jose villa workshop : part one

From the sounds of the mariachi band as they walked out from behind the building on Sunday night I KNEW that this workshop was going to change my business for life! :) The experience that we had at the Hacienda was only the best; from amazing food to amazing people, the Jose Villa workshop was incredible.

We woke every morning to the sounds of the peacocks chirping (if that’s what you call it) in the courtyard right outside our window. We soaked up every word in a classroom that was filled with the aromatics from the tequila barrels stacked 20 high next to our tables…and we learned. Boy, did we learn. And we photographed; for ourselves and for the workshop. I think that any business woman can say that when you attend a workshop like this, it has the power to change your business trajectory! And boy did it ever. I was challenged in areas’s I wasn’t even expecting to be challenged. From business decisions to shooting style, this workshop was beyond my expectations!

Over and over this week I have replayed parts of Mexico in my head in an attempt to soak in as much as I can. I keep glancing through my moleskin knowing that every word I jotted down was for a reason! I relive the moments that I can remember and can only look forward to the changes that will lead to successes in my business. And I have a feeling that I will be re-reading my notes through this next year over and over and over! :)

I don’t take for granted the experience of Mexico and this workshop! :)

High fives, shout outs, butt slaps, hugs and major kudos to the fabulous vendors that made this happen. I can boldly say that ALL of us attendees genuinely love you for your efforts! :)

Amy from the Wedding ChicksJill La Fleur, Joel Serratto, Mar of TEAM hair and makeup, Karina Puente, Joy Thingpen, Bill from Richard Photo Lab, Lacie Hansen, Nancy Villa, Abby of Style Me Pretty, Erica OBrien, Palomas Nest and Saja wedding gowns, and of course the ever so fabulous Jose himself! :)

Here is just a snippet of some of the photos I took with our “wedding models” in a town just outside of our Hacienda! :)

Mexico, Guadalajara Mexico wedding photographer, Mexico wedding photographer, Emily Steffen, Jose Villa workshop, Jose Villa

Mexico, Guadalajara Mexico wedding photographer, Mexico wedding photographer, Emily Steffen, Jose Villa workshop, Jose Villa

Mexico, Guadalajara Mexico wedding photographer, Mexico wedding photographer, Emily Steffen, Jose Villa workshop, Jose Villa

Mexico, Guadalajara Mexico wedding photographer, Mexico wedding photographer, Emily Steffen, Jose Villa workshop, Jose Villa

Mexico, Guadalajara Mexico wedding photographer, Mexico wedding photographer, Emily Steffen, Jose Villa workshop, Jose Villa

Mexico, Guadalajara Mexico wedding photographer, Mexico wedding photographer, Emily Steffen, Jose Villa workshop, Jose Villa

Mexico, Guadalajara Mexico wedding photographer, Mexico wedding photographer, Emily Steffen, Jose Villa workshop, Jose Villa

Mexico, Guadalajara Mexico wedding photographer, Mexico wedding photographer, Emily Steffen, Jose Villa workshop, Jose Villa

Mexico, Guadalajara Mexico wedding photographer, Mexico wedding photographer, Emily Steffen, Jose Villa workshop, Jose Villa

Mexico, Guadalajara Mexico wedding photographer, Mexico wedding photographer, Emily Steffen, Jose Villa workshop, Jose Villa

Mexico, Guadalajara Mexico wedding photographer, Mexico wedding photographer, Emily Steffen, Jose Villa workshop, Jose Villa

Mexico, Guadalajara Mexico wedding photographer, Mexico wedding photographer, Emily Steffen, Jose Villa workshop, Jose Villa

Mexico, Guadalajara Mexico wedding photographer, Mexico wedding photographer, Emily Steffen, Jose Villa workshop, Jose Villa

  • November 17, 2010 - 5:52 pm

    lisa - tears just well up in my eyes being so proud of you Emily! these photos are just stunning!!! your talent is beyond words and your passion is so clear.
    congrats to you and all of your success! xoxo

  • November 17, 2010 - 6:52 pm

    tracy - your images are wonderful! what an opportunity… i would kill to get to a jose villa workshop!!

  • November 17, 2010 - 7:00 pm

    jes - me=jealous
    you=awesome

  • November 17, 2010 - 7:19 pm

    anda - ooooo — so jealous! glad it was the best! so, are these shot with film then? xo.

  • November 17, 2010 - 7:27 pm

    tasha - Emily – these out-of-this world incredibly beautiful!!! You are so darn good! So proud of all that you are putting your heart into and accomplishing! Congrats Lady!!

  • November 17, 2010 - 7:27 pm

    tasha - p.s. You’ve just convinced me to do this workshop :)

  • November 17, 2010 - 7:33 pm

    Lucky Red Hen - Followed Jose’s RT on Twitter :) Love hearing about your wonderful time at his workshop and see your beautiful photos! I’m an alumni and can attest that Jose Villa Workshop’s are absolutely fantastic!

  • November 17, 2010 - 8:29 pm

    Elizabeth Anne - these photos are so amazing, Emily!

  • November 17, 2010 - 9:05 pm

    Amy - oh i am in love!!!! so jealous! can’t wait to hear more about your experience and to see where it all leads!

  • November 17, 2010 - 9:26 pm

    dena - These are amazing, Emily!

  • November 17, 2010 - 9:32 pm

    Allison - awe… these make me smile! beautiful!! I miss it already!!

  • November 17, 2010 - 10:55 pm

    betsy - LOVE them!

  • November 18, 2010 - 1:40 am

    Colleen - Simply stunning! So happy for you Emily!

  • November 20, 2010 - 11:31 am

    Emily Rudolph - Seriously amazing, Emily. These photos are seriously amazing!

  • November 20, 2010 - 11:50 pm

    s h e r r y - :) These photos are simply gorgeous. LOVE the gown, and the horses.

  • November 24, 2010 - 6:43 am

    Darwin leonardo - These pictures are awesome! Wish I could attend one of his workshops :(

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