Black and White Wednesday - "Getting Ready"

July 14, 2010

Catherine Pandora and Glam BLOG

How on earth is it already the middle of July.....Is this summer flying or what?

Well as per usual, life is crazy busy around here and my first workshop weekend is quickly approaching!! I am super excited as are the ladies coming to town next week:)

I have spent the last month and a half working very diligently to plan out every last detail of this weekend so that everything runs smoothly and so every one of these ladies walks away feeling like they have learned A LOT!!!

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When I decided to go ahead and do this, I didn't really think of all the logistics that were involved.......

The first thing I did was set up a database for all those attending so we could share information and post questions or concerns.

Then I started on the accomodations......I had to get lodging at the hotel set up for 17 people.

Make sure that everyone had a way to get to and from their airport of choice(which means three different airports in the tri state area).

Dinner reservations for Friday and Saturday nights.

Set up conference rooms and made breakfast accomodations for both Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Put together a schedule for our whole weekend so everyone knew what to expect.

Made more than a few phone calls and lined up some BEAUTIFUL Models for the shooting portion of the workshop......

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If you haven't guessed, these two pretty ladies will be modeling for us....along with 5 other fantastic people!!

I am so thrilled with the line up I have for Saturday. In addition to these girls, we have an adorable little boy who is is a professional model/actor.......a gorgeous husband and wife team that are wearing their wedding attire.......and two beautiful women who are no strangers to the camera!!

I have just about everything done except one of the most important things....... I need to dump everything that is in my brain onto paper and get everything printed out and put into a binder for each person attending the workshop. Even though I have a really good start.....I still have a lot of work to do.

So why am I telling you this? I am now officially in total workshop mode....and probably will be right up until I sadly say goodbye to these ladies Sunday afternoon as we all go our separate ways!!

I am anxious, excited, and {a little nervous}......I know it will be a fantastic weekend......but I am a worrier and will fret about all the things that are out of my the weather!! Say a little prayer that the sun is shining and that the rain stays away!

Hope you all have a wonderful may not see me around much....but I will at the very least get a post up next Wednesday:)

All the pictures posted today were processed with the newly released Florabella Luxe Actions. They are is all of her other actions and textures.

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Mom2Isabel said...

I am so grateful for this weekend and all the work you have done (and continue to do) to make it the amazing weekend that I am sure it will be.

Only nine more days!!!!

Unknown said...

I am so excited for the workshop Lisa. Everything sounds incredible. You have done such a fabulous job organizing and planning.

I will pray for great weather. No matter what the weather though, I am certain everything will go just right.

Wanda said...

Everytime I think about our upcoming week-end - my heart does a little flip. And no exception when reading this post.

I know it will be a fantastic workshop and an awesome memory making time. I really can hardly wait.

I also know you will leave no detail unchecked. Get some rest though 'cause...ya know....we may keep you up all night!!


Anonymous said...

This workshop weekend is going to be FABULOUS! I cant wait!
Everything will be wonderful come rain or shine and I know we'll learn lots! I already have all due to you!

Football and Fried Rice said...

SO JEALOUS!!!!!! I hope that (some day!) i'll be able to come ;) What an amazing opportunity & GREAT job you will do!!

Kayce said...

I too am SO JEALOUS!! I can't wait to see all the great shots that come from all the great ladies who are headed your way. You are going to rock the workshop Lisa! :)

PS - You're NEXT sweet lady!! :)

Kim said...

Okay ... feeling very jealous! Maybe someday!

Kim said...

OMW.. I didn't know you were doing this..
I sooo wish I could have come to this and you could teach me how to use my camera..
I Love ya girly.. and am sooo excited.. you are NEXT.

Missy said...

You are going to rock the house!!! I have already seen your mad skills in front of the camera and all I can say is these ladies are in for a treat :) Love the pics of your models...they are so beautiful. Praying for great weather, lots of learning, but mostly LOADS of fun!

Anonymous said...

I Hope you have fun on your workshop weekend.

The girls are beautiful!

Raymonde said...

Beautiful models, can't wait to see the after weekend shots.

Have a great workshop. They are a lot of work but so worthwhile.

I was reading this quote from David Jay the other day: Invest in people and you will never run out of business. I guess that is exactly what you are doing. You go girl.

Have a fantastic week. xxx

fleur de lis cottage said...

You know this post gets me stoked!!Can't wait until next weekend. Gorgeous models we'll be shooting.

I loved your post from last week. I've always loved Trumpette loafers. I loved how you keep them on your sweet.

I also used a new Florabella Luxe action on my b and w post today (used London but kept the background b and w)

Denise said...

Finally able to link up myself! Lisa, I can't wait for next weekend...thank you for all of your hard work and preparation. Have a great day~

Mimi said...

Wish I could be there with you all, but sending you loads of Reiki for a great workshop and a fun weekend!
Sounds like you've worked hard, so it will be brilliant.
Well done, Lisa!

paige said...

lisa, those attending the workshop will be blessed indeed! i would love to learn from you!!
praying your skies are blue and the sun is flaring!!
praying all the things on your list get checked off leaving you a little time to relax before it begins!

carolinagirl said...

the workshop will be a total success! you are so meticulous! I know it will all go smoothly. love these photos! love the processing! have a great weekend!!!

Love Letters To China said...

You are going to do an amazing job at your workshop. I'm so sad I won't be able to meet everyone and see you in action first hand. I know our time will come to meet in one day soon. Maybe this fall.

Take lots of deep breathes and don't work too hard. Everything will fall into place. I'm very confident your weekend will be loads of fun for you and your attendees.


Jodee said...

You are going to have soooo much fun at your workshop and I can't wait to hear all about it. Hoping and praying for a perfect weather weekend for you!

Have a great day!

CM said...

Wow, how much fun! So wish I could come. Have fun everyone :-)

Oh, and I linked up again this week Lisa!

Melis said...

I can't wait to hear how it goes! Good luck! And by the way, what do you think of taking your act on the road, hm? Say, like, to my house?

Robin said...

I know everything will be great, I so wish I could be there! Remember my post about worry and what will all work out.

Blessings and hugs!

Rebecca said...

The workshop will be great, cant wait to hear about it!

Everything Beautiful Shay said...

So WISH I was one of the 17! :) I know it will be fabulous. Maybe you could do some online workshops for us that can't travel especially since I will have a new little one in August. I am so excited to hear how it goes... I pray you get it all ready and the sun shines perfectly for your shoots and when all is said and done, you are closer to your precious one waiting for you in China!!!

Freckles & Dimples Photography said...

you are one talented woman, so i think you will do a wonderful job teaching your workshop! I'll be praying for a beautiful day ...very excited for you :)

Briana's Mom said...

How exciting! I hope the workshop goes wonderfully! I know it will with you in charge. :) You know I wish I was gonna be there.

Hope to talk to you this week!


Courtney said...

Beautiful pics, as always. That first little girl's eyes are stunning! Wish I could make the weekend. Sounds awesome!

Biana said...

Aah, she's stunning and you portrait her so well!!

Dita said...

As a Golden Ticket holder and one of the very Lucky 17, I can't wait for next weekend! Yep, you're gonna rock it...but then, you always do.
You've organized everything down to the last detail and I know each of the girls are so grateful for all the behind the scenes work you've been doing to make this weekend an extra special one for all of us.
I've got the DitaMobile all fired up and ready to roll to pick up the 4 in my posse and meet the rest of our photo gals in Bethlehem...perhaps a little star will guide us.

So excited to learn, to be together and to meet all our new friends.


Robin said...

Oh WOW Lisa ... you have thought of everything! I totally wish I was joining you for this great weekend. You guys are going to have a blast & these girls are super lucky to be able to learn some tips & tricks from you & Marla. The workshop sounds incredible & I am so happy for you!!

Gail said...

Lisa, you are going to shine...I'm confident of that!!! You are an extremely talented photographer and you have so much knowledge to share.

And all the details will fall into place, try not to worry. I can't wait to see all the fabulous pictures that everyone will take and hear how the workshop went.(you will all have a blast!)

And fingers will be crossed for beautiful weather! :)


Ashley Sisk said...

Oh I wish I could be there. These shots are gorgeous!

Jboo said...

I'm sure it will be a fabulous weekend! Wish I could be there too! Can't wait to hear all about it and see photos, of course! :) Have a great Wednesday!


Casey said...

I'M SO EXCITED!!!! I so need to do my homework too... been crazy here. I'm so excited to meet everyone too!

Lori Lynn said...

I know your workshop will be awesome and the lucky 17 will be so much more knowledgeable by Sunday. I wish you all the best and look forward to reading the happy reviews and seeing the wonderful portraits.

Unknown said...

I have to admit, I'm more than a little envious of the lucky people who get to attend your workshop. But it'll be nice to see some photos afterward!

Jumping Jack said...

Your workshop will be GREAT! Someday I hope to attend. Have a wonderful weekend and I cannot wait to see the beautiful photos!

redmaryjanes said...

You put great care into everything that you do. Your workshop is going to be very successful. Just take a deep breath and let the talent flow.

Anonymous said...

Lisa I just know your workshop will be fantastic and all the ladies attending will be so blessed to learn from you!

I love Florabella and I used the b&w actions on my post this week. I'm trying to process more on my own instead of relying on my actions but I might have to check those new ones out!

I will keep my fingers crossed for some incredible weather for your workshop! Hugs~

asj said...

Good luck with the workshop, thanks for hosting the link-up! :)

Donna said...

I'm so impressed with all of the effort and attention to detail that you're putting into this, Lisa! But don't worry about it. It's going to be perfect and FUN! Seriously, I can't even promise that I'll be as good a student as you are a teacher!

We just got back from Rome last weekend and next weekend we're flying to San Diego. Then I'm flying to YOU the weekend after that! Phew! What a crazy busy summer so far!

See you soon!

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Jennifer said...

I am so jealous!!! Some day.... Praying for good weather for you! I bet it will be a blast!


3 Peanuts said...


I am sure it is overwhelming the first time you do something like this. I can identify in other ways. However, your preparation, research, skill, talent hard-work and sincerity will shine through. I think if you have the talent and integrity (and you do) and you truly have people's best interests at heart (and you do) and are organized and prepared (and you are) to teach them, it will be INCREDIBLE. When these workshops/seminars have not gone well is when some of that stuff was missing.

I have taken about 5 or 6 different seminars/workshops from all different instructors and from the participant me the most important things are that the teacher is organized and stays on task and is utmost professional and helpful. Oh and in one seminar, the teacher shot more the students did. It was so frustrating. I could not get near the models because the instructor was always shooting. Not that I think that would happen at all.... but just sharing.

Best best wishes for lots of success and fun!!! I SO wish I could be here. I have really considered it. Harry has the national championships for Judo that weekend:)


Anonymous said...

This is fantastic!! I am so looking forward to the workshop next weekend! I can't believe all the practice sessions you have set up for us! My sponge is coming completely empty so I can soak it ALL in!! Thank you for all the planning and prep work to make this a wonderful and informative event !

Michelle R Photography said...

Lisa, you seem to be the most organized person I know and are so on top of things!! You are going to do an outstanding job, I am sure of it!! I wish I were spending the weekend with you and the Lucky 17. I can't wait to hear all about it and see all of the beautiful pictures!! Best of luck!!

Jo said...

Hoping your weekend was a HUGE success (and I'm certain it was!) and that you were able to relax and enjoy it as well.

Thanks for the heads up ~ I still don't know what happened. They haven't gotten back to me. I'm slowing reloading the photos as my husband noticed that the codes have all been changed. Hmmm ...

Take another peek when you have a free moment :)