Hot off the Press: AJS Workshops are Making Headlines

Over the past few weeks, it has been thrilling to see my workshops getting so much awesome press. I feel like I’ve been walking on cloud 9! AJS Workshops & Retreats have been featured in some of the world’s top publications. We’ve been in Stylist Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, and even VOGUE. Yes, Vogue. See a few of our features for yourself below.

Over the past few weeks, it has been thrilling to see my workshops get so much awesome press. I feel like I've been walking on cloud 9!

Vogue: 5 Retreats for Harnessing Your Creative Spirit

Over the past few weeks, it has been thrilling to see my workshops get so much awesome press. I feel like I've been walking on cloud 9!

Better Homes & Gardens: Creative Class

Over the past few weeks, it has been thrilling to see my workshops get so much awesome press. I feel like I've been walking on cloud 9!

Hey Mama: How I Got My (Creative) Groove Back

Over the past few weeks, it has been thrilling to see my workshops get so much awesome press. I feel like I've been walking on cloud 9!

Stylist Magazine: How Making a Cup of Tea Became a Photo Opportunity

Over the past few weeks, it has been thrilling to see my workshops get so much awesome press. I feel like I've been walking on cloud 9!

Darling Magazine: 4 Things That Zap Your Creativity on Instagram

With AJS Workshops on the radar of so many people, I’m anticipating the remaining spots to sell-out quickly, and I’d love it if you were there with me. Join me and my team in our first summer at The Fortress. We’ll learn together, grow together, and eat and drink together. What are you waiting for?

There are only SIX spaces available for each workshop, and some are already sold out. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to travel, explore, and learn.

If you have any questions, be sure to email me at annette@annettejosephstyle.com, and in the meantime, wait for posts and updates on stylephotoworkshops Instagram account.

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L.A. Style+Photo Workshop

L.A. Style+Photo Workshop

This past weekend I had the pleasure of teaching a L.A. Style+Photo Workshop with Anne Sage at her beautiful location in Los Angeles, Light Lab. Los Angeles is always an inspiration, and I had not been for about three years since my book signing there. What a perfect opportunity to get inspired and do what I love.

We met for a meet and greet on Friday night at Anne’s new house. Like her, it’s stylish and well edited. Meeting everyone the night before is always so useful, as we can talk about goals and expectations. As always, the group was diverse and delightful.

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Saturday morning we all met at Light Lab full of energy and a little tentative, and we dove into a day of styling.

Sunday we cooked our lunch together, and shot the process, all the while chatting about branding and social media with our guru Anne. The menu consisted of cream of tomato basil soup and grilled cheese sandwiches, with fig and prosciutto on freshly baked brioche. We finished with apple tartine with whipped cream.

The last hands-on styling lesson was a lesson on composition and building your set. I used building a charcuterie plate an the vehicle for this lesson.

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We had an amazing day with amazing attendees, and of course, we finished the workshop with a wine and cheese party and devoured the charcuterie plate. Did I mention I love my job??

My Italian workshops are filling-up quickly, and a few are already sold-out. Don’t miss the opportunity to join me and my fabulous team of photographers and guest stylists. Find all the information you need on the workshop website. I’d love to have you come along!

Thanks again to Anne, my partner in crime. xx

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Announcing our Los Angeles Workshop

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Many of you have been requesting a stateside workshop, and I am happy to deliver that to you today! If you follow along on social media or get my newsletter, you may have already heard that I’m partnering with fellow stylist and social media expert, Anne Sage, for a strictly styling and social media branding workshop in Los Angeles, California, January 28-29, 2017.

Anne is a veteran workshop instructor; she has taught with me in Italy the past 2 summers. You’ll love learning from her and creating with us. We’ve created a weekend workshop filled with collaboration, information, and of course, fun.

If you’re ready to take your brand or blog to the next level, this workshop is for you! Students will hone their skills in styling for the camera, gaining an understanding of the foundational tenets of composition and how to apply them when crafting professional quality images. The workshop will also provide strategies and best practices for making your brand shine on social media. Not to mention you will meet like-minded individuals, make new friends and find your best creative self, all while having a great time.

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And did I mention our fabulous setting?! The Los Angeles workshop will take place at Light Lab.

This workshop will gather at Light Lab, a groundbreaking photo studio and events space in L.A. Founded in 2016 by photographers Caroline and Jayden Lee and author/stylist Anne Sage, Light Lab is a supportive and inclusive space for creatives of all kinds. It’s a dream! Full of light, funky furnishings, and loads of texture. 

The best part is this workshop is taking place just before the renowned blog conference, Alt Summit in Palm Springs. Why not make a week of it? Take our workshop then head down to Alt (I’ll see you there!).

Space is filling-up quickly, so don’t wait to sign-up; we have very limited spaces available.

This would make a great gift, too! Treat yo self! Email me with any questions…

xx Annette

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Roundtop TX, The Antique Show that is Texas B I G

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Have you ever wanted to do something for many years, and then finally you are there, and it’s bigger and better than you imagined? Well that was my experience last weekend when I finally attended the Roundtop Antiques Show, in Roundtop TX. I am super lucky. My sweet designer friend, Kelly, who lives and works in Texas, was my amazing tour guide. In Roundtop, a tour guide is worth its weight in gold. It’s big; TEXAS B I G!!! So knowing where to start, and where to quit was extremely valuable.

We started at the Marburger Farm series of tents and buildings chocked full of antique dealers from all over the country. They were beautifully appointed booths filled to the brim with antiques from all over the globe.

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Marburger Farm is a great first stop

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Amazing finds like this hunting trophy collection from Germany

Wear your cowboy boots; it's dusty and dirty.

Wear your cowboy boots; it’s dusty and dirty.

We spent about 3 hours walking from tent to tent. We hit the Uncommon Objects tent, and then went to Ex-Cess, where I found things from Marrakech and Hungary. Roundtop is something that should be on your bucket list if you’re like me and love beauty and interesting wares. I will say wear your cowboy boots as it’s dusty, drink plenty of water, and don’t over do it. Roundtop would take a few weeks to see everything, so curate your tour, and if you can, go with an expert. Thanks to Kelly for the fantastic day. I will never forget it, and I will be back. xx

One of my regrets is not buying one of these cleavers...

One of my regrets is not buying one of these cleavers…

One pro tip is to buy items as you see them because you most likely will not go back to buy them. I will say, I did not follow my own advice as these cleavers are something I should have picked up. But it’s a great reason to go back in the spring, right?  If you want to see my Roundtop day on Instagram, check me out here, to see what I bought.

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Photography Tip:: Build a Prop Stash

First things first…when you build a prop stash, you need to make sure you shop like a stylist. Pick props that are basic as well as pick props that are unique. You should have a complete color wheel of fabrics and napkins to coordinate with plates and bowls of all sizes and colors. I keep buying white and natural napkins which I do not need! Don’t be like me! Shop for what you don’t have, and when you see napkins to add to your collection, grab them. My message here is don’t keep buying the same napkins (or props) over and over again.

The numero uno rule of being a professional stylist is to be efficient and organized. Once you start to seriously collect your prop inventory, you will find that storage is key. It’s important that everything is easy to access and most important is that you see everything displayed clearly. Pay attention to this tip! 

*(I will never forget looking into an (ex) assistant’s van and seeing everything thrown into the back and all over the backseat like it was garbage, when in fact they were gorgeous props. Message here? Be organized…even in the backseat of your van, treat every prop like it’s a treasure, because it is!)

Utilize amazing storage! Having a great place to pull from when you need accessories to style a room or to prop a recipe is key. I use metro fixtures which are available online or from The Container Store. They are sturdy and affordable. I also use vintage bakers racks. As long as you have a centralized location for your prop stash, you’re in business.

For example: here is a great collection of unique props. Store them all together, in a safe location on your shelves. Here’s another tip: use them a couple of times and then trade them with another stylist or antique dealer. I keep the ones that are so special I will never come across them again and rent them to other stylists. Having a unique vintage scale is a must, old pitchers, and a stash of vintage bake goods. Store these items together. When thinking about organizing, store like with like. In other words, I store all my galvanized props together, and plates stacked by color and size. Think like a retail store and create color stories and stories by material.

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For storing fabric: I think airtight see-through boxes are an easy solution. I stack the boxes on shelves and they are organized by color. Because I can see through the boxes I know which color napkins to pull down for a shoot. (*Remember to air them out regularly to prevent mold and mildew and wash them after every use.) A dresser will work as well for this kind of storage just make sure to colorize your napkins and tablecloths and remnants.

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Here’s how I organize my prop stash: I have shelves in my garage, and I merchandise my shelves neatly by color and material. I also purge regularly. Just like styling a photograph, it’s important to edit your props as well. I try not to use a prop more than twice, you’d be surprised how many people notice when you use the same prop over and over again. You don’t want to be that photo stylist; you’re a pro.

My prop room looks like this:

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I store all my flatware in a filing cabinet, with narrow drawers Like this one from the Container Store.

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I like to store trays and surfaces stacked in a rack and store small things in jars and vases.

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Remember you are spending lots of money on your things (even if you’re shopping flea markets… it adds up!), so take good care of your prop stash. Let me know if you have any organizational questions in the comments below, and I will be happy to answer them. Happy Shopping and Propping!

xx

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