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April 25, 2017

So many gorgeous spots to shoot at this Biltmore Engagement Session. The tulips were in full bloom and this couple knew how to have fun!
I look forward to shooting their wedding there in the fall. Stay tuned.

 

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April 20, 2017

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This fabulous couple was married at the scenic Crest Pavilion. Things I loved about their wedding…

1. Holly surprised John with an awesome album of boudoir photos. He was floored and said it was the best gift he had ever received!
2. They passed their rings around to each guest in a sweet little wooden box during the ceremony to have people bless and pray for them.
3. I spent time with the couple in downtown Asheville before we went to Crest. It was fun and we had time to get some cool shots before they went down the aisle. Asheville offers so much!
4. The little details as well as Krispy Cream donuts for the guest favors really added a sweet touch!
5. The bond with the bride and groom and their friends was so fun to see on the dance floor!

Creative professionals:
Venue:: M7 Events, The Crest Center and Pavilion
Make-up:: Blush Asheville
Hair:: Swell Salon
Videographer:: Hart to Heart Media
Painter:: Cheryl Keefer
Officiant:: Jacqueline Weiks
Floral:: Bloom Room
Cake:: Sugar Cloud Baking Company
Music:: Sound Extreme
Trolley:: The Trolley Company


 

 


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April 18, 2017

I’m still coming down off the high from teaching at my photography workshop at the Biltmore Estate when I revealed every wedding photography tip and trick I know. The students were awesome and we bonded over 3 days of intense learning. On day two, we covered natural and off camera lighting with Profoto as well as posing and composition techniques. I truly have a passion for helping others learn with their own style as a priority when shooting.

I was thankful for our team of pros including our fabulous models, Sara Fields and her soon-to-be hubby Nathan.
Make up:: Blush Asheville
Hair:: Amanda Hughes with Hughes Hair Design
Jewelry:: Spicer Greene Jewelers
Flowers:: Floressence Flowers
Dress:: Asheville Couture
Venue:: Biltmore Estate

 

Photo credit goes to @Lauren Willett Photography for this ‘working photo’

 



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April 6, 2017

For many years I have dreamt of having a workshop for photographers to reveal my tips from the last 14 years of documenting my client’s lives. My vision became real on March 19-22 at the Biltmore Estate when I hosted Revealed, The Wedding Workshop. From my business practices to marketing/how to get published, we covered it all in this 3 day small group intensive. Lightroom guru, Jared Platt, was a guest speaker to deliver the latest in Lightroom techniques as well as Profoto Lighting. Getting to know these photographers and customizing their education to suit what they needed was a highlight for me. Teaching how to shoot details with this creative set up was a thrill and I can’t wait to see how their business grow.

Lynn, with Appear Photography, wrote this after experiencing Revealed…

“I can’t say enough great things about The Revealed workshop!!! I have attended several different workshops around the country and also larger photographer gatherings like WPPI and I have never been a part of a more hands on and personable workshop. Revealed was the perfect size so that every person received attention from both our hosts and with their distinct style differences you are able to learn a great deal and even have the opportunity to gravitate more toward one over the other if you desire to do so. This part was really nice while shooting because if you know your strengths and weaknesses then you can focus more on what you need to learn instead of listening to things you already know. If you are in need of both sides you could easily move from one group to another. There was never a power struggle between the two teachers as I have seen with other workshops that have more than one person teaching. Jill and Jared worked seamlessly together and I would take the workshop again just because I know there are more things that both can teach me about shooting, post production and just how to run a business in general. The only downside to this is that it was not long enough! I would have loved to have one more afternoon of shooting but if that were the case I would have needed another afternoon to replace the great classes on Lightroom and basics that we all need reminding about no matter what our skill set is because everything is always changing and if you don’t keep up you get left behind! Thanks again for hosting the best workshop I have every attended!”

CREATIVE TEAM for STYLED SHOOT
Planning and design: Asheville Event Co.
Floral design: Floressence Flowers
Printed Materials: Atheneum Creative
Linen & Napkins: BBJ Linen
Porcelain Pottery: Michael Hofman
Cake: 50/Fifty: The Art of Dessert
Rentals: Classic Event Rental
Venue: Biltmore Estate

Asheville Event Co worked with Floresscence to create the gorgeous details for our styled shoot. The custom place settings, silverware and glassware in the rose quartz theme really made these details unique. The Inn on Biltmore provided the perfect mountain backdrop for us. The effort and attention to every last detail was covered so beautifully by this creative team. I am thankful to have their partnership and love working with them!

 

 

Part of what I loved about hosting this workshop was ability to share my vision with others. Thank you to Lynn with Appear Photography for these two ‘working shots.

In between detail shots, Jared Platt and I goofed off and had fun with the attendees. Never a dull moment.

I was swept away by this cake by 50/Fifty: The Art of Dessert!

 

Sometimes my clients do fabulous paper like this! I taught how to style using a touch of floral to make this shot more interesting. Love the rose gold with purple color scheme. Different is beautiful with Atheneum Creative.

I look forward to sharing Part 2 and 3 from this workshop. Stay tuned.

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February 23, 2017

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Join Jared Platt and I on March 19-22 for a photography experience at the historic Biltmore Estate. This workshop is designed to take your business to the next level thru hands-on personal learning.

Revealed will be a three-day intensive workshop where you will get lots of practice both shooting in real life situations as well as learning the business side of this industry. We will spend plenty of time getting to know each other, creating an ongoing network of colleagues that will last beyond the workshop, and get true one-on-one time with Jill. For this reason, this workshop is limited to 15 participants so that we can ensure a high level of personalization.

Topics covered:
– Jared Platt shares his Lightroom Workflow Tips for saving time and creating your best images as well as hands-on lighting techniques with our favorite products and Profoto USA
– Packages, pricing and how to stay sane running the ‘business side’ of your field. Contracts, pricing collections and business guide will be provided
– Personalized instruction for each participant
– Hands-on stylized shoot with models at the fabulous Biltmore Estate.
– Composition strategies and posing
– Natural and off-camera lighting complete with night shooting
– What’s in our gear bag, things to splurge on and what you really don’t need
– How to get your work published
– Optional customized help with your branding and website- one on one
– The best food you’ve ever had
– Networking fun
– Awesome product giveaways

Grab a friend and your ticket today at www.revealedworkshop.com

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