A couple weeks ago, twenty photographers from all over the country- Maine to Minnesota- gathered in New Haven for our most recent “Walk Through a Wedding w/ J&M” workshop: Cocoa & Chanel. It’s never lost on me but for some reason this time it was especially apparent, what an honor it is to sit in a room full of fellow artists and talk about this thing that we do. And about this love that we share in common. As any alum will tell you, Walk Through is not your “surface” type of workshop….we go DEEP and right off the bat. We lead with the Why behind why we do what we do and push people to think about & defend the “how’s” that go along with it. It’s a great way to break the ice! :) But what is maybe the coolest thing for me, is how we all start out on Day 1 just trying to figure out each other’s names and by around midnight on Day 2, we’re all sitting around a crackling fire telling ghost stories like we’ve been friends for years. Over those 48 hours, we laugh together (trust me, I’m WAY funny! :) and cry together (which probably has something to do with why our classes are always about 18 women & 2 men! Ha!). And we talk about real life. And honestly, it’s hard to go through something as intense as those two days of Walk Through and not walk away feeling like you have 20 new friends. I am so grateful for that.
We were talking and we realized that this workshop was probably somewhere around our 25th Walk Through that we’ve done over the past 4 years. That just blows my mind! Ever since I was 18 and thought I would be a third grade teacher to being 25 and wanting to teach law school, teaching has always just been something that was in my blood. It’s the kind of thing that gets in there & sets your heart on fire. And I’ve since realized that giving other people light bulb moments is kind of like my crack! :) Once you feel that high, you just want it again and again. So I am so, so grateful to everyone of these 20 photographers turned friends (and the 24 classes that came before them) for allowing me to live that dream of teaching….and for enabling my addiction! :) :) I adore every one of you!
Without further ado….Cocoa & Chanel
Styling: the INCREDIBLY talented Sarah Goodwin of Daisies & Pearls Events
Blooms: See above!:)
Location: Chetstone (a phenomenal venue that is available for photography workshops & shoots! CT Photographers, check them out!)
Hair Piece: miracle workers with lace, Preston & Olivia
Beauty: genius with a makeup brush, Erin Infantino
Models: the supah HOT & beautiful Ashley Barnett Mitchell & Jeremy Mitchell
Goodies for our attendees! :)