A few months ago, my friend Betsy called me, and uttered those dangerous, magical words: “I have an idea.”
My ears perked up, my pulse quickened, and there was a little catch in my breath. Those four amazing words are inspiring. What comes behind them is creativity at it’s most brilliant. What comes behind those words is vulnerable and brave. What comes after those words is life-giving, if you choose to capture the vision and share it with others. The people that have the courage to utter those words are my people.
So Betsy had my full attention. She began to cast a vision for a intimate, luxury retreat for wedding photographers. A workshop that wasn’t all work. An event that rejuvenated, re-energized, and touched the heart of wedding photographers. As a wedding photographer herself, Betsy knew what the struggles they were facing–a changing industry, increasing competition in the already competitive wedding industry, on top of the daily struggles of working with brides while trying to improve your skill and craft–and she created Bliss & Bokeh as a solution to the fatigue that we all face when we follow our passions. (It happens, trust me–if you’re just starting your business, start keeping a handy list of re-energizing sources. Passions maximized can lead to burn-out.)
I’m nothing but delighted to be joining Betsy this coming October 6-9. I’ve been working with Betsy along the way, sharing tips and insights that have worked for us in hosting Stationery Academy in the past. Betsy’s attention to detail has been unsurpassed. Through logo development, website launch, to hotel coordination, and event planning, Betsy has made sure every element is perfect, timely, and refreshing. This event is going to be a breath of fresh air for your soul, and I can say that with confidence, because that’s what Betsy has been for me. She’s put together an amazing group of speakers with superb experience in the wedding industry. KT Merry, Tara Guerard, Joy Thigpen, Becky Hoppman, Leigh Webber, Angelica Maraccio, and Emily Newman will all be joining Betsy in encouraging the hearts of photographers this fall. In Betsy’s words:
Bliss & Bokeh is an intimate luxury retreat for female wedding photographers in beautiful historic Charleston, South Carolina. The team behind Bliss & Bokeh shares a desire to bring together women who are passionate about wedding photography and the art of capturing bliss. Through an amazing team of talented speakers, beautifully styled shoots, and incredible local partnerships, women will have an opportunity to grow as creative entrepreneurs, while indulging in the luxury and charm of a city named two years in a row by Conde Nast readers as the number one destination in the US.
If you’re a wedding photographer, I encourage you to check out the Bliss & Bokeh site, sign up for more information, and consider joining us in Charleston this fall. It’s going to be an amazing experience!