"Trip of a lifetime- her team was real, authentic, transparent, and most of all available. There were so many options for styling and shooting each day, and she gave us the freedom to explore our own creativity with a plethora of styling tools to achieve our own style, not just shooting something set in stone if that makes sense.
Since the workshop (about 6 months), I have doubled my pricing (not just changing my pricing, but BOOKING 2/3 of next years weddings at the new pricing), and I am being featured 5x + the amount I was before - unbelievable, right. Sylvie Gil's team is the best, hands down."
Just two more weddings this year and i'm officially retiring at 24 . . jk
Reflecting on this beautiful year and feeling incredibly grateful for how much my business has grown! Part of this rapid growth began when I took a leap of faith and attended the Sylvie Gil workshop in Burgundy, France.
In short: my message to anyone who has always dreamt of making this industry your full time career but sometimes feeling like you're stuck or constantly doubting yourself. . .
There is no reason not to follow your heart. Sylvie Gil Workshop and Paris is always a good idea!
Your workshop was, absolutely the most rewarding creative experience of my life. It's no exaggeration to say it was life changing for me. You are amazing and put together an a tremendous event for us. I'll remember it forever. I'm tearing up again thinking about it.
Wow! Just booked three more weddings for 2016 today. Feeling so happy and overwhelmed with joy. Attending the Sylvie Gil Workshops in France has been a complete game changer for me. This whole experience was so deep to me not just as an artist but learning to find my own voice. The workshop really pushed and motivated me to start taking my business to the next level.
Sylvie, I just wanted to take a moment and let you know how truly grateful I am to have met you and been able to learn from you this year. You have changed the course of my life and opened my eyes to things I never could dream. Things will never be the same for me ―in the most wonderful of ways. Your workshop is something I will always remember and cherish and I have loved getting to know you and continue to learn from you since then.
You are an amazingly kind, generous and talented lady and I am so grateful to know you.
The creative team was beyond anything that I would have expected....not only did they source gorgeous pieces and details and create stunning vignettes, but they also took the time to meet with each of us and share their wisdom....and then of course we got to hang out with them each night and just have fun! I can't wait to hear the details for the next workshop!
I loved getting to be around creatives again. I hate how isolating this job can be, when you work out of your home and by yourself. I LOVED getting to know EVERY SINGLE person at this workshop. It was such a blessing. My life is so much richer because I the genuine relationships I now have from our time together. Thank you for being classic and true, and for being REAL!
You're such an inspiration. I not only admire your work but your fierce personality as well. It was the best shooting workshop I have ever been to — the pairs and stations worked amazing. I wouldn’t trade my experience at this workshop for anything. Truly once in a lifetime (well, I can only dream of returning next year) experience.
The vulnerability, honesty, and encouragement from the team and the attendees was the best part of the workshop. It was a true authentic community, and I am so happy to be apart of it! The chateau was fantastic, the florals were amazing, the styling was fresh and innovative, and the teaching was practical and easy to apply to my current workflow. I would recommend the workshop to anyone considering it!
The workshop was beyond anything I could have ever imagined or hoped it would be. It far surpassed any expectations that I had. I benefitted from the extensive networking opportunities as well as the breadth of knowledge provided by all of the vendors attending the workshop. I have attended workshops in the past but never had so much available to us, especially with such a willingness to uplift us through the process.
The styled shoots were AMAZING! I could not be more thankful for the opportunity to work with such amazing stylists and other photographers during the experience. I loved how we had stations and were in smaller groups, rather than the usual 20 photographers all shooting the same thing at different angles. This part was by far one of the highlights for me.
My favorite class was with you Sylvie on how you go about your interview with the couple and booking them.
I learned from all your classes. I appreciated the knowledge that I gained and I loved that we had a well-rounded curriculum. I loved the relationships and opportunity to work with such talented professionals.
This workshop was so much more than I anticipated. I've done a few workshops and none compare. The chateau was just insanely gorgeous....the food was delicious.....my wine glass was never empty. And then the actual shoots were just stunning....the models were beautiful and so nice. And then the creative team....wow. They were all so great...They were all amazingly talented but the plus side was just how incredibly personable, kind, and fun they were...Those are people that I could be friends with...not just work associates.
I was really looking for the opportunity to really shoot with film. It was an area that I wasn't comfortable with and I this gave me the opportunity to practice this new medium. I was nervous while I waited on my scans...nervous that I completely messed up my exposures or focus. I was very excited once I got them back to see how lovely everything turned out.....so for me the biggest benefit was simply gaining confidence with film and trusting that I know what I'm doing.
Normally with workshops I would complain that there are too many attendees.....groups are to large... or that I didn't have enough time with one particular setup. But the reality is that I think everything ran really smoothly. I felt like I had plenty of time with each setup.
The creative team was beyond anything that I would have expected....not only did they source gorgeous pieces and details and create stunning vignettes, but they also took the time to meet with each of us and share their wisdom....and then of course we got to hang out with them each night and just have fun! And then of course the attendees themselves...I loved all of these people and I'm hoping that each and everyone come back for next year's workshop! And then there were the shoots.....Walking into that church literally took my breath away. Seriously, amazing!! Everything from the table cloths, to the invites, to the florals, to the dresses was beyond gorgeous. I've never had the opportunity to shoot details of this quality.
Thank you again for everything! I can't wait to hear the details for the next workshop!
I have no words to thank you enough for all you've done! Thank you for all of your suggestions and help!! You are very encouraging! I will work on my website and incorporate all of your suggestions!
- Thank you!!!!
Sylvie!I had the most amazing and unforgettable time at your workshop. It seriously was life changing for me. Thank you for being so generous and sharing your tips and suggestions. You are an amazing person and a talented photographer and role model. I am so privileged that I met you and I will always cherish those memories of the workshop in my heart.
Sylvie, I just wanted to thank you properly for putting together such an inspiring workshop with such an amazing team! I miss it so much already! Thank you for your honesty and openness to teach us. I felt so spoiled with the whole experience, the beauty of the Chateau, the kindness and talent of the vendors, and of course the delicious food!
I hope we all cross paths some way somehow again in the future!
For four unbelievable days we were completely immersed in the French culture; from where we stayed in the historic Chateau de Varennes to utterly indulgent French food, from lovely French models to out of this world florals. That was just the surface of the experience. It was an intimate workshop which allowed us to really explore our craft as photographers and bond with each other. The days were long but so inspiring and informative that we didn’t want them to end. BROOKE KEEGAN, the stylist extraordinaire, took the color blush as the connective element throughout the workshop for all the different shoots. There was so much attention to detail that we couldn’t put our cameras down and at the same time we would just stand there in awe of all the history and beauty presented to us. The Chateau de Varennes has been passed down through 14 generations and many of the family heirlooms that are normally kept in a vault was so graciously shared with us for the shoots, making them so much more meaningful. Each one of the vendors, Holly and Rebecca, the funny and super talented duo behind HOLLY FLORA, Bianca from LITTLE MISS PRESS with her delicate calligraphy and stationery, and Rose who changed our world with her wealth of knowledge in SEO and social media, they really went above and beyond, we really couldn’t have asked for a more lovely group of people to have spent such a life changing experience with.“
Sylvie, happy Birthday! I have no words to thank you for all that you've done. Thank you for putting such an amazing workshop together. It was an incredible experience, everything was beyond perfect! I am very thankful that I had a chance to learn from you; thank you very much for EVERYTHING. You are a role model for me! Wishing you lots of blessings on your birthday! Warmly
It was an amazing experience. Everything was perfect and better than I imagined. The information I learned and feedback that I got is exactly what I needed for my photography. Sylvie was very generous in sharing her photography tips and was always glad to answer any questions and give feedback. The accommodations were amazing. The French food was incredible. The vendors were THE BEST!
I was very pleased with every aspects of the workshop! I came away feeling very comfortable using my new contax camera (which I had never used) and with a better understanding of how to style different shots.
I loved the opportunity to meet all the leaders! Each one was very down to earth and I felt, made everyone feel comfortable and like they fit in to the group. I love seeing that! I've been to workshops in the past where the photographer (leader) has been very cliquey with the attendees. I hate seeing that. So it was super refreshing to see the leaders take time to talk with every attendee!
I loved meeting new amazing and talented people - workshop teachers/organizers as well as attendees. I believe these new friendships and relationships will be a priceless asset in the future - both on a personal and business level.
There are so many additional ways I benefited (and will continue to benefit) from this workshop - as for example getting an insight from Brooke on the high end planner and styling end, learning more about SEO and social media but also learning from each other - seeing how fellow photographers approach certain situations and challenges or how they create their art. It is so inspiring being in a setting like this, where everyone brings a lot of positive energy and eagerness to learn and help. It is hard to sum this up into a few words - but I feel the experience as a whole really helped me grow.
The images I will get to use for my portfolio are priceless!!! I am so excited to start using film in my everyday weddings!! I loved that it was intimate and over a few days in France. The Chateau and the history with the lovely family was a great bonus too. I'm glad it wasn't a big group of people and we had time to learn, ask questions, get to know each other and try different things. I would do it again! #bananas :)
Your workshop has exceeded my expectations as i already told you but i’m telling you again as i like to repeat myself. I learnt a LOT from you and the attendees. It was a great opportunity to make some « Share and Reapply » and to have all the keys to be more efficient in my new business with a clear vision and defined strategy. What I loved most: - Your energy, your passion, your great experience and your beautiful smile ! I love smiles ! - My first step using Film with you (even if i have so much to learn !!!) - The great professionalism and the team spirit of your enthusiastic talented vendors (Brooke, Holly & Becky, Rose, Bianca and Marina, the Dream Team !) - The super gorgeous styled shoots with a lot of details- Really yummy meals cooked by a great chef ! Quality and quantity have been simply perfect. - Gorgeous castle/venue. Great idea to introduce the location by the owner of the venue (Aymeric) and then to have met Sonia who is very kind and friendly - The Welcome Gift and the personal Daily Gift each evening ! Very appreciated ! - Your transparency on your work (e.g : share your personal gear), even if you still have some little secrets ! - To have a new family and new friends who understand your passion ! :) - And last but not least : the macarooooooooons !
The workshop went beyond my expectations, I loved that you organized things to be spread out over the days so nothing felt rushed. I also loved the "retreat" feel to the workshop, it was lovely having everything under the same roof and being secluded with no distractions, and everyone was so warm and friendly it really made the experience worthwhile. All the extra added touches were amazing as well like the beautifully decorated dinners, the little gifts and surprises...Great job ladies!!
Sylvie's workshop in France was amazing! The location, food, styling and camaraderie could not be any better. It was a wonderful time learning with like minded film people in a gorgeous environment. Sylvie and her team were amazing and so open and honest! I highly recommend this workshop. It's a chance to not only learn and shoot, but create life long friendships as well.
The workshop lived up to my expectations, and more. I went into the workshop with a desire to learn from a woman photographer, a mother, an open book into the business, someone willing to share and give openly to me without judgement. What I got was you, just as I needed, but also a genuine journey into the culture of France. I did not expect you to pour so much of your love of France into the workshop. That was a bonus! I felt gifted and loved and truly immersed into the treasures France could give. Thank you for that.
As an instructor you were/are so open and honest and unafraid. Thank you for that too. You didn't hold back, saving the best parts for yourself. I adore you for what you shared.
I am so lucky, and honored to know you now. I count you as a friend, Sylvie. And, I would go to another workshop… not only as someone ready to learn… but also as someone needing to see her friend again. :)
Everything is going so well for me right now. How is your wedding season coming along? By the way, I have great news! I submitted a session I recently did in NYC to Style Me Pretty, and it got accepted into the Tri-State Area Blog! My first time ever, who would’ve thought lol! I kept remembering everything we learned at the workshop as well as practicing more and more and I finally got the courage to submit it. I am so excited! Just thought I'd share it with you. Hope all is well hope to hear from you soon.
- Shadi B.
This workshop was wonderful! Such a great opportunity to learn from amazing talented people and so much beauty to photograph! Thank you Sylvie, Jill and Max for an amazing week! xo
I was so blessed during my time at the workshop. Being together with so many creative individuals was food for the soul. Seriously, I had a wonderful time, and I know everyone else did too! We all bonded so much!
As a beginner film photographer I wanted to really know how to integrate film back into weddings. And most important how to improve my brand and to get more solid knowledge on marketing. I think this topics were very well explained. The styled shoots were amazing, Jill and Max did a wonderful job! I was able to improve my own portfolio at the different styled shoots you provided. All the vendors were very well selected. Branding was a good theme that i benefit and take important lessons. listening to SMP lady was also positive, because we learn how to be better about submissions.
It was a wonderful workshop and it was great meeting such talented people!
Love from Portugal!!!