It’s hard to believe that we just wrapped up our second Two-Day in-person workshop in our new home. It just seems so surreal every time we welcome a new group of photographers, because this was our ultimate goal! We wanted to have land and live in the country, so that we could host workshops and friends and family, and never have to worry about parking, picky neighbors or where to do the styled shoot! This past Monday and Tuesday we hosted photographers from all across the country, and it was so wonderful!
We felt like one big family, with our new friends all cuddled up with blankets in our living room while I taught through over 250 SLIDES of information!!! And during the styled-shoot we were able to out-run the rain and shoot in the fields surrounding our home. The heat was a little intense but the memories that were made are priceless! These new friends may or may not have seen me get way too excited about hopping into the chest-high weeds to “create foreground”!!!
I think the greatest joy of hosting our workshops is the intimacy of the experience. It’s just so different from attending a conference at a hotel or professional venue. My family was there fixing home cooked meals. The babies (Evy, plus my sister’s baby, Micah . . . we do only have one! ha!) were there. And my dad and some family friends stopped by to help and say hi! It just makes me so happy to share our life and family with these new friends.
Kat, with “Dear Sweetheart Events”, came with her team and created the most gorgeous styled shoot! Lauren, of “Ginger and Blooms”, did incredible florals. Our former KJ couple, Grant and Emily, modeled for us!!! And “Hello Darling Beauty” did a great job with hair and makeup!!
Here are all of our amazing vendors who contributed!! So thankful for:
Hair & Makeup @hellodarlingbeauty
Hair Clip @bridesandhairpins
Paper Details: @whimsybpaperie
Attendee Notebook and Name Tag Calligraphy : @stephnealcalligraphy
Thank you Emy, Michael, Bobbi and Momma for making the food! And thank you Jan, Jessica, Bobbi, Momma, Daddy and Emy for the team effort in keeping Evy alive, fed, snuggled, and happy!
Bokeh boy loves welcoming everyone! Sometimes a little too enthusiastically!
Lots of notes, Bokeh snuggles and couch lounging going on!
It literally rained for about 3 mins as SOON as we stepped outside and THEN cleared up!
Creating foregrounds! ……
Ta-da! I’m sure my neighbors think I’ve lost my mind!
We try to be healthy…..
But not TOO healthy! :)
Uncle Michael being bad a giving Micah screen time!
This girl! Life of the party! :)
Thank you Tyler Herrinton for this pic!!!! I love it!!!
32 Years. Over three decades. Can you image the impact? My dad accepted the call to our tiny little part of Virginia when I was just 18mos old.
Off season is here!! For wedding photographers, this is hopefully a time to rest and rejuvenate before busy season kicks back in. This is also a great time to focus on some back-end business tasks you might have had on your plate for a while now.
2021 was a year to remember! I decided to close out YouTube for the year, by reflecting back on life lessons 2021 taught me – what worked, what didn’t and what I hope to remember as I move into 2022.
You guys know talking about the tech side of a photography business is not my expertise… but thankfully it IS Tyler’s!!! I asked him to take over this YouTube video because I want to help you figure out which Mac is going to be the best one for you (even though I shouldn’t be the one to help you with that!!)!
It’s been years since I’ve done a round-up of some of my favorite images from the year! I struggle to narrow these down and so I decided to showcase some of the images with the best candid emotions!
Welcome back to another Behind the Image! In this series I take you behind the scenes of a real wedding day and then analyze one image! Today we’re analyzing an image from a wedding we shot back in May that should NOT have worked…but it did!!