Downtown Chicago Photography Workshop Recap

Elizabeth Nord has been a professional wedding photographers for over 5 years and loves it more and more each day. She originally started her business in Tennessee and moved from Tennessee to Florida and now calls Chicago home. At the beginning of 2016, Liz approached us about partnering with her and helping her with floral and design for her first workshop "Love in the City." We were thrilled excited to take part! The overall look and feel Liz wanted was elegant and simple with a southern charm meets city feel, which I believe represents her perfectly. 

The Workshop-Shoot took place at Chez which is very much a contemporary loft space that is perfect for any event and was an excellent backdrop for this shoot.

We sat down with Liz and went over the color palette and look and feel the she wanted and we came up with this simple but very elegant tablescape. A gorgeous navy blue linen was paired with grey napkins and a lush green garland with white roses mixed throughout. We also added floating candles for an extra romantic touch. Who doesn't love candles?

Emily Wheeler Custom Cakes provided a gorgeous three tiered white cake that served as a great centerpiece and which we decorated with greenery and floral accents. 

These chic place-settings were provided by Vintage Place Settings and the beautiful menus and paper goods done by  Emily Rose Ink.

 The female model,  Lauren Dod, wore a beautiful gown made by Lee-Lim. Her make up and hair were done by the ever so talented Kate Johnson Artistry and her jewelry and accessories were provided by Left Bank Jewelry. The suit worn by the male model, Jordan Woods, was provided by ESQ.

To see more beautiful photos by Elizabeth Nord Photography of our work from this shoot, please visit our gallery here. 

Liz has a passion and drive for photography and really wants to educate, mentor and ultimately help other photographers reach their full potential as new business owners. She is now planning her 2nd workshop along side Shaunea Teske. It is called "Gracefully Wed" and will be held at the Villa Terrace in Wisconsin on October 24th and 25th. Registration is now open. 

We sat down with Liz and asked her a few questions about her new workshop and what attendees can expect. 

1. Give us some background on you as a photographer: 

I graduated from the University of Tennessee Knoxville with a degree in economics and also took courses at night to strengthen my photography knowledge. I continue to grow and learn every year by attending conferences, seminars, and workshops. I began teaching my own workshops in February 2016 and also offer mentoring sessions for those needing a more one-on-one or personalized learning experience.

2. How did you connect with Shaunae Teske?

Shaunae and I first met through the Rising Tide Society. We are both leaders in our cities (Chicago, Illinois and Green Bay, Wisconsin) and met in person at the first annual leaders retreat in Charleston, SC. We became instant friends and have been dreaming big dreams together ever since! 

3. Who is this workshop best suited for and  what do you hope attendees will get out of your workshop?  

This two day intensive workshop is geared towards photographers that are either interested in getting into wedding photography, that are experienced with weddings but want to strengthen or streamline their skills, looking to build their portfolio with a beautiful engagement and wedding styled shoot, and/or anyone wanting to take their business to the next level! This workshop will cover everything from attracting your ideal, creative a productive workflow, networking, mastering the client experience, curating a powerful online presence, blogging, and so much more!

Liz left us with these closing thoughts: 

Tired of feeling like you’re not busy enough? Not good enough? Not keeping up with social media or your blog? Are you tired of working for hours, days, or even years on end and still not feeling like your successful? Are you in love with photography but you just don’t know how to turn your passion into a profitable, life-sustaining business? Are you ready to take the leap and quit your 9-5 job and be your own boss? Are you ready to go full time but you just can’t figure out how to make it happen? If you answered YES to ANY of those questions, this workshop is for YOU!