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My very first photography Workshop

My very first photography Workshop

I did it. I created, launched and hosted my very first photography workshop for moms and it was a great success!

On Saturday just passed, I had 10 moms join me at St James on Venice, Morningside, for a workshop where I taught them how to use their DSLR cameras. It was so much fun teaching them the very basics of how to shoot on manual and how to take better photographs of their children.

From some moms not even being sure how to charge their cameras and most of them not knowing what F-stops (F-Spots to one mom! 😉 ) were, these moms absolutely rocked it and by the end of the three hour session, they were all shooting on manual mode! Yay moms! Yay me!

So here are three important things I learnt from my first workshop:

    1. To market
      Daaaayuum! Marketing a brand new product (Little Leap, by Tanya Jacobs Photography) was hard work and there were times that I wanted to drop the whole idea and run of the proverbial hills. But I didn’t. Through lots of pep talks from my husband, and marketing advice from my brother, I pushed on and BAM! 10 moms signed up! But not without a little bit of a price decrease, that may or may not have persuaded moms to sign up.
    2. To believe
      There are so many times that I doubted my abilities to properly host a workshop. There are photographers in this industry who have been shooting for far longer than I have been and they’re not doing this!
      But you know what… Just because they aren’t, doesn’t mean I couldn’t! I believed I could, so I did.
    3.  To breathe
      Once the workshop was done, I felt exhausted. I felt like I had suddenly caught the flu and I felt drained. I felt great, knowing I had helped 10 families learn how to truly cherish their memories and moments, but I also felt exhausted and ready to come home to my own family. The build up to a workshop is intense and with all the marketing, planning, creating and executing, I was finished.
      What followed was a four hour afternoon nap, that thankfully, co-incided with Ella’s plans too.
    4. To Know
      On my way home, I wondered if the moms had truly grasped the concept of aperture, manual and depth of field. This stuff isn’t always easy to understand, what with F-Stops and shutter speeds. But they got it! Was it something they’d forget the minute the left the workshop?
      But in our private Facebook group, already two moms have shared photos they took the day after the workshop, experimenting on their children and shooting in manual! My heart exploded with pride! They may forget a few basics here and there, and that F-spot is actually F-Stop, but they’re experimenting with their DSLR’s and that’s what counts!


I’ve been asked a few times if I’ll be doing another later this year. My year has filled up nicely with weddings and sessions but with enough interest in a workshop, I may just! Otherwise, there’s always 2017!

Keep an eye out on to see if I do!

Here’s  a few sneak peeks at the workshop from Nats dos Santos (who knocked the ball out of the park with these shots, learning how to use my Nikon DSLR camera during the workshop and taking these shots ON MANUAL)!

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I quit a 10 year career to follow my dreams

I quit a 10 year career to follow my dreams

In the last year, my business has done more growing than it has ever done.

Since my very first wedding in Newcastle a few years ago, I have wanted to quit my full time job to pursue my heart’s desire of photographing.

Three years of late night editing and weekend shooting, while maintaining a full time job  finally paid off and in September this year, I handed in my resignation!

After almost 10 years of a very successful career in journalism, I jumped into the world of self employment.


Countless articles will tell you, don’t quit till you’ve got bookings lined up.  I prepared, planned and made checklists till they were coming out of my ears.

And then I did it, with barely any bookings and a very tight budget.

Taking that leap took guts. We had a baby on the way and bills to pay. Handing in my resignation without any guarantee that I’ll be able to pay the bills each month is scary, but I did it.

And I am excited!

I am so excited to focus all my energy on my photography business in the new year and so thankful for the bookings that have come my way for 2016, even though I’m currently on maternity leave!

Being a mom takes first place but raising Ella and a new business at the same time is a challenge I’m happy and excited to take on.
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I have learnt that fear will keep you in a place for far longer than you need to be and it will paralyse you. While I loved my job as an editor, I hated that I couldn’t give my 110% to my photography all the time. Mondays would come and I’d have to switch off from my photography business to go to work, only picking it up again late at night to edit or on Saturdays and Sundays to shoot.

Fear feeds on inaction. I had to do something. 

Earlier this year, I joined the Female Photographers’ Association and Shining Lights programme which has played a major role in my decision to follow my dreams and define my business and brand. I have found who I want to work with and the value in my own creativity. The way I view and run my business has changed completely and I couldn’t be happier with the direction that Tanya Jacobs Photography is going in.

For anyone wanting to follow their dreams, my advice is this: Find out what it is exactly that you want to do and figure out how to get there and then just go for it. It’ll be scary.

But sometimes life is about risking everything for a dream!


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