The Full Circle // A Wedding Photography Workshop - Looking Back and Looking Ahead

It's hard to believe Sunday September 25th, 2011 and our very first Full Circle Wedding Photography Workshop has... well...happened already. Beth and I sat down a few months back and started piecing together a full day workshop with no title and a vague outline of what we wanted it to look like. Basically it started as a list of things we wish we had known when we started out 4 years ago. It was a long list. So get this, once all the planning and list writing was done, we stood in front of 12 photographers and talked for literally 8 hours straight about how to create and sustain a successful wedding photography studio (which we thought was an eternity when we first began the outline) and yet I'm still thinking of things that I could of/would of/should of said! I'm thinking the next one will have to be a 5 day workshop. ;) It was such a fantastic day. We had 12 wonderful photographers in attendance, we got to work with some of the very best wedding and event vendors in town, and we couldn't have asked for a more perfect wedding couple to photograph. The gusting wind even decided to stop JUST when we needed it to! It was crazy.

I'm going to stop blabbing so you can have a look at some shots from the day!

Here's the "Getting Ready" portion of the day. Check out all the incredible details!

Ladybird Bridal provided some mind blowing pieces of jewellery, that cool hand bag, as well as that lovely birdcage vail that Anna is wearing.

Amie and Katrina were kind enough to come and do hair and make up. They did such a fabulous job and we absolutely recommend them to anyone looking for a great stylist/makeup artist duo!

Unbelievable scenery.

As you've seen from Anna and Jeremy's Newly-wed session, they can rock the camera! We immediately called them when looking for our wedding day couple...because awesomeness just comes naturally for them. It's true, we have proof!

Just look at this tablescape. Perfecto! Julianne from A Modern Proposal blew us away with this incredible creation. Akiko Florals provided the fresh flowers, Pink Polka provided the stationary and Special Event Rentals provided the table and chairs. Add to that the stunning Edmonton river valley and you've got literally the best looking tablescape set up that I have ever seen. And we were the ones who got to photograph it! Bonus!

Here's a quick "family portrait" with all the great workshop attendees! Because you can't just have two people in a family portrait right? Unfortunately we were behind the lens (as per usual) :)

As part of the workshop, we'd showed the class how we use onOne's Perfect Photo Suite to give our images that extra spice. This is a screen shot of the current version of PhotoTools that includes heaps of incredible effects and looks that can take your photos to the next level. Every single photo you've ever seen on this blog has graced the steps of this fine house of photo effect goodness!

So naturally we were extremely excited when the folks at onOne sent us a full version of their current Photo Suite AND an upgrade key to the soon-to-be-released Photo Suite 6 (that comes out later this month) to GIVE AWAY to one of our lucky attendees!! A big congratulations to Lex for being the big winner! Here's a little taste of what the new suite looks like... we can't wait! Check out the onOne web site to find out more.

Once again, we want to send out a HUGE thank you to everyone who helped make this workshop possible. We couldn't have done it without you!

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Tablescape Design - Julianne from A Modern Proposal Event Planning (http://amodernproposal.com/)
Flowers - Akiko Floral (http://www.akikofloral.com/)
Custom Stationary for the Tablescape - Pink Polka Design (http://www.pinkpolkadesign.com/)
Chairs and Tables - Special Event Rentals Edmonton (http://www.specialeventrentals.com/)
Hair and Makeup - Amie and Katrina (780)887-2643
Jewellery, Hand Bag and Veil - Ladybird Bridal Designs (http://http://www.ladybirdbridal.com/)
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Have a great week!