We are so excited to be teaming up with our good friend Renée from Mariée Wedding to help host the third annual Vivify Workshop. If you are an aspiring photographer (or videographer), or a photographer who is looking to up their portfolio full of gorgeous details, this post is for you. Let us tell you why we believe high end styled shoots like Vivify the key to your success.
This amazing workshop was dreamed up nearly three years ago and has since grown to something we look forward to every year! It is like a styled shoot on steroids! We have some of the top vendors in the area come together to collaborate and create and make some of the prettiest details you’ve ever seen! How it works is at the venue we will have three setups including tablescapes, details, florals, and models. When you arrive, we’ll have a meet and greet lunch followed by a free flowing shoot time. Take whatever details you would like, style them, shoot them and fill your memory cards with gorgeous imagery. Each area will have a different style and color pallet. Check out these amazing mood boards that Renée created for our vendors involved below. AH, we cannot wait to see the amazing details we’ll all get to shoot!
3 Reasons Why Investing In Workshops is the Best Business Decision You Can Make
1. Show What You Want to Shoot
It doesn’t matter where you’re at in your photography journey if you’re just beginning or a seasoned veteran. Portfolios can always be added to, tweaked and improved with the latest styles, trends and high-end fashion. We’re firm believers in “show what you want to shoot”. Do you want to shoot weddings with luxurious gorgeous details every weekend? If so, your site needs to reflect that in your portfolio. In our business, this has totally been true and allowed us to grow and reach new amazing couples consistently.
Not only has this worked for us, it has worked for many past Vivify attendees. It’s been so fun to see since we’ve been doing this every year for a few years now how others who came the first or second year have grown their business with the images they took during the workshop. One of our friends in particular just launched her new website and the details she has on there are absolutely stunning. She’s booking higher end weddings than she ever has before and it’s because she’s showing on her site what she wants to shoot and attracting her ideal client.
2. It’s Not About What You Know, It’s About Who You Know
After being full-time photographers and videographers for five years now, we know the how key collaboration in the creative community is. You need other people to relate to and bounce ideas back and forth. We know what it’s like to struggle with isolation and not know who to look to in times when you need advice. One of the long term benefits of investing in a workshop like Vivify is the relationships that can come from it. We structure the day very freely so you have time to shoot, but also time to network with other creatives and build community. We’ve created a private Facebook community as well where any past and present attendees can hang out and have discussions online, or refer jobs to one another. This community has been a great source of collaboration and growth for many members.
Not only is Vivify a chance for photographers and videographers to meet others like themselves, it’s a chance to connect with some of the best vendors in the Bay Area.
3. Creativity is Contagious
There’s something about leaving home, and committing to a day of creative fun (without the stress of an actual wedding day) that is so refreshing. Especially when you’re surrounded by like-minded individuals who all have the same mission, to better their craft and learn from one another. Because the style of Vivify is very free flowing, you can spend as much time on any shot as you’d like. I know last year, Chelsey sat down with some of the gorgeous invite suites and styled pretty flat lays for at least 30min. This is something on an actual wedding day we’d never have time for! Being around other photographers is awesome too because it opens your creative outlook on how things can be done. You’ll see how others work with details and models and sometimes even something small like this can have a big impact on your own style.
Last year we offered a teaching portion to the workshop as well if people wanted to learn more about a specific area of their business. We will be offering this again this year, but we’re making it even more personallized. We LOVE helping photographers out and would love to give you personalized advice about whatever you need advice on. This could be about technical photography techniques, posing your couples/models, business models, financial, you name it. When you sign up for Vivify, you’ll have an opportunity to sign up for a 30min coaching session with us, where we can help answer any questions you have in person.
The Details & How To Claim Your Spot
We will be a limited number of sign ups starting September 15th. These spots are first come first serve. We always limit the number of attendees to ensure that it’s not crowded and everyone has space to be their creative best. The actual Vivify date will be taking place on Thursday, November 2nd in Castro Valley California.
Vivify Workshop Date: Thursday, November 2nd
Location: TwiningVine Winery in Castro Valley, California
Sign Ups: Signups will open on September 15th. Set a calendar reminder now with a link to remind yourself because there is a chance we’ll sell out quickly this year! To get more information and receive an alert when sign ups are live, click the link below and fill out the simple form. Lastly, if you’d like to sign up for a 30min coaching session with us during the workshop, be thinking of what you would ask us and you’ll receive an option to upgrade your workshop with this option 🙂
Lastly, we’ll leave you with a quick glimpse of the first ever Vivify workshop back in 2015. Such a fun day!