June 5, 2019
Sitting here reflecting on yet another workshop… this time the seventh one (HOW). Which was held exactly a month ago! How has it been A MONTH since the best day(s) ever?!
Ask anyone and they’ll tell you, I get a *little* emotional when talking about these workshops because to me, they’re so much more than the fun few days you see online. These workshops are game changers/life rerouters where I share powerful content that I believe in with every (!) piece of me. The kind that brings about real results. It’s two days where I have the honor of having fourteen photographers come into my home and entrust me with their growth… and that is enough reason to pour my whole entire heart into it.
And I do. It’s my joy to get to open up, share my highs and lows, spill all my workflows and “secrets” to growth… then watch lightbulb moments occur before my very eyes. I pray so hard for these days leading up to the workshop, for each specific girl, and for their lives and businesses to be deeply blessed through the words that I share. I don’t take the opportunity lightly. Ok better stop now before I actually start cryinggg…
Reliving these days is my go-to activity and I’ll be doing exactly that until the next workshop coming Fall 2019!
The workshop begins the night before Day One with a Meet & Greet… AKA a chance to eat way too much ice cream, jumpstart friendship growth, and let all the walls down before the following two days full of learning…Q: What’s a workshop without my best friends/angel squad helpers?
A: Not a workshop.
… You think I’m being dramatic but I’m not. They aren’t just “a part of it” they ARE IT. They bring so much soul to the workshop, do thankless things, pray me through every moment, clear their schedules and sacrifice sleep to be there, and get teary-eyed with me as I share my heart (joys, disappointments, purpose… all of it). You name it, they’re on it and I think the thing that fills my heart most is that the attendees at the workshop have the opportunity to experience their love & light the way I do daily. Preston, Cherish, Vanessa, & Truely… you’re the heartbeat behind it.It always feels like waking up on Christmas morning (BUT better because macarons from Tara’s Treats are there) waiting for attendees to arrive!!! Welcoming them into my home brings me so much joy!We kick off the morning with breakfast treats (AUSSIE BITES have become a workshop staple), lots of welcome hugs, and mingling…There’s no better way to celebrate their arrival than spoiling the attendees!!! Beyond the macarons, I’m so thankful for all the wonderful sponsors who make it possible!More spoiling for the attendees thanks to Paris Chic Boutique‘s beautiful calligraphy!! Her work is SO PRETTY, every time.Then we jump into the morning session of teaching! Love this pic one of the attendees snapped right before we dove into teaching… my happy place :)
We cover it all over the course of two days: how I built my business from nothing, style development, branding beyond a logo, social media, attracting your ideal client, keys to profitable business growth, transitioning from portraits to weddings, creating a remarkable client experience, and so much more!A special THX to Preston for capturing all my flattering angles/faces.Well… *most* of them.Ugh just REALLY love them!!!One of my favorite aspects of the workshop is hosting surprise giveaways thanks to our incredible sponsors! Cannot thank KISS Albums, Showit, Align Album Design, CG Pro Prints, The Light & Airy Photographer, & BlogStomp enough for their unending support and willingness to spoil the attendees with swag bag loot and giveaways!I love teaching my posing process in depth (I think this was the What *NOT* To Do section) right before we head off to the styled shoot. Posing to make your clients feel natural, look flattered, and create natural interaction is one of my FAVE! SUBJECTS!But before the styled shoot? A lunch refuel featuring: Chipotle Catering. If I could do cartwheels, I would.Q: What’s the styled shoot without my dream team vendors?!?!!
A: If I were the one left to planning it… probably paper plates from Party City and a bouquet of carnations from Giant.
But instead!! Danielle of Your Sweetest Day Events has planned the last four (!) styled shoots and her vision, her talent, her expertise, her attention to detail, her kindness… it just amazes me every time. She goes above and beyond to make dreams come true, but even *that* is an understatement. I can’t believe I have the honor of working with her and man I’ve thought so many times her brides are SO LUCKY to have her on their team!! She just had her baby, Logan, a few months ago yet effortlessly brought him along and I’m so inspired by the way she balances being one of the best entrepreneurs AND moms out there. <3
Unfading Beauty by Kristen has done hair and makeup for all seven workshops now and there’s no one else I can imagine being the one a part of these days!!! Kristen, you’re heaven-sent and your special place in this/encouragement is IRREPLACEABLE. I <3 you!!And then of course, there’s Treasured Events… my own wonderful parents who have a rental company!! They do sooo many thankless things for my sake and are the biggest encouragers of all that I do. MY HEROES.Basically… it’s the DREAM TEAM, I’m telling ya. So many more people play such a huge role in this day (*not pictured* Wildflowers by Design and RSVP Love who also came to help set up!) and they all have skills that leave my jaw-wide open in wonder… every time. They’re THAT GOOD at what they do and of course make it all look so effortless (it’s not). Seriously these people’s support, creativity, and friendship is invaluable to me! Bottom line… IDK WHAT I WOULD DO WITHOUT THEM.Breaking down exactly how I shoot (lighting, angles, composition) and pose (to make your clients feel comfortable and help them have fun *and* look natural) is the highlight of the workshop!! Well, one of them.Gonna go out on a limb here and say… WE ALL LOVED THIS SHOOT.I share my entire posing process in depth and then the attendees have the opportunity to shoot alongside me, as well as pose the couple themselves!Photographer heaven? You could say so.This space. Hidden gem. We love you, Steven School Ballroom!!I alsooo teach on shooting the reception details… my system for making the gallery plentiful and full of variation no matter the reception space I walk into!!Special thanks to Kiss for providing the attendees with some Linen Styling Mats to shoot with!! I AM OBSESSED.These pics just make me thankfullll. <3So like… can we shoot together all the time?!?Just a few iPhone snapshots that bring me back to this glorious day!!!The happiest photographers you know. MY HEART. <3 Not to mention our model couple, Nigel & Jena, who made my job far too easy and made me say “WOW” “oh my goodnesssss” and “I’m speechless!!” on repeat while shooting. Can’t wait to share more photos!After the shoot, we head back to my house for more teaching, an in-depth walk through of my culling and editing process, MORE COFFEE, and enough Olive Garden catering (read: BREADSTICKS) to feed an army !!I LOVED THIS GROUP SO MUCH.We wrapped day two at 8:30PM because it was off to bed to rest & recharge…
For DAY TWO where we focused 100% on the backend of business!HERE WE GOOOOO! These days make me feel so alive. :)Teaching the attendees everything I know about building a thriving business from nothing, solid client experience, and engaging online presence FIRES ME UP. <3And I clearly teach *very* passionately about these subjects. (Never lacking with emotion around here.)Nothing I love more than journals filled with notes!!!After a full morning of learning, we broke for lunch. OUTSIDEEEEE!Has my backyard ever looked cuter?! Nope.Next, we moved on to headshots which is basically me raving over and over about HOW CUTE AND PRETTY AND SWEET everyone is.Hey guys, stay forever???Each of these faces (now a part of the 90+ workshop alum family) are ones to watch!!!And thennn, you guessed it: back to it for more teaching/note taking!!Best photo of the weekend <3 Might need to frame this in my house…It was a full day of teaching (liiiike 8:30am-8:30pm again) BUT… anything short of pouring it all out for this incredible group of attendees just wouldn’t feel right. They deserve it all!Two full days, but it’s one of the greatest joys of my life (no drama) to host these workshops. Following this calling has filled my heart more than words can say. <3Finally, as always, a few photos stolen from the #carolineloganworkshop hashtag…TAKE ME BAAAACK!!
Andddd I’m so excited to share THE BEST NEWS: my next workshop is coming October 27th & 28th, 2019 (with the optional Meet & Greet the night of the 26th)!!! If you’re interested in joining, email me for more details and to save your seat before they’re gone! Seats are limited! : email@example.com
Thank you to the dream team of vendors who donated their time and talents in order to spoil the attendees with a styled shoot that took my breath away! : Your Sweetest Day Events | Wildflowers by Design | Unfading Beauty by Kristen | Treasured Events | Jennifer’s Bridal | The Black Tux | Steven School Ballroom | RSVP Love | Sugar Whipped Bakery | Tara’s Treats | Special Occasions & Queen Street Linens | Ruffled Lane | Gigi & LaClede
And above all, thank you again to the people that pray me through these days, excitedly await a recap after, and support me through and through… YOU KNOW who you are. <3