I was lucky enough to snag a last-minute ticket to one of Damian McGillicuddy’s ‘Shoot & Learn With Me’ workshops at SWPP last weekend, which he was running to raise funds for Halton Haven Hospice.

The aim of the workshop was to follow the Big Dog’s process as he scouts a location, works with a model and some easily-portable off-camera lighting, and get some shots of our own along the way. Thanks to Olympus UK, we also had a chance to try out some lenses – in my case, the 25mm and 45mm f1.2 PRO lenses, which my kit bag is now pining for… Dream on, kit bag, dream on, for now at least.

Damian kicked off by explaining the reason behind the workshop, and given my family’s history with cancer, I can only empathise. The group then headed off to shoot in three locations: inside the hotel lobby, the lobby entrance, and the very glamorous hotel car park.

Here’s a few of my favourite shots from the workshop.

Model: Jessica Louise Gladstone
Location: Novotel London West (the venue for the SWPP convention)

A sort-of-tangetial footnote:
I really enjoyed using those f1.2 lenses. Superb quality, fast to focus even on my older cameras, and so light! Which gives me a bit of a dilemma, as I was considering migrating to Fujifilm – not because I have any doubts about Olympus M4/3 in terms of performance, because I really love using these tiny cameras, but because of growing concerns about investing in a platform that might not have much of a future.

Unless Olympus have something more to pull out of the hat than the new EM1X, which is very little use to me as a portrait and event photographer… Well, with the EM1X launch coming tomorrow (24th January), if that’s all they have to talk about, then it’s time to start thinking seriously about moving, isn’t it?