Jill LaFleur/Jose Villa Wedding Photography Workshop; Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, CA Part 2

May 12th, 2011

By: Wendy Roe

After a fun day of learning and socializing with other portrait and wedding photographers, it was now time to shoot alongside Jose Villa and learn about the lighting techniques that he loves and shoot with.  He is a natural light film photographer and set out from day ONE of his business to have his work be a style such that a Jose Villa branded image was hardly needed.  Much like a blind Coke/Pepsi test – everyone would know which image was Jose’s without thinking.  He’s succeeded 🙂

Our bride and groom, Paulie and Matt, were adorable to say the least.  Team Hair & Makeup did an amazing job and Jill LaFleur and team had exquisite details to boot with different shooting areas: a ceremony area, decorated table, invitation station, lounge stations and cake table.

Thanks again for everyone who made this day possible!   Be sure to check out the Furniture Hire at the end of the post who did an amazing job.  Do you think this inspiration shoot had a ‘Great Gatsby’ quality to it?


B + W

PS Here’s Pt 1: Jill LaFleur/Jose Villa Wedding Photography Workshop; Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, CA (just in case you missed it!)


First frame of the day and a keeper.  I’m not sure why Calif. light is so freakin’ amazing but it was…


Fun moment for Paulie and Matt as we started the paparazzi tour 🙂



One of my top favs of the day!  Beautiful light, expression, features.  Paulie, your skin is baby smooth!


Another favorite 🙂


The ceremony site with random lavender graced pews.




Second favorite shot of Paulie.  You look so regal and stunning!


Life wouldn’t be complete without a little fisheye love.


Exquisite details from the LaFleur team.





Invitation station courtesy of Ceci New York.  Brides, be sure to bring your invites to the wedding to capture with the rest of your details!





A directed groom shot and highlight of the fashionable boutonniere.


Matt, in his serene moment of bliss in evening light…awww


I’ve been thinking about this shot for awhile, a directed approach to shooting the boutonniere.


Great Gatsby all the way 🙂



The last of my favorites – VA VA voom Paulie!

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)