Well if I’m honest, I’m sat here with mixed feelings…Motivated, excited but also a little bit flat; only natural I guess when a week you’ve been looking forward to comes and goes way too quickly. You see last week I was fortunate enough to spend some time over in Atlanta, Georgia USA with photographer Zack Arias and take part in his now world famous OneLight Workshop.
I could go on and on about what an incredible experience it was… and believe me it was! Zack, aside from being a truly gifted photographer and teacher is without doubt one of the most generous, warm and honest people I’ve ever met.
I first met Zack, his wife Meghan and other team members Sherri and Erik the night before the workshop at what Zack calls a ‘Mixer’. This is where he opens the studio to any photographer in the area to pop in for a chat and chill out, but not just that there’s also a large spread of food and drink available too, and this is FREE to anyone who wants to pop in…Unbelievable!
Needless to say we had a great night, leaving in the early hours of Wednesday morning, only to return at 9.30am for the Workshop.
The Workshop itself was a packed day of teaching and shooting, full on from start to finish which I hasten to add was 2am the following morning; in Zack’s own words “I’ll keep talking and teaching until you’re done”.
I’m a firm believer that no-one knows it all, and we constantly need to keep studying this craft so to get the chance to spend some time with Zack was an experience I’ll never forget for a whole host of reasons; how much I learned, the generosity and the new friendships to name but a few.
Thank you to Zack, his wife Meghan and team Sherri and Erik for making me feel so welcome and for an experience I’ll never forget; I look forward to catching up with you in 2010.
* Here’s a few photographs of some of the other attendees, Sarah McGee and John Shim: