AKP Rustic Retreat

“Her prosperity does not make me inferior, and I choose to cheer her on because community rises above competition.” Natalie Franke

My eyes are welling up just reading that quote and thinking back over the past weekend.  I was fortunate enough to attend the AKP Rustic Retreat held by Ashton Kelley of Ashton Kelley Photography.  I got to spend 3 glorious days in Canaan Valley Resort State Park under one roof with 19 other talented, funny, and utterly inspiring people.  It was a perfect weekend.  I feel so lucky to be part of this "community", to have a couple dozen other peers and mentors cheering me on and pushing me.  This workshop really helped me fine tune my brand, and I feel very confident in the direction that I want to take Laurel Hill Photography in the next few months.  Big things are going to happen!  

We started the weekend on Friday evening discussing Flat Styling, which I have done with wedding details, but not with goodies from a swag bag.  And can I just say, we got one heck of of swag bag.  So many amazing vendors contributed products and time to this event and absolutely made it an over the top event.  Saturday was spent discussing branding and marketing followed by a styled wedding shoot!  Our models were gorgeous, the weather was stunning, the flowers were beautiful!!  It was a perfect day!!  On Sunday we had more lessons and guest speaker, Callie Lindsey of Callie Lindsey Photography!!  We ended the day with another styled shoot, lots of hugging, and many tears.  I won't even try to lie about sobbing as I drove away.  

Ashton, you will never know how much you mean to me and my business and I cannot thank you enough for investing your time to encourage this little community you have helped build around us.  It is utterly awe-inspiring.  I can't wait to see what you do next!!!  

Swag Bag Vendors pictured above included:

Love Sparkle Pretty(Floral headband)     Verde Studio(Vintage Stamps)     Kate Spade NY(Earrings)     Baked by Cari(Macaroons)     Midge Blitz(Mirror)         Dream State Shop(Bag)     Discount Mugs(Tumbler)     Lara Casey Shop(Take the Leap Poem) 

Styled shoot vendors included:

So Lovely Weds(Flowers and Styling)     Ava Laurenne Bride(Wedding Dress)     Baltamour Artistry(Hair and Makeup)     Sorby Sweet(Wedding Cake)     Stash Rentals(Rentals)       EAlex Designs(Stationary) 

Styled shoot models:

Eric and Brittany Kinder