I was lucky enough to win a trip to Italy with the Guild of Photographers, courtesy of GraphiStudio to visit their facilities over in the north of Italy. A trip like this doesn’t come along very often (well, not for me anyway), so I wanted to make some kind of record of what happened during the trip (although what happens in Venice stays in Venice, am I right Lesley? ;) ) and put the trip into a few words.
I joined Steve and Lesley Thirsk, Julie Oswin and Shane Young on the trip who are, how shall I put it, a lot more established in the Guild of Photographers than I am. ;) I’d met Steve, Lesley, Julie and Shane checking in bags at an airport, and by the time the plane accelerated down the runway, I already felt like they’d been my friends for years. If you’re reading this and, like me, are shy or not confident enough to post on the Guild’s Facebook page then take it from me, do it, the Guild is a family and you will be made to feel part of that family so quickly. If my words aren’t good enough (not often that they are) then I would encourage you to meet fellow ‘Guilders’ through attending Guild training days, meet ups and especially the awards evening. No way am I missing that next year. If you're reading this and wondering what the Guild is, then check their website out.