One of the things that I’m thankful for the most in this industry is the photography friends that I have made along the way. Although this business is filled with those who are cut-throat and just plain mean, there are many who are not and actually thrive on making connections and teaching others. It has always been my goal to help others succeed in this business and now I am teaming up with some of the BEST in the field to bring you a workshop like no other.
YES! Here it is! A workshop that will focus on every genre. Weddings, newborns, children, family and seniors. I have hand picked these amazing talents to join me in Nashville for 3 full days (and one amazing opening night dinner) of teaching, sharing, shooting (in small groups, you will have the chance to shoot with each one of us) laughing, crying (yep, we might just get raw and the tears will flow) all for YOU! Nothing will be held back, we are all open books and are ready and willing to share with you!
So, we want YOU to join us! I can promise you that this week in Nashville will change your business for good. You will leave inspired, renewed, and with a ton of new friends. Still not convinced? Well, let me introduce these ladies to you.
Meet Spanki Mills (Spanki Mills Photography)
My story: Years ago before my youngest child was even thought of, my husband and I sat down and talked about the possibility of me becoming a photographer. But, with three children already we decided against a job that seemed to be primarily evenings and weekends.
Fast forward a few years… now my youngest was 3 and I was a stay at home mom just capturing the everyday moments of our lives and blogging them and it was then when the photography business found me.
It was no time before the small town I lived in got word that I was “good” at taking pictures and like many of you, before I knew it I was a full time photographer but I was NOT running my business. I was drowning, my family was suffering and I was becoming miserable. At that moment I decided it was time for a reset and I needed to take control over doing something I loved.
Four years later here I am. Finding a work and home life balance and loving what I do again. I specialize in seniors and families and inspiring others.
Meet Sarah Cornish (My four Hens Photography
My Story: I have loved Photography ever since I can remember. When I was ten I remember asking for a Polaroid Camera for my birthday. At fifteen I got to road trip and backpack across the US from CT to CA with my awesome film photographer aunt and take it all in. I dreamed of getting back to that for a long time. It has always been a huge interest, but getting married and having children at a young age, we didn’t have the means to support that fancy for years. The truth is we barely survived. We lived paycheck to paycheck. We were happy, but boy things were tight.
One year, when our son Noah was just born my husband surprised me with a DSLR when we received an income tax refund. I didn’t put that camera down from there. Every opportunity I had, I read tutorials online and watched videos on YouTube. I put my camera on manual and didn’t look back. As the economy tanked a few years later, and after having our daughter Sophia (our fourth child), I knew I had to do something to help my husband supplement our income. We were drowning. I was tempted to sell my camera, but I had been a hobbyist for years at this point and figured in a last ditch effort I would put myself out there. The response was amazing, and I haven’t gone back since. It has been nearly a decade since I truly lost myself to photography. It has been the biggest blessing imaginable. I now not only have countless beautiful images of our children, but I am able to help support our family. I am a true believer that dreams are meant to come true, if you work for it and you really want it.
Meet Courtney Weittenhiller (Blue Dandelion Photography)
My Story: I started with film photography in college (while getting my BSN degree) and it quickly was a hobby that got out of control. I can’t tell you how many thousands of rolls of film I went through in the early days, but I have boxes and boxes of photographs that are near and dear to my heart. I shoot both digital and film these days but my D800 is my favorite go to camera. Weddings and newborns are my specialties and I love them both for different reasons! I shoot alongside my husband and I’m so blessed to be able to share this career with him. We have four beautiful kiddos who add a sweet chaos to our lives, but I couldn’t imagine it any other way.
Meet Tiffany Bender (Munchkins and Mohawks Photography)
My Story: I have always taken pictures- and lots of them! I think it came from my mom. No, I KNOW it came from my mom. Back in the days of film she would have boxes and boxes of images all over our house. I could piece a decent part of my life together with just those images, actually you would probably feel like you lived my life just from those pictures. So, I guess history repeats itself.
With the birth of my son the obsession began. I took thousands of pictures his first year- I have even filled two computers with those shots. With the birth of our second child it only became more pronounced. Not only did I want to capture the moments, I wanted to do it beautifully. That is where it began. I have shot and shot and shot some more until I could replicate what was in my head.
I dream about photography. It has not only become my career, but my love, and my passion. In fact- I think about photography more than I probably should! I LOVE what I do and I feel so blessed that I have the opportunity to life this life.
And lastly, meet me (Julie Paisley Photography)
My Story: I never ever intended to be a photographer, much less a wedding photographer! But, fast forward 5 years and here I am. Since I was practically “thrown” into this business, I made a TON of mistakes, in fact, 2 years into the business I had to back up and almost start over because I didn’t lay the correct foundation. I vowed right then and there that I would devote half my business to teaching and educating others (I have a degree in education, so teaching will always be my first love) and over the past 2 years I have had the privilege of teaching others all over the world.
I am obsessed with love and I strive to show the REAL you in the photographs I take. My style can be described as dreamy, romantic and real and I specialize in relationships. You see, when you connect with others, it shows in the images. That my friend is my goal.
So, I hope we have convinced you to come to Nashville in October and join us for this amazing workshop! We are already brainstorming and planning, we want it to be great, no, we want it to be AWESOME!
And to sweeten the deal even more, we would like to give one lucky person the chance to win a seat to the workshop along with their airfare and hotel!!! YES, you read that right! Want to know how to enter to win? READ CAREFULLY!
The contest will start on Monday, April 21st and will end at 11:59 CST on Thursday, April 24th. We will announce the winner on my blog by Friday morning (April 25th) at 10am CST. We will also post the link to the registration that will open up on FRIDAY, April 25th at NOON (CST). We will only have 50 spots because we want the shooting groups to be limited to 10. This workshop will sell out quickly, so be ready to sign up! But, back to how to enter the contest!
We are making it easy! All you have to do is first of all like ALL of our pages on FB. YES, we will check, so don’t cheat! Then you have to share this blog post on social media. FB, twitter, instagram, pinterest, we don’t care how you share it but SHARE it! And the final thing you have to do is COMMENT on how you shared it! Yes, you MUST comment here on the blog to be entered. We need your first and last name and your email address! VERY IMPORTANT! The winner will be chosen from random.org from the comments and if we can verify that you have liked all of our pages and shared, YOU will be the lucky winner!!! Oh, and you can enter once daily too! BUT, you must share the blog post link and comment again!
So, we wish you all the best and we can’t wait to meet the 50 of you who join us in Nashville!!!
Julie, Spanki, Sarah, Courtney and Tiffany