Happy Monday! If you follow my Instagram account @missashleylandry you’ve seen that I posted motherhood images that I recently photographed at the Fount Workshop back in May. One of my favorite motherhood photographers, Tiffany Farley, created the Fount Workshop as an educational tool to learn more about photographing the art of motherhood. When I saw the annual Fount Workshop would be held in Georgia this year, I knew I wanted to be a part of it.
I started following Tiffany on Instagram a few years ago when I first became interested in photography. Her feed was filled with beautiful images of motherhood moments captured with a photography style that I was easily drawn towards. I thought her images were unique, and I loved how she incorporated black + white photographs into her feed as much as she did. So, I clicked follow one afternoon, and watched as she became a full-time photographer and grew her business into something that works for her.
One aspect that Tiffany felt the photography industry was missing was a space to celebrate motherhood. To help fill this need, she worked to create the Fount Collective, which is a lifestyle publication devoted to the art of motherhood. If you want to fall in love with beautiful images of motherhood, you need to check out the Fount Collective website as it is the perfect place to do just that. It is through following Tiffany and the Fount Collective that I learned about the Fount Workshop.
I’ve had the honor to photograph many family and children sessions lately, and I’ve enjoyed those experiences greatly. One aspect that I’ve wanted to shoot more of was maternity and motherhood sessions. I felt that attending the Fount Workshop would give me some experience in those areas as well as grant me the opportunity to learn from some amazing photographers. At the end of May I packed a bag and my camera gear and hopped on a flight to Atlanta to spend a few days learning more about motherhood photography.
I am newbie to the photography business, and I am enjoying this season in life. I am eager to gain as much knowledge as I can to figure out my business and what will work for me. So, I had two main goals for attending the Fount Workshop:
1 | I wanted to gain more knowledge on photography as a business and see the possibilities within the industry.
2 | I wanted to expand my photography portfolio to include more maternity and motherhood images.
I arrived in Georgia on a Tuesday afternoon and boarded a bus with a few other attendees as we made our way to the Serenbe Inn, which was where the two-day workshop was held. Serenbe is a beautiful area that has a completely relaxing atmosphere. As we stepped off the bus, you could see the acres and acres of farmland and a long gravel road that had the occasional dust float through the air as a car drove past it. The community was filled with beautiful southern-style homes with porches and swings and yards covered with greenery. If you were looking for a place filled with quietness and beautiful backdrops to photograph, Serenbe completely hit the mark.
In addition to Tiffany hosting the workshop, fellow photography Rylee Hitchner and designer Abany Bauer were a part of the experience as well. I can’t say enough sweet things about these ladies and what they put together for those two days. They thought about everything and had a vision that I believe was beautifully executed throughout our stay.
Our days were filled with discussion topics to help us as photographers develop and communicate our styles, five styled shoots centered around maternity and motherhood sessions, and a group of kind and helpful attendees to make the experience very enjoyable. We also had the opportunity to learn from a few guest speakers like Shanna Skidmore who talked money with us and a beautiful presentation on Musea proofs + prints.
Late Thursday night the workshop ended. I woke up Friday morning, packed my suitcase, and grabbed breakfast with few a attendees before making our way to the airport. I had some time to waste before my flight and did my best to find a quiet seat in the airport. Since it was Memorial Day Weekend, a quiet seat in the airport really didn’t exist. But, I wanted to take advantage of the time and write down everything that I was thinking about the last few days. So, I grabbed my notebook and began pouring all my words onto those first few sheets. Four pages later, I was done. And, surprisingly that airport became very quiet during that time.
I realized a few things during my time there.
1 | I really enjoyed photographing motherhood. I did. During the first shoot we photographed, I was completely moved by the atmosphere and the overall feeling of the session. I am not an emotional person at all, but capturing that part of life for someone and being a part of their story was pretty amazing.