Together with RO & Co. Events, Honeycomb Affair, Cecile's Paper Co. and SO many other sponsors and partners (see below!), the inaugural Jessica Rieke Workshop was a smashing success! The workshop was set up as a two-day event focused on giving attendees focused approach to both the business and art of wedding photography. Day one was comprised of diving into running a photography business, learning fundamentals of film, setting goals for yourself and your business and how to price services to allow for profitability. Special thanks to Richard Photo Lab for joining us on Day 1 to give an overview on film and the importance of a relationship with your lab! I shout it from the rooftops how moving to RPL was one of the best decisions I made for my business, so it was an honor for them to join us. Robin provided some incredible insight into the photographer/planner relationship and it provided well-received insights!
We wrapped up day one with a portrait session with a true-to-life couple (which you never would have known they weren't professional models!) on what seemed to be the most windy day I have ever experienced. I'm sure everyone there could likely say the same! Somehow, there were hurricane like winds whipping through Venice Beach this day (I couldn't even hear myself talk), but nevertheless, we persisted and the gorgeous light and movement from all the wind produced beautiful results we are all proud of. A massive thanks to Sharina and Marshall for being such troopers and rocking it along with us!
What I loved about this windy session is that it was a very good 'real life' scenario for us to tackle together. Although this was a portrait session and you could likely reschedule a shoot of this nature, that's not always the case you have on the day of a wedding. You have to learn how to work in extreme conditions and understand how having a multi-plan approach works in your favor to work efficiently and effectively. This was a true sink or swim scenario and I loved seeing all the attendees working so hard to make it work and seeing the beautiful images they created despite the challenges.
Day two really had the focus on the art of photography and getting to put into practice what was learned about film. Several flat lay stations complete with florals, bridal details and paper goods were incorporated to produce several elements of content. This was followed by photographing a lovely tablescape designed by Robin of RO & Co. Events, comprised of beautiful elements provided by Theoni Collection, La Tavola Fine Linen, Silk and Willow, menus by Courtney of Cecile's Paper Co. and of course florals by Christy of Honeycomb Affair. Our final portion of the day involved our time with our beautiful model couple along the beautiful Wattles Mansion and Gardens landscape and finishing up with our Porche Boxster getaway car.
Several partners and vendors were along for this exciting few days and each and every one of them was hand picked and intentionally courted to be involved. I am deeply grateful for everyone's hard work to create not only such beautiful content, but a meaningful workshop for the attendees who invested their time and resources to become better photographers and grow their businesses.
Workshop Host | Jessica Rieke Photography
Styling + Design | RO & Co. Events
Florals | Honeycomb Affair
Paper Goods | Cecile’s Paper Co
Film Lab | Richard Photo Lab
Rentals | Theoni Collection
Styling Surface | Simply Rooted Surfaces
Ring Box | Esselle
Cake | Superfine Bakery
HMUA | Kohnur Beauty
TShirts (Swag) | SOOC Apparel
Lightroom Preset | Refined Presets
Film Supplier | Film Supply Club
Magazine (Swag) | Flutter Magazine
CRM Platform | HoneyBook
Linens | La Tavola Linen
Venue | Wattles Mansion
Ribbon | Silk and Willow
Bridal Boutique | Lovely Bride
Bridal Gown | Limor Rosen
Shoes | Bella Belle
Ring + Accessories | Trumpet & Horn
Veil | Veiled Beauty
Car | Legends Car Rental
Models Day 1 | Sharina + Marshall Clark
Models Day 2 | Willow Model Management
Workshop Assistant | Jaime Dela Rosa of Simply Rooted
Video | Corey Fleeman
Without further ado, below are the images from Day two of the workshop. Enjoy!