Photo: Joel Serrato

Jose Villa

These workshops are designed to equip you with the skills and insight that will leave you feeling inspired, passionate, and poised to take your photography to the next level. Through a combination of thoughtfully designed instruction, hands-on shooting, intimate conversations with Jose and his Guest Speakers we will cover topics such as learning how to develop your own personal style while attracting and retaining your ideal client. This isn’t your ordinary classroom experience; Jose will share his successful business formula and approach to booking weddings.

You will be learning from the industry’s greatest talent while implementing your newfound skills during our intensive class sessions and photo shoots. Guest Speakers & Instructors: Shira Savada of Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine, Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty, Rebecca and Catherine of Duet Weddings, Event and Floral designer Nicolette Camille, Filmmaker and Photographer Joel Serrato, Wardrobe and Fashion StylistDaniel of Geraldine Magazine, Hair and Makeup Stylist Mar of Team Hair and Makeup, Food Styling and all table top Diana and Josh Perrin of Casa de Perrin, Paper design and special project designs Amber Moon, Calligraphy Anne Robin, Painter and Inspirational speaker Karina Puente, and Sophia of Richard Photo Lab, Dave Gallagher with Capture Integration with Phase One.


Jose Villa’s Fine Art Wedding Photography has been featured in numerous publications around the World including Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides Magazine, Town & Country Weddings, Instyle Weddings, C Weddings Magazine, Brides Australia, Brides Brazil, Brides China, Vogue China and PDN’s Wedding Issue. The southern California-based Villa was recently named one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world by American Photo. His book, Fine Art Wedding Photography: How to Capture Images with Style for the Modern Bride was published in March 2011.

I am a fine art wedding photographer. My approach applies fine art photography to the living, breathing, fast-moving phenomenon that is a wedding. Yes, I do some documentary photography, you need to capture the important moments at a wedding, but I also compose and direct. For me, it is all about making something beautiful, even if I have to insert myself into the situation. Ultimately, my goal is to craft vibrant, energetic, fine art images that are as unique as the people in the photographs.