Sometimes, it’s nice to show you all how hard the wedding professionals work at upping their game so that you get the very best they can offer, and so that your day is as wonderful and way out spectacular as it can be. Recently, Alexandra Merri of The Bijou Bride, got in touch with me to tell me about a new kind of event for professional wedding photographers, and I have to say it sounds fantastic!!
So, what is SNAP?
SNAP Photography Festival is a cross between a festival and a conference, with glamping, learning, networking and inspirational activities, gathering together a hundred photographers from all over the U.K., Europe and the rest of the world. Held at the beautiful Fforest resort in west Wales, the festival will run to the same format as a music festival, but is designed as an immersive learning and creative development experience for both new and experienced photographers.
SNAP will be:
- 15 Workshops
- 10 secret sessions
- 1 monster end of festival party.
Some of the world’s most inspiring wedding photographers will be teaching alongside the U.K.’s finest home-grown talent, as well as photographers from outside of the wedding genre.
Attendees will stay on-site in glamping accommodation, complete with cosy wood-burning stoves and charging points for their smart phones. There are also a number of non-residential tickets for people who don’t fancy the full glamping experience.
How did it come about?
“I attended Photo Field Trip in the U.S. earlier this year and found it hugely inspiring,” says Laura Babb, SNAP Photography Festival’s founder. “It was as far away from a corporate conference as you can get, with all of the teachers hanging out with the attendees, campfires, parties, and a completely unique shared experience. I knew I had to bring something similar to the U.K. As well as all of the amazing workshops and activities we’re planning, we’ll be having an epic closing party, where campers can let off some steam before the start of the new wedding season.”
When is this wondrousness occurring?
From Monday 13th–Thursday 17th April, 2015.
Tell me about the cool stuff lined up…
The ticket price includes workshops, covering everything from branding to a late night astro photography walk, as well as inspiring talks from photographers, including:
- Andria Lindquist
- Alan Law
- Andy Gaines
- Cathy Haynes
- Conor MacNeill
- Dylan and Sara
- Emma Case and Pete Smyth
- Jillian Powers
- John Nassari
- Karl Grupe
- Laura Babb
- Lomo Kev
- Marianne Taylor
- Nick Tucker
- Paula O’Hara
- Robert Pugh
- Ross Harvey
- Sam Hurd
The full schedule can be found here.
As well as the amazing learning experiences on offer, the ticket price (residential) also includes three locally produced meals per day and access to the closing night party, where the legendary Disco Shed will have attendees dancing into the night.
How much are the tickets?
- Day tickets – £449 per day Monday–Wednesday, £479 Thursday – will get you access to the site from 9:30am until midnight, along with lunch, dinner, tea, coffee, cake, and of course access to the full programme of events that day.
- Residential tickets – £1,300 per person when sharing with four others in a Camp Shack or Kata Cabin, or couples in a two-person dome at £2,900, or £1,450 per person – will get you dinner, bed and breakfast in shared accommodation, as well as tea, coffee and cake throughout each day. The cost of your residential ticket gets you access to the full three-day programme of workshops and events, and of course the welcome dinner and opening talk on the Monday evening, as well as the closing party on the Thursday. All on-site accommodation is shared – this is a communal event, and we want everyone to mingle in a big way, make new friends and get to know each other. We’ll help with any requests for specific groups to share with each other, no problem.
- Non-residential tickets – £1,150 per person – will include access to the full three-day programme of workshops and events, and the welcome dinner and opening talk on Monday evening, as well as the closing party on the Thursday. You’ll need to make your own accommodation arrangements.
You can buy tickets here.
Glamping at Fforest sounds amazing – show me more…
Contacts and things
- SNAP website
- SNAP Facebook page
SNAP hashtag – #snapphotofest
- Laura Babb (founder) can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org and Tweeted at @babbphoto
- Alexandra Merri (Laura’s right hand woman and co-conspirator) can be emailed at email@example.com
Gallery of speakers’ work