Happy Monday!! We just shot a gorgeous classic wedding at The Branford House (where we got married) yesterday & so we are happily recovering from that! BUT there’s not really much time for a wedding hangover today and that’s because tonight we have our welcome dinner for our June Walk Through a Wedding w/ J&M workshop, where we will be welcoming in our amazing group of attendees from ALL over the country (TX, CA, the midwest, MD, VA & more!) So we are up & at em getting everything ready, and just SO excited to meet everyone!
So in honor of our Walk Through kicking off tonight and this being our first ever THREE day one (YAY!), we thought it would be fun to show you guys the styled shoot from our April one so that we can all get excited! :) Also, I wanted to share the REAL heart behind why we do these workshops (and not just the pretty details!), and that is for those moments when we get emails like this one that we just got last week! ALL of the hard work that goes into putting these together, ALL of the hours of teaching (we’ll be topping out at around 36 hours on this one!! Bring on ALL the coffee!)….every second of it becomes instantly worth it when we can read the real life change that’s coming out of this workshop. When someone can tell better stories for their clients in a way where people instantly take notice, when they can pose people in a way that pulls out the real emotion of what the start of a marriage is about and instantly puts people at ease, when they can go home and double their number of weddings and book their highest packages- not because it makes them rock stars, but because it means they can provide for their families & maybe go full time with this dream- well, that’s what makes us feel like we are the luckiest people in the world to have the HONOR of teaching others. Because it means that we are doing something beyond just us & our business. And that’s when you know that what you’re doing matters.
“Hi Justin and Mary!
I just wanted to say 1 million times over THANK YOU!!! When I first decided to take the plunge and take your workshop I will admit I had NO IDEA what to expect, and I had no idea what I would learn. I came in to your workshop a bit naïve and feel like I thought that there was nothing I could learn that I didn’t already know. Boy, was I ever WRONG. Before I took your workshop, I was in a slump with my photography in general. I was booking clients steadily with no problem, but I was starting to hate photography and despised the business side of things. I felt like it was the same old thing over and over again.. “do this, now do this…now we’ll do this…” YAWN. I was ready to quit, because I honestly could not see myself doing that for the rest of my life (and at that point I had been doing it for nearly 5 years). Your workshop was my last resort to find my passion again and it WORKED! It was so full of information and tips and tricks that I would have NEVER thought of. I started using some of the methods on posing that you shared with my first wedding of the season last year and had instant success with it. The lightbulb in my head went off, and I was like Holy crap this totally works! I used your methods with every session and wedding last year and had so many people messaging me to personally thank me for capturing their family so well! I’ve also had people that have followed me for years that messaged me to tell me that they liked my work before but they LOVED it now and that I must have changed something. Instead of my images having a posed look (before WTAW), I feel now that they actually tell a story! I even had my first photo go semi viral and get shared in the local news stations in November last year because you helped me put my heart into my work again! I’ve changed the way that I do client consultations for weddings and now hold them right in my house because of your information. I’ve had quite a few brides now that have told me that they were nervous to come for the consultation but couldn’t believe how welcomed I made them feel, and that they felt like they knew me for years and were so comfortable and couldn’t wait for me to photograph their wedding! I have booked over double the amount of weddings in 2016 than I did in 2015 (and I thought I was booked solid then) and it is all thanks to you Justin and Mary, I now know how to market myself more effectively, build even better relationships with my clients and capture life instead of just “poses”! I redid my entire website a month ago using your tips (Mary) and within 2 days of launching the new site I had 2 brides book me within just a couple of days, both said they searched through tons of photographers and kept coming back to me because they loved my work so much, and they both booked my top package (woohoo!!!). And I finally broke free from my fears and used OCF at a wedding last month (thanks Justin!)…not sure why I was so scared of it in the first place!
So once again, hopefully without sounding like I’m going on and on…THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. You both saved me from giving up. I feel like my heart is once again 100% happily creating memories and telling people’s stories. Your workshop was worth every penny and more and I recommend it to anyone wanting to up their game or find out who they are as an artist!” -Christan Barker, past WTAW attendee
As always, we could NEVER put this workshop on without the help of an AMAZING creative team! These guys are the BEST of the BEST, and we pinch ourselves every time that we get to work with them! Styling & Planning: Stacie & Erica from Stacie Shea Events // Florals: Carrie Wilcox Floral Design //Dresses: A Little Something White //Beauty: All Dolled Up // Cake: Lovely Cakes //Venue: Bill Miller’s Castle //Paper Suite: Coral Pheasant //Rentals: Wildflower Linen, Abbey Tent & Juliska/ Bride & Groom: Whitney & Mike // Bridesmaids: Tori Petrillo
**PS: Right now we haven’t released any new dates for Walk Through, but they always fill up FAST when we do! If you want to be the FIRST to know when the next one opens, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you on the priority wait list that gets first access!