The idea for The Gilded Workshop began sometime in 2016. I had been following Liz Franco Photography on Instagram for quite awhile and was a huge fan of her dreamy work. It turns out that she admired mine as well and we ended up in a DM conversation, discussing the possibility of a potential collab. We decided to come together and create a workshop experience that would fully immerse our attendees in the process of learning, growth, and connection. And thus…. The Gilded Workshop was born!
We rented a beautiful private estate in Temecula wine country, and 10 amazing photographers from around the world (as far as Puerto Rico!) came and stayed with us. We spent 4 days teaching shooting, editing, branding, and business at this gorgeous and peaceful retreat. The experience was truly one-of-a-kind and went so far beyond just the educational content. We had “family” dinners, an epic Target outing, late night dance-offs, and memories to last a lifetime.
I am feeling so blessed by this time with these amazing people and my continued journey of growing as an educator.
The house we rented was a gorgeous French farmhouse and the livingroom made the perfect cozy classroom!
So many fun memories! A few favorites were when Liz and I jumped in the hot tub fully-clothed and when we went to McDonald’s in tulle princess skirts.
The highlight of the workshop was definitely our epic shootout at The Humphrey’s Estate. We had a teen girl, a mother-daughter, an engaged couple, and a wedding couple, to be sure to offer a diverse portfolio experience for all of our attendees. Thanks to our wonderful vendors, the styling was pure magic and the attendees all left with some great content!
This workshop would not have been possible without all of our wonderful sponsors who helped up spoil our attendees and put on an incredible shoot. A huge “Thank You” goes out to all of these wonderful people!
Shoot Venue | Humphrey’s estate
Florals | Soiree Floral Design
Cake | Laura Marie
Vintage rentals | Madam Palooza
Headpieces | Jill Prettyman
Hair & Makeup | Fairytale Hair & Makeup
Bridal Gown | Bucci’s Bridal
Tux | Stitch and Tie
Mother’s Dress | Kirsten Paige
Vow book | Wedding Storywriter
Pink Dress | Chariot Marie
Rings | A Sweet Pear
Stationary | Krisanna Elizabeth
Giveaways & Swag Bags | Planoly, Go Live HQ, Chariot Marie, Strawberry Revolution, Cinta, 4th Generation Designs, JoyShine Designs, Aleks Bates
Behind The Scenes Photo | Jennifer Demo