December 21, 2015

Virginia Walk Through a Wedding Recap!!

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Happy Monday friends! And what better way to kick off the week of Christmas, but with our gorgeous red velvet themed Walk Through a Wedding workshop that we did last month in Virginia at the Woman’s Club of Portsmouth with the INCREDIBLE Missy from Antonia Christianson Events!! We were lucky enough to work with an amazing team of creatives (see the full list below!), and also to have one of our #jmworkshopalums Sarah Pascutti who attended a Walk Through earlier this year come back to model as our bride & groom with her husband David! We just LOVE those guys SO much!

The whole workshop kicked off with a styled welcome dinner at the home of our dear friends Ashley & Jeremy of We Are the Mitchells, and we NEVER could have pulled it off without them! They ran around with us doing all the grocery shopping, rentals pick ups & drop offs, and helped style the whole thing! They are the kind of friends who show up over and over again, and have taught us more about what friendship really means than anybody else I know. LOVE you guys!

I’m going to explain what the three days of the workshop look like as we go through the post, but first we thought it would be fun to let you hear from a few of our attendees on their experience!

“Business changing, life altering, YOU NEED THIS kinda workshop- I left filled with inspiration and humbled at the fact that I’m not alone when it comes to how I feel about LOVE the way these two do.”Amanda Manupella (who was the one responsible for getting us to Virginia in the first place! Thank you so much for helping to bring this together Amanda!)

“I can’t thank Justin & Mary enough for all of their expertise! I am completely mind blown and I can’t wait to start implementing all the things I learned from the Walk Through a Wedding Workshop! ​They both are truly amazing and super sweet for wanting to share the knowledge of this business with others! I hope in the near future to do a one on one mentoring session with them in hopes to make more of my dream a reality! Thank you J&M, for EVERYTHING!!”Cynthia Tenney

“J&M, through your website, your blog and your brand, I felt like I already knew you two. I knew just how spectacular you both are to your couples & fellow photographers. Needless to say, I had very high expectations going into the workshop because of this. After two days of soaking up all of the information, the great outlooks on photography & life, new perspectives on approaching wedding days, tackling to-do lists, etc. my expectations were exceeded tremendously by you guys! I felt like a sponge soaking up all of this & taking it all in. I could sit all day and listen to you guys teach, so much so that I instantaneously signed up for The Event in January & hope that mentoring will be in my future as well! Thank you Justin & Mary for exemplifying that as wedding photographers we do not want to just show up on a wedding day, but that we want to build relationships with our couples & serve them to the best of our ability.”Jessica Ryan Photography

And a HUGE thanks to our incredible creative team! 
Styling & Coordination: Antonia Christianson Events //Floral Design: Isha Foss //Cake: My Cake Delights //Calligraphy: Letterlyn //Paper: RSVP Stationery //Rentals: Waterford Event Rentals //Makeup & Hair: Kim Porter //Day 1 Dress: Milk & Honey Bride //Bridemsaids Dresses & Day 2 Dress: Studio I Do Bridals //Venue: Woman’s Club of Portsmouth // Bride & Groom: Sarah & David Pascutti //Bridesmaid Models: Janae Dobbins & Brittany Rice

**If you would like to join us at a future Walk Through a Wedding, you can find the registration page by going HERE

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We love to kick off our two-day workshop, with a styled welcome dinner the night before! We asked ourselves what was the best way to love & serve a bunch of wedding photographers who were traveling from all over to be at the workshop & the answer was clear: give them the wedding reception dinner they usually never get to sit down & enjoy!!
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Cider champagnes! YUM!!! These come in handy for the rousing games of Heads Up that we always end the first night with! :)

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We kick off Day 1 with the lecture portion of the workshop, going through step by step how we approach the whole wedding day and digging deep into both our lighting & posing philosophies & the practical approaches! Then after lunch, we start walking through the wedding day as if it’s the real thing complete with a getting ready!

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Showing the Iconic Bridal Portrait! Including Mary’s 8 Rules of Posing!
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And the Iconic Groom Portrait! :)Womans_Club_of_Portsmouth_Virginia_Walk_Through_A_Wedding_Justin_Mary_Marantz_Photo_020

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Then we move outside for a big Posing section all about getting organic, authentic, real & emotional results that actually tell a story! Rather than stiff, static posing that looks the exact same couple to couple!Womans_Club_of_Portsmouth_Virginia_Walk_Through_A_Wedding_Justin_Mary_Marantz_Photo_025

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We also have a bridal party to practice getting the “lifestyle bridal party” approach that we teach!

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And then once it starts getting dark, we move inside to teach how to light all the trickiest parts of the day….like a ceremony in a dark church or mixed light room!Womans_Club_of_Portsmouth_Virginia_Walk_Through_A_Wedding_Justin_Mary_Marantz_Photo_044

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How to light the details…..and apparently how to use the FORCE to really make them good! :)Womans_Club_of_Portsmouth_Virginia_Walk_Through_A_Wedding_Justin_Mary_Marantz_Photo_047

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How gorgeous is this red velvet linen & those amazing calligraphy plate chargers?? That was Missy’s genius idea!!

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Then we practice toasts!!Womans_Club_of_Portsmouth_Virginia_Walk_Through_A_Wedding_Justin_Mary_Marantz_Photo_063

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And first dances! Complete with Sarah & David’s real first dance song!Womans_Club_of_Portsmouth_Virginia_Walk_Through_A_Wedding_Justin_Mary_Marantz_Photo_065

And what you do when you HAVE to shoot the portraits inside!Womans_Club_of_Portsmouth_Virginia_Walk_Through_A_Wedding_Justin_Mary_Marantz_Photo_066

And big family group shots!Womans_Club_of_Portsmouth_Virginia_Walk_Through_A_Wedding_Justin_Mary_Marantz_Photo_067

And FUN family group shots!! :)Womans_Club_of_Portsmouth_Virginia_Walk_Through_A_Wedding_Justin_Mary_Marantz_Photo_068

Then on Day 2 we bring it back to teach ALL the business stuff! The pricing, branding, portfolio, marketing, getting booked, attracting the ideal client, workflows, outsourcing and more! Basically, everything that goes into running a THRIVING photography business while getting you your LIFE back! And because there is SO much business info, we like to break it up with a second styled shoot just for fun & head shots of all of our amazing attendees! Womans_Club_of_Portsmouth_Virginia_Walk_Through_A_Wedding_Justin_Mary_Marantz_Photo_069

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Our amazing Virginia crew!! You can’t go through two intensive days of learning like this together and NOT be friends by the end!! So SO grateful for the 12 new friends we made on these two days! 2015-12-21_0001

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  1. Amanda Manupella

    GAH! just come back so we can do it again!!! <3 Love you two! Merry Christmas!

  2. Rachel Lowe

    Thank you again and again for all the time you and just spend investing in others! We learned so much from you in this life-changing and business-altering experience! Can’t wait to keep growing with you!

  3. Rachel Lowe

    You and Justin! :) Merry Christmas!

  4. Rici

    Loved seeing these images! especially the gown & hair of the second shoot!! very beautiful!

  5. Ronnie Izon

    Wow! I don’t think I have the words to describe how truly genuine life changing this two and a half days were to me. I came with such high expectation for my business, I left with that expectation overflowing. I know I’ve found the ones to learn from. Thank you for giving so much of yourselves. Can’t wait to see you!

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