This workshop was different. The layout was the same, the schedule was the same, the content was the same…. but it was still different. This was the LAST workshop in our home. It was bittersweet… and I always get a little teary during workshops when I explain our heart behind our business but I was EXTRA teary at this workshop because a lot is about to change for us. I know you’re all waiting to hear our plans and you know we’re going to share…. once we can! :)
Overall, this workshop made me sentimental… which in turn made me extra vulnerable…. which made the girls extra vulnerable… which made our time together REAL. And that’s why I loved this workshop. Besides having some great discussion and multiple heart-to-hearts, we got into the nitty gritty of business, posing, lighting approaches, marketing through blogging, creating community, office systems, and the most elaborate styled shoot to date! I mean… we had to end workshops at this house with a BANG!!
I think the other reason I was a little on the emotional side was because I kept thinking “Gosh, we haven’t even been in this house for two years yet…. and look what God has done through it!”. He gave us this space in 2013 and almost 200 photographers have been welcomed into our home through coaching, workshops and events. That’s kind of CRAZY when you think about it!
We couldn’t have done this without our dear friends and fellow wedding vendors who made the styled shoot happen!! I literally walked out of the front door and said “Umm… I think I have a NEW FAVORITE!!!!” Wait till you see this setup friends! Amanda Veronee is freaking amazing!! Here is the list of our friends that we owe big time!:
Amanda Veronee, Florals & Styling
Paisley & Jade, Vintage Rentals
Urban Set Bride, Gown
Posh PR (@thecarolinedoll Etsy store), balloons, day of coordination
The Buttercream Bee, Cake
Emily Hudspeth, MUA/Hair
LH Calligraphy, Scroll backdrop and invitation suite
Something Borrowed: Paper flower wall
Megan & Mitch Vaughn, Models
First Class Limo Services, Vintage 1954 Packard
Shy Myrtle Etsy Shop, Bouquet Ribbons
BIG THANKS TO: Michael and Bobbi!!! And Bokeh for behaving!… mostly.
We’re also thankful for our SPONSORS that give so much to our attendees!!:
This session took place just 45 minutes before their welcome dinner the night before their big day! Honestly, we couldn’t have asked for a better outcome!
Our life has been a whirlwind in the best kind of way this summer! Life sure looks a lot different than it did just a few years ago and it’s about to change AGAIN!
If you’ve ever been a member of KJ All Access, you know that it’s been an evolution since the beginning! Over 4 years of wedding content, engagement sessions, family sessions and so much more!
When you’re sorting 5,000+ photos after each wedding, staying organized is a huge priority!
We met Nicole and Matt the day before their wedding day in downtown Chicago. Normally, we prefer to do a full engagement session with our KJ Couples before their big day but that really wasn’t possible due to our schedules and the long distance. Thankfully, meeting the day before was absolutely perfect and it prepared all of us to have a dream wedding day in the Windy City!
Have you had a troublesome groom in the past? They don’t cooperate with the poses and just want to get back to the party?