Chenin Boutwell + Wedding Chicks, The Style Lab, San Juan Capistrano

May 15, 2010

I did it. I decided to fork out a pretty penny to spend the day learning from one of the best in the industry. Chenin Boutwell and The Wedding Chicks got together and put on an intimate workshop with around 15 other photographers. The night before the workshop they rented out a small Mexican restaurant in San Juan Capistrano and had everyone meet there for a little pre-mixer. I thought I was really going for it and stepping out, making sacrifices….then I met the other photographers. The conversations went something like this:

Me: “Hi! I am Sarah, nice to meet you! Where are you from?”  Photographer A: “Oh its good to meet you! I just flew in from Canada to be here”.

Me: “Hi! I am Sarah, nice to meet you! Where are you from?” Photographer B: ” Good to meet you also! I am from Wisconsin”.

Me: “Hi! I am Sarah, nice to meet you! Where are you from?” Photographer C: ” You too Sarah! I am from Arkansas”.

You get the idea, right?I drove 45 minutes, they flew 4-5 hours. I left that evening feeling blessed to be so close to soooo much talent and just a tiny bit spoiled. The workshop the following day was awesome. I felt like a sponge that someone was dumping buckets and buckets of water onto. I sat in the 2nd to front row and apparently made weird faces when I was confused. Amy Squires, one of the co-owners of the Wedding Chicks, called me out on this on multiple occasions. It was a day well spent. I learned about branding, how to get published, the client experience and it ended with a mock wedding shoot lead by Mrs. Chenin–who is by the way, amazing.

Below are some of my shots from this shoot.

A many, many thanks to all the vendors that made Style Lab possible……

Founders Of Style Lab

Boutwell Studios:;The Wedding Chicks:

Vendors Involved With Style Lab; Venue: Bella Collina Golf:

Styled By: Amanda Auer of IN THE NOW;Stationary: Paper + Thread:

Floral Design: The Vine’s Leaf:; Rentals: Classic Party Rentals:

Rentals: FOUND Vintage Rentals:; Dress Designer: Jenny Yoo:

Makeup & Hair: Nyrie Aitken:; Deserts & Goodies: Erica O’Brien Cake Design:

Film/Cinema: Crafthouse Productions:

Coffee Bar: Annabelle’s Coffee:

Linens: La Tavola Linens:

Jewelry: Little Angels’ Jewelry:





















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