Happy Monday you guys!!
Today is such a FUN day for two big reasons!
First off, seats to our first two workshop dates of 2015, along with our brand spankin’ new Walk Through a Wedding website officially went LIVE to our newsletter community last night!! We worked over the weekend getting the new website ready & I just have to say that I LOVE it! And I am SO grateful for a super patient husband (brand building is definitely a marriage strengthening activity! :) and for Showit which makes it even possible to build an entire website in a day! I mean seriously, that’s pretty amazing that we have the tools & technology like that available to us!! (PS: Just to be clear, we don’t get anything for saying that, these are just the words of a very happy & grateful customer!) So definitely go check out the new site and our Walk Through a Wedding video that’s on there too!
And second, the seats to our first two Walk Through a Wedding workshop dates of 2015 are NOW open!! Like I said, we opened them up first to our newsletter last night so a bunch of them are gone already (be sure to sign up at the bottom of this post if you haven’t yet, so you are always the first in the know!) But something that we announced over there is that for the next two days, through midnight Tuesday, we are doing $250 off the seat (Early Bird is normally just $150 off) which means that with our two payment plan you can lock in your seat TODAY for just $625!!
And that seat will get you two very FULL days of teaching (with over 20 hours of content!) that covers both everything that goes into actually shooting a wedding day (lighting in every tough situation, authentic posing, time crunches, bridal parties, family photos, night shots & more) and then on Day 2 everything that goes into the business side of things (branding, marketing, creating systems & workflow, post processing. portfolio reviews & more). It is basically like a one stop bootcamp for everything you need to know to run a successful wedding photography business! We’ve been teaching this workshop for five years now & we’ve gotten the chance to teach it ALL over the country and even the world (Germany, London, Australia!) and it is pretty much everything that it has taken us 8 years as full time photographers to learn the hard way….all of which we give to you guys over these two days!
And for our 2015 workshops we wanted to “plus one” them even more, so that we are always looking for ways to make them more of an experience & so you get even more out of them! So for all of next year’s workshop, we will kick off everything the night before with an amazing, styled candlelit welcome dinner at our house so that YOU guys get to be the guests for once! And then we are also adding a second styled shoot on Day 2 so that we can talk more about shooting for your brand, working with vendors & getting published! And then we end the whole thing with a surprise send off at the end of Day 2! It’s going to be awesome!!
***So if you have been planning on attending a Walk Through in 2015, the next two days is definitely the time to do it! And they have been going really fast so I don’t know if they’ll even make it that long! To grab your seat to either the Feb 11-12th or April 8-9th dates, just click over to the new website for all the info you’ll need!
And finally, we wanted to recap our most recent Walk Through a Wedding workshop that took place last week here in CT, so we can not just tell you what all the workshop includes but actually SHOW you some of the fun! The whole day starts off at our house where we walk through the lecture portion/overall view of how we approach the day and then we jump right into shooting the getting ready, including the “Iconic Bridal Portrait” and guys getting ready!
Right around that time, we break for lunch from some of our favorite places around New Haven!
The two days are chocked full of surprises & attendee gifts like our calligraphy Walk Through a Wedding notebooks & bags full of Godiva truffles!
One of my favorite parts about Walk Through are all of the amazing friendships that come out of it! We still have people tell us that they met some of their best friends in the industry at a Walk Through!
After lunch we head into the couple portraits & bridal party portraits part of the day, where we talk step by step through about exactly what we say to our couples to get those organic, authentic poses, how we manage a larger bridal party, and what to do if you have to shoot in harsh light!
Love these two!
Then we make time for free shooting so everyone has a chance to shoot our couple, the bridesmaids & those killer details and to put into practice what we just talked about!
After all the natural light is gone, we head inside to talk about the tougher situations that arise on a wedding day! I really love this about Walk Through! It’s not just about the pretty (although there is a ton of that!) It’s about making it work, no matter the situation you’re in! So we talk about shooting in a dark church, what happens when all the portraits have to happen inside, getting through the family photos quickly (and our “family photo football” that can get them done in 15 minutes or less!), and shooting receptions in a “crappy ballroom with terrible light!”
We talk about nailing the processional shots every time!
Whoo hoo! We got to be part of the family photo this time!
And then we move on to shooting those reception details & how to light them to feel natural!
highlight, shadow. highlight, shadow. highlight, shadow.
How AMAZING is this cake?!
We talk about shooting the First Dance….
….and the toasts!! And we also talk about a trick we do that changed EVERYTHING for us in shooting the end of the night dancing! And then we end the night with night shots & sparklers!
One tired, but HAPPY group!!
As always, there is NO way we could put on these workshops without some very key people!
First off, a HUGE thank you to Justin who not only teaches all day both days, but also takes on all of the organizing for food both days and making sure everyone is taken care of! One of my favorite things ever about this husband of mine is his ability to seek people out, make sure they are taken care of & make them feel welcome & perfectly at home! He has such an amazing servant’s heart!
Second, the hands down best thing that ever happened to us with Walk Through was when the incredible Stacie & Erica from Stacie Shea Events agreed to be our full time planners for every Walk Through we do. Not only do they put together the most beautiful details (I mean seriously did you see that table?!), but they just make sure every little thing is taken care of, runs smoothly, and comes off without a hitch. We don’t have to worry about ANYTHING, but showing up and teaching and that has been the biggest blessing to us! We LOVE you guys S&E!!!
And finally, at every Walk Through we are SO lucky to have so many amazing creatives give of their time & their talent to do what they are SO darn good at! Every time we show up & see the set ups I am just more & more blown away! And we’re just so, so thankful for it! For this workshop in particular we want to thank the following people for absolutely knocking it out of the park!!
Styling & Planning: Stacie Shea Events
Venue: The Lounsbury House
Florals: Truffles and James (how beautiful were those flowers??
Paper: Paper Moss
Cake: Erica O’Brien Cakes
Dresses: A Little Something White
Make up: Simply Gorgeous by Erin (how incredible did the models look? Erin is amazing!!)
Hair: the wonderful Adriana from The Beauty Bar
Linens: La Tavola
Rentals: Smith Party Rentals
Bride & Groom models: Andrea DiLieto & Christian
Bridesmaids: Rachel & Olivia
We have ONE more sold out Walk Through this year & we are flying out to Charleston, SC tomorrow for that! But we would LOVE to have you guys join us in 2015!! Click HERE to head on over to the Walk Through website & sign up!