The Workshop : November 2012


Sometimes the universe brings the perfect mix of people together, like puzzle pieces waiting to be made whole. There are moments when I feel the gravity of what I’m able to do and I realize I might be the luckiest person. Ever. Meeting and educating 20 photographers on their journey to becoming better at their art and businesses are things I’m honored to do…and I was happy this happened recently at one of my photography workshops.

Hosted here in Orange County, California, we covered eight components of branding and dissected businesses together to find ways to strengthen along the way. This group of photographers was strong, driven and full of amazing questions which made for a perfect day.

Many thanks to an amazing team for allowing things to come together in ways I couldn’t manage on my own…
Makeup and Hair: Angelina with All Made Up
Dress and Accessories: Emily with Ferndales
Florals: Jaclyne with Heavenly Blooms
Models: Tiffany and Justin Jahangiri
All Around Awesomeness: JD

JD is the backbone for theWORKSHOP…he takes care of every last detail and plans the day so my focus can be solely on teaching. He also manages to be a wonderful host…my parents were right: I married up!

All of the behind-the-scenes photos were captured by JD…who makes fun of me for looking like a bunny when I talk. I can’t say I disagree.

I was honored to work with Tiffany and Justin who traveled from Minnesota to model for theWORKSHOP…I couldn’t be more thankful to work with such amazing couples who love each other…and make what we do as photographers effortlessly sweet.

We hosted a shoot and the goal was have each student photograph the models with specificity and intentionality, using the images to further the words they use to describe their brands.

The first 25 minutes of the shoot was a mixed demonstration and dissection of posing and lighting techniques…it was an overcast day, so we lucked out with perfect weather…


A portion of the shoot was open for students to take the reigns and pose the models in a way to further their brand via signature images.

Oh, Tiffany, GO ON!!!

Here’s Arica getting down and WORKING IT OUT for a photo…rock it out, boo!

This is my favorite photo of the day. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for this amazing group! I was challenged in new ways and I’m happy to have encountered such a great collection of minds, hearts, and drive. I’m convinced this industry is made extra wonderful with people like them in it. Really.

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Happy Tuesday!