The Workshop Experience

October 2018

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Well you may wonder why I’m sharing about these two workshops from the fall in March…. that’s what happens when you are pregnant and then right after the workshops, you travel to speak at two conferences while simultaneously prepping to launch a massive Business Course for photographers. Oh, and help start a new service at your church and perform at a big Jazz Production that has five shows and then a couple of weeks later, it’s Christmas! Oh my gosh! What a whirlwind!

I’m currently in the final stretch of this pregnancy and I’m working hard to get my to-do list done!!! Highlighting these two workshops is something that I have been wanting to do for quite some time but it’s taken me some time to actually get it done!

I have to say, these two workshop were two of the most memorable and joyful ones that we have ever hosted! Maybe it was because we knew that these were our final workshops for a while or maybe it was just because our home was filled with the most amazing people…. maybe it was a combination of the two. We are currently in a season where our family is growing and we know that in this season, workshops have come to a close. We still use our home for industry events and client gatherings and many other things, but for right now, we’ve closed the doors to workshops and it has been an amazing journey that has brought us to this point!

I have to say a HUGE thank you to our team….

Michael, Emy, Momma (Mimi), Bobbi (Grammie), Morgan (Momo) and Claire!! You all make this process so much fun and you take so much stress off of me!! You were a gift to all of us!

KAT…. you are a lifesaver! Kat Schmoyer of Dear Sweetheart Events designed and planned not one but BOTH styled shoots and this was such a blessing to us! I love working with talented friends!! We had past clients as models for both shoots and it felt like one big reunion seeing everyone!! We even had past KJ Brides as bridesmaids!!! It was just the best!!

Meet group one!! These women are from all over the country and I just love them!! They filled our home with so much joy!! It’s so amazing that after just 48 hours together, you can start to feel like a family!!  Evy was so tiny!!!! That Romper doesn’t even fit!  This shoot was just gorgeous! From the colors to the florals by Courtney Inghram to the custom Alsop Family Crest by Jessica Marie! Here’s a full list of the amazing people and businesses that contributed to making this shoot happen!!:

Planning: Dear Sweetheart Events

Florals & Silk Ribbon: Courtney Ingrham

HMU: Glo Out Glamour Bar

Paper Details & Calligraphy: Simply Jessica Marie

Rentals: Paisley & Jade

Cakes: Sorby Sweets

Bridal Gown: Bridal Impressions

Bridesmaids Dresses: Rent the Runway

Models: Rob & Heather, Jessica, Emily

Thank you Rob and Heather for being our models! Surprise! Heather was pregnant here! We both were pregnant but it was so early on. I told my workshop girls that I was pregnant just because it was already so hard to hide it!!! Heather looked amazing and if she felt bad, you never would have known it!  They were amazing!  Thank you Jessica and Emily for modeling!!! Jessica JUST got married a few weeks prior to this shoot and Em has modeled previously for a KJ Workshop (and was a DSE Bride too!!). I’m always so honored when past couples volunteer to model for us!!!

Look at this beautiful group of girls!!! This was the sweetest group to end our Workshop season with!!! They were so full of life and excitement!! Our living room was one happy place to be when they were here and it’s always so sad to see them go!!!  These people!! They are amazing!!! I photographed Sharon and Chase’s wedding back in 2011!! They are KJ classics!!! They are also incredible people with an amazing story. I could listen to Sharon laugh all day. Emily and Jess are two KJ Brides (and past Workshop models!) that I just adore and still pinch myself sometimes that we got to be the ones who captured their days!! The only thing that could have made this better was if Mark and Bob and the babies could have been there!!! :)

Kat did an amazing job with this shoot as well and I can’t thank her enough for being willing to take all of this on the MONTH before she hosted a Creative at Heart Conference!! She’s incredible!! These are the amazing vendors I need to thank for this shoot!!! :

Planning: Dear Sweetheart Events

Models: Sharon & Chase Hundley, Emily Gerald, Jessica May

Bridal Gown: Chantilly Lace Bridals

Bridesmaids Dresses: Rent the Runway

Hair: Glam by Dana

Makeup: Angela Sutak

Flowers: Our dear friend Amanda Veronee!!! A KJ Classic workshop vendor!

Ribbon: Courtney Inghram

Rentals: Paisley & Jade

Paper and Calligraphy: Sincerely Amy Designs

Cake: Sorby Sweets

Thanks for reading!

— Katelyn

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