We’re excited to announce new Fall dates for Studio Sessions, a one-day styling workshop for photographers to help you continue to grow as artists. This won’t be about how to use your camera or how to run your business; we’re only speaking to what we know from our seats. Nor will these sessions be a particularly pampered or posh time; we want to make it affordable and accessible for you as small businesses. It will be light on fluff and heavy on the content that we think will make a big difference in your work.
We realize most of you don’t have stylists working with you at every wedding. You often have to be your own stylist and art director. We’d love to help you learn how to watch for (or create) all the little things that make the difference.
We know that you also have to be your own editor. We want to help you learn to edit before you take a picture–and after. Which are your best images? We’ll give you our opinions.
WHAT WE’LL COVER:
AESTHETICS + DISCOVERING YOUR PERSONAL AESTHETIC
HOW TO COMPOSE GOOD IMAGES
WHAT MAKES A GOOD IMAGE
STYLING PEOPLE — WARDROBE, HAIR + MAKEUP
STYLING TABLETOP — FOOD AND TABLESCAPES
STYLING DETAILS — FLOWERS, PAPER + ACCESSORIES
HOW TO WORK WITH A STYLIST
HOW TO WORK WITHOUT A STYLIST
TIPS, TOOLS, AND TRICKS
BUILDING YOUR PORTFOLIO
ROOKIE/EASY-TO-FIX MISTAKES THAT MAKE OR BREAK AN IMAGE
All sessions will be one day of class time. Lunch will be included. Limited to 20 attendees.
Available the second day for up to 8 attendees. If you’d like us to take a look at your work, give our opinions of your best work and what we think you should be showing on your website, help identify areas for growth and coach you in those, or for you to ask us anything… You’ll get an hour with with Joy and an hour with Emily.
WHEN + WHERE:
AUG 4 (AND 5) — ATL
SEPT 9 (AND 10) — NYC
NOV 10 (AND 11) — LA
CLICK HERE to see what other photographers are saying about Studio Sessions and how to sign up!
We’ve been huge fans of Wedding Jojo for years, and we love the options and themes they offer for creating a custom wedding website. Wedding planning can be a daunting task, so it’s always a good idea to have a central place to keep all of the information regarding your wedding, and your guests can easily reference it in the months leading up to the big day!
With Wedding Jojo, you can share all of your wedding plans with your guests and at the same time still create a custom designed website that reflects your style and personality. Choose from one of their many adorable and modern wedding website themes, and once you’ve chosen a style, upload some of your favorite engagement pictures to share with friends and family!
And with a premium membership, you’ll have access to a full range of features including full RSVP management- so you won’t have to worry about keeping up with all of those pesky cards, and you’ll be able to set up a custom domain specific to your wedding! And if you want to share your wedding journey with friends and family, the premium membership also sets you up with a blog! We love the idea of blogging throughout your journey all the way up to your wedding day!
We may sound like a broken record when we say it, but sometimes simplicity is best. We firmly believe in this philosophy for wedding design, and we also feel the same way when it comes to furnishing your home. If you choose a classic design for your wedding, you’ll still love every detail when you look back in 50 years, so why wouldn’t you take the same approach for decorating your home?
Zola has a full range of classically designed, yet modern, products for you to fill your home with, and if you choose simple pieces, like these stunning white kitchenware options, your design will be timeless. There’s nothing worse than outfitting your new kitchen with “trendy” plates or serving ware and then a few months after you buy it all, you’re tired of it. Choose minimalist designs, and you’ll always love your kitchen- we promise.
Check out our roundup of our favorite Zola pieces, and let us know which ones you’d choose for your dream home!
Most newly engaged brides feel that once the question has been asked, they have to jump into planning their entire wedding over the first few days. The initial excitement of wearing a beautiful ring can turn into stressful to-do lists in order to put together a gorgeous wedding. If you haven’t planned a party before, then a wedding can feel like an intimidating task. But when the event planning is broken up into a series of smaller and more manageable lists, it becomes less overwhelming and a fun process to enjoy with your fiancé and family!
Twelve to Nine Months Ahead
Discuss and think about the wedding size, style, level of formality
Discuss with family their financial contribution
Discuss with your fiancé the financial contributions you would each like to contribute
Determine an overall budget
Begin defining overall style of wedding
Determine what your personal priorities are for your wedding
Compile guest list and organize addresses
Choose and book wedding planner
Choose ceremony and reception venues
Finalize the wedding date
Shop for and purchase wedding day attire
Nine to Six Months Ahead
Choose and ask attendants
Begin shopping for bridesmaid attire
Choose and book wedding designer and florist
Choose and book officiant
Book music for both ceremony and reception
Reserve a room block at hotel where you desire your guests to stay
Rent necessary items for your wedding (chairs, tables, tent)
Begin working on invitations with stationery designer
Start planning your honeymoon
Create wedding website
Send out save the dates
Four to Six Months Ahead
Arrange for transportation needs
Complete invitations with stationery designer
Register for gifts
Purchase wedding bands
Purchase groom’s and groomsmen attire
Finalize and purchase bridesmaids’ attire
Purchase the undergarments/ lingerie that your dress requires
Choose a hotel and book a room for the wedding night
Decide on favors and packaging
Choose gifts for the wedding party
Book a makeup artist
Book hair stylist
Keep working through design concepts with wedding designer
Two to Four Months Ahead
Talk through menu and service details with your caterer
Work with designer to finalize cake concept, choose flavors and book baker
Discuss the ceremony details with the officiant and coordinator
Write your wedding vows (if you will be writing your own)
Schedule rehearsal time and rehearsal dinner location
Do trial makeup and hair
Finalize design concepts with designer
Six to Eight Weeks Ahead
Mail out invitations
One to Two Months Ahead
Purchase your guest book
Compile information for day-of stationery and send to graphic designer
Keep track of RSVPs as they come in
Start forming your seating chart
Send photography shot list to photographer
Compile song selections and send to band/DJ
Obtain marriage license, and request the necessary required copies
Two Weeks Ahead
Schedule your final dress fitting using the actual shoes and lingerie you will be wearing
Finish your seating chart
Notify coordinator and caterer with your final head count
Finish writing your vows and toasts that you will give
Break in your wedding shoes
Compile welcome baskets and handwritten notes
One Week Ahead
Relax and let your coordinator call and confirm with all of your vendors
Pick up dress from alterations
Assemble everything you need for your wedding day
Begin packing for honeymoon
Confirm all details of the honeymoon, and hand off itinerary to family and a few close friends in case of an emergency
One Day Ahead
Make sure you have everything on the ‘wedding day checklist’ compiled and ready to go
Have a manicure and pedicure
Prepare gratuity and payment envelopes for vendors, and hand off to your coordinator
Hand off toasting goblets, cake knife and server to coordinator or venue
Rehearse your ceremony
Hold your rehearsal dinner
Your Wedding Day
Relax and savor every moment, it will go by very quickly
Wedding Day Checklist
Gown and veil
Shoes, hosiery, undergarments
Nail polish and manicure kit
Emergency kit (include aspirin, needle and thread, stain remover)
A copy of the vows and readings to be recited at the ceremony
Suitcases packed and ready
Travel documents and passports
If you are at the beginning of planning your wedding, read through the to-do list several times to get a feel for what is to come. Depending on your circumstances, you may want to skip ahead and jump around the list. Don’t let yourself get stressed out if you aren’t able to complete a task in its given timeframe, just finish it when you can. Now that you’re organized, relax and enjoy!