On January 17th I entered into a completely new phase in my business, workshops. Myself and two other fellow photographers decided to take something small and make it something huge. We initially came together to do a very small stylized shoot, one couple, one bouquet, and some decor. The more I thought about it the more I wanted to offer an opportunity for other photographers, new, needing a break into the industry. Anyone who knows me knows I have a passion around learning and educating others. So I went to the other photographers and pitched the idea of a workshop that would give interested photographers opportunities to photograph beautiful brides and grooms, wedding details and learn more about jump starting their businesses.
The first Swoon Wedding Workshop was born and what we ended up with was beyond what I could have ever imagined. The day started off with a all you can eat brunch where participants were given tips around workflow, editing, and how to market themselves. Brooke Beasley with Brooke Beasley Photography was our guest speaker and gave the group some great advice around how to get started in the business and getting focused. The group then headed over to the stylized shoot where there were five stations with different bride and groom couples, and two gorgeous wedding tables fully decorated to emulate an actual wedding day bridal table. Beautiful bouquets and gorgeous dresses made the day even more exciting.
Just like a first of anything there are always things to be improved. The outcome for me turned from wanting to get awesome pictures for my websites to wanting to impact other people in a way that mattered. Getting text and messages from participants with feedback with areas for future improvement as well as how this has impacted their business has been music to my ears. I recently received a IM for a participant letting me know that the workshop motivated a rebrand and for their business and they are more on fire than ever. Overall I would say the day was a success with of course some hiccups but for our first ever workshop I would say it went swell and I am still swooning over the images. There will be a lot more Swoon as our partnerships have deepened and our ideas have grown and we hope to see you at the next one. Here are a few pics from the event and the candids were shot by my one and only son Todd.
Erica King 925-998-2540
Nita Speer 209-640-0980
Make Up Artist:
Ashley Pattillo 925-577-5880 https://www.facebook.com/TOGgirls/
Bunches www.buncheslosgatos.com 408-395-5451
Designer: Kari Trevino
Cakes By Erica
Table Décor and Design:
Elegant Curve Events & Design www.elegantcurve.com
Designer: Sharonda Ransom
Simply Bridal www.simplybridal.com 800-701-4026
Recapture Vintage Bridal Couture http://www.Recapturedesigns.com/
The Busy Brides Helpers
Location: West 12 Ranch Studio