Are you joining us at the Cultivate Retreat!?
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In just a few short weeks I will have the pleasure of joining an amazing group of talented small business owners and creatives to speak at the Cultivate Retreat in GA!  Last week while we were visiting Graham’s parents in the gorgeous mountains of NC I was able to spend a few hours breathing in the fresh mountain air and finalizing my speaking content for the retreat. I’m more then just a little nervous.  Not because I don’t know what to say, but because I know without a shadow of a doubt that what has been put on my heart to share has the potential to be game changing and it is really the hope of my heart that it will be just that in the lives of even a few of the women who will gather for this awesome retreat.

I can’t tell you how excited I am to sneak away for this experience. In their own words, “Cultivate Retreat is an intimate learning environment for wedding professionals. Set amidst the secluded beaches and towering oaks of Jekyll Island, Georgia, As you learn, you’ll meet dozens of other creatives who share your passion for creating businesses that matter. You’ll indulge in inspirational dining experiences while cultivating new friendships, and there will be plenty of time for relaxing and unwinding as you see fit.” (Yes please!) Is anyone else as in need of this as I am!?

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My assistant Kelly actually had the privilege of attending Cultivate two years ago. In her words, “Cultivate is a retreat for wedding professionals unlike any other. With a limited amount of attendees, the approach is more intimate than most retreats or conferences. This allows for amazing networking with peers in the industry as well as opportunities to discuss your business questions and receive answers from the speakers.

Cultivate offers a wide range of content. All of which is applicable to anyone in the wedding industry and all with the intention of generating growth in your business. The balance of group presentations, Q&A time, and breakout sessions really help attendees hone in on specific needs and interests of their business. Branding, workflow flow, helpful tools, reaching your target audience, and so much more were all covered at last year’s retreat and with a new panel of speakers, even more is in store for this year!

In addition to amazing and applicable content, Cultivate is designed for refreshing. The venue is chosen with relaxation in mind and each meal is beautifully orchestrated for a complete, inspirational experience. If you are looking for something different out of your conference experience this year, if you want to connect with speakers and attendees on a real level and also walk away with concrete ways to improve your business, consider attending the Cultivate Retreat this August!”

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If you are a wedding professional I really do encourage you to check out the other amazing speakers who will be there and consider making last minute plans to join us!  You can find out everything you need to know here!

I hope to see you there!

Shay

July 4th “Stock up” sale!!!!!
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In between hotdogs and watermelon make sure that you stop by the SC Stockshop to “stock up” on those gorgeous new images that you have been eyeing for your site and shop!  Use the code “JULY40″ to get 40% off your entire order all weekend long!  Happy fourth of July friends!

We’re doing it again!!
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If you are at all interested in styling and product photography then this could be the most helpful 2.5 hours of your life!  I havn’t even announced it here on the blog yet and already there are only FOUR seats left! Our first group mentor event got rave reviews and I want you to be a part of the fun this time around!  Rather then tell you all about it here I want you to hop over to the event page and decide whether one of those last four seats needs to be yours!  See you there!

Sometimes less is more.

I’m making some updates to my Lookbook this morning and was checking out how of some of my past clients are still using their images styled and shot for them in the past year.  It always humbles me to see them being used as home page “Hero” images, setting the pace for their brand aesthetic and creating instant connection between their potential client and their shop.  The funnest part of my job is getting to know each individual business in depth long before the shoot day happens.  The banner images that I create have as much to do with their overall brand story as they do the product that they want featured.  It is my job to marry those two important elements into one gorgeous image.

I was spending some time on one of my favorite past client’s website Oatmeal Lace (view the gorgeous images from her shoot here) and was reminded that it is not the amount of props in an image that makes it more valuable or effective. It is whether or not that image accurately represents the brand and captures the clients products in their best light (no pun intended).

Sometimes less is (more) powerful.

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In the Studio: Laura Drayton Creative

Just working on a little something amazing today! I CANNOT wait to share the full set of images that I just created for Laura Drayton Creative! It felt like I was styling for my own brand with her specific brand aesthetic!  My favorite part of this image…(and thats a hard one) has to be the black and white stripped bow tie pasta!!!!  I have sort of been waiting my whole life for the chance to style those in to a shoot. haha  You had me at black and white wedding theme Laura!

Happy Monday friends!

 

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