RTP Workshop | Styled Shoot Part 1

FINALLY!! It’s about time I could share part one of my workshop styled shoot! 

Can you believe this? A pink three-tiered cake with peonies on top. Sprinkles and flowers. Unicorn treats. Shimmery pink macarons. And the sweetest “sweets stand” you could imagine. DESSERT HEAVEN, PEOPLE. 

As for the senior models… literally blown away. These girls were fierce, stunning, and so much fun! There’s no way I was that cute and full of personality when I was a senior in high school! Gracie, Libby, Lauren, Rachel, and Kelsey rocked their photos and I couldn’t be more excited about their images! Between the pop of lip color, cool-girl hairstyles, the adorable outfits, and their sweet smiles, I am obsessed!!

Shoutout to all the vendors who played a role in this awesome styled shoot! I’m so happy with how everything came out and everyone was amazing to work with!

VENDORS:

PHOTOGRAPHER @remythompsonphotography | PLANNERS @elevatedeventsofva | HAIR + MAKEUP @hisorherssalon | FLORALS @blackcreekflowers | CAKE + DESSERTS  @superiorcreameryandconfections | WARDROBE @sweeteststitch | FURNITURE @paisleyandjade | CHALKBOARD ART @offthebeatenpress

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RTP Workshop | Shades of Pink Re-cap

As most of you know, on June 18th I hosted my first ever photography workshop! I had been planning the concept of this day since last summer and vendors booked by the Fall. I worked for months and months on the planning process, finding more vendors and sponsors, creating the perfect presentation, nailing down a timeline, prepping goodie bags, and so much more. This process was a challenge for me, but it was worth every second of my time!

The workshop day started at 8am with unicorn straws and delicious cold-brew, a massive Sugar Shack donut cake, and getting to know everyone better! All the attendees had been in touch through the Facebook group that I created, so it was awesome to see them all connect face to face! I feel like everyone instantly got along so well and it was such a positive vibe all around! Each person there offered something beautiful and unique to the group and I loved getting to know them all! I am so thankful that each one of those photographers believed in me, investing in my education, and decided to take the next level in their businesses by joining my first workshop experience!

Danise of Busy Bee Productivity Coaching was invited to speak in the morning to really start allowing everyone to open up and dig deep. She talked about goal setting, building a tribe, the WHY behind our businesses, and limiting thoughts/beliefs that hold us back. I couldn’t have asked for a better speaker, motivator, and encouraging role model for all the attendees. She is a total boss and is changing the lives of women who are ready to live out their purpose!

The day went on with educational lessons, one-on-one time, good food, headshots, lots of laughs, and a beautiful portfolio-building styled shoot! After we sweated our butts off in 100-degree weather and had a blast working with the models, we reconvened indoors to cool down. We enjoyed some pizza and finished our last lesson at 9pm… longest and best day ever! It was so sad to say goodbye to everyone after bonding all day, but we decided to stay connected and continue supporting each other with an Instagram and Facebook group. We have been talking in our group chats every day since the workshop! These girls understand and live out the meaning of community, encouragement, and friendship.

I love that I had the opportunity to bring this group together and that they will forever be supportive of each other.  I want to share some fun behind the scenes shots from me and other attendees throughout the day! Next week I’ll be sharing photos on the blog from the styled shoots and I can’t wait for you to see what all the vendors created!

HUGE SHOUTOUT to all the vendors for their hard work and to all the sponsors for donating to the workshop and goodie bags! And a HUGE THANK YOU to my mom and my husband for helping me more than they will ever know. I could not have made this happen without them!

The day after the workshop I had a legitimate hangover. I was exhausted but my heart was so full. I was asked afterward if I thought it was worth it… OF COURSE IT WAS!!! And I would do it all over again. For those of you who have asked and who are wondering, yes- I plan to host another workshop down the road! If you want to keep up with my educational events and emails, subscribe to my email list HERE! I hope to see you at the next one, friends!

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HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THESE GIRLS!? <3

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^Photos by me and some behind the scenes from my hubby!

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^Photos by Colleen Megan Photography

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Thank you for this hilarious photo, Cher Ann Photography! I really know how to hide…

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^Photos by Melynda Kellee Photography


VENDORS:

PHOTOGRAPHER | @remythompsonphotography

PLANNERS |  @elevatedeventsofva

HAIR + MAKEUP | @hisorherssalon

FLORALS | @blackcreekflowers

CAKE + DESSERTS |  @superiorcreameryandconfections

WARDROBE | @sweeteststitch

RENTALS | @partyperfect804

FURNITURE | @paisleyandjade

WEDDING GOWN | @sealedwithakissbridal @sorbellocouture

STATIONARY + CHALKBOARD ART |  @offthebeatenpress

GUEST SPEAKER | @busybeecoach

SPONSORS:

COFFEE | @brightspotcoffee

TOTE BAGS | @mugitall

ARBONNE | @christina_rockwell_

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5 Programs I Can’t Live Without | Education

I can’t believe I haven’t shared the 5 programs I can’t live without on the blog yet. These downloads, apps, and websites actually cut my work time in half, they save my life, they are my babies. Trust me when I say, you’re going to LOVE this blog… thank me later, honey. They are 120% worth the investment and I’ll tell you why with each program listed!

1. Lightroom– For some of you, this might be an obvious one, but let me tell you… When I first started this business a few years ago, I was using Photoshop for ALL MY PICTURES. This actually took me forrrrrevvvverrrrrrr and it was so annoying. Then I found out there was actually an easier/faster way to import, edit, and export my images (WHAT!?!?). If you don’t have Lightroom, get it right now, like today, tonight, asap. Youtube shares some awesome tutorials if you’re confused, but feel free to ask me anything!

2. Photo Mechanic 5– I purchased this program about two years ago and I don’t know how I ever survived without it. It’s a major time saver and makes importing extremely easy!! Now, if you’re just starting out and aren’t booking a ton of sessions, I recommend waiting to make the investment until you are booking consistently!

3. BlogStomp— All those pretty little collages you see? All those images paired side by side for blog posts? BlogStomp. It’s AMAZING. I use this for blogs so that I’m not sharing a million photos in one post- you can just pair them up and cut your blog in half! It’s super easy and super fast. I also use it for facebook, my website, and Instagram stories to share session sneak peeks! 

4. Dubsado— MY ENTIRE LIFE IS IN THIS WEBSITE. All my clients, my calendar, accounting, invoices, contracts, forms, notes, tasks, ALL OF IT. Check it out for a free trial and if you want to sign up, then use my code to sign up!!!
https://www.dubsado.com/?c=yayrtp CODE: “yayrtp”

5. Notes— This one seems silly, but guess what… IT’S FREE and IT’S AMAZING. The “Notes” app gets updated on my phone and computer, so I keep all my thoughts and ideas organized here. This is where I keep my daily to-do lists, goals, new session ideas, blog ideas, workshop vendors, Instagram captions…I mean, alllll of it. If you want to keep your ideas and thoughts organized, I highly recommend using this program. Keep it constantly updated and it will become a part of your routine. It’s there on the go and it’s there at home- use it!

I hope this was helpful! These programs made a huge difference in my business and workflow, so I know it will do the same for you! Questions are always welcome. Happy downloading! 🙂


If you’re interested in an educational opportunity with me, check out more information about my “Shades of Pink” Workshop on June 18th!! Find the registration and investment at the bottom of the page! Mentoring is fully booked until July- if you are interested in some one-on-one time, shoot me an email! I can’t wait to hear from you!! 🙂

To sign up for my Education Email list, click HERE!

xo

FREE GUIDE To Growing Your Photography Business

Stop Waiting and Make It Happen.

Oh, I remember it so clearly. This time last year, I was crying, complaining, and felt defeated. My husband witnessed the worst of it (sorry, Eli!). I had maybe 3 people on the books for the Spring and I was so confused as to why I wasn’t booking more clients. Here I am exactly one year later, and I have an incredible amount of clients on my schedule and I am getting new inquiries almost every day. Normally I would say, “Woah, I don’t know what happened!” But I actually do know… That’s what I’m going to share with you today!

“If we don’t have dreams, what do we have?” I heard this on some random Netflix show I was watching the other day… It spoke to me. If we aren’t dreaming and fighting to get where we want to be, then what are we doing!? It’s time to reach your goals and begin living your dream! YOU are the only one who can make that happen. It all starts with YOU. So, let’s get you going!

Here are some ways to grow your business and start booking more clients from my personal experience! These tips worked for me, but keep in mind it took an entire year to get there. I have practiced, worked hard, tried new things, followed through, and taken chances. I went for it and I made it happen. It’s not going to happen for you overnight, but it will happen over some time and on YOUR time. So stop comparing your business growth to someone else’s because it doesn’t work that way. This is YOUR experience and YOUR story. Soon you are going to stop feeling defeated and start feeling refreshed with a newfound perspective and confidence! 

Grab your FREE DOWNLOAD HERE!

If you’re interested in an educational opportunity with me, check out more information about my “Shades of Pink” Workshop on June 18th!! Find the registration and investment at the bottom of the page! Mentoring is fully booked until the Summer- if you are interested in some one-on-one time, shoot me an email! I can’t wait to hear from you!!

To sign up for my Education Email list, click HERE!

xo

RTP EDUCATION ANNOUNCEMENT!

WELCOME, PARTY PEOPLE!!!!

Happy March, happy announcement day, happy almost Spring, HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY! The day has finally come! I’ve been waiting to launch this special project since last summer and now I can finally share with you what I’ve been dreaming of!

The secret I’ve been keeping and waiting to announce is…

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FOR BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE
PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHERS

JUNE 18TH

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AHHHHHH!!!! OH HAPPY DAY, I am so excited to finally share this project with you all! So, tell me, did you guess it? I’m sure a few of you had a pretty good idea of what all this commotion was about. I can’t believe this is happening! The awesome part is that I already announced this to my education mailing list a couple weeks ago and I already have attendees signed up and ready to go!!!! I can’t wait to meet them!

Registration for my very first photography workshop is open to everyone RIGHT NOW! The details are listed below, but I encourage you to visit my website for additional important details including the cost and requirements. Contact me if you have any questions and click the link at the bottom if you’re ready to sign up for the Shades of Pink Workshop! PS- this doesn’t mean you have to like the color pink 😉 I explain the meaning of the title as you keep reading on this page! I can’t wait to hear your feedback and start seeing those names sign-up!

It’s time to take control of your dreams and goals, it’s time to invest in something that can help you move forward and encourage you to keep going. It’s time YOU invest in YOURSELF.

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DETAILS

DATE: Monday, June 18th at 8am-9pm

LOCATION: A cozy, 3-acre, waterfront home in Midlothian, VA

WHO? 12 portrait photographers who must own and have knowledge about a DSLR camera, must be willing to sign an RTP contract and must live outside 50 miles radius from Chesterfield, VA.

INCLUDED IN COST: One full day of educational lessons about in-camera tips and tricks, posing, Lightroom editing, branding, marketing, growing a business, workflow, collaborating, encouragement/real-talk, and so much more! There will be fun indoor and outdoor portfolio-building styled shoots created by incredible local vendors, as well as headshots by Remy, an amazing inspirational guest speaker, snacks, drinks, a light breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

BONUSES: Goodie bags, exciting giveaways, and joining the Q&A RTP Educational Facebook Group to connect with friends, support each other through our journeys, and some quality/one-on-one time with Remy to answer questions!

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?
This workshop is customized to your needs of improving your photography skills,  learning more about branding and marketing, growing your business, reaching your goals, and building relationships. It’s time to get out of your comfort zone, create new friendships, take the next step in your business, get productive, be confident, embrace your uniqueness, and start living your dreams. Let’s do some real talk with real people. Let’s create, motivate, encourage, and share our passion with each other!

WHY “SHADES OF PINK”?
If you’ve read my other emails or blogs, you might have noticed my passion for encouraging other photographers to keep going, to embrace the “YOU” behind the business, and to identify what makes their business different from others…
You may have also noticed my love for the color pink! 🙂 I decided to combine my love for both things and create something meaningful out of it. That’s when I thought of different shades of pink… stay with me…

YOU ARE A VERY SPECIFIC SHADE OF PINK.
…Or maybe you don’t like pink so you can replace that with a color that brings you joy! 😉

So here’s what I mean… every time I talk about a shade of pink in the following explanation, replace that with “a photographer” in your mind.

There are a million different shades of pink. There’s hot pink, dark pink, pale pink, and everything in between. Weirdly enough, because I am a pinkaholic, I am only drawn to a very specific shade of pink. I don’t like it too coral looking, I don’t like it too redish, I don’t like it too purpley, I don’t like it neon…I think you get my point! 🙂 Out of all those different shades, that I’m not totally in love with, I still think they’re beautiful in their own way, but they just aren’t a good fit for me. Do you know what I’m trying to say?

The photography industry might feel a bit saturated, but there is one very important thing to remember before we just lose our cool… WE are all different, we are all unique and imperfectly beautiful in our own way. Because of that, we attract different people, we offer different things, we serve our clients differently, we have different styles, we say different things, we run our operations in our way, and we all have something really special to add to the table. We are all a different shade of pink, and we are nothing without the other shades next to us. 

We need to learn from each other to grow, we need to inspire each other to keep moving forward, and we need to encourage one another to be ourselves while living the same dream.  We need to celebrate our differences and keep embracing our own little sparkle!

So think about it… what shade are you? Maybe this workshop is exactly what you need to find out. I want us all to come together, support one another, and discover what makes YOU unique from all the others.

Visit the website for investment and additional details!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!!

YAY! Celebrate and invest in your education with me!
I believe in you, I will always cheer you on, and I can’t wait to meet you!
If you have questions, feel free to send me an email at remybthompson@gmail.com!!
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