"Why are you here?", Noa asked me the night before her Feather Love Photography Workshop. "Because I want to be inspired and I need more creative people in my life" I replied.
Back in February, I saw that Noa Azoulay-Sclater, artist and owner of Feather Love Photography was looking for an assistant for her Bay Area Workshop. I applied thinking there was no way I would get it. I'm not a photographer, I'm not even an aspiring photographer. My background is in public relations, I'm a planner, an organizer, a stationery designer. I just wanted to be surrounded by people who could help me grow personally and creatively. When I found out I had gotten the job, I spent a good hour zippity-do-dah dancing around my apartment.
Over the next few months, Noa and I worked closely to pull together all of the details for a successful workshop. I knew this workshop was her baby and as I got to know Noa and take on more and more, this workshop became my baby too. I drove in to Pacifica the night before the workshop nervous and anxious. It was to be my first time meeting Noa in person and everything that I had been working on for the last few months was finally coming to fruition. I knew that so much was riding on this.
The workshop flowed over the next two days, with Noa sharing her insight on the photography industry, letting go of expectations, breaking down walls and finding your creative voice as an individual. Somehow in a room among 20+ others, the setting felt intimate and real. There were breakthroughs, some public, expressed with tears, others nodded in agreement and for me personally, the realization that I had found a group of people who understood exactly what I have been going through in quitting my full time job to pursue a career that I am passionate about.
I don't know how she did it, but it felt like Noa found a way to give each and every one of us exactly what we needed to move forward with our own individual creative pursuit. She filled a void and has calmed some of my fears. Given me a new sense of confidence that yes, I CAN and WILL be successful in my new career.
In addition to all of this goodness, the workshop included guest speaker Chloe Aftel who taught the art of shooting with poloroids, Anne Sage from The City Sage and Rue Magazine who shared her insight on social media, blogging and running an online magazine. There was a photo shoot for Rue Magazine with styling by Erin of Apartment 34 that was GORGEOUS and a personal highlight for me was Tim and Nicki Bluhm who shared a gift with us when they performed a few songs from their last and upcoming album!
I walked away from the workshop having attained my goal, feeling inspired and moved beyond belief and having met an amazing group of creative people who I can identify with. I feel privileged to have attended the workshop. As I was leaving to head home, I told Noa I feel like I've won. I'm so lucky to have worked with her and to continue working with her moving forward. And I mean it!