mexico photography workshop 1 details

Dates: November 2-7, 2014
Investment: $5900

Hacienda stay: $160 a night shared room per person, or $210 for your own room *slightly subject to change due to currency exchange rate*

Investment includes:

  • meet and greet dinner filled with lots of  fun surprises
  • breakfast, lunch and dinner all 4 days of the photography workshop
  • make-up artist and stylist on all photo shoots
  • all ground transportation
  • 4 jammed packed days of shooting. class time and 1 on 1 sessions



  • Introduction, Jose, Laurie, Sarah, Shira, Abby, Mar, Summer, Joel. Karina, Brian of Richard Photo Lab
  • Marketing, shooting is easy, bringing clients to your table is the hard part, Jose will share with you how he's been able to attract the right clients that make him happy
  • Advertising, why not to spend 1 dime on it
  • Abby will present on what type of weddings and photos she looks for to promote YOU!
  • Branding, your image (s) is everything
  • "Being" with Karina, get to know your inner self
  • Pricing your work correctly
  • Engagement styled photo shoot in the streets of Mexico


  • Vendor relationships, how important that is to your success, let the vendors talk for you
  • Shira Savada, editor at Martha Stewart Weddings will share how important it is to work side by side with us photographers to submit real weddings for possible publication
  • Joel Serrato will present on creating a niche based business in a matter of 2 years.
  • Styling your photo shoots and make them your own
  • You are the "Art Director" have full control of the day
  • Attracting the right client for you
  • Brian of Richard Photo Lab to present on "mistakes photographers make way too often"
  • "Being" with Karina, breath and be you
  • Wedding shoot in the out skirts of Mexico


  • Critique of the engagement images to the class, how to improve images
  • Lighting, gear, and Composition
  • Mar to present on working with a the right hair and makeup artists
  • Album design and sales
  • Destination Weddings, how to book them
  • Pre and Post production
  • What Keeps you inspired?
  • Maintaining a life long relationship with your clients, baby sessions, family, and kid sessions


  • Magazine Submissions, where to submit and what the editors look for
  • Photoshoot in the out skirts of the town, buddy up and be inspired
  • Meet in the center of the 300 year old town of Tequila for creative shooting
  • Critique of Wedding images
  • Farewell Dinner


  • Goodbyes and departure.


  • how to book Destination Weddings
  • keeping it simple with composition
  • finding a style that works for you
  • creating a niche market
  • developing relationships with vendors so they do the talking for you
  • one on one portfolio review
  • using natural light to create fine art images
  • Its all about art.. lets talk about it!
  • how to get the word out, marketing, advertising
  • now that you have the art, now sell it!
  • the easy way to anti-pose a couple
  • magazine submissions, what the editors love to see
  • client meeting
  • digital workflow
  • how to anti-pose a couple, the natural way


  • Fuji Film: all film 35mm and 120mm Fuji films will be provided
  • Richard Photo Lab:
    50% off all processing and printing off photography workshop images, or first order
  • Cypress Albums
  • Finch Designs
  • Kraft and Jute
  • Style Me Pretty

Special Guests

Laurie Arons -  As a wedding and special event planner, Laurie has created over 600 exclusive events ranging from opulent society soirees to small yet glamorous weddings. Laurie is known for her passion for perfection, ensuring each event is spectacular and unique from the first impression down to the smallest detail. Since founding Laurie Arons Special Events in 1994, Laurie has been featured in numerous magazine publications including W, Vogue, Martha Stewart Weddings, C Weddings, People, Glamour, Town & Country Weddings, and InStyle Weddings. portfolio
Sarah Winward is a floral designer who travels all over creating flowers for weddings. Exploring new environments & incorporating them into her work makes her world wild, and romantic-truly a collaboration between her and her surroundings. Sarah is based in Salt Lake City, Utah where she lives at the base of the mountains with her family. portfolio
Shira Savada is the real weddings editor at Martha Stewart Weddings, and has been working with real brides and industry vendors for more than five years. In addition to covering weddings for the magazine, website, and blog, and tweeting on @MarthaWeddings, Shira stays busy being a bridesmaid and helping her friends plan their big days. Her love of all things bridal began at the age of seven, when she dressed up as a bride for Halloween. portfolio
Abby LarsonAbby Larson is the founder and editor of Style Me Pretty, a blog for the style obsessed bride. Launched in 2007, her site receives nearly 16 million pageviews per month, 1.4 million unique, and has become a true mainstay in both the weddings and publishing industries. portfolio
In 1999, a major turning point occurred when Mar Romero was asked to do makeup for several Oscar nominees at the Academy awards. The word spread like wildfire, as these high-profile celebrities recommended our company to their friends and relatives for special events and weddings. Our work began to focus more towards the wedding industry. portfolio
Summer Watkins is the editor behind Grey Likes Weddings, a wedding blog ideal for fashion-inspired brides! With a passion for trendsetting, Summer has partnered with numerous brands, such as Kate Spade and ABC as well as some of the most prolific photographers in the industry to style projects consistently recognized for their originality and high aesthetic standards. In light of her expertise and reputation, Summer has been selected as a speaker on the topic of trends, branding, publishing, and styling for numerous photography workshops, conferences, and events. portfolio
Joel SerratoJoel Serrato - Using Super 8 film and vintage cameras, Joel Serrato documents the unique emotions of a wedding day. He will share how his 100% film based business has created a unique nitche in the cinematography market. portfolio
karina puenteKarina Puente considers herself a visionary with inspiration to share, always recreating herself and style. "It's easy to compartmentalize artists, so I'm trying to push beyond borders."portfolio
BrianBrian Greenberg  started his career in the photo industry over 20 years ago. Beginning with a photo class with his college roommate, Brian's photo career has spanned from photo assisting, processing, customer service and even scanning. Now as a photo lab owner, Brian's history in the industry has made him an expert on all things photo and business related. He will share the top mistakes photographers are making every day and how to overcome everyday business challenges. portfolio