From Cathy: What was your favorite part of the workshop? EVERYTHING! The welcome dinner was AMAZING. The cake to DIE for!
Marketing, lighting, shooting etc., clarified clearly to me the goals I want to accomplish in my photography career.
Learning your techniques and how you interact with your clients is all knowledge that will help me in the future.
Your editing process and learning what we did on SEO, (even though it was over my head, at least I know who to hire in order to get the most out of it). I really could go on and on.
I am a huge fan of yours and I can’t wait to apply all that I learned.
I loved being able to meet everyone…. Thanks you so much for an amazing experience. It is one that I will ALWAYS CHERISH!
From Janean: Being able to get a behind the scenes with Kansas was amazing! Loved watching her in action with her clients and then being able to see her workflow and post processing. Kansas is laid back and relaxed yet amazingly organized as a business woman. I learned some amazing things that I can apply to my business to enhance my current workflow and cut a lot of time out of my editing! I appreciated her candor, her honestly and knowing that she is ultra “real” ~ left me encouraged and energized! I have met a lot of people in my industry and she is a kind, caring individual that I am proud to now call my friend! Loved her home, her family and her workshop! I encourage you to take a workshop from Kansas – you will be glad you did!!
The inaugural portrait workshop/beach retreat was everything I thought it would be and more. Janean, Shayne, Elizabeth, Sondra, Renee’, Melanie, Nicole, Brittany, and myself spent an entire (and when I say entire I mean from sunrise to 10pm that night) day learning and shooting and getting to know one another. The girls arrived and settled into the beach house in Seagrove and can I say, I loved that house 😉
That night we all met for a welcome dinner. To me, that was an amazing thing. It helped us connect names with faces so that Saturday it wasn’t a cold meeting-it helped things flow while we started shooting at sunrise 🙂 A big thank you to Table Five for a fabulous mexican meal with Tres’ Leche Cake! I should’ve gotten a picture of that…Jamie and Burt were fabulous-they cooked and created amazing smells while we chatted away.
And then Saturday we met bright and early to photograph Baby Avery and her mom and dad on the beach for sunrise. We talked about settings and noticed how the light was changing by the second as it rose – I posed Miss Avery and snapped a few and then stood close by while the ladies got some shots. I wanted them to work with sunrise light and we already had a family beach session at sunset.
A shot from me…
One of me from Sondra…
She came in for her studio session the Monday after and I haven’t had a chance to blog either 😉 But because she is so beautiful I will share a few of those too!
Immediately after that we left for Eden State Gardens for the Reeves Family Session. The light was gorgeous and Julie & Jason and their boys were so sweet and easy to work with! Again we talked about camera lenses, angles, settings, position as it relates to light, how to find light that time of day that isn’t harsh, etc. I worked on showing them how to make the family feel at ease and have some fun! The Reeves entire session is HERE if you want to check it out as well!
And a few of my shots from the session:
So then we went back to the studio where the girls got their goodie bags! Yay!
Special Thanks to Organic Bloom, Sleeping Willow (Baby Avery’s hats), Handmade by Jennifer Chase (the sweet lace banner used for Avery’s session), The Bloom Theory, MPixPro, USBMemory Direct, Mozi Magazine, Snazziedrawers, and Angela Callisto (SEO/blogging)
We had pizza and chicken for lunch from one of my favs, Jordano’s and then got down to business and talked about settings, sessions, contracts, legal, business, marketing, social media, and just everything under the sun! We even skyped with Angela from DNA Photography who does SEO and blog design-she was amazing!
And then it was time for the styled session 😉 I was showing them shooting in open light, backlit, in open shade, getting unique perspectives, etc. My girls served as the models and I couldn’t have been more proud of how they were-they let the ladies get tons of shots! Thanks to Snazziedrawers for those amazing dresses!
And then we rushed off to photograph Krista and her family at the beach! Pure gorgeousness…I had to get them in that sunset light 😉 If you want to see my blog post on their family with more images it is HERE.
A few of mine…
And then we finished the day with s’mores and champagne ( or water for some ) after the sun went down around a fire on the beach and then a little dinner at Louis Louis…
It was incredible! If you are interested in workshops I have one or two spots left for Hawaii with Keri Meyers and then I will announce 2014 dates sometime soon however I just added a new concept to workshops-Custom Designed, Small Group Workshops so please check out that information HERE.
We ended he workshop with headshots by me on Sunday morning at Watercolor and said our goodbyes. Everyone could not make it but I was glad those that could! Click on their pictures to see their work and like their pages!
Janean from Giggle Moon Photography
Melanie from Melanie Resch Photography
Brittany from b.nicole photography
Elizabeth from Elizabeth Fedorchalk Photography
I did a shot for Renee’ when I did her and her hubby’s beach picture…Renee’ from Renee’ Hayes Photography
And Sondra (far left) from Sondra Hill Photography…
Nicole from MOK