We are excited to announce our class of 2019 Camp Counselors!
Shira Savada has seen (and heard and written about) her fair share of weddings, and it never gets old. Because she loves weddings. And the people who make them happen. As the former Real Weddings Editor of Martha Stewart Weddings, she now shares the knowledge and expertise from her decade-plus there through her new consulting company, shiramisu. Shira works with industry talent, helping them make their best first (and lasting) impression by curating their content and finessing their website.
Shira is a seasoned bridesmaid, and a sucker for a great first dance song, anything calligraphed, classic photographs, family heirlooms, and a well-made cocktail. Her love of all things bridal began in elementary school when she dressed up as a bride for Halloween in a “gown” made by her mother.
Session Title: Getting Real with a Real Weddings Editor
As the real weddings editor for Martha Stewart Weddings for a decade, Shira Savada saw a lot of weddings—but only a fraction of them were ever featured in the pages of the magazine or online. And even as the landscape of wedding publications continues to shift, it’s just as important to put your best work out there whether it gets published or not. Shira will speak on what goes into a great real wedding submission, the importance of team work and communication, and how to take your work up a notch. She’ll also share behind-the-scenes scoop on some of the shots published in magazine features as examples of how you can go the extra mile and get amazing results. You’ll walk away with the tools you need to succeed with designing and documenting weddings that stand out but also stand the test of time.
Jove Meyer Events was born after Jove planned and designed his best friend's wedding in the summer of 2008, and loved every minute of it! In the decade since, The Knot has called him a Wedding Wizard and listed him as one of the top 100 wedding pros! US Weekly has called him a Wedding Guru and Brides and Bizbash have named him a top planner in the USA. Jove and his work have been featured in publications worldwide, most notably The New York Times, Vogue, Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, Refinery29, Marie Claire, Bridal Guide, The Knot, BuzzFeed and many more. Jove has appeared many times on The Rachael Ray Show. Jove is a fierce advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and speaks passionately about inclusivity, equality, uplifting others, yourself and your business!
Session Title: Designing for YOUR Client
Award winning wedding planner and designer Jove Meyer walks the campers through his unique planning and design process, sharing the tips and methods he uses to capture his couples style, personality and love story to translate into their wedding design!
1) Learn to connect authentically with your couples!
2) Learn to speak your couples language!
3) Learn to design for YOUR couple!
Betty Binon is the creator of the blog Stems & Forks. It is a culmination of her 3 passions: flowers, baking, and photography. For almost 20 years, Betty owned and operated a successful floral design business. In 2013 she decided to sell her business to spend more time with her family and take a slower approach to life.
Betty now teaches workshops on food and floral photography and styling, develops recipes for various food companies and photographs product from food to fashion and occasionally designs weddings.
A few publications Betty contributes to are: King Arthurs Sift, Where Women Cook, Thrive Magazine. She was also short listed amongst the top 5 food bloggers of Canada in the Taste Canada Awards.
Session Title: Burnout to Bliss
Betty will share her journey of being a florist for 20 years, being an absent wife, mother and friend - burning out. Gather the courage to leave ones established career and figure out the next. Betty will walk us through how her floristry background evolved to becoming a food and floral stylist and photographer. She will also demonstrate how to style a floral arrangement or cake to make a picture perfect image.
“It is not our abilities that show what we truly are, it is our choices”
When it’s time to think about the number side of your business, you get a pit in your stomach and avoid it as long as possible. You’re constantly in fear that the IRS is going to come knocking on your door and you just feel so overwhelmed with taxes and bookkeeping that you aren’t sure where to start. That’s where Amy comes in…
Amy is the The Accountants for Creatives®. She helps creatives like you all over the US navigate taxes and set up bookkeeping systems so they can get back to the part of the business they love – the creative part.
She is not your typical accountant. Amy spent some time working at a traditional CPA firm and realized it was not for her. She wanted to work with clients (and teammates) who inspired me on a daily basis and made me feel excited for Mondays. That’s where this business grew from.
Now Amy gets to teach creative business owners all about the tax and accounting side of the business so they don’t feel like it’s some big unknown stressful thing hanging over them all the time. She enjoys teaching small business basics through her online course Be Your Own CFO.
When Amy is not helping clients with taxes and bookkeeping, you can find her taste-testing craft beers, on a run with her Goldendoodle pup Lilly or planning her dream log cabin with my husband.
Session Title: Planning for Success - Taking Control of Your Business Finances
Walk away from this session knowing the answer to that familiar question "I wonder if I can write that off?" Feel confident in knowing when you can afford to outsource and still run a profitable business. Prepare for tax time by learning how to get your ducks in a row early.
Angela Mondloch is the owner, designer, and artist behind Saffron Avenue, a creative studio dedicated to designing heartfelt brands, custom websites, modern calligraphy, and stylish templates that are inspiring and intentional. With a mission to stay curious, to be creative, and to inspire others through honesty and art.
If you ask her what her passion is, she’ll tell you it’s art, creating from the heart, or simply making beautiful and inspiring things. BUT, if you ask her what her hobbies are she’ll tell you it’s reading post-apocalyptic novels, dominating cornhole (yep, 3x champ), or binge watching sci-fi movies (even during the holiday season).
She’s a sucker for small, thoughtfully created design and details, obsessed with teaching herself new things, and always chooses to create from scratch than buy something. She loves what she does and simply wants to share her art with the world.
Session Title: Find Your Marketing Channel and Brand It With Intention
Do you struggle with marketing? There are so many platforms out there, it is often hard to distinguish which is best for your business. And once you determine which is best, are you using it to the best of it’s ability? Angela of @saffronavenue has built a beautiful brand, but it was no easy fete. Angela will share first hand knowledge of how Pinterest works for her business and give great insider tips on how to grow using that platform. She will also share tips on attracting and finding your ideal client along with sharing visual examples and ideas on how to use your brand to create a consistent message online.
Katie O. Selvidge
Katie O. Selvidge is the Founder of Cottage Hill™ which most people know for how it started as an internationally-distributed and consistently sold out fine art magazine featuring stories on what it means to live wholeheartedly. It is currently an exclusively online publication until it's new direction will be announced in 2020.
As a Business Editor™ to discerning creatives, Katie teaches entrepreneurs how to build sustainable businesses that support their desired lifestyle through speaking, select consulting and Editor's Course™—her signature business program for creatives. Her mission for creative business owners: Create a life more beautiful than your brand.™
Katie also owns her family's small ranch in Oklahoma, Cottage Hill Ranch, currently raising cattle, chickens, horses and miniature sheep with her husband Nathan and their two daughters.
Session Title: The Science of Creativity & Self-Care
We all want to create better work. We want to rise above average and be respected in the industry. We also all want to have a creative process and day-to-day schedule that helps make all the things happen, but without killing ourselves in the process, right? A hustle season of all-nighters and endless coffee can only last so long. So how do we find “balance” and achieve these things? Katie will break down the science of creativity, how it actually works and how you can reconstruct your days to be more conducive to better and more fulfilling work.
Understand why you need to apply the science of creativity to create better, more original work.
Learn how the creative process works neurologically.
Apply practical ways to use this knowledge to develop a more effective creative process and life-giving workflows.