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March 9, 2015

Recap: A Workshop with Hope Taylor Photography

I promised myself that 2015 was going to be a big year – I was really going to focus on my photography, set goals and really grow this little business that seems to have taken a back-seat to life lately. And I’m happy to report that I’m keeping that promise to myself so far 🙂

Part of my goals for growth in 2015 was to attend a workshop – either for newborns, family or senior (which is what I really want to focus on) and I never dreamed I would get the chance so quickly!  I happened to stumbled upon a photographer who’s Instagram account was filled with gorgeous, vibrant and contagious senior photos.  I mean contagious because it suddenly filled me with the desire to set up my game (in the best possible way).  Then when she announced that she was hosting a workshop, I knew I had to attend.

The Senior Photography Workshop by Hope Taylor Photography changed my business perspective.  Let’s just say……It.  Was.  Ah-mazing.

I drove all day (almost 11 hours) to this adorable little town in Fredericksburg, Virginia the night before and met some of the most amazing ladies who were also attending this workshop.  Oh and nevermind that I got into a car accident literally 15 minutes from town (after driving 11 hours- how does that happen?!?), but Hope and her family were so gracious to rescue me from a McDonald’s after the tow truck man just dropped me off.  Let’s just say it was an interesting memory.

Over the course of the workshop we learned about the importance of senior photography, the shoot & share business model, serving your clients, social media tactics, best business practices, marketing strategies, enhancing the client experience, styling, branding and more – it was overwhelming (in a good way) regarding all the information that was shared.  Hope also wrote a recap about it on her blog: – you should check it and if you are even thinking about attending a workshop, you should attend Hope’s.  IT IS THE BEST – hands down.  Enough said.

Here are some behind-the-scenes snapshots of the workshop:

Hope also took all new headshots of each attendee.  I absolutely loved that this was included.  Who wouldn’t want new headshots taken by THE Hope Taylor?!?!?!  And all of the other workshops I’ve looked at in the past didn’t offer this  – which seems silly because that would be a huge drawing factor – having your mentor take your photos to use as part of your business branding?!?!  Yes, please.  I’ll post my personal headshots soon, promise 🙂

Later we all drove to the Mary Washington Jepson Alumni Center for a fun afternoon of hands-on learning! The theme was “Kate Spade Confetti” and it was so adorable.  Kat from Dear Sweetheart Events styled the whole thing and let me tell you it was gorgeous!  We can’t quite post any photos yet because  Hope is trying to get the styled shoot published, but here are some behind the scenes shots:


And here is the amazing group of girls that I had the privilege of meeting this past weekend.  I can’t wait to see how our businesses grow and emerge after all we’ve learned this weekend!!!  Here’s to a great 2015!!!!

And thank you, thank you, thank you to Hope Taylor.  I will never forget the hospitality and love I received from both her and her family this past weekend while dealing with the complications that the car accident brought.  She went above and beyond what a normal human being would do- and if any of you have the privilege of knowing Hope – you’ll understand that’s just how she is:  A wonderful, compassionate, and generous soul who cares more about the person than the bottom line.  I feel blessed to have crossed paths with her and hope that it happens again in the future.

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