wanted her to turn me into an artist overnight. And in a way I guess she did.

How did she do this? She asked me a really fundamental question. She asked me “What makes you burn?”. That’s how she started the workshop and from there it became obvious. To be an artist you need to do what you love, connect from the heart, express who you are, take some risks, be yourself, continuously experiment, ‘grow some balls’ and be honest with your work.

So if you think I was personal before, watch out (hehe) … I’m going to get even grittier and even more honest about who I am. I’m going to ‘risk more of me’. You’re going to hear more about my past and my journey. And the things that have defined me. I’ll be more open about what I love and what I hate. And hopefully, by embracing and sharing more of me, I will continue to grow as an artist.

Noa also gave me permission to post whatever I want on my blog (who knew I was looking for permission?!). And encouraged me to become risky with my posts. I guess I’m at the stage where I’m getting a lot of interest in my work and I was feeling “shit how do I continue to keep people engaged with my blog”… and Noa’s answer was SO simple! She said something like …

When you only write and post the things you love, the things that make you burn, the things you go crazy about … “people will come out of the wood-works specifically made for you” … and at that point art and life merge.

And I believe her. Because I know deep down, all the clients that have worked with me so far, we all have a deep profound connection. It’s like they found me. And I equally found them. Something about their story deeply resonates and when I speak to them I know no-one else can give them what they want. I’m not saying that in a cocky way. It’s more, my work and style of working is so different to everyone else, you either want it or you don’t.

    So as a “review” …

  • Did the Feather Love Artistry Workshop give me exactly what I was looking for? Yes!
  • Was it worth attending even though I’m not a photographer? Absolutely!
  • Would I recommend it? 100%
  • Would I do it again? If it meant I got to hang out with Noa again, most probably : )

But in all honesty, the power and impact of the workshop can only really be determined 3, 6, 9, 12 months from now. I’m a great believer in integrated learning. So unless I do the work and make the changes Noa suggested I won’t know the true impact of her teachings. So I think I’ll write a ‘real review’ of this workshop once I start applying some of my learnings.

But for now, I just wanted to share where I am at : ) I’m feeling a deep sense of gratitude and certainty in who I am and the direction I’m heading. I feel worthy and confident as an artist – And in all honesty, I really can’t ask for more! Thanks Noa! XXXX

ps. And I just want to say, if you EVER get the chance to see Emma Case speak live, you MUST see her. This amazing soul, almost had me in tears (several times over). She radiates so authentically and her photography is fantastic. Noa mentioned in her workshop “people pay you for how good you are at who you are, not what you know” … and Emma Case is one of those rare souls who happens to know herself so well that when you hear her speak, she somehow takes you closer to your own soul – Thanks Emma you were definitely one of the highlights at the Feather Love Workshop!

pps. A special thank you to Kat from Rock’n Roll Bride who continues to pioneer the UK Wedding industry and for encouraging me to connect with Noa. Without you, I may still be at rock bottom!

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14 Responses to “FOREVER FEATHER LOVE – Workshop Reflections”
  1. Eliza says:

    It sounds like an amazing workshop, I wish I could have attended.

    I can’t wait to see what changes come for you and your business from this workshop, sounds like you have some incredibly exciting times ahead.


    • thaoski says:

      it’s been about 10 days and I really need to review my notes! i’m wanting to write some personal stuff – but I slightly cringe at the thought of sharing it!! … i think i just need to get over myself! LOL

  2. what a great post thao and you mirror a lot of my feelings too – both before (as a non photographer attending) and after. I am so inspired but still feel like i need to DO SOMETHING you know! I’m hoping once i am able to fully digest everything we spoke about i’ll have a eureka moment…
    love you lady!

    ps can we do it all again soon?

  3. Thanks for sharing your honest opinion of the workshop Thao. I have very similar opinions and it was a pleasure to meet you!

  4. A wonderful post Thaoski, I really enjoyed reading your reflections of our special day…I’m so pleased that you DID decide to attend as your artistic discipline attend a different dimension to the workshop aside from photography x

  5. Lisa Devlin says:

    Funny because I find you totally inspiring and you have altered my path for it crossing with yours. If you ever feel low again, try to see yourself through my eyes. I see an amazing artist, a brain for business and one of my favourite people to get on the wine with in London 🙂

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