This is not really like any other workshop... it is more like a retreat ... a fine art photography retreat in a luxurious 18th century Chateau in Burgundy, France. This is wonderful chance for you to take your business to another level, perfect your personal style, attract your dream client, make new industry friends in a supportive, relaxed atmosphere, and photograph drop-dead gorgeous styled shoots...  all while enjoying amazing food prepared by our acclaimed French chef!

Sylvie and her team of industry gurus will share their successful business formulas, including how to book your ideal clients, and how they design and photograph some of the most beautiful weddings in the world!


Here is our 2018 team! 

April 23-27 | Burgundy, France



Mother of two, French, living in California, named a top photographer by Martha Stewart & Harper's Bazaar, Sylvie Gil has been photographing some of the most stunning weddings in the US and beyond for16+ years. With an average of 25 weddings a year on film, Sylvie has had the honor to see her work featured in most major international wedding publications. 

Sylvie will talk about how she manages a profitable business, a business that keeps growing while doing what she loves! 

We will talk about juggling work and family, marketing, booking without spending a dime in advertising, creating a niche market and pricing your work correctly.

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Planning & Design: Shannon Leahy Event Design & Planning

With offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, Shannon Leahy Rosenbaum of Shannon Leahy Events plans and designs stunning weddings all over the world. Shannon has consistently been named one of the top wedding and event planners in the country.   Shannon has been published in Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides Magazine, The Knot, Modern Luxury Brides, California Wedding Day, Today's Bride as well as numerous blogs including Style Me Pretty, Snippet & Ink and Once Wed.

 A Shannon Leahy wedding is characterized by clean line design, a carefully orchestrated flow and an incredible attention to every detail.  She is renowned for her ability to remain calm in stressful situations and is beloved for her candor and creativity.  Clients who come to Shannon for her keen eye for design, her wealth of wedding knowledge and her easygoing nature often become lifelong friends.

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Business Strategist: Sam Jacobson, Ideation Consulting

When creative business owners run into overwhelming challenges, they get stressed and often avoid asking for help when they need it most. Sam’s passion is working with creative entrepreneurs to solve the biggest problems they face.

After 15 years, Sam has morphed into a Swiss army knife for small businesses. He provides 360-degree business evaluations and step-by-step roadmaps for clients to meet their goals. He’s become a wingman so owners can get back to enjoying what they love most about their work.

Sam speaks across the country on pricing, tactical marketing, and how to win more business with sophisticated sales techniques.



Production Manager: NKT Events

Based in Lyon, France, NKT Events is a boutique luxury event company that designs, plans, and produces weddings and social events in France, Italy & worldwide for an international clientele.

Specializing in the Burgundy region of France and with over 10 years of international experience in the luxury and events industry, NKT Events provides a cultural combination of American ingenuity with a French “joie de vivre”.

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Floral Design: Moon Canyon Design

Moon Canyon's primary focus is working collaboratively with clients, crafting floral works that enhance and elevate spaces, and express a wide variety of emotions. Guided by creative director Kristen Caissie, Moon Canyon oversees everything from initial concept to selection of flowers, the final details of arrangements, design, and delivery. Their goal is always to listen closely and from there - explore, imagine, and manifest. 

For Moon Canyon, working with flowers is much more than merely creating a stunning centerpiece or dreaming up a delicate bouquet. Instead, they tell stories with their work - creating moods and crafting tales, celebrating beauty, and embracing the senses.

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Paper Goods: Aerialist Press

Alexandra is the couture design lead and the creative force behind Aerialist Press' house design collection. She is a card-carrying etiquette master and loves working with custom design clients and wedding planners to create the perfect invitation suite for each and every couple. She also loves sourcing stunning new papers and keeping coffee flowing in the studio.

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Makeup & Hair: Ava Belle

Ava Belle is the leading hair and makeup artist in high demand for luxury and destination weddings. Booked years in advance and renowned as the right-hand-woman for stylish brides, Ava Belle’s signature beauty philosophy and calming presence are integral elements of a perfect wedding day.

Today Ava Belle is recognized as a bold creative force in the world of weddings. She is the go-to makeup artist for many of the world’s leading wedding photographers and luxury planners. Her passport is filled with stamps from stunning destination weddings and her Instagram feed is an homage to the beautiful brides she has worked with. Ava’s brides have featured in publications including Vogue, Elle, Luxury Wedding, The Lane, Style Me Pretty, Cosmopolitan Bride and many more.

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Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab

Albany Katz from Richard Photo Lab will be speaking about your relationship with your lab and how to get your dream scans! Albany is the sweetest most knowledgeable person at RPL.. we love her! 

Richard Photo Lab is a quality-obsessed company, more interested in doing things the right way than chasing high volume or fat margins. Their passion feeds their work, and their work feeds their passion. They take a great degree of care with their image processing, scanning, and handling - sweating the details of each and every frame to exceed expectations.



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Media: Style Me Pretty

With more than 2 million monthly followers Style Me pretty is where you want your wedding to be featured! 

This class will be about just that: how to create the type of images that will end up on the front page of Style Me Pretty!