Fine Art Australia Photography Workshop Highlight: Spanish Inspired Elopement at Luminoso

If you are a fine art film photographer in Australia or New Zealand, you may have noticed that many of your fellow photographers specialize in the dark and moody style. It’s pretty rare to come across photos that take on a more natural, bright, and airy look. 

As a result, I often find that many new fine art film photographers don’t have much confidence in themselves. They lack mentorship or experience or just don’t feel good about the quality of their photos.

Sound like you? 

If so, it’s one of the biggest reasons why I put together this workshop: To help photographers just like you.

And with COVID-19 thrown into the mix – where elopements, micro, and intimate weddings have become the new norm – there’s never been a better time to train and gain experience in film photography. 

I’m a huge proponent of investing in my personal and professional development. As a fine art film photographer, it’s essential that I continue learning and unlocking my potential to better serve my clients. 

And I LOVE helping other creative entrepreneurs uncover their own potential, expand their photography skills, and grow their businesses. 

Enter Luminoso: An Elopement Themed Workshop for Fine-Art, Film Photographers

This workshop was a way for me to create a community and space for budding Australian photographers. It provided a place where they have the time and freedom to create without the pressure of an actual wedding day.

As a result, they could build a more elevated portfolio of photos they could be proud of. And, more importantly, each photographer walked away with a support system they can reach out to when they need help. Friends in the industry who can cheer them on through the good and tough times.

“[The workshop was] absolutely worth the investment. I got some beautiful photos with the help and expertise of Sheri, as well as with the stunning location and styling that she had put a lot of effort into. It was such a beautiful space, and I could see and feel how much Sheri put into it to help us get the most out of it. All the little details were accounted for and well thought out.” – Mandy

The Inspiration 

Part of the fun of creating the workshop is coming up with different and relevant themes for couples. As you can see here and here – as published on Magnolia Rouge. 

But this year’s workshop was inspired by my deep love and passion for Spain.

The vibrant colours. The festive music. And the infectious passion for life that brings absolute joy to everything and everyone.

Once I found Iron Gate Estate in the Hunter Valley, I knew it was the ideal place to create the Spanish vibe I envisioned right here in Australia. 

This beautiful property allowed me to show fellow photographers and, in turn, couples that even though we aren’t in Europe, you can still bring that design and aesthetic to a wedding day.

During the Workshop

Day One

On the first day, we started the morning by having breakfast together. This provided an opportunity for open conversation so that everyone could get to know each other.

First up was a boudoir session. During this time, I guided workshop attendees on how to capture elegant boudoir on film – indoors – and advised them on how to read the lighting in these kinds of situations.

After that, we had an hour lunch break, provided and presented beautifully by The Wilderness Chef  [catering company]! There was a plethora of incredible food. Everyone couldn’t stop raving about how delicious it was. 

The second part of the day was centred around bride and groom portraits. We focused on creating a wide range of imagery for groom portraits, bridal portraits, ceremony imagery, and capturing an intimate connection in the couple portraits. The whole time, I guided, directed, and showed the photographers how what and why I was photographing and framing certain shots. 

The day ended with a beautiful sunset and a discussion over dinner about our highlights of the day.

Day Two

Day two started with coffee and breakfast, followed by a styling session where I went into depth about how I style and design my invitation suites and wedding-day details to create flat lays.

Afterwards, we strolled around the property to capture the environment – for those oh-so-important landscape photos that help set the scene, paint a picture, and tell the overall story of the couple’s day.

Last, but certainly not least, I guided everyone on how to capture the gorgeous and incredibly styled reception table setting. Which we took full advantage of by concluding our evening with a private dinner.

All in all, everyone (including myself!) had a fantastic time. One of my favourite moments was sitting around after and drinking a glass of sangria at the farewell dinner. We reflected on the style, beauty, and images everyone created. There was genuine and open conversation. And so many friendships formed.

In fact, two of the past attendees teamed up together and created an editorial that is now featured in Magnolia Rouge.

Upcoming Workshops

Interested in attending the next workshop?

Mark your calendars for May 3-5. We’ll be headed to the Italian Village ‘Guestlands‘ just out of Sydney.

Like all of my workshops, we’ll be focusing on mastering the timeless art of film photography. So whether you’re just getting into film or wanting to take your skills to the next level, this workshop is for you.

You’re welcome to come for the workshop on May 4th or stay for the entire experience. Whatever you choose, I’d love to see you there!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly.

Vendor List:

Flowers – Two Wild Hands⁠  | Gown Salon – Kayrouz Bridal⁠ | Gown Designer – Muse By Berta⁠ | Lingerie –⁠ | Groom Suit – Rundle Tailoring⁠ | Hair and Makeup – All Madeup⁠ | Calligraphy – Azalea Calligraphy⁠ | Silk Ribbon – Song Bird Silk⁠ | Shoes – The White Collection⁠ | Jewellery + Veil – All About Romance⁠ | Chairs and tableware – Opulent Events⁠ | Models – Pamela Rocha & Davide⁠ | Videographer – Anne Esteban Productions⁠ | Ring Boxes – Filles Box⁠


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Whether your love story is one blossomed from elegant romance or one of epic proportions, I am so excited to be a part of this journey with you and can’t wait to get to know you more. I am a fine art photographer providing my services all throughout NSW, Australia and destinations worldwide. Passionately devoted to capturing the beauty of your special day. 

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