You meet a boy and he likes photography. It sparks your interest. You buy a camera. You learn to use it. You walk around the streets every weekend, shooting and shooting and shooting. You photograph a wedding for a friend. You love it. You want more. You start a business. You work all the hours at your day job and every spare minute reading and shooting and learning and shooting. You shoot more. You book clients. You build a business. You quit your day job. You meet other photographers and they become your friends. You keep shooting and shooting and shooting and hustling and hustling and hustling. You hear about a blog called The Define School. They lead you to Photo Field Trip. You decide to go and you take some friends with you. The experience is magical and ignites a fire within you. You know that the UK needs something like it. You don't dare to dream that you could be the one to make it happen. Except you do. And the feeling that you should do it eats away at you. A nagging voice in the back of your head. You need to do this. Make it happen. You tentatively look into it. You find the perfect venue, a glamping site set in 200 acres of Welsh countryside, close to the West Wales coast where 100 people can gather over 3 days and 4 nights. You reach out to people who inspire you, not believing for one minute that they might come all the way from the US or from all over the UK to teach at an event that doesn't even exist yet. But they will, they say. They think it sounds brilliant. Your head is full of walks in the forest, trips to the beach, film screenings and epic parties. You can't stop thinking about the learning opportunities. You spend your spare time working on branding and time tables and budgets. You feel a bit sick. Good sick. The kind of sick you felt before you quit your day job to be a full time photographer. That feeling in the pit of your stomach that tells you you're terrified but you need to make this leap. You want this to be awesome. With every fibre of your being. You want it to be epic for you. You want it to be epic for each of the hugely talented teachers who has agreed to share a little bit of themselves and their art. You want it to be epic for every single person who hears about this and thinks "Yes!! This is exactly what I need".
One thing led to another and Snap Photography Festival was born. I hope you can join me.