The Signature Atelier is an intimate destination workshop designed to educate and inspire photographers looking to develop their signature style, and build a luxury, high-end, business. Located in the French countryside, the workshop will consist of five days of education, interspersed with two portfolio-building shoots, designed to aid photographers in elevating their business to a luxury level, clarifying their vision, and developing their signature work.

Our mission is to send each photographer home with a renewed sense of 
inspiration for their business, and a fresh passion for their craft. 

Paris is always a good idea.

-Audrey Hepburn







6:30- Welcome drinks & dinner



Day 1
Sunday, July 15

9:00- French breakfast

10:00- Designing a vision-based business

11:15-Five facets of a high-end photography business

12:00- Lunch, free time

2:00- White glove communication

3:15- Cultivating inspiration;
"purposeful" vs. "popular"

4:45- Silk ribbon dyeing class

6:00- Apertifs & dinner

The schedule

Day 2
Monday, July 16

8:00- French breakfast

9:00-  Designing a signature: crafting a style that speaks for itself

10:15- Introduction to
 film photography

12:00- Lunch

1:00- Styled shoot with hands-on
film education

3:30- Pricing for profit

5:00- Attracting destination
clients the smart way

7:15- Dressy dinner

8:30- Evening roundtable

Day 3
Tuesday, July 17

8:00- Breakfast

9:00- Systems that sustain

10:15- The Language of Luxury- becoming fluent in upscale 
client acquisition

11:30- The tangible brand; 
designing a high-end brand that 
goes beyond just your website

1:00- Farewell luncheon

4:00- Checkout & au revoirs

Day 5
Thursday, July 19

Day 4
Wednesday, July 18

8:00- Breakfast

9:00- Styled anniversary session in a quaint French town

10:30- Free morning in the city

2:00- Watercolor and rosé
in the garden

4:00- Head shots

6:00- Styled shoots that convert

7:00- Dinner
 

Schedule is subject to change in
order to best serve attendees

8:00- Bridal portrait portfolio
shoot at an iconic location
in the heart of Paris**

10:00- Breakfast at a Parisian café with Abby & Katherine**

Optional Day 6**
Friday, July 20

**Day 6 activities are optional and are available for a fee, in addition to the full workshop experience. Attendees who opt into the Paris portfolio shoot will be responsible for transportation to and lodging in Paris after the conclusion of the workshop 
(4pm on Thursday, July 19th)

**Day 6 activities are optional and are available for a fee, in addition to the full workshop experience. Attendees who opt into the Paris portfolio shoot will be responsible for transportation to and lodging in Paris after the conclusion of the workshop
(4pm on Thursday, July 19th)

Schedule subject to change in order to best serve attendees

"I was in need of a shift. In need of inspiration. Slowing down to chat over [those] delicious courses was amazing. I know without a shadow of a doubt I wouldn't have had such an incredible experience if it weren't for the meals at home."

- Lina Ryann

round 1 attendee

The

Throughout planning for The Signature Atelier, we kept coming back to two things: assisting business owners in moving toward a high-end, luxury business model, teaching photographers how to find inspiration that will help identify their signature style.

With those two ideas in mind, we've planned two styled shoots that will most certainly serve to inspire, and will give attendees an opportunity to capture gorgeous portfolio work!

Our wedding styled shoot will take place at the château where all workshop-goers are staying with a fully-styled table, models, a custom-designed Katherine Bignon gown, and various wedding details. Attendees will have access to medium format film cameras and will receive two rolls of film each to try their hand at a new medium! Film is one of our main sources of inspiration, and we're so excited to give photographers the chance to shoot analogue!

The portrait session shoot will take place in town within driving distance of the château (transportation provided). Attendees will have the opportunity to shoot portfolio-worthy work while asking questions and receiving feedback as they shoot. 

Shoots

With a stunning château at our disposal for the week, we can't wait to see what our attendees capture!

In addition to the two styled shoots throughout the workshop, attendees will also have the option to participate in a third portfolio-building shoot in Paris on July 20th, the day after the workshop officially concludes. Taking place in an idyllic location in the heart of Paris, attendees who have opted in will have the opportunity to photograph gorgeous bridal portraits in one of the most inspiring cities in the world. Afterward, participating attendees will join Abby & Katherine for a farewell brunch in a classic Parisian café. 

When crafting The Signature Atelier, we want each photographer to walk away from this week renewed, ready to create from a place of fresh inspiration! In a career where so much of our work is done on a computer, we're getting you out from behind the screen and putting your hands to work with three mediums you might never have experimented with before!

Throughout our time together, you'll take part in three hands-on classes:

Film 101, where Abby will teach the fundamentals of getting started with film- from using a light meter to rating your film, from working with a lab to choosing film stocks, she holds nothing back. Later that same day, attendees will be offered the chance to shoot with a medium format film camera during our styled wedding shoot. 

From A- "I fell in love with photography in the dark room- film is the reason I decided to pursue my career in the first place! Film can feel overwhelming to those experimenting for the first time, so I cannot wait to share my years of film experience with you! Get ready- those first two rolls you shoot will feel like magic."


Watercolor, where Katherine will instruct on painting your first illustration, and send you home with a few supplies of your own.

From K- "At a workshop designed for photographers, we've planned an afternoon away from our cameras to experiment with pigment on paper, in the garden with a chilled glass of rosé in hand! One of our intentions with this workshop is to take the time to slow down, and truly enjoy feeling restfully inspired. What better way than by stripping away all the pressure and expectation, and being creative for creativity’s sake."

Silk ribbon dyeing, where you'll learn the basics of coloring hand-torn strips of silk to your preferred shade, for future use in styling kits, bridal vignettes, and more. 

From K- "It's said that in art, the process is just as beautiful as the end result. Silk ribbon is an iconic addition to any bridal suite styling kit, and we’re going to take the time to slow down, introducing you to the unique process that goes into creating it. You’ll walk away with a mini collection of hand dyed silk ribbons, perfect for adding an elegant touch to your bride's thoughtful details."

Watercolor, where Katherine will provide instruction on painting your first illustration, and send you home with a few supplies of your own.

From K- "At a workshop designed for photographers, we've planned an afternoon away from our cameras to experiment with pigment on paper, in the garden with a chilled glass of rosé in hand! One of our intentions with this workshop is to take the time to slow down, and truly enjoy feeling restfully inspired. What better way than by stripping away all the pressure and expectation, and being creative for creativity’s sake."

Silk ribbon dyeing, where you'll learn the basics of coloring hand-torn strips of silk to your preferred shade, for future use in styling kits, bridal vignettes, and more. 

From K- "It's said that in art, the process is just as beautiful as the end result. Silk ribbon is an iconic addition to any bridal suite styling kit, and we’re going to take the time to slow down, introducing you to the unique process that goes into creating it. You’ll walk away with a mini collection of hand dyed silk ribbons, perfect for adding an elegant touch to a bride's thoughtful details."


hands-on classes

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Introductions to Film, Watercolor, and Silk Ribbon Dyeing