Oh, Arizona. I'll always think of you as a place where I found a piece of myself. A pretty little piece filled with adventure, independence, and new beginnings. Back in April I spent a week in Scottsdale and Sedona and between the AJ Workshop, the desert and the red rocks - a girl just isn't the same after.
On Christmas Eve I decided to put myself on the waitlist for the AJ Workshop. I had been admiring (stalking) photography supercouple Amy & Jordan via social media for months, reading about the workshop groups before mine, learning tidbits from their weekly Monday Minute, and wishing for a way to learn more, do more, and take next steps with my photography.
Never underestimate the power of two days, friends. They can open up your world, make you a better person, make you better at what you do and give you the power to make changes in the rest of your life. The AJ workshop and the rest of my week in Arizona did all of those things for me and more.
Here are some of my photos from our incredible styled shoot and golden hour session in the desert! I'm so excited to finally be able to share these, since they've been under wraps while Amy & Jordan waited for them to be published. Thanks to all of the incredible vendors (listed below) who helped make this gorgeousness happen!
One of the biggest take-aways for me was something that Jordan said at the very end of our two days together as a group. He told the story of David the shepherd boy, protecting his flock of sheep and slaying Goliath using only a stone.
"In this life, you have one stone to throw," he said. "Throw it hard and do it well."
When I'm having one of those days full of doubt or second-guessing, wondering whether my efforts will pay off in the end, those words echo in my mind. Throw that stone as hard as you can.
Thank you eternally to Amy & Jordan Demos, and this incredible group of fellow photographers I was able to learn with and from.
EVENT DESIGN: EMILY SCHIESL • LVL WEDDINGS & EVENTS
VENUE: THE CLAYTON ON THE PARK
BRIDE’S GOWN: BHLDN • CAKE AND DESSERT: RUZE CAKE HOUSE • FLORAL DESIGN: AZ FLOWER BAR • HAIR AND MAKEUP: TOP KNOT BEAUTY • LINENS: LA TAVOLA FINE LINEN • MENSWEAR: BROTHERS TAILORS • PAPER GOODS:VEE CREATIVE • RENTALS: CLASSIC PARTY RENTALS • SPECIALTY RENTALS: FANCY LOU DESIGNS