All the way back in April I went to Snap Photography Festival in Wales. Snap is like every other awesome festival, only instead of music there are daily talks on everything revolving around the world of photography. Most attendees are wedding photographers but you certainly wouldn’t have to be a wedding photographer to get enjoyment out of it.
I really wanted to go to Snap back in 2016, however I never committed to buying a ticket so obviously, I missed out! After seeing what an amazing time everyone had I promised myself that when tickets went on sale for Snap 2017, I would buy one. And boy am I glad I did!
On the journey there I was a little bit apprehensive about going, I didn’t know that many people attending and I didn’t want to be the quiet one in the corner… When I got there I was welcomed by some veteran Snapsters and found some people I already knew and made my way to the Dome I was staying in with my three roomies. And as it turned out, I needn’t have worried. I had lovely, whirlwind of a time! Snap’s held over five days and in those 5 days there was A LOT to cram in, there were many talks with some really talented photographers, live shoots, a beach trip, a party, wild swimming and so much more.
While I was at Snap I often felt a little bit overwhelmed. With around 120 attendees and lots of activites it was pretty fast paced and my introverted brain sometimes needed a bit of a break. As it happens Fforest is the perfect place to get a bit of headspace. It’s in the heart of the welsh countryside and the week we went in April the bluebells were out in force, it was absolutely beautiful. Whenever I felt like I needed a bit of a break I’d just take a little walk or sit outside our dome for a little while and afterwards I felt like I was completely ready to get back into the action!
While I was at Snap I didn’t actually take as many photographs as I’d expected to, and this actually seemed to be a common feeling between a lot of people that I spoke to. Of the few photographs I did take, I decided to do a mixture of digital and film photography. I absolutely love how film looks, and although I would never shoot a full wedding on film I am going to start incorporating it into my wedding work…
Thank you so much Laura Babb for creating such an amazing community of photographers. It’s a brilliant feeling that even now Snap’s done for another year there are still a huge team of people who are always there to offer encouragement and help each other out. Sometimes being self employed can be a lonely a thing, communities like this make all the difference and it’s certainly one I’m proud to be part of!