I strongly feel that building your community up and raising the standard within your industry is so much healthier than letting the natural human nature of competitiveness get the best of you. I have always loved teaching and decided to start offering workshops to other photographers who wanted to grow their own businesses. I am still competitive and of course find myself comparing myself to others, but I try to direct that competitiveness back to myself and just look at how I can make myself better than I was the year before.
Last month, 7 ladies joined me at my downtown studio to learn about how to run a successful wedding photography business, where I taught them everything from marketing techniques, to client experience and editing workflow. We wrapped up the day with a gorgeous styled shoot to enable them to build their portfolio.
I have been watching them post photos from the workshop and feel like a proud mama as one of my students (and past brides) has even had her photo shared by Jasmine Bridal's marketing team. Woo!
Thank you to everyone who joined me on this amazing day and that trusted me enough to teach them how I do my thang. ;-) Also, a HUGE thank you to the talented vendors who helped pull together this beautiful styled shoot. Make sure to scroll to check it out below!
Inspired by the beginning of peony season, this elegant spring shoot was brought together by some of the most creative local vendors in the area. We chose the colors based off of classic favorites, as well as underused and under appreciated tones. The color palette consisted of soft and whimsical blushes, against shades of sage green and ivory.
The bride's makeup was kept very natural, soft, and classic as her hair was swept into a romantic braid embellished with a floral hair piece that tied the whole look together. She wore a sleeveless Jasmine bridal gown. The bodice was lace that melted into the skirt, a simple and plain soft white. The open back led its way down the the timeless buttons that trailed down the train. The groom wore a grey suit with a sage green tie that complimented his eyes.
The light colored dinner table was decorated with a contrast of textures and colors, ranging from unfinished wood, to linen and metallics. The table settings were pink chargers under white ceramic plates with pink linens and custom escort cards. The cards were designed with sage leaved pressed into wax seal. The table was decorated with gold elements and flowers that were seen throughout the shoot. The sage green cups popped against the white wood and the clear glass candle holders and goblets.
The invitations were wax sealed with sage leaves and blush silk ribbon around a velum envelope, which matched the escort cards. The colors complimented the ring, a rose gold with a Montana sapphire as the center stone.
The peony, garden rose, ranunculus and ivy bouquet was styled in bright hues to pop against the shades of the forrest in which the shoot took place, adorned with silk ribbons of blush and sage which blew in the spring winds.
Lastly, the golden dessert stand was garnished with roses and peonies which drew your eye toward the cake. The cake, a two tiered pink and sage watercolor marbling, stood tall as the center of the attention decorated with flowers and macaroons. Around it lay other sweet treats like strawberry basil tarts and macaroons.
Photography: Maura Jane Photography
Planning, Florals and Design: A Beautiful Theme
Hair: Bara and Sparrow
Makeup: Betty Rose By Alanna
Dress Store: Bridal Elegance by Darlene
Dress Designer: Jasmine Bridal
Invitations and Paper Goods: Funky Olive Design Co.
Shoes: Bella Bella
Cake: Sweet Grace Cake Co.
Tarts and Macarons: Emerald Pie Bar
Rentals: AA Events and Tents