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After a year of workshops on the road, we are super excited to announce that we are bringing our workshop back to Michigan in 2013! Registration is open for our May 24th-25th workshop. Head on over to the workshop website to get the details, ask a question, or register!!

P.S. There are only seven seats left, so hurry on over (20 seats total)!!
P.S.S. Register before February 16th, and you will receive the $100 early bird discount on the main day or main and lighting days.
P.S.S.S. Payment plans are available
P.S.S.S.S. I am not as obnoxious in person as I am in my blog posts.

A few favorites from the kids shooting portion of our workshop in North Carolina last year…

chic retreat!

December 7, 2012


Hey, hey! Just passing along a super awesome opportunity for your photographers out there. The Chic Retreat is taking place May 1-4 in Seattle, and I am THRILLED to be a speaker! Come play with us in Seattle :)

Chic Retreat website:
What’s happening at the Chic Retreat?

  • 8 top photographers sharing their juiciest secrets
  • A private one-on-one photo critique with one of our Speakers (15 minutes)
  • 2 of Seattle’s most creative Event Planners planning this workshop. You’ll be in Pinterest Heaven
  • Seattle’s most popular places including Ride the Duck & Pikes Place Market
  • A photo scavenger hunt in Pikes Place Market
  • An Elegant Dinner Soiree
  • A Limo ride
  • A modern meeting venue in the heart of downtown Seattle
  • Catered meals featuring Seattle’s finest food (one meal per day)
  • Scrumptious snacks and sweets
  • Daily Swag Bags
  • Over $1000 in Giveaways
  • A morning fun run on the boardwalk (optional)
  • A Mini Trade Show featuring our Speaker’s favorite products
  • Get featured in Chic Magazine in the Retreat Review
  • Personal headshots photographed by some of our Speakers
  • A live newborn shoot
  • A unique, hands-on Off-Camera Flash presentation (bring a flash)
  • An interactive Photoshop presentation (bring a laptop)
  • See a mock sales presentation & consultation in action
  • Styled sessions with a variety of gorgeous models including a boat & a bride, newborns, kids, seniors, families, couples
  • Photo shoot rotations with our Speakers sharing what’s in their bag, camera settings, posing tips, smile tricks, as they shoot
  • Shooting opportunities for the attendees to photograph models during the styled shoots after the Speakers have shared their shooting secrets
They’ve already sold a ton of seats with their VIP Early Enrollment so don’t wait to sign up because they will sell out soon. SAVE $150 on intro pricing. INTRO PRICING ENDS DECEMBER 11TH!

I never thought in a million years I would be here…writing about our past and future workshops. Because, well, I just wasn’t THAT person. The person who could teach…let alone the person who could get up and teach a room full of people. Because, I’ll just be honest…I am terrified of public speaking. Cold chills, sweaty palms, and small bouts of memory loss while speaking. Seriously. But, after a lot of encouragement from my husband, a lot of emails inquiring about workshops or mentoring, and me just plain ol’ sucking it up, we taught our first workshop in early 2011. And it was SO MUCH DANG FUN. AND, there were zero sweaty palms or anxiety attacks involved. I realized that I just have to have a super cool audience (check), and a topic that I love and am super passionate about (check), and I am ready to rock the public speaking scene!

Travis and I have had so much fun teaching workshops over the last year and a half and can’t believe we are already coming upon our final workshop of 2012. The amazing people we have taught and become friends with are what make the workshop and our experience so awesome. We are proud of our attendees and the amazing work they produce. We are excited to show off their work and thank them so much for all the kind things they’ve shared about the workshop. Bring on the eye candy from some of the attendees :)

If you would like to receive emails regarding upcoming workshops, or learn more about our final 2012 workshop in North Carolina (August 17th and 18th), visit our workshop website or email us at

Kim Hauman Photography

Jennie Cannon Photography (left), Dresden Park Photography (right)

“Travis and Jean were patient, experienced, fun, and 100% open with their knowledge. I learned and I laughed. But the learning and the laughing didn’t stop at the end of the workshop, as they have designed a continuous learning community through a private Facebook site where the support from the Smiths and the workshop members has been amazing. It’s the workshop that keeps on giving….. HIGHLY recommended!” – Colleen Parker from Dresden Park Photography

Kim Ritsema Photography

“I was a little intimidated to attend a workshop since I was pretty new to photography when I went to the HSSS workshop. Now, ive been to about a dozen different types of workshops and can honestly say there hasnt been one to even come close to the HSSS workshop. Travis and Jean were incredibly patient, knowledgable, honest and so REAL! They make sense of what you are just dying to learn and give you more inspiration and motivation than you ever thought you could have! Not only is the workshop for *all* levels of photographers but its probably the best photography investment you could ever make.” – Tiffany Eberline from Tiffany Eberline Photography

Charlene Stam Photography.  You can see more of her images and read about her workshop experience here.

Tiny Impressions Photography (left), Photography by Stacy Melton (right)

“There are so many awesome things I could say about this workshop. The workshop simplified everything for me. I was over thinking off camera flash, along with other things. Travis and Jean made it so clear. Travis and Jean are so open and share everything. So many great tips from the beginning to end. I also loved all of the recommendations on vendors, outsourcing, actions, etc. Starting out with this workshop was a huge benefit for me.” – Laura Finley from Laura Finley Photography

Lovin the Light Photography

Laura Finley Photography

AbbyBell Photography

“The He Said She Said workshop was worth so much more then I ever could have imagined. Not only do you learn so much on the business and the shooting side, but the learning never stops. Jean and Travis are absolutely amazing. In addition to the workshop, they created a place for all the workshop attendees to continue to learn from one another. Jean and Travis are 100% ACTIVE participants and continually being our mentors as we learn new things. This, hands down, is the best workshop I have ever attended. The relationship they build with their attendees is more then one could hope for. Recently I visited Michigan again and Travis even met us from lunch! Love these two!!!! HIGHLY recommend!” – Kim Hauman with Kim Hauman Photography

Bruce Murden Photography

Kristin Wilkerson Photography (left), Turtle Street Photography (right). You can see more of Kristin’s images and read about her workshop experience here.

Shannon J Dodge Photography

Maryrose Brame Photography

Purple Tree Photography (left), A Million Sighs Photography (right). You can see more images and hear about Christine’s workshop experience here.

Jean Rihm Photography

“Attending the He Said She Said workshop was like taking a quantum leap forward in improving my business in every way.  The workshop is loaded with pearls of wisdom about not only becoming a better photographer , but also about being happy doing photography.  Jean and Travis are entertaining and generous in their instruction. It’s a weekend perfectly balanced between learning, getting inspired and having fun.” – Jean Rhim from Jean Rhim Photography

Gabi Moeller Photography. You can see more images and read her workshop experience here.

Tina Lynn Photography

Heather Hamilton Photography

*Contest is now closed. The winner of the $150 Gift Certificate is JEAN RIHM!!!  Winner was chosen via…not because she has an awesome first name*

Let’s just say it how it is. We love our workshop sponsors and support their products and businesses 100%. That is why we love to shout their praises…and…we have an AWESOME giveaway from the Shoppe this week!

The Shoppe is an online store featuring an extensive library of design templates and elements made specifically for photographers. You can choose products a la carte, or subscribe monthly to gain access to everything in the entire store.

It’s a genius idea, really. And their stuff? Truly awesome. Time to go check them out if you haven’t used their templates or aren’t familiar with them.

What to win?

$150 gift certificate to the Shoppe’s store!!!

How to win?

Super easy.

Win one of two ways…

1. Go “like” The Shoppe’s Facebook page, and come back here and leave a comment, letting us know that you did.

2. If you already “like” the Shoppe’s Facebook page, you can tweet, blog, or share on your Facebook page about how awesome the Shoppe is, and come back here and leave a comment, letting us know what you did.

When does it end?

Contest ends on Friday, May 4th.  Winner will be announced  (chosen via on my Facebook page at 12 pm (EST).


April 25, 2012

Finally. I find a few moments to share some of my favorites from our Florida workshop last month. My feelings of excitement, gratitude, and fun are still so fresh, and I have my staff (Brittni and Adam Schroeder), Travis, and of course, our awesome attendees to thank for that. If you would like to learn more about our final 2012 workshop in North Carolina, visit our workshop website.

Click here to see the slideshow (if you like more images…and pretty music…and hate scrolling).


March 29, 2012

Heading out for a bit. Going to Florida to teach our workshop!!! Excited to meet new friends. And excited to feel the warm Florida sun on my face. I’m just…excited :)

A recent favorite…


March 22, 2012

When it comes to my photography business, my two favorite things are shooting and editing.  I loooooove to edit.  Just not 800 pictures.  I deliver between 500-800 images to my wedding clients and just the THOUGHT of all of the hours I used to spend editing those images makes me slightly ill to my stomach. I found out about Fotofafa, tried them out, and have never looked back. I now edit 25-50 images for my blog, and ship the rest to Fotofafa to work their magic. No longer do I spend hours and hours and hours and hours editing images.

I always tease that I am a “lazy” photographer and want convenience. I absolutely love that Fotofafa sends me a flash drive to send in my images and keeps sending me replacements so I always have one on hand.  But, my very favorite part is that they send me some online edited proofs of my images and I can approve the editing or request changes until I feel like it is a perfect fit for my editing style.

I love to give shout outs to companies or products that not only make my life easier, but offer an amazing service or high quality product.  Huge thanks to Fotofafa for providing that to me.  And a huge thanks to Fotofafa for being one of our rad sponsors for our workshop. If you would like to learn more about our last two workshops of 2012, please visit our workshop website.  You can also view recent workshop images here on my blog.

We just had so much dang fun in Las Vegas, I keep posting more and more images! First it was the beautiful bride and groom, and then an adorable family, and finally, our gorgeous engagement couple. All models were photographed at our two day Las Vegas workshop. If you would like to learn more about our last two workshops in 2012, please see our workshop website. Enjoy!

Yep, that’s me in the middle of the street in Las Vegas getting the above image.  The THINGS I will do to get my shot.  At least one of our attendees, Leisa, seems to be watching my back.  She must be right in the middle of telling me I will be death-by-car in about two seconds.  Taken by Laurel Hogge.

more love in las vegas

March 4, 2012

More love from our Las Vegas workshop

This time it’s a beautiful family on the streets of Las Vegas.

love in las vegas

February 28, 2012

Annnnnnd, we’re back from Las Vegas.

My cup overfloweth and I feel beyond blessed. Blessed because we get to travel and share our passion with others. Hugely blessed because we get to meet so many crazy awesome people at our workshop.

No words can thank the people enough who are behind the scenes of our workshops…

Workshop Coordinator: Brittni Schroeder
Hair/Makeup Styling: Melissa Moss
Wedding Dress: Katie Jean Designs
Models: Rhett and Kelli Marek
Workshop Staff: Brittni Schroeder, Ken Duffy, Josh Sherwood, Laurel Hogge
Location: Random Las Vegas Desert

Somehow we escaped the workshop without getting a proper group picture.  But, I love this shot of the last few minutes of our workshop happiness :)