A welcome to women of SUBSTANCE

11 October 2011

Give us a glass of wine and some honest conversation and you’ll find our hearts happy. As we sat down to plan what it is we wanted to share with the women of SUBSTANCE this week, we  knew we could not do it alone. Sure, we could share indefinitely about what it is we’ve learned, the choices we choose, the mistakes we’ve made, the do-overs and the “aha” turning points. But we are not on an island in our business or in the work of our lives. And those honest conversations and happy hearts happen best when you connect with others. Together, you start to realize you have something to say — And while the voices are different – the conversation empowers each of us with the same – how can i access more substance in my world?

Colorado has a phenomenal community of women who have inspired us with everything from their favorite business books (Seth Godin…huzzah!), their approaches to getting things done…and their favorite pinot noir. We are grateful to our dear friends who will be joining us: Heather Dwight of Calluna Events, Sandra Hannah of the Smart Cookies, Natalie Slevin of Sugar Bakeshop & Coffeehouse,  Laura Dombrowski of Couture Colorado, and Katie Humphreys with ShootQ and Pictage. We admire them as people and we admire their voices – they speak with that inspiring authority you sometimes need. Simply put, they own it. And they are making it happen. We are excited to welcome their input on topics ranging from organizing your business, getting the word out and making waves as incredible entrepreneurs.


Here’s to a week of substance!

Katie & Jenna

SUBSTANCE workshop: October 2011! Almost sold out! 5 SEATS AVAILABLE!

4 August 2011

Jenna and I are so grateful for the incredible women who made our women’s photography workshop series, SUBSTANCE, a success this past March.   We will be hosting the second and last workshop this fall – only 5 seats remain!

Join us in Boulder this fall – October 13- 16, 2011 to share, grow and be inspired. Space is limited to 15 go-getters after which a wait-list will be started. There are only 5 seats remaining in this session.   This will be our last session in 2011 and 2012 as we have other projects slated for 2012 – so if you think you are interested in learning about the way we shoot and run our business – this may be your last chance for a while and we’d love to have you!

To learn more or to sign up to make your mark, click here.

We can’t wait to meet you! Here’s to believing the world is a better place when everyone is going. for. it!

Here’s to all that 2011 holds in store – new paths, new people, new adventures, new possibilities, new promise!

Katie & Jenna

SUBSTANCE: 5 years. 500 lessons.

30 March 2011

Sometimes, you have to make it personal. really personal. In planning for SUBSTANCE, we wanted to do just that – get beyond the technical and the powerpoint (the latter being a necessary evil?!) and get to the core of what makes us tick. Surely, one must master their camera, refine their organizational skills and so on – but beyond that, what matters most is remembering, at the end of the day – what makes. you. tick. Here is but one conversation point we’ve pulled from our talk: “5 years, 500 lessons.”

“Bring energy to everything you do. Real energy. Real interest. For whatever you put in – you will surely get out. Exactly. That. Be a day-maker. Be a joy-maker. Show them how to be their best – and from that you will get your best. art. ever.”

A special thanks to our sponsors who are making this happen: ProPhoto Rental, Pictage, ShootQ, Colorado Volkswagen club, Colorado Chatauqua AssociationMarie James dress boutique, anna be Bridal Boutique, Rachel Hagen at Talia Events, Makeup by Janine, models from Wilhelmina Denver, and floral by Crystal Oleskevich, and our clients and friends who have stepped up to the plate in modeling – getting behind our cameras one more time…thank you!

And finally to the Rio mexican restaurant – your divine margaritas will surely be welcomed come 9 pm on Saturday night – as we celebrate as a group in having pushed each other and exhausted ourselves in that very best kind of way. if you’re in boulder, come say hello!

Katie & Jenna

SUBSTANCE: More women owning their voice

30 March 2011

Give us a glass of wine and some honest conversation and you’ll find our hearts happy. As we sat down to plan what it is we wanted to share with the women of SUBSTANCE, we  knew we could not do it alone. sure, we could share indefinitely about what it is we’ve learned, the choices we choose, the mistakes we’ve made, the do-overs and the “aha” turning points. but we are not on an island in our business or in the work of our lives. and those honest conversations and happy hearts happen best when you connect with others. together, you start to realize you have something to say. and while the voices are different – the conversation empowers each of us with the same – how can i access more substance in my world?

Colorado has a beautiful photography community of women (and men!) who have inspired us with everything from their favorite business books (Seth Godin…huzzah!), their approaches to getting things done…and their favorite pinot noir (that’s for you Julie…). We are grateful to our dear friends who will be joining us: Laura Dombrowski (Couture Colorado), Katie Humphreys (ShootQ, Pictage) and Julie Harris (Julie Harris Photography). We admire them as people and we admire their voices – they speak with that inspiring authority you sometimes need. Simply put, they own it. And they are making it happen. We are excited to welcome their input on topics ranging from organizing your business, getting the word out and finding your style and voice.

Forward always!

Katie & Jenna

SUBSTANCE: Women in Business

28 March 2011

What a Monday it is! We’re kicking off the week with a bit more inspiration than usual, a bit more caffeine and a bit more energy for saying what matters. We are gearing up for our women’s photography retreat – SUBSTANCE – that kicks off this Thursday in Boulder, Colorado. All of the pieces are coming together for what is shaping up to be an incredible group of women – ready to take their photography businesses to the next level. We can’t wait to share with,  - and learn from – them.

When sitting down and thinking hard – really hard – about what it is we do, the technical, the emotional, the inspirational – we gave a hard second look at our journey in our path as photographers. We’ve laughed and giggle-cried recounting all the stories along the way – the trying times, the overwhelming sleepless nights – the tiny victories that have come in the form of happy couples and simple emails of gratitude. Through all of these lessons, we’ve realized that we are not who we are without the people we’ve met along the way.

As part of this, inspiration would be lost if not for the women in business we’ve met along the way – women who are making it happen. They share the same dreams over the same cocktail napkins that we do. And while their businesses are each different and in different places at different times – the vision, the ambition, the goal is the same. To be bigger and better than you ever thought you could be. And that, they are.

As part of SUBSTANCE, we will explore topics in business as they relate to growing, excelling and taking risks. And how all of this fits into your life. We are excited to be welcoming an incredible panel of female entrepreneurs to join the conversation and share with us their stories and wisdom.

Here’s a sampling of the discussion to come!

Q: In the context of new ventures and possibility, we were recently introduced to the idea of the “Double Hump” (credit: imagine1day) – that emotional and logistical rollercoaster we’ve all experienced during the beginning phases of any new venture. The idea that you are climbing, climbing, gather, gathering information, you feel as though you are reaching the pinnacle – that golden ticket – that idea that is surely going to change your world and THE world. And then you meet a naysayer, or learn some facts that seem to make your idea impossible, impractical, foolish. Before you know it, you are no longer at the top – you’re certain your ideas aren’t possible, aren’t original…you have no talent and probably oughta stay where you’re at. This is actually just the valley floor – a precursor to the idea or venture that is actually going to take you to new heights in the proverbial “double hump.” Can you share with us your experience with naysayers and that vulnerability that comes with saying loud and clear, “I am an entrepreneur. I am going to make this happen.” What’s your “double hump”?

And to speak to these, we welcome these incredible women!

Sandra Hanna – Smart Cookies.com

Sandra Hanna is co-founder of Smartcookies.com, a web hub leading a positive financial movement by connecting and inspiring people to help one another reach their financial goals, and live a truly rich life –  all without drudgery or deprivation. Just a few years ago, Sandra and the Smart Cookies were like many women in their twenties and thirties; despite great jobs, they were drowning in over $50,000 of consumer debt. Inspired by an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, the five girlfriends formed a money group, and together started to share their goals and helped each other think about money differently. In just one year their financial situations had dramatically improved – and the girls had made major advances in their careers, relationships, and life goals.  Their proven system for success has since been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, MSNBC, CNN, The New York Times, New York Daily News and Money Magazine. Sandra and the Smart Cookies are now the hosts of a fresh TV show on the W Network and the authors of The Smart Cookies Guide to Making More Dough and The Smart Cookie’s Guide to Couples and Money.

Natalie Slevin – Owner, Sugar Bakeshop & Coffee House

Natalie Slevin is the owner of Sugar Bakeshop and Coffee House in Denver, CO.  If the fact that her Easy Bake Oven was her favorite toy when she was a girl wasn’t a surefire sign of her future career path, then surely her need to try high altitude baking during her first trip out to Colorado at age 12 was.  Working with butter and flour is most certainly what feeds Natalie’s soul, and turning her passion into a career was a natural step for this midwest transplant.  After moving to Denver 5 years ago, Natalie saw a need for a fun, lighthearted bakery at the local farmers market.  What started as just a Saturday morning market stand, quickly grew into a full time bakery business.  After a few years of selling, networking, and growing into a legitimate wholesale bakery, Natalie is now venturing on opening her very first storefront. At 28 years old, she is beyond excited for this opportunity, yet still feeling the jitters of taking such a giant step.  While she will never forget her original equipment, Easy Bake Oven, she is thankful for the capacity to be sharing her creations with more than just her parents…at high altitude no less. Taste her talent for yourself – Sugar Bakeshop & Coffee House will be opening at 3rd & Broadway in Denver, CO in the coming weeks.

Anna Walsh – anna be

Anna Walsh, along with her business partner Breanna Doll launched anna be in 2006 with the goal of creating a new kind of bridal shop. Inspired by their own (unfortunately disappointing) experiences when shopping for wedding dresses, they sought to open a design-forward, customer-centered boutique. A graduate of Harvard University, Anna never anticipated being an entrepreuneur. But a marketing background paired with a desire to build a better experience resulted in the start of a new business. Anna quickly rose to the top of the industry offering some of the most exclusive collections in the state.

Today, anna be is recognized as a market leader, bringing a chic and modern bridal experience to Denver. anna be has been voted “Top of the Town” in 5280 four years in a row, “best of” by The Knot, and a selected cool bridal boutique by Lucky Magazine.

Anna and Breanna are currently in the process of launching anna bebe, an online baby boutique, that will have the same philosophy of being a design-forward, customer-centered boutique experience.  Additionally, Walsh is a consultant with Rodan + Fields where she is able to help build and develop a community of entrepreneurs.

Anna is the proud mama of a fiesty, three year old boy and a loving wife to her also-accidentally entrepreunerial husband. She loves reading, lounging, and just hanging out with good friends and family (that is when she’s not working!).

If you have interest in attending a SUBSTANCE workshop in the future, please let us know. While we have no concrete plans to host this workshop again in 2011, we will start a running wait-list – as it did sell out in 32 hours and were not able to host everyone with interest.

Here’s to a week of SUBSTANCE!

Jenna and Katie

SUBSTANCE – registration update…

20 December 2010

UPDATE:  All 15 seats at the SUBSTANCE workshop seats are now all spoken for…however – registration completions are still coming in and we have started a waitlist.   If you would like to be placed on the waitlist – please either email me at jennawalkerphotography@hotmail.com or complete the “REGISTER” tab on the workshop site.

SUBSTANCE. A photography retreat for women.

20 December 2010

I think Katie’s words describe our goal for this workshop best…I love the way my sister can sum up life – and the goals we strive for…

“Through all of it, we are most proud of choosing substance over the superficial…in our images, our business and our life.   To us a camera is just a piece of equipment with a finite amount of operating know-how.  After that it is all about the way you see the world.  The substance in your world.  And that is something worth striving for.”

So without further ado….the SUBSTANCE workshop website…

CLICK HERE

(www.substanceworkshop.com)

Ok. So I have to be honest…we are completely humbled by the response we have already received for our upcoming workshop SUBSTANCE.   We have honored our commitment to individuals that contacted us prior to the general launch via the blog for this workshop and there are only a few of the 15 seats remaining for SUBSTANCE – March 31 – April 3, 2011.   I know that the seats are extremely limited – and want to give you fair warning that there may not be seats available when you send us your registration form.   However, please note that we will put you at the top of the waiting list should we decide to open another session of SUBSTANCE since demand seems to be far greater than we originally planned.  We expect this workshop to sell out this morning – Monday, December 20th.

We are humbled to be a part of this community of photographers – and feel so honored that you want to spend your hard earned dollars learning from us.   We feel great resposibility to deliver real value and hope to deliver a truly inspiring experience as best we know how.

May your holidays bring you so much joy!

Katie & Jenna

Workshops for Photographers

13 September 2010

While our primary job is working as real photographers – and the calluses on our fingers will prove it – we will be making available 2 opportunities in 2011 to learn from us via workshops.   Our goal – to inspire you and put the same energy into your business and your goals as we have for our own life.   If you are interested in one of the following opportunities – please shoot us an email under our contact page and we will be sure to put you on the list to be the first to find out about these upcoming workshops.

The Women’s Intensive Retreat for Beginning Photographers –  February 2011

Join the women of JWP – Jenna and Katie – for a weekend  photography retreat in the mountains of Colorado.   A house full of girls, late nights and LOTS of photography!   This workshop is geared towards women who are in the beginning stages of their photography business or hobbyists wanting to take complete control of their camera who have interest in the field of photography as a career.

Dates and complete details to be released in late October / early November.