Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Plant Photography Masterclass: Adrian Davies

As I mentioned over on my Instagram, I attended a Plant Photography Masterclass last week.  The masterclass took place at RHS Garden Wisley and was with natural history and wildlife photographer Adrian Davies.  Over the duration of about six hours, I learnt more than I had done in a fair few months and returned home feeling well and truly inspired..

RHS Garden Wisley The Glasshouse
Upon arrival at the masterclass, I immediately noticed I was severely lacking in equipment and uh, experience.  After a good twenty minutes of wondering whether I missed something on the booking form, I decided the day would be the perfect opportunity to learn from those around me!  One thing I should mention is that I like love challenges - if nobody is getting hurt along the way, then it's the perfect opportunity to push yourself.  My day spent at RHS Garden Wisley did exactly that, as well as prompting me to think a little further outside of the box in order to keep up with the pace of the masterclass.

RHS Garden Wisley The Glasshouse
RHS Garden Wisley The Glasshouse

RHS Garden Wisley The GlasshouseAfter viewing some of Adrian's fantastic photos via a projector, we headed out (in the pouring rain) to The Glasshouse, the 40ft home to various exotic plants.  The subjects of the masterclass quickly became works of art, with an abundance of striking colours and unusual shapes to focus on.  An incredibly useful tip provided by Adrian was to focus on the plants/flowers that don't necessarily catch your eye.  So, as opposed to darting over to an (albeit beautiful) traditional rose, instead look at the leaves, weeds or vines surrounding it.  With this in mind, I looked around and photographed what didn't vie for my attention - this is what I meant before about returning home inspired!

RHS Garden Wisley The Glasshouse

The tropical environment of The Glasshouse contributed so much to my enjoyment of the masterclass.  With water spraying down on the plants from above and a temperature that had some removing their jackets, I was in heaven!  Admittedly, our lenses misted over for a while, however a quick walk through to a different area and we were back to zooming in on the more modest subjects.

RHS Garden Wisley The Glasshouse
RHS Garden Wisley The Glasshouse
After squeezing a couple more tutorials out of Adrian and a few more photographs out of The Glasshouse, we ventured back to base (again, in the pouring rain!) to enjoy a mass of egg mayonnaise sandwiches - there were other foods available, however I had tunnel vision and so it quickly became an egg-induced blur..  

RHS Garden Wisley Photography Masterclass Adrian Davies
The man himself in action!
RHS Garden Wisley Photography Masterclass
The afternoon saw the clouds move away and the sun come out to play, allowing the masterclass to move outdoors.  After a couple of hours spent on specifics such as learning to take time to find the appropriate background for your plant close-up, the masterclass approached it's end and I found myself genuinely disappointed - I had really enjoyed it!  I loved the environment, the challenge, the soft temperaments of all involved and the excellent teaching style of Adrian Davies.  

If you're keen to enrol on a photography course/workshop (or other!) at RHS Garden Wisley this year, take a look at what's on offer here.

RHS Garden Wisley Photography Masterclass

RHS Garden Wisley Photography Masterclass




With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. I love the pictures you got! Such a fun class!
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  2. You got some really amazing shots! I especially love the ones with the pond and the mist.

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    1. Oh thanks Colleen, the environment for the masterclass was pretty special!

      Gabrielle x

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  3. Fantastic photos dear! Hope you have a lovely day.

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    1. Thanks very much, have a lovely weekend

      Gabrielle x

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  4. the pictures are gorgeous! glad you got to learn something new. anytime I'm challenged I always want to give it my all- after all, life is boring without challenges, right? how fun!

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    1. You make an excellent point - a big part of life is pushing ourselves forwards again and again! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  5. I simply love garden or floral photography. It always makes me dream and gives me ideas. This shots are absolutely amazing. The colors.. superb. Beautiful post.

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    1. You and me both, it never fails to relax me! Thanks so much Kia, really glad you enjoyed this post :)

      Gabrielle x

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  6. Ugh these pictures are so wonderful. The plants are so interesting, I'd stare at them all day if I could. Sounds like a very insightful day you had!

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    1. Thank you! The Glasshouse was the ideal location for the masterclass as the plants on offer really were unusual!

      Gabrielle x

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  7. A plant photography class? That will come in handy for the floral prints on the eyeshadows next spring! Just kidding, that sounds like an awesome experience.

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    1. Haha I can barely do block-colour eyeshadow, never print floral prints! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  8. WOW- Amazing shots!!!!
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  9. Incredible pictures and my favourite has to be the one with the leaf holding the water. Loved reading this post and that you've enjoyed yourself at the class. I've never done a photography course but would love to and I can imagine a green house is the perfect location for inspiration. Hope you're well and we'll speak soon xxxx

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    1. Thanks so much Carolin, that's probably my favourite one as well. I'm really glad you've enjoyed this post and I can definitely recommend doing a photography course - just for the day! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  10. Hola Gabrielle, your pictures are beautiful and took one class like this in Central park last year, I realize how much more I need to discover about photography, actually I am looking for a course near by, but during the summer time Italy is almost in full stop! thanks you for share your perfect work! xx
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    1. Hey Arely, thanks for your kind words and it's great to hear you've attended a similar class to this one. That's a great point, there's always more to learn, which makes any hobby/skill incredibly interesting! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  11. Wow these photos are truly stunning & it sounds like such an interesting day x

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    1. So glad you think so Alina - I definitely learnt a lot that day!

      Gabrielle x

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  12. wow, this pics are so amazing :) Love them all :)
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    1. Thanks for stopping by lovely!

      Gabrielle x

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  13. Such a great opportunity! Love your pictures :)

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    1. I had to book quite far in advance, so I was so pleased when the day came and I enjoyed it so much!

      Gabrielle x

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  14. Happy Wednesday, lovely! This is so beautiful! Seriously love stopping by your blog!
    I truly hope this day is as beautiful as you are, stunning lady!
    Sending you much love!!!
    xoxo, Vanessa
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    1. Happy Saturday, Vanessa! Have a wonderful weekend.

      Gabrielle x

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  15. Amazing photography! That masterclass looked fun! I love to learn new things and also push myself, I like the challenges. Well done!

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    1. Thank you! It's great to know you feel the same way about challenges, it's what keeps life fresh! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  16. This is such an interesting post - amazing photography! Love your blog :) xx

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    1. Thank you Arushee, so pleased you're enjoying my blog!

      Gabrielle x

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  17. Beautiful photos Gabrielle. I have been wanting to take a photo class to strengthen my photography. I think it'll jump to the top of my list now for when I get back. Also, I love that you like a challenge, because from where I stand, you definitely kept up with your peers!

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    1. Thank you Chelsea! Your photography is already magnificent, although I suppose there's always more to learn with any skill. Ah that's great to hear, thank you, I really appreciate you saying so :)

      Gabrielle x

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  18. This is such a fun class to take and your photos came out beautifully!

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    1. Thank you Sheree, I had a brilliant day of learning!

      Gabrielle x

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  19. What an awesome opportunity to take a photo class! I love how your photos came out! I've been into capturing the beauty within plants! They're such a subtle beauty :)

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    1. It really was and especially as Adrian is so talented! That's very true - and often incredibly intricate!

      Gabrielle x

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  20. great pics

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  21. Wow you did such a great job Gabrielle! You are a quick learner and these photos turned out so pretty! Btw, thank you SO much for your sweet comment on my blogversary post. I love stopping by your blog and I think it's wonderful that we support each other! <3

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    1. Thank you Tina, I really appreciate you saying so! You're absolutely more than welcome, I'm thrilled you've reached that milestone and your post celebrating it was superb.

      ps. I agree, it's been so lovely getting to know you :)

      Gabrielle x

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  22. Wow! those are gorgeous photographs! Really nice shot! :)

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    1. Thanks a million Karen!

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  23. Wow such fantastic photos! You did great. I think i'm in need of a photography class..
    I also really love challenges i think it's important to try and push yourself out of your comfort zone.

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    1. Photography classes are always a lot of fun, inspirational and hugely educational - I can definitely recommend trying one out!

      Gabrielle x

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  24. Stunning photography, Garbrielle! I'm always amazed by your holiday shots etc, xoxo

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    1. Thanks you Shirely, that's so wonderful to hear - especially as I hugely enjoy writing up travel posts!

      Gabrielle x

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  25. This looks like such a great class! You really brought the greenhouse to life with your photos. Really loving that last photo, so much colour and life in it! Hope you're having a great week Gabrielle :) xx

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    1. I massively appreciate that, thank you lovely! Mm, pink flowers are always a pleasure to capture! Thanks Naeun, have a fantastic weekend :)

      Gabrielle x

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  26. Oh wow, your photos turned out absolutely lovely! I've no photographer, but I'd love to attend a photography class one day just to, y'know, rack up in the skills department, haha. The class sounded like such fun despite the heavy rain, ah!

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    1. I know the feeling, there's always more to learn with regard to any skill! Haha yeah, I was absolutely drenched.. but in a way it added to the experience!

      Gabrielle x

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  27. Lovely photos darling, they turned out great! xo

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  28. Wow your photos are really pretty !

    Have a lovely day <3 _Aishettina_

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  29. beautiful shots!
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  30. Wow, you really took gorgeous pictures!

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    1. Thank you Vanessa, I appreciate you saying so!

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  31. Wow!!! Amazing photos Gabrielle! You are a really expert of photography!!! Have a nice day, kisses and thank you for stopping at my blog,
    Eni

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    1. That's so sweet of you to say Eni, although I've got a very long journey of learning ahead of me haha!

      Gabrielle x

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      Gabrielle x

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  33. What a great class to take! The photos are stunning, incredible quality!

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    1. It really was hugely helpful - not to mention inspirational for my future photos!

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  34. Wow, you learn fast! These photos are amazing, I love the one with a bit of water in that deep green leaf. Thanks for sharing this experience with us and even some of the tips you learnt there like to focus on the plants that don't catch your eye. I can't wait to see how your plant-photography skills develop in the future!
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    1. Thanks Deb, it's always encouraging to be surrounded by those more skilled than yourself! The leaf holding the water is my favourite too, so I'm glad that one stood out to you :)

      Gabrielle x

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  35. You captured everything so beautifully Gabrielle! What a wonderful experience and learning opportunity! You always take something valuable away from classes like those. So glad you attended. I already think your photography is superb. LOL Keep it up! Loved this.
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    1. It really was a wonderful opportunity to develop my skills and the location was ever so dreamy! Haha thanks Kim, you've made my day :)

      Gabrielle x

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  36. I love cacti!! I just want to fill my house with them!

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    1. You and me both, although I wouldn't dare put them in my house in fear of falling on one haha!

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  37. How wonderful! You got some amazing shots! So beautiful!

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  38. wow, these are nice :) i've never taken photography classes but sounds like you're gonna learn a lot from it!

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    1. They are a great opportunity to squash a million lessons/tips into just one day (or week, month etc.)

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  39. This really sounds so interesting and fun! I love the shots.
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    1. It most definitely was! Thanks lovely!

      Gabrielle x

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  40. Sounds like amazing experience and you took great photos :) Btw, Garden Wisley is stunning place, perfect to have some photography classes :)

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    1. Wisley Gardens really is a spectacularly beautiful place, definitely worth visiting at least once!

      Gabrielle x

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  41. These floral pictures look absolutely beautiful and I think it must be so fun to take part in photography lessons if you have the interest! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more! You're very welcome - thanks for stopping by Prudence!

      Gabrielle x

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  42. Wow, amazing photos! I would love to spend more time doing different styles of photography.

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    1. I really hope you find the time to do so, as it can be so enjoyable!

      Gabrielle x

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  43. What a wondeful experience and an amazing venue too. The plants in The Glasshouse are so exotic and this reminds me of our visit to Gardens by the Bay in Singapore last year (you would enjoy that too!) Your photos are gorgeous and so impressive.

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    1. The location certainly contributed to my enjoyment of the masterclass - even though it poured with rain haha! Mm, that does sound like somewhere I'd enjoy visiting :)

      Gabrielle x

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  44. This sounds marvellous, what a great place to have one in as well. Gorgeous. Happy Friday doll xx

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    1. I absolutely agree! Thanks so much lovely, have a great weekend.

      Gabrielle x

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  45. Gabrielle these photos are absolutely stunning! <3 the details and the colours in the flowers are just spectacular <3

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    1. Oh thank you Serene! The flowers around that day were a total pleasure to focus on!

      Gabrielle x

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  46. This sounds right up my street, I love photography and you have picked up some great tips. Your shots of the leaves are great!

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    1. Thanks very much Suze, I have a feeling you would've really enjoyed this class!

      Gabrielle x

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  47. These pictures look beautiful! I am attending a photography class this summer and I'm really looking forward to it :)

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    1. Thanks Sarah! That's great news, I really hope you enjoy it!

      Gabrielle x

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  48. I really like photographing plants and flowers. I am thinking of starting a photography class in September (after the Summer holidays) as I really want to improve my photography skills

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    1. You and me both, it can be so exciting to see your photos improve over time as well! That sounds brilliant, I hope you choose to book onto that :)

      Gabrielle x

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  49. Those photos are beautiifully captured, Gabrielle!
    I've been aspiring to be a nature photographer and I'm delighted to see photos of nature like this.

    Thank you for sharing your experience, hun!
    HOpe you're having an amazing day!

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    1. You're an aspiring nature photographer? How wonderful, good luck!

      Gabrielle x

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  50. Wow, wonderful photos!
    It had to be a very ineresting experience!
    xxx
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    1. Thanks a million Silvia, have a wonderful weekend.

      Gabrielle x

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  51. Sounds like such a great time and the photos are stunning.

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  52. This sounds like a delightful and fulfilling class to take. These images are beautifully captured too. Have a wonderful weekend Gabrielle. xx/Madison
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    1. It made for an incredible day - I came away feeling so inspired! Thanks ever so much Madison :)

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  53. This looks like such a fun class to attend! You took some truly beautiful photos! :) xx

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    1. It certainly was! Thanks gorgeous!

      Gabrielle x

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  54. saw your photo on instagram and was intrigued. what a lovely experience and great that you learnt so much - the photos are lovely! x

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    1. Haha I'm glad my shameless plugging on Instagram brought you here ;) Thanks very much Leanne!

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  55. This is a great post. Can you truly feel your passion for the subject and gratitude for your teacher. I'm happy you had an exceptional time! Thank you for sharing.

    I'm blogging about similar things, check it out and let me know what you think: www.kellmenow.com

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    1. Oh thank you Kelly, it's nice to know my enthusiasm comes across! You're very welcome and i'll gladly take a look at your blog now :)

      Gabrielle x

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  56. Wow!! This was very interesting experience. Photos are amazing and your blog is really nice. I like photography too. Would you check this blog: http://crazyunbiologicalsisters.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks girls, I had an incredibly day and learnt so, so much. Sure, I'll take a look!

      Gabrielle x

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  57. These are some amazing pictures Gabrielle! I wonder if there are any photography masterclasses like this near me! I know you said you felt you were lacking in experience, but you're a natural and these pictures are just fantastic!

    X

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    1. So kind of you to say so, Anjelique - I massively appreciate your kind words on my photography. I hope there are as there's every chance you'd really enjoy it! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  58. I am always up for learning something new and facing challenges also! This looks like a great class and your photos turned out beautifully!

    Keisha xo
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    1. You and me both, it's the spice of life! Thanks very much Keisha.

      Gabrielle x

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  59. I've been meaning to attend one of these classes and hopefully as soon as I can make time for it. I've always thought ur photos are incredible, but learning more never hurts.

    Keep up the awesome work Gabrielle.

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    1. I really hope you find the time, as they can be a lot of fun - and inspirational being around those often more experienced!

      Thanks Elizabeth :)

      Gabrielle x

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  60. Your photos were already amazing before the materclass, and these are just as beautiful! I definitely need to get myself to one of these classes :) Thank you for sharing your photos! xx
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    1. So sweet of you to say Isabella, thank you :) I hope you do and that you enjoy yours as much as I've done this one!

      Gabrielle x

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  61. It sounds like a really good class. Your pictures are really good.

    Deedee

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      Gabrielle x

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  62. So beautiful! Love those ferns.

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