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AJS Workshops & Retreats

As you know, I have been leading style + photo workshop & retreats for over two years. I must say that when I first came up with the idea of teaching my craft, my job, and my skills, it was something I thought would be fun – a nice idea.

All the creative folks that have emailed over the many years for career advice, internships, and mentoring would have one place to learn styling and photography from trained professionals working in the field for over 20 years.

Since I have been styling and producing for awhile, teaching seemed to be a natural transition for me. With my styling kit in hand, I have managed to work with over 200 students who have attended my style + photo workshops over the last 2+ years. It’s been the biggest thrill, and truly a pleasure.

Of course, devoting a website to this endeavor seemed the next natural step. My Annette Joseph Style Workshops & Retreats launches today. This year I have added 2 amazing destinations and 2 incredible photo instructors to the mix. I hope you head over to Annette Joseph Style Workshops & Retreats, grab your place, and come along on our next AJS Style + Photo adventure.

Workshop News: Follow along as I purchase and renovate my Workshops & Retreats studio kitchen, photo studio, and location in Tuscany. This location will provide the perfect setting for workshops and retreats of all kinds: cooking, yoga, writing, branding, and of course, all sorts of styling and photography workshops from many experts from all over the world. To say that I am excited would be an understatement. I am looking forward to playing host to a bevy of talented instructors and attendees.

Please feel free to give my any feedback in the comments; I would love to hear your thoughts. If you would like to conduct a workshop in Italy at our location, please feel free to contact me, too.

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BIG thanks to Nicole for building the site with me and to Oma for copy editing!

Big thanks to my AJS Style team, Kayla, Megan, Leo, and Nicole. You’re amazing…I could not do it without you. xx

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Meet the AJS Workshop Team:: Megan Bowers

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Now that you’ve gotten to learn more about me and Sarah Dorio, I thought you’d like to meet our newest member, Megan Bowers of Pictory Productions. Megan is our videographer, and I cannot wait to see all of the ways she helps make our workshops even better.

I met Megan at Alt Summit, and we instantly hit it off. I knew she would be a great addition to our team. She’s spunky, too, and I love that. You can see some of her videos in the Marrakech post as well as on my Instagram, and be sure to visit her website for more.

Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself.
A:Your full name? Megan Bowers
Where are you from? Pittsburgh, PA
What do you do for a living? I make brand films for creative businesses.
What is your role on the AJS Workshop Team? I’m the videographer!

Q: Tell us about your background.
A: I have been creating video content for over 10 years. I’ve filmed everything from broadcast news to brides to businesses.

Q: Describe your expertise for the workshops.
A: My job is to capture the awesomeness of Annette’s workshops. My initial objective was to market other workshops, but the attendees love it because it also serves as a keepsake for them and their experience.

Q: What do you enjoy most about being a part of the AJS Workshop Team?
A: I love being surrounded by so many talented professionals (both the teachers and students). I always leave the workshop with lots of lessons and inspiration.

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Q: What is one app (business related or not) you absolutely cannot live without?
A: Google Translate. In Marrakech, I was able to have full conversations from English to Arabic with the locals. It was such a surreal experience!

Q: Where is your favorite place to travel?
A: Italy…do I really need to go into detail?!

Q: What is one travel destination you hope to cross off your bucket list?
A: Thailand

Q: What is your favorite part of exploring a new destination?
A: Getting out of your comfort zone and pushing past any pre-conceived nerves or fears.

Q: What is one travel essential you’re sure to pack on every trip?
A: Lots of outlet converters! When it comes to shooting video, I’m constantly charging laptops and batteries.

Q: Just for fun (and in true Annette style), what is your go-to cocktail?
A: An Aperol Spritz (I’d drink it for breakfast if I could.)

Meet Megan Bowers, our AJS workshop videographer | http://annettejosephstyle.com

Photo credit: Sarah Dorio and Megan Bowers

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Meet the AJS Workshop Team:: Sarah Dorio

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I cannot say enough wonderful things about my incredible workshop team. Marrakech only made it all the clearer that my team is full of the best in the business. As I continue to introduce you to members of the team, I am reminded of each of their awesome talents.

Today, I’d like you to meet Sarah Dorio, our fabulous and super talented Marrakech workshop photography instructor. You know how much I love Sarah after last week’s post about Project Soar. She is amazing, and I am happy to introduce her here today.

Meet Sarah Dorio, our Marrakech Workshop photographer | http://annettejosephstyle.com

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself:
A: 
What is your full name: Sarah Ianacone Dorio
Where are you from? Rochester, New York
What do you do for a living? Photographer

Q: What is your role on the AJS Workshop Team?
A: Photography Teacher/ Workshop Leader

Q: Tell us about your background.
A: I‘ve been taking pictures since I was a little kid. I love to travel, look at art, and meet interesting people.

Q: Describe your expertise for the workshops.
A:
I’ve been shooting professionally for 17 years, and I was a photo assistant before I started shooting on my own.

Q: What do you enjoy most about being a part of the AJS Workshop Team?
A: This was my first experience. Working with Annette, Cassandra, and Megan changed me. They are all such creative, smart women, and we all learned to support each other pretty quickly. It was as if we were creating one thing, together. A single, creative unit.

Meet Sarah Dorio, our Marrakech Workshop photographer | http://annettejosephstyle.com

Q: What is one app (business related or not) you absolutely cannot live without?
A: Ooooh, both the camera and the music app. Equally.

Q: Where is your favorite place to travel?
A: I don’t really have a favorite, but I measure places by the people and the spirituality. I have a deep love for Istanbul, Mexico City, Jaipur, New Orleans, and Marrakech. Also, China. I love China. I studied abroad in China, so I can’t look at a photograph of China without getting emotional.

Q: What is one travel destination you hope to cross off your bucket list?
A: Japan

Q: What is your favorite part of exploring new destination?
A: Always the people

Q: What is one travel essential you’re sure to pack on every trip?
A: I always bring way too many books. Not sure if that’s an essential, but for me it’s an emotional essential. If that’s a thing.

Q: Just for fun (and in true Annette style), what is your go-to cocktail?
A: Coffee!

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Project Soar Marrakech 2016 :: The Portrait Project

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One of my favorite things about the Marrakech Workshop are the days before my attendees arrive.

One activity in particular is the thing I most look forward to… Sunday’s Project Soar sports and art activity. Project Soar is Maryam Montague and Chris Redecke’s (Owners of Peacock Pavilions) Girls Empowerment and Education Non-Profit.

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Project Soar Portrait Project in Marrakech | http://annettejosephstyle.com It’s so exciting to get to plan an art project for the girls. You may remember I wrote about Project Soar last year.

Well this year with Sarah Dorio, my workshop Photo Instructor, in tow we created a portrait project for the girls. Sarah brought her Hassenblad fitted with a Polaroid back, which enabled her to take insta-pics of the girls. I, of course, had to bring some boas and crowns as wardrobe. What girl doesn’t like a boa and a crown? The girls were so excited to have their portraits taken, they patiently waited in line for their turn. Once their Polaroid was developed, they went to work gluing it to a poster board and then embellishing their portrait. They all did a beautiful job and had a keepsake to proudly display at home.

Project Soar Portrait Project in Marrakech | http://annettejosephstyle.com Project Soar Portrait Project in Marrakech | http://annettejosephstyle.com Project Soar Portrait Project in Marrakech | http://annettejosephstyle.com I was very taken that last year when we came and took photos of the girls that they were shy, and it was hard to get most of them to smile. But this year, thanks to all the great activities and support of the Project Soar team, they all were much more confident and outgoing. It’s extraordinary what support and self esteem building activities can do, especially for these young girls during their formative years. Project Soar is doing so much for young women in the community; read about it here.

If you would like to make a donation, please make one here. The girls have so little, and Project Soar provides them with the means to achieve so much. The cycle of child brides and a lack of education can stop, and you can so easily help these girls become accomplished and educated women of the future.

Project Soar Portrait Project in Marrakech | http://annettejosephstyle.com As you can tell, I have grown to love these girls; I cannot tell you how it warmed my heart that they came running up to me with kisses and remembered me from last year. They took my hand and would not let go. So little can make such a difference. It’s up to us strong women of the world to help all women reach their full potential, and honestly it’s not that hard.

My workshop group was so amazing and generous. They all attended a fundraiser dinner the week of our workshop, and we all vowed to get the word out. Stay tuned for more information about a fundraiser coming to Atlanta. Thanks to Sarah Dorio who tirelessly photographed all the girls and did so with kindness, patience, and a big smile on her face.

Project Soar Portrait Project in Marrakech | http://annettejosephstyle.com

Photo Credit: moi and Sarah Dorio

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Marrakech Style + Photo Workshop 2016

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Landing in Marrakech always sparks a warm light in my heart. Something about Marrakech has always spoken to me. Not sure if it’s a past life, or an appreciation of light, color, and texture. Or maybe it’s just the hustle and bustle in the street that gets my creative juices flowing. Whatever the reason, I decided to go back and teach styling and photography to another workshop group.

Last year was the first time I brought a group to photograph and experience Marrakech. I learned a lot from that experience, I must say. In a country where the majority does not like to be photographed, it’s a daunting task to facilitate photography for attendees.

But this year, with the help of my brilliant friend and producer Mary O’Dell, I was able to secure photo guides from Marrakech and seamlessly provide subjects for our portraits. I must say seamlessly is probably not the right word…more like without major incident. In Marrakech, one must respect religious rules, and especially with the older folks bearded and veiled. They simply are not into having anyone point a camera at them. So with that in mind, we trekked through the medina, and we were able to shoot the most amazing photographs.

AJS Marrakech Workshop | http://annettejosephstyle.com

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Our group this year was large: 14 students and 4 instructors plus 3 guides.

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AJS Marrakech Workshop | http://annettejosephstyle.com Sarah Dorio, the photo instructor, along with assistant Kayla Alexander, did an amazing job working with each student and going over every question about apertures and ISOs with great patience and skill. We had 2 amazing instructors from Marrakech with us as well. Cassandra LaValle, our Social Media and Branding expert, gave a great talk and helped students amp up their presence on Instagram. I helped style and worked with attendees individually on their styled look and composition for the camera. AJS Marrakech Workshop | http://annettejosephstyle.com We had amazing dinners and wonderful lunches, and generally bonded with each other. The synergy of the group was amazing, all sorts of sharing and creating and discussion about how to better images.  Megan Bowers, our videographer, was amazing; she is a new addition to the team. You may have noticed some amazing shorts on my Instagram feed thanks to Megan. I think all in all, it was a highlight experience for us all. I know that I loved every minute of it. Thanks to my spectacular team, and the team at Peacock Pavilions, who are always helpful. A special shout out to one of the attendees that turned into a team member over the course of the workshop. Wendy Hanson who was spectacular at lending a hand to all of us; thanks Wendy!

AJS Marrakech Workshop | http://annettejosephstyle.com

Our next stop is Italy where Emily Followill, Kayla Alexander, and Anne Sage take the stage along with me to create gorgeous imagery centering around what else? Food. June 8th-13th, and it will be here before we know it. Please follow along on Instagram and Snapchat at annettejoseph.

Until next Style + Photo Workshop

xx, Annette

Photos: Megan, Sarah and moi

 

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