snap it pretty :: a photography workshop

July 28, 2011

Danni and I started planning this workshop in February and had a location picked out in March, but then life happened and we didn’t have it until July! Thankfully, we had 15 wonderful ladies be brave enough to test out our first workshop ever and I must say we think it went pretty darn well. We are so thankful for their emails and evaluations and now know what we did well and what to do better for next time. We are so excited to have another soon!
Our featured photographer who was sharing the know-how part of the workshop was Jennifer Young from I ART U. It is great to have someone who knows her camera, has great pictures, but it also very familiar with the blogging world. She was the perfect fit for Danni and me! And more than cause she is a little on the shorter side like us…
I think Danni and I were a ball of nerves, but super excited and couldn’t wait to get the show on the road. We had one heavy crafting day and about 300 emails going back and forth between the two of us. It was pretty crazy for a couple of weeks, plus throw in my rascally 3 girls and her insane craft shows, and you just have two crazy ladies running around with our heads cut off. Our husbands are patient men (Thanks Ben and Nick!).
The workshop was held at the beautiful George Key Ranch and ran from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. Danni and I love making things looks pretty, hence our email welikeitpretty(at)gmail(dot)com, so we wanted everything to be absolutely perfect for all our guests! I hope they enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed planning and making everything perfect for them.
At the welcome table, we had handmade crepe paper flower pins for name tags, moleskine notebooks with a cute little camera stamp, pens, and a little program for the day.
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For the “talk” of the day, the ladies sat on vintage folding chairs and we hung up a little backdrop on the trees. Can you believe I have 15 chairs I could lug out of my house? My collection is out of control.
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After the “talking” portion, everyone had an opportunity to practice what they learned. There were various lighting conditions with the bright sun and shading for the trees that you definitely got to practice adjusting for the varying brightness.
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We had a pretty table set up with all the lunch goodies. The sandwiches were from Rialto Cafe, Izzes for drinks, baked chips, cake pops from this lovely shop, and macarons from this lovely shop. We made fabric wraps to wrap the sandwiches and chips together and it was color coordinated depending on the type of sandwich they ordered. It was getting a bit hot for the dessert, so after everyone snap some pictures we moved them to the picnic blankets where they could cool off and get devoured. I must say, I loved both the cake pops and the macarons so much! But I am a dessert girl, so it ain’t hard to please me in that area. We laid picnic blankets out for everyone to sit and everyone was chatting up a storm and usually it involved blogging. What more do you expect?!
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The streamers hanging are white crepe paper rolls that were water colored dyed. I will have to do another post just for that, but I really like how they turned out and can’t wait to do it again!
After lunch, we had two stations set up with boxes full of props. We separated everyone into a Nikon or Canon group and they went at it styling their little table. Both groups did great and were so natural at it that I want them to come over and decorate my house now. After they styled their areas, everyone practice snapping away at those and just continued with the area surrounding them.
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Danni and I could have not done this day without these two ladies… RJ and Linda. They are simply the best in letting us boss them around and doing everything with such a cheerful heart! We love you guys!!!
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The workshop ended with some questions and Danni and me sharing our tips for taking good pictures. We don’t claim to be pros, but we just shared the little things we do know and use for our own pictures.
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Of course, we couldn’t end the day without without raffling off some pretty cool camera goods. We had 4 big raffles: This Lisa Leonard necklace, a polaroid camera, a Ketti Handbags camera bag, and this bag from JoTotes. Seriously, such good prizes. If that ain’t enough, anyone who didn’t win a “big” raffle prize went home with an iMo camera strap. On top of that, we had a goody box for every single person to take home. There was so much goodness in those boxes that those boxes will get its own post, just so we can outline each little goody. Seriously.
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The best part of the day was getting to spend time with all of the lovely ladies. Making new friends is always a good thing. Everyone was so kind and sweet and it was seeing their excitement that makes us want to do this all over again!
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