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{Enjoy} Wedding Workshop

I can’t believe that I’m only now getting around to blogging about this, because taking Erin Johnson’s {Enjoy} Workshop this past fall was a HUGE deal to me.  Around this time last year, I was mulling over which direction I wanted to take my business, and had been leaning strongly towards transitioning into wedding photography. I knew that I had a passion for bringing out peoples’ personalities in portraiture, and wanted to apply that to telling the story of couples’ wedding days – when emotion runs high, love flows freely, and the excitement is practically a physical entity.

What I hadn’t quite worked out yet was the logistics.  I knew that shooting weddings was a world apart from shooting portraits, but in what ways, exactly?  How should I market myself?  What kind of pricing structure should I use? And honestly, the biggest question of all was lurking under the surface – was I really ready for this?

When I came across Erin’s {Enjoy} workshop (which you can read about here:, I felt a little jolt in my gut – the kind you get when you’ve found something you didn’t know you were looking for.

The 12-hour workshop was jam-packed with informative topics, including branding, pricing, products, client interactions, and more.  Erin was extremely open with sharing her own business plan and practices; it was unbelievably helpful to see an example of how one’s books might look.  I met some very talented photographers, including Dani Stephenson and Krystal Muellenberg, and as a group, we took an in-depth look at each of our websites for constructive criticism. The intangible take-away – and perhaps the most valuable to me – was the bolstered confidence I felt after leaving the workshop. I left feeling completely inspired and eager to get started on my new path!

Part of the workshop was a photoshoot with real-life couple Jeni & James, who were so much fun to work with. Jeni, you’re freaking adorable. Also, can I have your skin care regime?

Thanks to Jeni and James for being such great models, to Erin for the wonderful workshop, and to the awesome group of photographers present that day!




June 24, 2011 - 11:10 am

Joe Smith - Great photographers are great editors. There are a lot of photos here that don’t belong, either the subject isn’t clear, the light is to harsh, colors are off, and there seems to be a soft focus on a lot of the pictures. Also the composition, the cropping of the shots are lacking balance. This is not to say that there aren’t any great shots. Your work has really great potential. I think that you could be better if you learned to be a better editor when it comes to light harshness, blown out pictures, soft focus, and other things. Just trying to help.

June 25, 2011 - 9:22 am

Salwa Bullard - Dear Joe Smith,
Thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog. As you might imagine, I disagree with your assessment of my work. That said, I recognize that art is subjective, and that not everyone will like my photography. It is my hope that the clients who hire me not only like, but love, my images – my editing style, composition, and the way I draw out their personalities.
Kind Regards,
PS – A quick note on the colors – I calibrate my monitor regularly so that the colors I see are the colors that appear when I print through my professional labs. If the colors look a little off on your computer, I assure you, it’s your monitor – they would not look that way when printed through my labs :)

June 29, 2011 - 10:14 pm

Heidi M. - These are fantastic, Salwa! Love the bright colors and the clarity of the subjects. Beautiful!

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