SNAP Photography Festival is, basically, a wedding photography workshop. A series of lectures and live shoots led by incredibly talented wedding professionals.
But it’s more than that. There’s the fact that it’s also a camping holiday where everyone stays at the same site, you eat your meals together, share your toothpaste, ask around for a bottle opener and figure out who’s good at getting the campfire going. A sense of camaraderie grows naturally amongst attendees and speakers. There’s a noticeable lack of ego too. On at least a couple of occasions, we were chatting and drinking with folks on an evening, only to find those same people were leading a workshop the next day. Award winning, world leaders in their field are just another face in the crowd at SNAP and it’s lovely. It’s also a good crowd to be a face in, all snapsters go through a vetting process and although that may sound a little snobby, it’s nothing to do with elitism. You’re not judged on your portfolio or how many weddings you’ve shot or what cameras you’re using, It’s simply to check that you’re a decent human being, that you’re a kind, open-minded person who isn’t going to bring any bad vibes.
We’d been hearing about SNAP from other photographers ever since we started shooting weddings professionally so we were excited to get the chance to attend. This year it was held at Fforest Camp in West Wales. A bit of a drive for us so we headed down the day before and found a place to stay the night. This gave us the chance to check out some of the breath taking scenery on the coast before we arrived.
Then we got to SNAP. We were greeted with hugs from strangers and welcoming sign wavers.
After ditching most of our luggage with the Fforest courier service, we ambled through the site and found our tent.
Throw stick now pls.
There were several live shoots throughout the week where we got to shoot alongside photographers at the top of their game and see how they create their magic.
It’s not Wales without the rain clouds.
Diversity plays a large part of SNAP. Speakers are carefully selected to ensure attendees receive education and inspiration from people who are truly representative of everyone working in the wedding industry. Catalyst Wedding Co and Nu Bride were present to show us how we can do our bit to push things forward too.
Speakers came from around the world to share with us how they became better photographers, better business people and just better human beings.
There was a little party too.
SNAP organiser and Queen B, Laura Babb.
We learnt so much at SNAP. Not just about photography but about ourselves, where we want to be in this crazy industry and how to move forward and stay true ourselves. It’s an inspirational and emotionally enlightening week that I would recommend to all wedding photographers. Seriously, check it out.
Yorkshire wedding photographers and husband and wife team, Emma + Rich take photographs and make films with our own creative, fun and unique way of telling your story. Based in Scarborough near York and Hull, we travel across Yorkshire, the UK and rest of the world to make memories that will last you forever.