The attendees for the Orange County MJ2DAY were such a fun group! They came from all over the country to learn, and I effectively poured the entire contents of my brain on them. It was a lot, but I so enjoyed getting to know each and every one of them in the process!

Of the group of 11 attendees, eight were from California, one from Arizona, one from Utah, one from North Carolina and one from Texas. Starting at the top row L to R: Mimi Chen, Becky Leonard, Myrian Peery, Jeremy Chou, Maria Schwaller, Sara Nevels (my fabulous assistant), MaDonna Williams, Leslie Harris, Carri Roman, Karey Michelle (our amazing host), Nancy Overton, and Michelle Neese.

The workshop took place at Karey's home in beautiful San Clemente, California:
Of course, the best homemade chocolate chip cookies EVER and fun goodie-bags were present:
During day one of the workshop, I covered all sorts of photography-related topics including shooting techniques, looking for good light, finding locations, interacting with clients, posing, and off-camera flash. These next few photos were shot by Sara. Here I am talking about my set-up for off-camera flash during receptions:
On day two we talk about all things business: the state of the market, workflow, album design & sales, blogging & social media, website & branding, pricing, vendor relations & networking, and initial client meetings. I was also able to do 15-minute individual consultations with each attendee to answer any remaining questions they had. I love that time -- it really gave me a chance to connect with each one individually.

I loved this workshop so much -- every attendee was so special. I especially enjoyed spending some time with Karey in her home and with my friend Michelle -- who I've known since 4th grade -- who flew in from North Carolina (thanks to Jeremy for the photo of me and Michelle):
Stay tuned! Monday I will be sharing more photos from the workshop and from our mock engagement shoot in nearby San Juan Capistrano!

Photographers -- we just opened registration for the next workshop in Phoenix in February! Click here for all the details and to register!
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