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!


April 15-19 2019 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: Greenwood Events

Greenwood Events, established in 2003, is a full service wedding planning, production, and design company. Specializing in weddings all over the Rocky Mountain region and now spreading our wings worldwide, Greenwood Events loves the challenge of new locations and venues and we feel it deeply inspires us and elevates our work each time.

Darci, the creative force behind Greenwood Events initially made her way into the wedding world through her boutique-style flower shop. After more than a decade focusing on floral and event design, Darci found herself drawn to full event production and planning. With a background in management of private clubs and hospitality, Darci’s experience working for luxury hotels provides her the knowledge and expertise that creates a strong foundation of success for her clients.
Darci draws her inspiration from her love of interiors, architecture, and nature.

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Floral Design: Darci & Arden Greenwood

Arden has been with Greenwood Events since 2012. Being Darci’s step-daughter, she has grown up in the wedding world, seeing the ins and outs of the business from a young age. She has a vast understanding of all event possibilities, and realizes there is nothing more satisfying than a perfectly executed and beautifully designed wedding. Her strong work ethic and enthusiasm for all things beautiful lend to her keen eye for details and honest interpretations of their client’s vision. Arden’s deep passion and knowledge in food, makes her a key player when planning menu logistics for clients.

When Arden isn’t right alongside Darci, you can find her on a ski hill throughout the West, mastering her baking skills, gardening, or planning her next world adventure.

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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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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.




Paper Goods: Aerialist Press

Alexandra is the couture design lead and the creative force behind Aerialist Press' house design collection. We loved the outstanding work she did for our 2018 edition!

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.