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Artifact Uprising

Artifact Uprising



Over the last several years we've seen the level of photography in the wedding industry rise exponentially. It's exciting to watch!

You all are getting really good! 

And we know you want to be even better. 

At Once Wed we receive as many as 2000 submissions for publication every month. We run less than 1% of them. Emily Newman (founder of Once Wed) and I get emails on a daily basis from photographers wanting to know why their submission wasn't accepted. We wish we had the time to answer each of those emails in depth and to explain what we're looking for and why some submissions make the cut while others don't. We also get a lot of photographers asking us to critique their work. 

We've decided to make some time to come to you.

We think we can help.

 What we're finding at this point is that it's usually just the little things that are off. In our opinion, one of the things we see missing the mark most often is the styling. We realize most of you don't have stylists working with you at every wedding. You often have to be your own stylist and art director. We'd love to help you learn how to watch for (or create) all the little things that make the difference for us.

We know that you also have to be your own editor. We want to help you learn to edit before you take a picture--and after. Which are your best images? We'll give you our opinions.

We've picked several dates and locations to come to you and do some intensive one-day sessions to help you continue to grow as artists. This won't be about how to use your camera or how to run your business; we're only speaking to what we know from our seats. Nor will these sessions be a particularly pampered or posh time; we want to make it affordable and accessible for you as small businesses. It will be light on fluff and heavy on the content that we think will make a big difference in your work.


What we'll cover: 

Aesthetics + discovering your personal aesthetic

What makes a good image

How to compose good images

Styling people -- wardrobe, hair + makeup

Styling tabletop -- food and tablescapes

Styling details -- flowers, paper + accessories


How to work with a stylist

How to work without a stylist

Tips, tools, and tricks

Getting published

Building your portfolio

Rookie/easy-to-fix mistakes that make or break an image

All U.S. sessions will be one day of class time. Lunch and dinner will be included. Limited to 20 attendees.

Optional one-on-ones

Available the second day for up to 8 attendees. If you'd like us to take a look at your work, give our opinions of your best work and what we think you should be showing on your website, help identify areas for growth and coach you in those, or for you to ask us anything... You'll get an hour with me and an hour with Emily.



When + Where: 

Jan 6 (and 7) --- ATL (sold out!)

Feb 3 (and 4) --- LA (sold out!)

April 7 (and 8) --- NYC (only a few seats left!)

May 5 - 6 (and 7) --- Mallorca






Yep. You read that right. For our European friends (and any other adventurous souls) we'll be doing a two-day Studio Session in Mallorca. The same content as the one-day Sessions but spread out over two mornings to give us time to do some shooting in the evening light (we can't help ourselves--it's too beautiful not to shoot!). And I'm happy to say, we'll be staying at the very beautiful Fontsanta Hotel....again, because we can't help ourselves. ;)





Do you know those few people and moments in your life you can list as being monumentally influential in your life? There are just a couple and they change the route of your life. Without those people and moments you would be going somewhere entirely different, right?… Emily & Joy are on that list for me. And, anyone who has attended Joy's previous workshops would likely say the same thing!

Working with & learning from Emily & Joy opened my eyes to a new way of seeing things- a new way of seeing dresses, and flowers, and hair, and ribbon, and paper goods. You didn't know there was another way of seeing these things? Well, there is... and its like putting on a new pair of glasses! This workshop is your opportunity for new glasses. Why would you go a moment longer without being able to see!

Maybe you want to start over from scratch and attract a new client or maybe you just want to see more clearly … either way, this is all you need. 

Learning from two of the most humble and beautiful people I know, you will leave going "oohhhh! That's all that was missing!"

---  Rylee Hitchner  --- 




I highly recommend the workshop for photographers looking to gain insight on the editorial process, how to tell a story, and refine their eye. There is so much to learn from Joy and Emily. Working, creating, and collaborating with Joy and Emily has been amazing. Their eye for detail, nuance, overall design and storytelling is remarkable. It is great to learn from their perspectives and experience--the way they see fashion, color palettes, tablescapes, the meaning of objects, and more. The way Joy pays attention to how the bride holds the dress just so -- so that the lines fall in the most flattering way to the dress and the brides form, or how Emily provides a layout telling the story with establishing photos, details, portraits and movement... Understanding and hearing the way they look to tell a story helps make a photographer better. 

---  Bryce Covey  --- 






All one-day, state-side Studio Sessions will be $1200. Price includes lunch and dinner.  Does not include travel or accommodations.

Hour-long one-on-ones with Emily and Joy on Day 2 are an additional $500



$3100. Price includes a shoot, all meals, accommodations, and transportation to and from hotel. Does not include travel.

Hour-long one-on-ones with Emily and Joy on Day 3 are an additional $500. Breakfast included on Day 3.


* * * 10% off for anyone who is a current Once Wed advertiser * * * 


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