About

Born from the belief of combining creativity and individual gifts, building community, and creating kick-ass art to thrive.

The Collaborative Gathering is a 2 day workshop for photographers and designers/stylists to grow their creativity, skillsets and individual strengths, dive deep into content creation/production, learn the art of collaboration & building meaningful relationships that will strengthen your work & network.

You will learn how to :
*Stand out in a saturated market
*Discover your own voice, style and brand
*Refine your eye
*Utilize marketing strategies/tools.
*Understand the depth of storytelling and environments
*Stay inspired & avoid burnout
*Produce & style a fashion editorial 
*Design & document bride & groom's wedding details & connection

All while connecting and networking with a group of fellow Photographers, Designers and Stylists to broaden your scope of work and outreach.


The Collaborative Gathering 

Heather is a destination film photographer, a storyteller, a creator and a connector. She is passionate to the core and wanderlust at heart, seeking adventure & genuine connections. 

Her work is recognized all around the world and her personality is the catalyst for creating raw connections and authentic storytelling.

Heather will tell her story and share her secrets for running a successful photography business, failures and overcoming obstacles, her process for creating art, photo & film techniques, composition & lighting, storytelling, attracting your dream clients, pricing, client experience, marketing, publications and networking. 
Heather is an open book and no topic is off  the table.

"We will grow together and push each other towards achieving success!"

Heather payne

HOSTS

Photographer

Lacy is a stylist, designer and planner specializing in lifestyle and destination wedding event design. She is inspired by nature, architecture and the simple organic beauty that surrounds us.

Her designs are purposeful, authentic and filled with intention as she gives meaning to her client's stories and visions.

Lacy will be sharing her journey in her business and how she got started to where she is now. She will be talking about how to run a design & planning business in a saturated market, her process for creating meaningful and thoughtful designs that represent the client, styling techniques and composition, collaboration with the photographer and other creatives on board, networking, publications and attracting your ideal client.

 



Lacy Geary

stylist, designer, planner

LOCATION

The Collaborative Gathering will take place in the Historic 701 Whaley building in Columbia, South Carolina. 
It's expansive windows allow for amazing light filled spaces in contrast with texture and an amazing industrial modern feel. The minimal architectural design will provide each attendee to see what you can create in a blank space. 


701 Whaley

SCHEDULE

workshop

SUNDAY, MAY 6

           

MONDAY, MAY 7










TUESDAY, MAY 8

SUNDAY, MAY 6

           

MONDAY, MAY 7










TUESDAY, MAY 8


-  Welcome Cocktails & Small Appetizers




-  Morning Coffee & Mingling
-  Introductions and Ice Breakers
-  Hosts/Group Session
-  Breakout Sessions for Photographer and Designers
-  Marketing Chat via Skype with WEDDING SPARROW
-  Lunch
-  Breakout Sessions
-  PHOTOSHOOT - Fashion Editorial
-  Dinner




-  Class Sessions
-  Breakout Sessions
-  Lunch
-  PHOTOSHOOT - Wedding Shoot | location 1 
-  PHOTOSHOOT - Wedding Shoot | location 2
-  Group Dinner at 701 Whaley


-  Welcome Cocktails & Small Appetizers



-  Morning Coffee & Mingling
-  Introductions and Ice Breakers
-  Hosts/Group Session
-  Breakout Sessions for Photographer and Designers
-  Marketing Chat via Skype with WEDDING SPARROW
-  Lunch
-  Breakout Sessions
-  PHOTOSHOOT - Fashion Editorial
-  Dinner


-  Class Sessions
-  Breakout Sessions
-  Lunch
-  PHOTOSHOOT - Wedding Shoot | location 1 
-  PHOTOSHOOT - Wedding Shoot | location 2
-  Group Dinner at 701 Whaley


-  Welcome Cocktails & Small Appetizers



-  Morning Coffee & Mingling
-  Introductions and Ice Breakers
-  Hosts/Group Session
-  Breakout Sessions for Photographer and Designers
-  Marketing Chat via Skype with WEDDING SPARROW
-  Lunch
-  Breakout Sessions
-  PHOTOSHOOT - Fashion Editorial
-  Dinner


-  Class Sessions
-  Breakout Sessions
-  Lunch
-  PHOTOSHOOT - Wedding Shoot | location 1 
-  PHOTOSHOOT - Wedding Shoot | location 2
-  Group Dinner at 701 Whaley


7:00pm



8:00am
8:15am
9:00am
10:15am
11:15am
12:45pm
1:45pm
3:00pm
6:00pm


8:00am
9:30am
11:00am
12:00pm
2:00pm
6:00pm


7:00pm



8:00am
8:15am
9:00am
10:15am
11:15am
12:45pm
1:45pm
3:00pm
6:00pm


8:00am
9:30am
11:00am
12:00pm
2:00pm
6:00pm


7:00pm




8:00am
8:15am
9:00am
10:15am
11:15am
12:45pm
1:45pm
3:00pm
6:00pm




8:00am
9:30am
11:00am
12:00pm
2:00pm
6:00pm

NOTE:: Schedule is subject to change. A final timeline will be sent to all attendees before arrival of workshop. 

THE COLLABORATIVE TEAM

From an early age, Josh and Serena were fascinated by stories from far away lands, cultures, and the chance to someday experience them. Little did they know that it would happen over the course of nine years by the telling the stories of hundreds of amazing couples across the world.
They love documenting people, their emotions, and the energy they feel when they find something they love is what we live for.

Josh and Serena will be documenting the story and the behind-the-scenes of our workshop connections and editorials. 

Editor & Founder of Wedding Sparrow, Sara Russell, is driven by the beauty of editorial wedding photography shot on film. Sara has sought to create the world’s first exclusively film photography wedding blog. Inspired by simplicity, beauty, originality and the complexity of nature, Wedding Sparrow has already won five industry awards since launching in 2013 and Sara couldn’t be more proud. Striving to lead the industry towards natural light and timeless beauty, Sara loves to travel the world meeting like­-minded artisans who create beauty in the wedding world for Wedding Sparrow readers.

Sara will be speaking via Skype at The Gathering about branding, social media, getting published and networking. 

Studio Mondine is a floral design studio based in foggy San Francisco, California. Amanda & Ivanka seek to balance the lushness of English garden arrangements with the precision of Japanese ikebana in their work. They look to nature and the changing of the seasons to inform our designs. It's with feverish enthusiasm that they seek out the rarest ingredients, working directly with the finest flower farmers in the nation or cultivating these special blooms ourselves in our small cutting garden.

We are so thrilled to have both Amanda and Ivanka at the Collaborative Gathering creating floral arrangements and creative installations for our two shoots (fashion & wedding). 


Studio Mondine

florists

wedding sparrow

publication & Speaker

Josh gooden

videographer

SPONSORS

Claudia feels she is best known for her soft, natural approach, but loves every chance to play with color and texture. While beauty trends both past and present inspire her work, it is often the other creative folks she gets to collaborate with who gives her energy. She looks for the beauty in everything and everyone around her and is overwhelmed with joy and gratitude that her work allows her to travel, be an artist, love on people, and make them look and feel their best.

Claudia will be on set for both days of our shoots to provide hair & makeup as part of our collaborative team experience.

The complimentary role of cake is to be beautiful, as beautiful as anything you could ever eat. Tessa is an artist who has chosen to make cakes and exploring it as she would any other medium. What are its constraints? What is its context? Sometimes a cake needs to be utterly simple. Other times it might need to be unusual and extraordinary. There is beauty both in restraint and in extravagance. As an artist, she offers a unique perspective and skill set to her clients.

We are beyond elated to have Tessa on our team to create a gorgeous (and yummy) cake for our wedding shoot that is creative and inspiring. 

TESSA PINNER

Cake artist

CLAUDIA MEJERLE

hair & makeup artist

INVESTMENT
$2,500



The investment includes:

*two-DAY AND three-NIGHTS WORKSHOP IN COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA. 
*welcome social to connect with all of the attendees and speakers
*two full days of technical and business information
*portfolio review and feedback
*one bridal fashion editorial
*one custom designed wedding shoot (bride & groom)
*Class Sessions
*Booklet of worksheets & Materials
*Floral designs by Studio Mondine
*all lunches and one final dinner
*RPL FILM PROCESSING DISCOUNT FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
*STYLING BOARD FOR DESIGNERS 
*ONE Hour 1:1 Skype Mentoring session after the workshop

Note:: Transportation to Columbia, hotels, breakfasts and Sunday, Monday dinners are not included. 

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photographers

DO I HAVE TO BE A FILM PHOTOGRAPHER TO ATTEND?
No, however Heather's background is in film photography. Digital shooters will also benefit. A strong understanding of your camera's settings is suggested as this is not a technical shooting workshop. 


IF I SHOOT FILM, DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN FILM?
You are responsible for bringing your own film as well as processing/developing the film you shoot at the workshop. We will provide you with all the info on how to do this using Richard Photo Lab. Be sure to bring plenty of film for 2 days worth of creative shooting.


DO I HAVE TO BE A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER TO BENEFIT?
This workshop is for any professional photographer who is looking to grow their creativity in weddings and fashion. Anyone can benefit who is looking to grow, learn and thrive. 


CAN I USE THE IMAGES IN MY PORTFOLIO?
YES, absolutely! You will be able to use all of these images on your website and social media channels. We will ask that you credit ALL creative vendors involved & workshop credits on both your sites and social channels. 


CAN I SUBMIT THESE IMAGES?
YES, you can submit these images to any blog/magazine (except Wedding Sparrow) that does not require full exclusivity. We ask that you hold off on submitting until 60 days after the workshop. Full credits to all vendors and workshop must be included in your submissions.


WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME? 
Bring your favorite camera & lenses, a notepad for taking notes, and a great attitude to learn and network.


WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT? 
Expect to have a fun and life-changing experience with other photographers and designers/stylists who want to grow and learn. You will get out of the workshop all that you put into it.
Attendance at The Gathering will be kept small (limited to max 10-12 photographers) to encourage a comfortable environment and safe place for sharing and growing.


WILL ONE-ON-ONE SESSIONS BE AVAILABLE IF I HAVE A SPECIFIC NEED IN MY BUSINESS? 
You will receive a 1 hour Skype session after the workshop to discuss your current business strategies and portfolio review. However, if you have other specific needs that you would like to discuss, Heather will be happy to offer one-to-one sessions on an hourly basis if desired.

stylists/designers


DO I HAVE TO BE ESTABLISHED AS A DESIGNER/STYLIST TO ATTEND?
No, this workshop is open to both beginners who are looking to build a strong base for their business as well as established designers/stylists and planners looking to grow their business. It is geared for all designers/stylist looking to grow their creativity in the wedding and fashion industry.


WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME?
You should bring with you a notepad for taking notes, a positive and open attitude to create and collaborate with others.


WILL I BE ABLE TO USE IMAGES FROM THE WORKSHOP ON MY WEBSITE/BLOG?
Yes, you will be participating in flat-lay styling techniques along with other vignettes. Heather will be photographing any elements you create to use on your website and social media. We will ask that you credit ALL creative vendors involved & workshop credits on both your social media and website. We will provide all necessary credits and social media handles at the beginning of the workshop.


HOW WILL I BENEFIT?
As a designer/stylist you will be gaining a strong understanding of true collaboration with the photographers you choose to work with as well as other creative vendors. You will have hands on experience with styling multiple vignettes and flat lays using techniques and the tools that will be provided to you at the workshop. You will be learning how to put together a successful fashion editorial shoot as well as a wedding editorial shoot. You will also be learning how to put together a successful mood/design board. Along with all the amazing content and packet of information on design, styling and planning that will be provided to you; this will also be an amazing networking opportunity.


WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?
Expect to have a fun and life-changing experience with other photographers and designers/stylists who want to grow and learn. You will get out of the workshop all that you put into it. 
Attendance at The Gathering will be kept small (limited to max 10-12 designers/stylists & planners) to encourage a comfortable environment and safe place for sharing and growing.


WILL ONE-ON-ONE SESSIONS BE AVAILABLE IF I HAVE A SPECIFIC NEED IN MY BUSINESS?
You will receive a 1 hour Skype session after the workshop to discuss your current business strategies and portfolio review. However, if you have other specific needs that you would like to discuss, Lacy will be happy to offer one-to-one sessions on an hourly basis if desired.



F A Q

travel & logistics

IS LODGING INCLUDED?
Attendees are responsible for their own transportation and lodging. A room block will be available in downtown Columbia at The Hyatt Place. A group rate discount (info coming soon) is being offered to all attendees. If you choose to call the hotel directly, you must mention that you are part of The Collaborative Gathering when making your reservation, in order to get the group rate. You are not required to stay at this hotel, however it is highly encouraged to maximize your networking experience with other attendees.


WHICH AIRPORT SHOULD I FLY INTO?
Charlotte Douglas International Airport is 1 ½ hours from Columbia and Columbia Metropolitan Airport is 20 minutes from Columbia.


DO I NEED A RENTAL CAR?
You will be responsible for finding transportation to and from the hotel upon arrival and departure. The Hyatt Place will run shuttles to and from the workshop on Monday and Tuesday. However, if you’d like to come in early or stay a few days later to explore, a rental car would come in handy. We also highly recommend connecting with other attendees for carpooling. After registration, you will be connected with everyone through a private Facebook Group.

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Complete sign up form below to receive more info on The Collective Gathering on May 6-8.

There are only TEN photography spots and TEN designer/stylist spots open. Please complete form if you have any questions. 
A $1700 non-refundable retainer reserves your spot at the workshop. The remaining balance is due on April 1, 2018.
If you're not able to attend the workshop, you can transfer to another perspective attendee. 




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