My wife and I had a wonderful day with Tesni recently, during a one-to-one workshop photographing seabirds at RSPB Bempton Cliffs. Neither
of us are experienced photographers but, having attended several wildlife photography workshops before (all of which we enjoyed), none has come anywhere close to our time with Tesni in delivering improvements to the photographs that we take and enhancing the enjoyment of our hobby more generally. In particular, my wife’s confidence and ability in using her camera – both for static subjects and birds in flight – have literally been transformed by the experience. We are both very pleased with the photos we took on the day and have been able to apply the lessons we learned on subsequent occasions. The main reason for our success: Tesni was enthusiastically focussed on us throughout – from the interactions we had via a brief questionnaire and e-mails beforehand, to the responsive and helpful e-mails afterwards, we consistently felt we were at the centre of her attention. Tesni began the workshop by taking time to understand what we wanted from the day; what we struggled with and how we wanted to improve. She then introduced us to our feathered subjects and some of the challenges we might be faced with later on: before we realised, we were learning. From the moment we arrived at the viewing platforms overlooking the cliff edge, Tesni was quick to adapt her tips and advice to the situations evolving in front of us and was patient, encouraging and creative in helping us to put them into practice. Without ever interrupting or imposing on what we were doing, Tesni checked our progress at regular intervals, commenting on both technical and artistic aspects of our photos. Tesni is a great communicator and we felt relaxed and at ease in her company; no question was too basic (or advanced!) and, throughout the day, each was met with a practical response which seemed to be put at just the right level. In spite of all the learning that was going on, we enjoyed ourselves immensely. In short: we cannot recommend a one-to-one workshop with Tesni highly enough.