as i mentioned in yesterday’s incoherent blog post, i really do consider monday, june 6, 2011 the biggest thing i’ve done in my career. and it feels incredible. i couldn’t be more overwhelmed with gratitude, love, thankfulness, joy, exhaustion. i hosted seventeen photographers from all over: british columbia, alberta, saskatchewan & washington at my studio for a full-day of learning. i arrived at seven thirty in the morning to compose myself [and finish a few details] and left that evening at eight thirty after dinner. thirteen hour day. phew!
after a round of introductions and hugs, we settled into breakfast, catered by wendell’s cafe. each workshop attendee was greeted with a dark chocolate bar from mink chocolates in vancouver [favourite. so good] and a brand new moleskine journal for all their dreaming thoughts to be recorded upon. although i share my studio space with two other businesses, they graciously allowed me to take over that day. the office was completely transformed thanks to gorgeous black linens, cute little white chairs & an abundance of colourful flowers designed by stephanie lee at balconi floral studio. stephanie is brilliant at what she does–i simply gave her a few words as my “vision” and she ran with it. love.
for nine full hours, we sat in my [un-air-conditioned] studio and talked through dreaming, goal-setting, branding, marketing, harnessing the power of your network, organization, outsourcing, pricing strategies, knowing your business numbers & planning your next action steps. in the afternoon, we drove to a nearby location for a live “model” shoot with two of my best friends in the world. leanne & sam. i can’t thank them enough for their gorgeous, gorgeous faces and their fun laughter and their willingness to stand in front of eighteen cameras. yes. EIGHTEEN cameras. i am blessed by them immensely. the friendship i have found in them is for life.
leanne’s make-up was done to perfection by kristy lee make-up. kristy is the best out there. seriously. she happens to be my cousin & i’m pumped that i get to have her for my wedding someday. ;) check out her website & her facebook fan page. the wildflowers leanne held were also designed by stephanie lee at balconi floral studio. so understated and perfect. leanne’s dress was purchased from H&M and her floral/hippie headband from peacelovevintageshop on etsy.
lyndsay london emailed me a few horrendous photos of me in action on the workshop day. ;) bahaha. they made me laugh, thought you might enjoy the behind the scenes look. — just a random note: it was so fun to have two of my past brides with me for my first workshop, lyndsay and erika. love familiar faces.
this is me looking like a beaver.
if i photograph you, we will get close. it’s okay. i brush my teeth religiously.
and here is the entire group! wow. thank you to my beautiful friend and assistant candace huck for being so so helpful. i couldn’t have handled that day + the set-up on saturday without you. another thank you [i feel like i'm accepting some award. i really need to shut up soon] to my friend arielle for graciously spending sunday afternoon re-arranging tables + chairs in my studio until we found the perfect layout. i feel LOVED. oh oh, one more thing. i have amazing friends. God has placed some ridiculously beautiful people in my life and i was overwhelmed with all the tweets and texts i received throughout monday. whenever i would quickly check my phone, more texts would come in that made me smile. it was just great. monday was great. it was a big moment & sharing it with people made it even bigger.
thanks for believing in me.