After a few relaxing days in a cabin Saturday rolled around and six lovely women came to join me. The day had finally come when I was to host my workshop. And not just in photography, but in telling a story with photos, and about close by adventures. Two things I am extremely passionate about. For two days we explored these topics together and they learned from me and each other – and I from them, in the beautiful scenery around Näsets Marcusgård.
I could not have hosted my first workshop in a better place.
We stayed in ‘Fähuset‘, one of the many accommodations on this property and a great place to host things like this. The top floor has plenty of beds and on the bottom floor there’s a huge bathroom, a great kitchen and dining space and a really cozy living room area with a fireplace in it.
Wee started in the morning with getting to know each other over an amazing breakfast provided to us by Snitths Hantverksbageri who had put good thought into the fact that we were there doing a photography course, so everything was beautifully styled! All the participants also got some goodie bags that me and Emelie from Visit Dalarna had put together for them.
Oh and all the food provided during the workshop was fully vegetarian.
Then we started our first session where I talked a little bit about my story and how I got to where I am today. I talked about my niche, the clients I have now and how I work – and most importantly about why I think it’s so important to tell a story with my images. Then we covered how to do that.
There was a big tv in the living room and I hooked up my laptop and ran my keynote effortlessly while sitting down on the floor every now and then to engage more in the conversations and have some coffee.
During the entire workshop I tried to keep a good flow and have a very relaxed atmosphere were we had a good conversation going. Instead of me just talking and talking I wanted my participants to chime in: ask questions, give their opinion on things or just comment on what I showed them. It went really well and I liked this a lot, they we’re all very engaged, both with me but also with each other and it was great to see!
“A workshop is such a strong format for coming together and exploring a new destination while learning from each other”
We talked not only about work and photography but also backpacks, gear and life itself. We laughed, hugged and even cried together.
Since the workshop extender over two days we had time for a close by adventure to Ärteråsens Fäbodar. There we had some fika in a cabin and everyone had the chance to walk around and practice what we’d covered while I was there to show how I take photos and help them out with any questions or give them tips.
I’m currently trying out a new sweater, buff & hiking pants from Lundhags
In the evening on Saturday some of us found time to go for a walk through the countryside landscape of Dalarna to enjoy an afternoon swim.
In the meantime Willem and Mireille had turned an old shed behind the workshop area into such a cozy dining area with a wonderful atmosphere. We all met there to have dinner and The Mangévie came to cook for us. We sat outside engaging in good conversations, local beer and great food until the mosquitoes drove us inside.
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A workshop is such a strong format for coming together and exploring a new destination while learning from each other, networking and bonding with people you’d never meet otherwise. It’s such a great concept and something I will definitely continue to work with! I really enjoy the combination of talking about photography and storytelling while also covering close by adventures and my passion for slow living, nature and finding magic in the everyday life.
“Rania hosted a course in photography with the theme “Close by adventures & Storytelling” – and what a workshop! How she planned and created the setup was incredibly professional. Well planned and thought through into the smallest details, which set the tone and ambition for the entire weekend. You could tell that she puts all her heart and soul in what she does, which really shone through and inspired both me and the participants of the course. Rania is an incredibly skilled photographer and really has the ability to convey that knowledge to others, find the right level of the course and at the same time inspire the people around her to try for them selves, explore and evolve. All in all I can do nothing but give Rania my warmest recommendations. I know I will want to work with her again.”Emelie Bröms, Visit Dalarna
If you run a place or work with destination tourism and would like to book me for a workshop, feel free to send me an email – I am available in all of Sweden and Scandinavia and I can host this in Swedish or English.
This two day workshop was hosted by me and Visit Dalarna
at Näsets Marcusgård in Furudal