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a huge milestone for us!! We just completed our 4th 2-day workshop in our home. When we built the house, we made a goal of offering 4 workshops a year instead of 2 and we over tripled the length of them. We went from a 6 hour workshop day to over 24 hours of teaching time. Talk about a lot of talking!!! I have ZERO voice today and last night when the girls and I were going over branding and website tweaks, I sounded like I had been smoking for 20 years. My poor voice! haha But it’s gone for a good reason!!

We had a BLAST at this Workshop Experience! It was such a fun group of photographers from ALL over! Canada, Ohio, California, Massachusetts, Minnesota and good ol’ Virginia were all represented!! These women came to learn and leave with changed businesses and renewed inspiration and I think it’s safe to say they walked out of our doors with just that. We had at least one ready to go home and give her two weeks notice at her full time job:) Haha…. That’s becoming a theme for our workshops… and while it’s scary and a huge risk, I love seeing people come to the realization that they could do this. Running a business and making it profitable is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life but it’s SO worth it. Working for myself and being able to impact lives and produce beautiful images is the ULTIMATE dream job!! Hosting workshops and helping others get closer and closer to accomplishing their business dreams is such an honor! I loved getting to know these 12 incredible gals! They bought so much joy and life into our home the last 2 days and we miss them already!! I wish we weren’t from ALL over the country so that we could have periodic reunions!!

So enjoy a few of these behind the scenes shots!! We won’t be hosting another workshop until September and signups for that will more than likely be released in July via our Newsletter! 

Once again, we had a rainy workshop day but you know what, it’s actually a GREAT way to teach photographers how to shoot a million different portraits in a confined space! Enjoy this gorgeous sneak peek of the styled shoot that was made possible by Amanda from Anthomanic! That girl….. she amazes me. Special thanks to everyone else who made this shoot absolutely phenomenal! (It was my favorite to date! The colors!! ah!) I’ll be sharing more images down the road and giving proper thanks and credit on that post but for right now, here’s a quick list of our incredible vendors and sponsors!!

Thanks to….. Matt and Jourdan (our fabulous models!!),  Amanda, Paisley and Jade , Emily Hudspeth,  The Weekend Type, And the sweet gals from Bella Rosa!! Also, thanks to Mosaic Catering!!!

My morning room never looked so beautiful!!! Love doing these mini-headshot shoots on Day 2!! The sweet Camberly from Bella Rosa became our honorary  veil fluffer!! :) I’m so glad she and Christina came by to be a part of the shoot!!! The dress was a dream! Bahaha!! Look at my face. (Annnd check out that new chandelier! :) Love them! Look at Bokeh and Molly!! :) Group shot!!And here are some instagrams from the attendees!!! Thank you girls for documenting our time together!!

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— Katelyn

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