The Howard Family in a Tennessee log cabin!

if you’ve trying to find what a real happy place looks like… this is IT.  i photographed the howard family at my ‘a wildflowers workshop’ i held in leiper’s fork, tennessee in december.  i had not seen my location, moonshine hill, in person before i booked it months prior, so when i first arrived i about passed out from pure photographer bliss.  the main building was an old farmhouse just beside a pond with a wooden bridge.  and beside that was a barn, and then a log cabin up on the hill (where i photographed most of this session) that was over 100 years old as well as the most incredible treehouse i have ever seen in my life!  a giant mossy tree was growing up right through the middle and chandeliers made from bird houses hanging inside… we had walked into a storybook.  it was a cold rainy day with just a bit of snow still melting that had fallen the day before and it just felt so Christmasy and special.  the little gal in this session, quincy joy, just stole my heart.  the howards are friends of mine from way back but i had not yet met their girl and just seeing how happy and full of life they were now as a family and how unbelievably joyful quincy was, i about exploded.  i could have kissed her all day.  i wanted this session to feel like the epitome of coziness… a fire in the stove, wintery weather out the window, hot chocolate, chunky crocheted blankets, lots of vintage children’s books, wool socks and games.  since i was traveling from out of state i was so happy to have connected with elizabeth ulrich, stylist at stockroom vintage in nashville, that set up all the props for the shoot.  it was a wonderful collaboration.  working on these photos i wish i could close my eyes and be back at the cabin right now… i will forever have such dear memories in that place.

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Workshops in 2014!

happy new year, friends!  time for some workshop announcements!

registration is currently open for these workshop locations:

 

february 18-19:  bellingham, washington  *this workshop will be held at our own homestead!  this workshop will be capped at 10 women to keep it more intimate.
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april 2-3:  arlington, texas  *this workshop will be held at 3825 s. bowen conveniently located between dallas and ft. worth – a rustic, dreamy venue on acreage that used to be a dairy farm.  i have scheduled it in early spring for shooting in fields of wildflowers and bluebonnets!bowen

 

june 17-18:  thompson, pennsylvania  *this workshop will be held at fiddle lake farm!  our instruction will be held in their 1820′s farmhouse beside an old wooden dock with a big barn and lodging available right there on site in historic homes. i may just make the attendees jump in the lake with me when they arrive.  summer on these 130 acres in pennsylvania, i am already dreaming of this!2014-01-14_0025

 

and here’s all the info!  if you are already familiar with what is covered in my workshops you can just skip right to the bottom to register…

my hope for the workshop: for each woman who attends be challenged as a photographer, a creator, a business person and most importantly, an artist! i want each attendee to remember the simple and passion-driven reason they fell in love with photography and inspire their creative spirit in fresh ways as well as give practical tools to run their business from the heart. so often in this profession, we start out loving the art of making pictures and then all the beauty of the journey gets lost in trying to make it work as a business. i want to share my journey, be an open book to you… i am a believer in raw honesty and that is exactly how i teach. it is a beautiful two days and i truly believe that every woman that attends leaves changed, encouraged, and technically, mentally and emotionally equipped to grow their business and images into the wonderland they envision in their minds.

the investment: $1400 per attendee. it is a 50% retainer to reserve your spot (i take 20 attendees maximum per workshop – except for the bellingham, wa workshops held at my home, i will only be accepting 10 attendees for these – and they go quickly), the remaining 50% is due one month prior to the workshop. the cost covers all instruction, my workshop book i have written and meals throughout the workshop.  travel and lodging is not included in the workshop cost. we do facilitate a way for the attendees in a private facebook group to get to know each other prior to the workshop so that they can share lodging expenses if they wish, that is half the fun!

what is covered in the workshop: two portrait sessions with instruction given start to finish (one family session and one engagement session); the client planning consultation, how to create storyboards, location scouting, client interaction, making it fun and posing, shooting and post-production workflow. instruction is given on how to dive deeper into the stories and passions of your clients to create unique photo shoots that speak to the heart. i cover how to set boundaries, effective policies and how to “balance it all” (business, workflow, time management, family, relationships and still keep your sanity. inspiration for staying fresh and setting yourself apart from other photographers. how to best utilize your existing space and tips on finding great hidden gems of locations. how to get creative with the way you shoot with capturing sun flare and finding dreamy light to produce sun-saturated imagery. raw workflow demonstration in lightroom and photoshop and my start to finish post production technique. strategies for setting rates for your business and how to stick firm to them. i cover strategic marketing techniques on how to attract and book your target clientele. how to pose children, families and couples in a comfortable “un-posey” way. how to develop lasting relationships with local business owners and how to get your work displayed in creative locations. we do lots of creative and inspirational challenges to help attendees discover their own personal photographic style. you leave with hundreds of images taken to add to your portfolio. the attendees develop life-long relationships with each other, it is so beautiful! all of my previous workshop attendees have kept in touch and call upon each other with personal and business struggles over the years. i love that i get to facilitate such a valuable experience… it is such a blessing!

are you asking “is this workshop for me?” well, let’s see… first, you must be a woman. second, you must be a photographer! you are not required to currently have a photography business, however the majority of our attendees do and i cover quite a bit of crucial business related information. you must be shooting in manual mode and have a good grasp on shooting. our typical attendees are either in the beginning of their photography careers or have been shooting for quite a while are experiencing serious burn out. i like to teach my workshops in such a way that no matter what level of shooter you are, that the depths of the information can grow you from wherever you are at. lastly, you must be open for change. i am not a shy teacher. i will challenge you. my goal is to really yank on your heart strings. be ready.

how to register: to register, we require a 50% non-refundable initial payment to hold your workshop space which can be paid by paypal – you will click the “pay now” button below on your desired workshop. once you have paid, your spot is saved! then you must email us directly at joy@wildflowersphotos.com so that we can have you complete the full personal registration form just so we can really get to know you, add you to your private workshop group and get the excitement rolling!

 

to register, click your selected workshop paypal button below to pay the retainer and reserve your workshop spot:

february 18-19:  bellingham, washington - https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=DQTYBRLHRZKZN

april 2-3:  arlington, texas -  https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=CE7PLPBV63K7E

june 17-18:  thompson, pennsylvania - https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=9UXRV7DYKP6TA

 

thank you so much!  can’t wait to meet you!

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hello, i’m joy!  sunshine chaser, child of God, mama to four & wife to one good man.  we traveled all over looking for a place to call home and we found it.  we live a simple life out in the country with bare toes and happy hearts.

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