Looking back at the path I took to becoming a professional photographer, I can see several points where I can say "if that hadn't happened, I wouldn't be where I am today". From my uncle showing me fabulous large-format prints from a landscape photography trip that he took to the USA through to the music editors at the student paper not giving me any articles to write (which forced me start taking pictures of bands if I wanted to get published), without those steps I wouldn't be making a living with my cameras today.
One of those important turning points was Helen meeting the inspirational David Ward. David persuaded Helen that she should start her career in photography, and if Helen hadn't started her photography business then I wouldn't and so on and so forth. You get the picture.
David is not only an inspirational photographer - his ability to communicate his enthusiasm for photography and his astounding knowledge of its history makes him a brilliant teacher. The fact that he's great company too makes going on one of his workshops a lot of fun, albeit on the hard work end of the fun scale.
I've been on trips to the Highlands and Umbria with David, and last week we returned to the highlands of Scotland for another photography workshop. Getting into a completely different frame of mind than my wedding photography is a big change for me, because it's a completely different way of seeing pictures. It always takes a while for the lessons I've learned on workshops to sink in, so I'm excited to see how last week's trip will affect my work throughout the rest of the year.
David Ward runs landscape photography workshops around the world, and I can wholeheartedly recommend them. If you'd like to find out more about the trips he's scheduled, you can contact David via his website.
Anyway, that's enough words for now. Onto the pictures - here's a selection of my favourite images from last week's trip to the Highlands.
This is a first for me on my blog - iPhone snaps! These were all taken in an abandoned cottage that we found on our travels:
And, finally, here's the great man himself - Mr David Ward: