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Virginia Wedding Photography Workshop

August 1, 2019

One of my big pipe dream kind of goals for this year was to host my very first all day wedding photography workshop at Stone Tower Winery! Just seven months later, I can’t believe it’s come and gone! This workshop actually started out when I went to create a kind of operating manual for my business halfway around the world haha! I was in India for about two and a half weeks visiting family at the beginning of the year. Each afternoon, everyone would go into their rooms for a quick mid-afternoon siesta giving me about 2 hours of quiet time, besides all the rickshaws outside honking away. And before I knew it, within 2 hours, I had the majority of the slides that I realized would be PERFECT to teach from. My whole business, laid out into slide format. How valuable would this info be to someone who was starting out or even to me a year ago? VERY!! Hence the idea of hosting a photography workshop to share the knowledge was born!

Throughout the months since then it was a time getting together all the logistics for the workshop! I had all the content but I LUCKED out with Lauren at Stone Tower Winery, generously letting us use the space for not only the styled shoot portion of the day, but also for teaching all the content! So the day started at Blend Coffee Bar in Ashburn with coffee and getting to hug all the attendees (!!). One of my favorite parts of the entire experience was getting to put together a little gift for them that they got to open up right as they got there. We started the day with going over all the nitty gritty details of how I photograph a wedding day from camera settings, to how I help guide the day to stay on time, shooting well not only for my clients but also for publication, and off camera settings for the reception as well! Nothing was left untouched!

From there we hopped over to Stone Tower Winery for the styled shoot portion of the day! I will say, even while keeping things simple, styled shoots are really such a huge collaborative effort that just simply aren’t possible without the help of all the incredible vendors that put it together. I always describe it as planning a wedding on a small scale just without the guests aspect of it! A huge shout out to the vendors below for bringing our vision to life! The attendees will be leaving with some GORGEOUS shots to include in their portfolio!

We broke for some lunch and let me just say that pizza from Stone Tower Winery, is ALWAYS a good idea! We went into the second part of the content which covered my entire workflow from the first inquiry to the consultation to preparing for the wedding and eventually sending off the final gallery to clients! This included all the tools I use, how I keep track of all my weddings, and my editing style. There are SO many steps that go into the entire experience but it’s so cool to break it down and hear all about how the attendees are going to implement certain parts into their own workflows to better serve their own clients!

Again, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to all the attendees and vendors that made this day possible! I know that it’s one that I will never forget and this day has me already looking forward to the next workshop that I get to host! It’s such an honor to be able to share what I’ve learned over the past couple of years and to see how the attendees are planning on using their knowledge to grow their businesses even further. I know these ladies are going to go on to do big things and I can’t wait to cheer them along every step of the way!

Here are some behind the scenes pictures taken by the wonderfully talented Jontell Vanessa Photography! Couldn’t have done the workshop without her!! More pictures from the styled shoot portion are coming soon 🙂

Each attendee got a bag full of all this including a Rifle Paper Co notebook, a Fineliner 0.4mm pen (my favorites!), a cute mug to sponsor all the late night coffee/tea, Boom Chika Pop popcorn, and sandalwood & bergamot candles from Chesapeake Bay Candle Company (wish you could smell these!!).

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Some behind the scenes of styling details at Stone Tower!

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THANK YOU to Elise for all the help on the day of the shoot!! This girl drove up from Charlottesville the morning of and back there to help out with a REAL wedding ceremony later that day!!! Couldn’t have done this day without her helping out!

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Jontell killin’ it with these headshots! Girl is super talented and I’ve been falling IN LOVE with her branding work!! All these girls, Rachel, Adela, Sehar and Jewel who couldn’t make it, will be my second shooting interns for this fall and next spring and I’m SO excited to have them with me on wedding days!!

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Some of Jontell because, these florals by Kory were too good NOT to photograph!

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Hehehe these are my FAVORITE!

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“Look at the mess of stuff I’ve made!” Jjkjk this is me teaching my off camera flash setup and system!

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And on to the content!

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Going over some editing hacks!

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The Dream Team of Vendors

Venue: Stone Tower Winery
Planning: Angelica & Co Weddings and Laurel Elise Weddings
Photography: Jontell Vanessa Photography
Florals: Kory of Spring Vale Floral
Calligraphy: Liz Lyons Lettering
Dress: Modern Trousseau Georgetown
Hair & Makeup: Gabby and Martha
Rentals: MS Rentals Charlottesville
Models: Marla and Dustin Bondoc

 

If you enjoyed this blog post, you should follow along on Instagram and binge read these posts as well:

MP Workshop Experience

Creative at Heart Conference

Making the Switch Part One

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