This two day workshop will give wedding photographers the tools to strengthen their business and push their photography to the next level. We’ll show you business systems to save you time and headaches while creating a consistent experience for your clients and increasing your bookings. You’ll get a toolbox you can draw on to become a stronger creative storyteller and bring out more emotion from your subjects. You’ll receive a personal critique of your portfolio and website so you can identify and work past your individual roadblocks, improve your work, and grow your business.
Date: April 22-23
Location: Our house in Calgary, Alberta
Breakfast & Lunch for both days and lots of coffee and drinks
Cozy workshop environment with a max of 10 students
Two jam packed days of learning, shooting and wedding photography awesomeness
A focus on business and shooting techniques with hands on learning and critique
YOU CAN EXPECT
Business Workflow; improving efficiency and customer service from initial enquiry to final product delivery
Gear and Lighting Breakdown; prep, maintenance and systems
Authentic emotions; how to consistently get them in portraits
Candids; how to anticipate and see more moments
Post-Production; editing, backing up, delivery
Critique; review of each students website and portfolio
Live Shooting; demo from us + practice for you
YOU WILL NEED
A DSLR camera and understanding of its settings
Your favourite lenses
A flash is recommended but not required
ABOUT ABBY + DAVE
To us, success means having the time and freedom to do what makes us happy. Our business gives us this, and we want to help others find their own version of success.
We specialize in moment and nature inspired wedding photography. You can see us Speaking at Mystic Seminars in Portland, HI on Life Conference in Hawaii and Canada Photo Convention in Vancouver in 2017. We were recently named 100 Best Wedding Photographers in the World by Nicholas Purcell Studio and Top 100 Wedding Photographers in Canada and the US by SLR Lounge. Abby was listed in Top 30 Under 30 by Canada Photo Convention in 2014 and together we were voted top 4 wedding photographers in Canada by Professional Wedding Photographers of Canada in 2013. In 2012, we were listed among the 25 Most Inspiring Photographers in Canada by WeddingBells.
“I learned a HUGE amount in such a short time, and everything that was taught was information that is extremely beneficial to running a photography business. I came burnt out and sick of photography, and left inspired and excited to make the changes I need to learn some new skills and get back to it! You guys had a huge amount of patience, and wanted to make sure that everyone was on the same page and understood, and you were willing to take the extra time to do that. That’s a game changer for me.” – Rachel
“Loved the casual atmosphere. Comfy learning area. Great workshop size. It was fantastic. I would take this again and recommend it to fellow photographers.” – Jackie
“I had a wonderful time. There was a real community feel and everyone’s energy was great. I felt like I learnt a lot and now have a solid list of ‘to do’s’ for my business and for future shooting.” – Ashlene
“During the two days you guys have shown us every piece of the puzzle to build a successful business. You guys were open hearted to answer all the questions we had. You show us how important the workflow and website is to the business. After all this is a customer service business and having a high standard like Abby + Dave will have a lasting experience to the customer. Overall my experience was exceptional and very valuable to my photography business and skills. I am so glad to meet you guys and all the photo synthers.” – Michael
“As a wedding photographer you sometimes feel like all you need to do is create great images and voila- your business will be successful. In this workshop I learned that great imagery is only a portion of it. I was blown away by the high standard and amount of work and effort Abby and Dave put into the back end of their business. They provided a behind the scenes look at their whole business- starting with showing us how they handle client enquiries all the way up to how they back up client images for years after their wedding dates.
Their willingness to share their knowledge as well as resources such as pricing tools and specifics on programs they use was awesome and the two of them were also tremendously helpful during the critique portion of the weekend when they gave feedback on each of our websites and made sure to really explain why they suggested different ideas. It was great to have the constructive feedback from photographers as talented and successful as Abby + Dave in such a comfortable setting.
On top of all of the learning I was surrounded by a group of amazing people and now have a new group of friends and resources within this industry I love so much. The whole thing was very inspiring and also very eye opening. When I look back on the weekend I have no doubt that it will be the turning point in what I know my wedding photography business will eventually become! “ – Ross