Today, I wanted to share all of my thoughts, feels and snaps behind my incredible labor of love on my blog. This was hands down the hardest thing I have ever done in my photography career. I’m not going to lie, hosting a workshop is tough. It was the first thing in my business I felt nervous about and I had serious doubts leading up to May: What if people didn’t buy tickets? What if attendees walk away feeling disappointed? What if I failed? Well, I’m here to tell you it was all worth it. The feeling of being able to give business owners tools to become more successful is an all time high feeling for me.
For anyone who wants to know My Why for hosting a workshop and the inspiration behind Real Talk, visit this blog post for the juicy backstory. This post is just an honest reflection and recap of the day. It took me a fresh two weeks to actually write this because, after my workshop, I was SPENT… just truly exhausted physically and mentally. I figured if people were spending their hard earned money to hear me speak and shoot things I curated, then I better give it every damn thing I have, and boy did I. We arrived at 8AM to set up and left at 8PM after break down. We had 2 couples, 3 additional female models, a photo booth, two tablescapes, an airstream champagne trailer and a details styling station. Not only was I in teacher heaven, I was in photo heaven. Here are some of my favorite behind the scenes shots from the day:
I weirdly think the table may have been the thing I envisioned shooting the most. I just love this atrium room. It was also great because I got to skip lunch and shoot before the attendees (so I could focus on instructing and helping to manage the event). Sarah nailed my exact inspiration for this part of the day.. and all parts really.
Another undeniable favorite part of the day was the surprise proposal! Billy contacted Sarah a few weeks prior explaining that he wanted to propose to Taylor AT the workshop! We could not have been more thrilled! She was SHOCKED and I gifted her a custom Just Engaged jacket created by Cecilia.
I would love to do a whole class just on flat-lays. Styling details is a passion of mine. I used to honestly hate it… I used to think “Why on Earth would people want me taking pictures of stuff on the floor for 30 minutes of their wedding?” Well, many couples put heaps of thoughts into their details and I have made an effort to get particularly bad-ass at styling. Molly of Alchemy Calligraphy happens to be the most boss at invite flat-lays.
Weirdly, the final shooting of the day was the most laid back. We had the styling station open and 4 different wedding set ups so attendees didn’t feel crowded. Each person had one on one time with a subject! At this point, I had already instructed live and given 3 Powerpoint lessons so I got to relax a bit and be creative as well! Here are a few snaps from the day!
I cannot thank my vendors and sponsors enough for their contributions on this project. It was a dream that exceeded my wildest expectations. I adore all of them and will never stop being thankful for them having faith in me to host this wonderful event. A major thanks so much to Glenn and the fine folks at Anderson House for letting us come in and create magic on their day off. Lastly, a special thank you to the angel that walks among us, Sarah. This was a labor of love but would have been me sitting on the floor feeding people McDonalds had it not been for her and her beautiful skills as a coordinator, stylist and visionary. Here are all the wonderful humans who helped me pull this off:
Workshop Host/Photographer | Kir Tuben | Kir2ben
Workshop Host/Planning and Styling | Sarah Pete Rizzi | www.sincerelypete.com
Venue | Anderson House
Florist | Hayley Tobias | Cedar and Lime Co
Furniture Rentals | Something Vintage Rentals
Beauty | Amanda Frank | Agape Hair and Makeup
Stationery | Molly Adamson Gilbane | Alchemy Calligraphy
Hand Lettering | Cecilia Lin | Postskript Co
Cake | Evan Sanderson | Sweets by E
Videographer | Katie + Ryan | Compass Studios
Mobile Bar | Sophie Stich | Toast Worthy
Photo Booth | Lucy + David | Snap Bash
Welcome Baskets | Alicia Betz | The Welcoming District
Bridal Gowns | Susana Pessoa | Vivid Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaids | Kelsey Foley | Brideside
Tuxes | Jess Chiou | The Black Tux
Tabletop | Anthropologie
2nd Shooter | Brett Denfeld | Brett Denfeld Photography
Engagement Dresses | BHLDN
Models | Ariel & Eric | Taylor & Billy | Kelly Ruiz | Johanna
PR & Branding | Channing Mueller | DCM Communications
Styling | Jennifer Costa | La Rousse Shoppe
Stamps | Virginia Sauder | Verde Studio
Legal | Annette Stepanian | Annette Stepanian
Stationary | Claudia Smith | Fig 2 Design
Website | Go Live HQ
Blogging | Blog Stomp
Travel Agent | Heather Christopher | Heather Christopher Travel
Gift | Kendra Scott
Albums | Kiss Books
Notebooks | Phoebe and June
Networking & Education | District Bliss Events