Jill LaFleur/Jose Villa Wedding Photography Workshop; Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, CA

May 5th, 2011

By: Wendy Roe
Part 1 of 2

My friend Courtney Kelley and I were packed into the 2011 WPPI sold out room for Southern California wedding planner extraordinaire, Jill LaFleur.  She was the first wedding planner to be invited to speak to an anxious group of wedding photographers on working with coordinators, getting published and doing inspiration shoots.  In pure shock, she drew our business card out of a basket, and for the first time ever, I won something!  I won a 1-day exclusive workshop with her, Jose Villa, Abby Larson (Style Me Pretty) and a handful of wonderful speakers.

This week, I flew down to California and the beautiful Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.  The workshop was a jam-packed day with a focus on marketing/branding and shooting wedding details.  Since that’s my focus on the company (Byron being the primary shooter), it was a perfect fit.  Complete with a ‘Great Gatsby’ bride/groom inspiration shoot, it was a great day.

This post is part 1 of 2.  This first one features images of the workshop speakers and highlights from their mini-sessions as well as the beautiful details that Jill put together for each of the participants.  The second (coming this week) will feature the Jose Villa inspired shoot and the bride/groom images.


B + W


One of my favorite images of Jill during the day 🙂


The ‘Artist Cottage’ was the fun spot for the day of learning.  Each took their turn and in this shot, Joel Serrato presented his film-making skills.


Jill and branding/packaging guru Ceci Johnson (Ceci New York)


Halii Iaea, of Pacific Weddings, sharing insights on getting published.


Robyn Iaea from Pacific Weddings


Of course I had to get my signature shot with Jose Villa himself.  Thank you Joel for grabbing a few frames for me 🙂


Jose Villa, master of natural light film photography…


Jose explaining tips on shooting details (shots to come in 2nd blog post)


Shooting the collateral, invitation and paper goods!


The paparazzi shooting the first few kisses of our bride/groom for the day.  Jose on the right…


Jose on his own gathering little details (the light was so freakin’ amazing).


Jill, being the detail queen, gave each participant a goodie bag.  Of course we had to get some detail shots of those too!


The lovely note cards from Ceci, beautifully packaged and presented.  Reinforces the understood notion that ‘love is in the details.’


Custom logo designed for the workshops and our burlap bag including wine, apron, artist kit and other goodies!


Special thanks to the speakers and ‘talent’ that made this day possible.  Those include:
Jill La Fleur, La Fleur Weddings & Events www.lafleurweddings.com (Speaker & Stylist)
Jose Villa Photography www.josevillaphoto.com
Joel Serrato Films www.joelserratofilms.com
Abby Larson, Style Me Pretty www.stylemepretty.com
Ceci Johnson, www.cecinewyork.com (speaker, logo design & invite suite)
Robyn and Halii Iaea, www.pacificweddings.com
Brian Greenberg, www.richardphotolab.com
Tiffany Emch, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa www.ojairesort.com (speaker, location & cake)
Amy Squires, Wedding Chicks www.weddingchicks.com (logo printing)
Camilla Svensson Burns www.camillaflowers.com
La Tavola Linens www.latavolalinens.com (luncheon linens and lace drapes)
Claire La Faye www.clairelafaye.com (dress)
Mar Romero, Team Hair & Makeup www.teamhairandmakeup.com
Jason Maurakawa, Small Masterpiece www.smallmasterpiece.com (tabletop items)
Allison Howell, Found Vintage Rentals www.foundrentals.com (furniture/décor)
Lauren Christensen, Lo Boheme www.loboheme.com (head piece)
http://www.avecmoidecor.blogspot.com/ (ring pillow, spoon favors)
Waxing Poetic www.waxingpoetic.com (necklace, ring)

Can’t wait to show you the pictures of the inspiration shoot – stay tuned 🙂