humbled!

It was Saturday and I was up way earlier than I needed to be! :) I hoped in my car and drove to our meeting spot; I kept looking over to my passenger seat making sure that I had everything I needed. I ran through the checklist I had made in my head the night before, expecting that I would forget something and embarrass myself. I pulled up, walked in and started to situate myself. And then they started arriving…..not with intimidating faces, giant cameras, or smirk looks. They were excited, happy to be there. I was slightly relieved but thought that once we got into the classroom and I started sharing about my life, the judgement would come forth! :)

Man was I wrong. We spent 2 days with one another sharing, teaching and learning from one another. At one of THE best places in the area to learn! :) We shared stories, asked questions and laughed. We talked about brides, weddings and cameras. Everyone was cheerful, willing to learn and so OPEN! I talked about my life, my business and myself. I talked about who I was and my approach to being a businesswoman in the wedding industry. I, by no means, have it figured out  and I was sure that I would embarrass myself and get laughed at because I didn’t have all the answers. But that was ok. I did have something to share. I remember when I was there. A newer person in the industry so eager and willing to soak anything and everything up. So cheerful. So excited and so willing to network and make new friends! :) I was there. I love that place. The place in your life and your business where you can dream anything up for yourself. The place in your business where you just want to make anything and everything happen because you have such strong passion to do so! :)

It was my first teaching experience and I LOVED it. The attendees were amazing and I drove home last night with a gigantic smile on my face. It felt good to reinvest into the industry. It was fun to make new friends. And it was SO HUMBLING to help someone out who is on the verge of jumping off the cliff and making their dreams a reality! :) I can’t to watch these attendees grow!

YAY for a fabulous weekend and YAY for new friends! :)

Minneapolis workshop, Emily Steffen, Emily Steffen Photography, Minnesota workshop, Bethany Hway, Shauna Younge, Sadies Floral

Minneapolis workshop, Emily Steffen, Emily Steffen Photography, Minnesota workshop, Bethany Hway, Shauna Younge, Sadies Floral

Minneapolis workshop, Emily Steffen, Emily Steffen Photography, Minnesota workshop, Bethany Hway, Shauna Younge, Sadies Floral

Minneapolis workshop, Emily Steffen, Emily Steffen Photography, Minnesota workshop, Bethany Hway, Shauna Younge, Sadies Floral

We had some FABULOUS vendors that donated time and efforts to pull off the details for our weekend. THANK YOU for investing into our local industry and thank you for putting together TOP KNOTCH details! :) WE LOVE YOU:

The Minneapolis Photo Center

Bethany Hway

Sadies Floral

Shauna Younge Dessert Table

Aubrey Thoren

Linen Effects

Brides of France

  • January 24, 2011 - 10:31 am

    Jessica Barker - Glad it went so well, Emily! Awesome. Sri is a friend of mine from Target – I hope he wasn’t too hard on you. ;)

  • January 24, 2011 - 11:06 am

    Bridget Knight - Emily- The class was simply amazing! I loved everything about it- It was above and beyond my expectations in every way. How wonderful to be learning in such an open, encouraging environment- I can’t possibly thank you enough! :)

  • January 24, 2011 - 11:47 am

    Tweets that mention — Emily Steffen Photography Blog -- Topsy.com - […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Bethany Hway and Hannah Hitchcock, emilysteffen. emilysteffen said: My first teaching experience with @MplsPhotoCtr @bethanyhway & @shaunayounge! http://emilysteffenphoto.com/blog/?p=1713 […]

  • January 24, 2011 - 1:16 pm

    Kirby - what a wonderful thing you are doing to give back! I can’t wait to check out images from the other photographers!

    xo
    Kirby

  • January 24, 2011 - 3:12 pm

    melissa oholendt - So proud, happy, beaming for you!!

  • January 24, 2011 - 4:18 pm

    Allison - Awesome, Emily! I wish I could’ve been there! So fun to see that I went to college with your beautiful model! =)

  • January 24, 2011 - 9:52 pm

    Mandy M - Hi Emily! It was so great being a student of yours! I learned so many new things and I love how willing you are to share your experience and knowledge! I left with new and exciting inspiration for 2011. Thank you!!

    ps. I’ve gotta give a shout out to the owners of the MPLS Photo Center for all the super yummy food and wonderful hospitality! So cute!!

  • January 26, 2011 - 5:48 pm

    Makayla Selvik - It amazes me looking back through the eyes of your lens to see how much I truly have yet to learn! I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to you, and of course ALL the oh so fab vendors for this not only inspiring but motivating weekend! I can’t explain how amazing you are, your personality is truly one of a kind and I can see why you are so successful! I wish you the best of luck on your road and am sure I will keep you posted on my journey. Thank you again for all your time & energy! Lot’s of love! :-)

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