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I want to begin this blog post by saying that this has been a hard year for me full of a lot of unexpected difficulties both with my business and my personal life. Without delving into too many details ... let me just say that Nick and I were recapping the last year and most of the things we both noted were negative things that occurred. What a bummer. Since I'd like my blog to be a place of inspiration what I'd rather talk about are the things that happened this year that were really positives.
The first is a personal item. Nick proposed in September and we are getting married this April! I am SO happy! I guess since this particular thing was SO good ... it kind of trumps any possible negatives that I experienced. So, I really have nothing to complain about. I plan to do a full blog post coming in January detailing the proposal as well as all of our juicy wedding planning details. Stay tuned for that one!
The second really amazing thing that I have experienced this year was pretty unexpected. A year ago I began to have some thoughts of teaching my very own photography classes and/or workshops. I am so grateful to a specific handful of people who really encouraged me in this direction. It took off with a success that I wasn't really prepared for. I am also grateful for the "students" who have attended. I put "students" in quotes because I feel like I learn so much from them its not fait that I get to be called the teacher. The friendships I have made through this process have been wonderful and I am so proud of the growth I have seen in their work.
Four workshops later, I am making some really exciting plans for my teaching path in 2011. I can't wait to share more about this.
Until then, I'd love to share some of the images from my most recent workshop: Personal Professional. Before we get to the eye candy I need to credit the amazing people who made the photo shoot possible! The vendors! I must mention them because without their faith, talent, and support none of this would even happen.
Event Planning/Decor - The Ribbon Cutters
Bridal/Bridesmaid Attire - A Joyous Occasion
Groom's Tuxedo - Savvi Formalwear
Venue - Dara's Garden
Linens - The White Table
Flowers - The Flower Pot
Cupcakes - The Baker's Rack
Make-up - Chelsea Hardin Chardin6@gmail.com
Hair - Emily Soleil & Sara Arms
Models - Danielle & Jeff Broome, April Barry
The queen bee of the day was Lorie with The Ribbon Cutters
She did all of the styling and coordinating. She worked so hard and maintained total composure, professionalism, and grace. The weather didn't really work in our favor that day but Lorie didn't skip a beat. I totally recommend her and think she is the bee's knees. Whatever that means.
Delicious and adorable. Thank you Lindsay at The Baker's Rack
The White Table provided linens to make our set up so special.
Oh, Danielle ... so pretty. Her hair was done by Sara Arms. If that name sounds familiar its because I talk about Sara all the time. She is my second shooter. That's right, she's a photographer and not a hair stylist. But I am telling you ... when something falls through I am surrounded by a team of people who can jump in and make it work. I LOVED Danielle's hair and I think Sara did an awesome job with it all braided and whimsical looking.
Dara's Garden was so wonderful to let us use their property. They have a beautiful facility with rose gardens, white fences, and an amazing house ... but we chose the back of the property with the less manicured look. It was perfect. Dara and her team were accommodating and awesome to work with.
That fancy chair is from my living room. My Mamaw gave it to me when I was in college. Its actually one of two and I still have them both. Just thought you'd like to know.
Aren't Danielle and Jeff the sweetest ever?! I am so thankful to them for modeling for us. They are gorgeous!
I love these next two images together. I think of words like comfort, safe, protected, nurtured.
Let me tell you something ... these girls are amazing. I mentioned earlier that the weather didn't really work in our favor. That was an understatement. It rained most of the shoot and it was really COLD. All the photographers including myself were wearing gloves, hats, thick coats, boots, etc. And look at those beautiful models ... with no sleeves and gorgeous smiles. They are acting!
Beautiful April ... our bridesmaid. Her hair was done by Emily Soleil who is also not a hair stylist by trade. She is actually an actor and my office manager - quite a resume. But I think she can successfully add hair do-ing to that resume because April looked gorgeous! Once again ... I am surrounded by some really talented people who can jump in and save my day. Thanks Emily.
And thanks April ... you are so stunning.
Make-up by Chelsea Hardin ... SO GOOD!
If you'd like to see a slide show with more images from this workshop please click here: