SILLY HEART WALKS
SATURDAY 5th OF OCTOBER, 2019
DAYLANDS FARM, WEST SUSSEX
Spend a day walking and working through woods and farmland, gathering inspiration, making real connections and talking through the plans for your business.
Photograph and style your wares in the woods, the gardens, or around the woodburner in the cosy orchard studio. You'll have the help of an incredible branding photographer and product stylist, and leave at the end of the day with a head full of ideas, hair full of leaves, and a portfolio full of usable content, including a professional portrait for use across your site and social media.
This is a small, hands-on workshop with limited spaces available to ensure plenty of practical and individual support from your four mentors.
“Jen’s workshop was just wonderful. She is such an open person and very informative and encouraging. We had a lovely morning together socially and productively. I would highly recommend.”
- KATHERINE M, DESIGNER -
Photo courtesy of Miscellaneous Adventures, of one of their woodland workshops.
9.30am - ARRIVAL + GROUNDING
We'll meet at Daylands Farm in Steyning, West Sussex, where a small studio with a woodburning stove and private orchard garden will be our base for the day. Drop your bag, turn off your notifications and relax with a cuppa and a pastry.
10am - NATURE WALK
We’ll start our day with a nature walk. Across a small green field, we'll pass through the trees and find ourselves in peaceful woodland just moments away from the orchard studio. The sound of the birds, the crunch of leaves underfoot and the crisp Autumn air clearing our heads and rooting us in the moment. Away from our computers and the distractions of home, we will focus on the peace and clarity that being out in nature rewards us with. Together we will seek and gather natural props from around the woodland for our product photography.
11am - TEA + TALKS
We'll return from our walk already buzzing with inspiration and a small wicker basket each of collected fauna. We will settle around the fire pit in the garden (or light the wood burning stove indoors if the weather calls for it!) for a refreshments and some practical advice from Mugdha and Siobhan on how to get the best out of the following sessions. And then, fired up, we will get to work!
Photo courtesy of Miscellaneous Adventures, of their stunning handmade products, styling and photography.
Mugdha's beautiful styling work with her own natural products. Photo by Yeshen Venema
11.30am - STYLE YOUR PRODUCTS
Everyone will have a space, indoors or out, to set up for photography. Whether using a tripod and DSLR, or your trusty smartphone, the team will be on hand to support you and offer guidance.
There will be a selection of props and backdrops available, which you can compliment with the Autumnal flora you've gathered on our walk.
We will break into groups - one with Siobhan, Emma and Andrew, setting up cameras and getting advice on how best to use the light and natural surroundings. The second group with Mugdha and Jen, styling your products and talking about the overall visual aspirations for your brand. We will swap groups ahead of lunch so everyone will have plenty of time with each other.
1pm - LUNCH AROUND THE FIRE
We’ll settle around the fire pit or wood burner, eating, drinking and sharing our own stories. You’ll have the chance to tell everyone about your business, your intentions and how you plan to grow it. I'll be available to offer mentoring time through the afternoon, should you have questions about building your business.
2pm - PHOTOGRAPHY
We’ll continue to capture our products and receive advice and wisdom from our mentors, who will move through the group answering any questions and ensuring everyone has plenty of individual attention.
Siobhan will begin to break us away from our work in small groups, to walk amongst the trees and capture a natural portrait photograph in the beautiful surroundings. A professional headshot is an essential for your website and social media - people want to know who they’re buying from - and the woodland backdrop and natural lighting will add that extra wow factor.
5pm - PACK UP + FAREWELL
You will leave with fresh air in your lungs, dirt on your boots, leaves in your hair. New ideas, new friends and new content ready to launch at home.
Siobhan will work on the photos she’s taken that day over the following weeks and as soon as they’re ready, your new professional headshot, along with captures from our day together will arrive in your inbox!
WHO IS IT FOR?
+ Designer/Makers and shop owners with physical products they wish to sell online.
+ Small, sustainable business owners who want to learn how to style and photograph their ethical wares at home.
+ Creative freelancers who want a day out in nature, learning practical skills and making new friends!
WHAT YOU GET
+ A day out in nature, soaking up wild, and connecting with a small group of like-minded women.
+ A professional portrait photo by Siobhan Watts, captured in the woods, the orchard, or the studio - it's up to you!
+ Mentoring from a professional product stylist, branding photographer, and small business coach as you capture your products in our beautiful surroundings.
+ A guided nature walk with woodland wonders and experienced foragers, Miscellaneous Adventures.
+ Copious amounts of tea, coffee, cakes and treats.
+ A parcel of thoughtful, handmade gifts as a thank you for joining us.
WHAT TO PACK
Camera of your choice (make sure your battery is fully charged and your memory disk is in!)
Tripod if you prefer
Your hero products (one to five items)
Packed lunch (with so many potential food intolerances, and dietary requirements one of the ways I’m hoping to make this a more sustainable and affordable experience is by you bringing your own preferred lunch. It's not as glamorous, but it reduces the cost AND the waste, which is a win for everyone)
Notebook and pens
A change of footwear or even outfit if the clothes you want for your portrait photo are not suitable for a forest walk and the rest of the day!
Please note, we’ll be collecting natural ephemera from our surroundings, and further props and backdrops will be supplied, so there is no need to bring props unless you need something specific. Due to the wild outdoor setting, the less you bring on to the site the better. If you have any questions around this, get in touch.
EARLY BIRD TICKETS - £195.00 - SOLD OUT
FULL PRICE - £215.00
This workshop is limited to 12 places.
“If you're after a wholesome experience, this was genuinely one of the most fun creative workshops we've done, and would thoroughly recommend it!”
BEN + LUCY