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One Swell Day : a wedding photography workshop // recap!



Welllll that was lovely.

I hosted a one-day workshop earlier this week, and (once the nerves had their say) it was actually tremendous fun. I’ve usually shied away from teaching since when you’re mostly self-taught in anything it’s difficult to explain your why’s and how’s, but I decided I’ve learned enough to have some things to say, and I if I can help people then I should really try to.

I talked the most about developing your photography style through understanding and acting on your inspiration, (since how can you find ideal clients to shoot your ideal work if you’re not being your ideal self?) and how + why to make your business more personable. We also talked about maximizing strengths + opportunities, workflow, travel, improving client + vendor relationships, all the advice I could think to give a wedding photographer, and a bit of everything else. The wonderful Laura + Megan from Events in the City even dropped in to talk from a planners point of view and that was a terrific help.

Since I’d wanted the day to feel more like a long coffee date than a class, Rust Manor House was the perfect venue for couches and tea cups and window light, especially when Rebecca (of A Daily Something) made it even more beautiful for us. Bonnie, Paula, Liz, Katarina, Tori, and Hannah were the fantastic attendees who made our time so fun, and they’ve also since formed a pretty exclusive book club which I can only hope to be invited to.

I’m so grateful to everyone who came and helped with my workshop, and I can’t wait to host another before too long!

Here are some shots of the day thanks to Paula : )

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Wow!!! It looks like you had so much fun!!!

This looks like such a relaxed learning environment, I love it! I am sure it was such a great experience!

Eleanor and Kevin : Wedding // Murray Hill, Virginia

I thought about putting together a Year In Review post, but after looking back this New Year’s Eve, I decided this cheeriest day of summer would be best. This wedding set has so much joy for me, and there’s enough of my year wrapped up in this story that it only seems appropriate too : )

It started out as any another wedding…typical except for the interview call from Africa about some people who met in England and fell in love in Kenya and were getting married in Virginia before they moved to Scotland. When we finally met in person, Eleanor was instantly stuck to my heart and I’ve adored her, her man, her family, (and heck, even her friends) ever since.

Kevin and Eleanor are people who live out their priorities regardless of how hard the work is to get there, and I know that commitment will continue to make their relationship even more special. They’re also the most fun for whatever spontaneous plan or hypothetical argument you’d like to find yourself in, and I’ve been so blessed by their hospitality in my adventures across the sea. From learning to driving stick shift and frolicking by the sea in England in March to the city streets and crumbling bookstores of Glasgow this October, their lives have been such a gift to mine.

Their wedding was a gem of a day with its joy and play and whimsy, and the people they chose to bring their vision to life are some of the absolute best too. (Thanks especially to Paula for photographing with me!)

So, here’s to 2013 – to the colors, adventures and the friendships, the joys of contentment and lessons-learned, the strength of well-placed hope, the giving of love in truth, and the constant care and goodness of our God.



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PS, see even more at the lovely feature on Green Wedding Shoes!

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second shooter: Paula Bartosiewicz // venue: Murray Hill Leesburg, Virginia // event design, planning + coordination: Laura Ritchie with Events in the City // floral design + flower wreath: Sweet Root Village // wedding dress: Claire Pettibone // shoes: barefoot:)// bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew // groom’s bow tie: Balzac paris // groom’s suit: Reiss // hair + makeup: Claudine Fay // catering: Design Cuisine // music: DJ D Mac // vintage furniture rentals: Something Vintage // photo booth: Bash Booths // temporary tattoos: Tattly // stationery designer: Intrigue Design Studio


Completely breathtaking! i love this wedding and the photos ever so much. well done, chum :)

I died when I looked at this wedding…so so amazing!

Absolutely unbelievable! I remember seeing snippets of this wedding on GWS and being in awe. Your images always take me to another world Rebekah!

It’s perfect, in every imaginable way.

ohmystars, this wedding is perfect. i think i fell in love with all the happy colors. and the couple is so precious.
your work is absolutely stunning!