December 2015, I stared at the computer screen blankly. Tears streaming down my face, battling with pain I struggled to express in words.
I knew I was an artist, but I felt uninspired, burnt out, broken and paralysed by the glass ceiling over my head. I didn’t know how to raise my prices. I dreamt of being flown across the world to photograph divine destination weddings but had no idea how to make that dream a reality. I was in Australia - so far away from the rest of the world. I was overworked and I felt like I was running in circles. Seeing what my peers were doing made me drown in terrible feelings of insecurity, causing me to doubt my abilities to the point of almost giving up photography...
Fast forward to the present time. I am alive, full of purpose and my heart is brimming with love and joy. Favour and divine opportunities seem to follow me, and my calendar is filling up with dream projects that makes my heart raw with wonder. At my mentoring workshops, my desire is to inspire you to discover the sound of your soul, to find your path. You will develop confidence and feel secure as a photographer whose work and calling cannot be equalled. I wish to help you realise the talents, value and beauty that lie within you. To equip you with practical, life-changing tools, resources and perspectives that will unearth your hidden calling. Whatever goal you have for the next step, I am going to hold your hand and help you reach it - but only if you will let me...
-You know you are meant for more but you are stuck
-You want to be a happy and successful photographer
-You want to attract your dream clients
- You want to know how Amelia creates the soft
and beautiful colours in her work
-You want clients who appreciate your work and pay your worth
-You want to know how to get your work noticed
-You want to know how to raise your prices and book luxury weddings
-You want to know how to get booked for destination projects
-You just want someone who has been there to hold your hand
and tell your exactly what your next step is going to be
- You LOVE Paris and is a hopeless romantic like Amelia!
In this workshop, our dream is to give you the ability to come home with inspirations and content that reflects your unique brand, style and voice. You’ll have a clear step-by-step vision to help reach your next milestone - whether it's to raise your prices, book your next destination wedding or just find greater clarity for your brand.
During the workshop breaks, we will enjoy a variety of classic Parisian foods, such as freshly baked croissants and the most heavenly pastries, zesty orange juice and robust coffee to awaken your senses and get your creativity flowing.
The heart of the workshop is for you to discover your unique story, so we will start with a focus on understanding your brand and the message you want to share with the world. Through the workshop, you will have an intentional way of savouring this experience, and time to reflect on how it will impact your brand.
Our classes are not the typical student-to-teacher format but will be interactive and practical. You will have Amelia's trusted copywriter helping you all write your ready-to-go bios for your IG, along with the guys from Amelia's film labs to answer any questions you have under the sun about film, light and development. Sarah, the talented stylist, and Amelia will be mentoring you as you practice your flat lay skills. There will be more surprises along the way!
Besides the classes, who doesn’t love shopping? Our lovely, French wedding planner is our tour guide and will take us to the secret places only the locals know about! From flea markets to boutiques tucked away in little laneways. You’ll have the perfect opportunity to find some hidden Parisian treasures.
Together, we will unfold an incredibly heartfelt editorial at the enchanting Chateau de Vilette. There will also be a sunrise shoot around the Eiffel Tower (ooh là là!) and surrounds. By the end of the workshop, you will not only walk away with increased confidence about your place in this world and why the world needs you, but you will actually have the tools in your hands to get one, if not many, step closer to your dreams!!!
asp paris workshop 2019
- Brunch, meet and greet at an Airbnb in the heart of Paris
- Session with Amelia on branding from the heart
- Excursion to the Paris flea markets to hunt for treasures
- Portrait demonstrations of all the attendees and hands-on classes
- Amelia will demonstrate her workflow when editing for the soft film look
- Session with Kate the copywriter
- Sunrise engagement shoot at Eiffel tower, demonstration, mentoring
- Flat lay hands-on classes with your finds from the flea market (if you found some!) If not, we will have an array of beautiful elements for you to play with! Sarah and Amelia will be helping you!
- Portfolio reviews/1:1 mentoring
- Your bio presentation by Kate
- Wandering Tour of Paris with Samantha
- Session with Sarah
- Session with Artisan Lab to answer all the questions you have about film, relationships with your labs, anything!
- Travel to Chateau De Villette
- 'The Artist' beauty shoot
- Sunset shoot with couple
- Farewells (10 pm)
Located 40 minutes away from the center of Paris, Château de Villette is one of the most remarkable châteaux in France, classified as a historical landmark since 1942 by the French government. Set in a 75ha woodland park, with two lakes, a magnificent cascade fountain, a glass house and orangery, not to mention the incredibly lavish interiors, Chateau de Villette epitomizes elegance, luxury and the famous French expression “art de vivre”. Originally designed by architect François Mansart for the Count of Aufflay and later completed by his great-nephew, Jules Hardouin-Mansart, chief-architect of Louis XV, who also oversaw the construction of Château de Versailles at the same time. Similarly, the splendid garden of Château de Villette was designed by André Le Nôtre, who also created the famous gardens of Château de Versailles. Thus, it has earned the name Le Petit Versailles (the Little Versailles). Historically, the 18th is considered as the heyday of Château de Villette. The owners of Château de Villette at the time, Sophie de Grouchy, a prominent salon hostess, and her husband, Marquis de Condorcet, would invite the leading intellectuals such as Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine to Château de Villette. In the modern times, Château de Villette has been the sanctuary for many celebrities like John Travolta, Tom Cruise and Lenny Kravitz. It has been a source of inspiration for Dan Brown who wrote the “Da Vinci Code” while staying at the Chateau and was later used a filming location for its adaptation.
A painter in Paris delicately places strokes on his canvas but is suddenly stopped by a vision of beauty moving by him. His heart is so captured by her, he moves swiftly to craft her silhouette. Every line, every curve, every breathtaking feature, immortalised. He wanders the streets of Paris for years, searching for his muse. And when he finds her, their hearts unite in a love that spans time and space. Their future sealed forever in his grandfather’s garden – a celebration of nature coming together for love.
The mood for this shoot is deeply romantic, nostalgic and reflective, capturing movement, texture and fine art. From the walls of the Chateau to the expansive gardens that tell of their future, to the delicate beauty of her face, highlighting the elements of love. Breathlessly soft, exquisite, alluring and filled with light.
‘Hear my soul speak. Of the very instant that I saw you, did my heart fly at your service.’
– The Tempest, Act 3, Scene 1
A poet sits under a streetlamp in Paris – the same time and place as he has done for the last five months. Ink smudges against his skin as he pens another sonnet in his tattered notebook. He is from another time – another era, trapped in a modern world. There he waits for her. Down the cobblestone lane, she floats like something from a dream. Her heels strike the ground with confidence. She exudes efficiency, elegance and poise. She is Paris. She is fierce. Brave. Strong. And he is spellbound; invisible. He pens a letter to her, the editor of the glossy magazine she clutches daily. His heart wrenches out the words – a farewell to the love who knew him once, but remembers him no more…
end between historic France and chic, classy, modern Paris. With misty, whisper soft edges, the images tell the story of the calloused, rough poet and his striking, bourgeoisie love torn between two worlds.
"What longing in tears for you — You — my Life — my All — farewell. Oh, go on loving me — never doubt the faithfullest heart
-Ludwig Van Beethoven (1812)
Before diving into the wedding industry, Sarah received a BFA in Architecture, Landscape & Interiors from Otis College of Art & Design. With this foundation, she was able to make a smooth transition into weddings and events. Sarah instantly fell in love with every aspect of the planning and design process and feels so lucky to turn her passion into a flourishing career. Sarah breathes life into everything she touches and creates the most exquisite designs, with a delicate eye for detail that is second to none. Her sophisticated designs weave simplicity, elegance and fine art aesthetics in a way that is utterly breathtaking. Sarah generously invests her time and talents to guide, mentor and inspire other talented photographers and designers.
Kate’s passion for words began when she was a little girl who could barely grasp a pencil. She has been telling stories ever since, filling notebooks with drafts during her lunch break in government administration. Her dream career was birthed when she volunteered to write biographies for Palliative Care patients where she discovered a deep joy and fulfillment capturing the legacies of others.
Kate is the ‘queen of copy’ at Word Artistry where she creates content that inspires, evokes emotion and speaks with honesty and depth the stories that people want to hear.
When she's not writing or reading, you'll find her cooking up a storm and singing Jazz tunes to an audience of two little boys (who are her biggest fans).
Martien has always loved photography. He was intrigued by film and read Jose Villa's book on fine art photography. At that time, there is no lab in the region that could properly develop and scan his films, so he decided to dive deeper into it by doing it himself. Eventually he started doing it for his friends and the Artisan Film Lab is born. This fascination with film photography has since transformed into one of Asia's fastest growing fine art film labs. As a passionate photographer himself, he knows the ins and outs of the art and industry. His dedication to the future of film, the craft and the photography community are only matched by his kindness and generosity.
Samantha is a French American who lives in Paris. Always happy and dynamic, she loves listening and sharing stories with people.
Samantha is a proudly romantic, creative and passionate woman who has found her heart and life’s purpose in wedding planning. She has practiced in idyllic and heavenly places in Hawaii, San Francisco and Paris – locations that add to the magic of true love.
Having more than thirty weddings to her credit, Samantha has only one desire: to bring to life her client’s dream wedding. Inspired by her two cultures, trips, meetings, and personal discoveries, she masterfully blends her client’s desires and personalities, creating an event that will be forever cherished.
Samantha draws her inspiration from the things around her, such as nature and the riches of the world. She contributes her positive nature, incredible ability to find a solution to every problem and her joyful, effortless experience in every interaction.
Bonjour Amelia! I just wanna say thank you (formally and properly) from the bottom of my heart for having a vision for the Paris workshop and for making it come true. Before going to this workshop, I was anxious for the future. But my eyes were opened and I got excited when you said that this is actually a “golden opportunity”
I see you like a mentor. Someone wise, not just an immensely talented photographer.
I am now more confident as a photographer.
I feel supported and heard. Everyone needs a person like you in their life. It should be mandatory!
- Claire Eyos
Listening through Amelia’s sessions, I felt inexplicably moved through out the two days. She could truly understand the difficulties and bottlenecks we were and are facing, and she gave us faith and encouragement through genuinely talking through her utmost personal stories and past experiences
- Angel Cheung
It wasn't sad tears it was a release of energy and limiting beliefs. I have never had someone see me and hold space for me and pray for my happiness. it was an emotional experience for me.
You showed me everything that is possible.
- Catherine Worsley
I just wanna say thank you (formally and properly) from the bottom of my heart for having a vision for the Paris workshop and for making it come true.
Before going to this workshop, I was anxious for what the future holds. But my eyes were opened and I got excited when you said the space that held my anxiety is actually a place for “golden opportunity”.
All of a sudden that anxiety was replaced by excitement for the fresh new possibilities.
From the way you interact your clients (speaking, posing, gifting) and all of your efforts, now I understand why you’re successful.
I always hear people’s advice that you have to go “above and beyond for your clients” - but I never understood or knew how much of “above and beyond” they were talking about.
I see YOUR above and beyond and it really
Now I understand :)
I have to share this good news with you. The styled shoot I did in Jakarta is going to get featured on Greylikes Weddings!!!!
- Aliki Anadena
First of all, thank you again for the workshop, it was an extraordinary experience. I was right when I said that I wanted to learn from you more than just your photographic experience.
You express your passion, your mission, your love with a lot of respect, wisdom and altruism.
You are way more than a photographer, or an artist. Your patience and your charisma really inspired me. In my opinion, it is important to have a picture of a woman who inspires us in this world where women still have a small place. To me, you are one of these people who inspire me to be the best version of myself.
Through your workshop, I found my faith that I lost few years ago. And I am more inspired and motivated than ever when it comes to photography. I am more motivated than ever in my projects and want to thank you again a million times.
When you have been so busy doing the same thing for a long while, you often feel lost. At this point, some choose to keep moving forward persistently, but more people give up.
I feel extremely fortunate that, just when I was hitting a roadblock on my photography journey, the workshop in Taiwan took place and taught not only the techniques of film photography, but more importantly, it helped us find our innermost voice - and discover our true inner artist.
Amelia shared with complete transparency and openness, enlightening our thoughts and perspectives about photography. Listening through her sessions, I felt inexplicably moved throughout the two days. She truly understood the difficulties and bottlenecks we were facing.
In this fast-paced world we always try to push for efficiency in trying to achieve “success”. If we don’t reach our goals in such limited time, we start doubting ourselves and want to give up completely. However, Amelia reminded me that the process is always far more fruitful and important than the outcome itself. If we keep moving towards the right direction, even with challenges along the way, we will eventually reach our goal.
I look forward to joining another workshop experience, chasing and achieving our dreams together!!
- Angel Cheung
It wasn't sad tears, it was a release of energy and limiting beliefs. I have never had someone see me
and hold space for me and pray for my happiness... it was an emotional experience for me.
You showed me everything that is possible... I need to let go of feeling so far behind
everyone else and just start asking for what I want in my life.
I have to pinch myself that I was there and watched you create them.
Thank you for the chance to shoot with you in Paris...
I am blessed to have had the opportunity to create beside you.
My first shoot after the workshop is going to be featured on Once wed at the end of the year and I am just editing my second one I just did in Hawaii. Hopefully I can get one more done this year... (:
- Catherine Worsley
1. How much experience do I need to be able to join this workshop?
- You need to know the basics of your camera to be able to get the maximum impact from this workshop. Check out your local photography studios, they usually have classes/courses for beginners. Otherwise whether you are just starting out or have been doing this for 5+ years, you are welcome!
2. Is this for digital/film photographers?
- You can do both!!! Amelia is a hybrid photographer who shoots both. During the class with the film lab, it's good to know about film so that if one day you would like to explore it, you would have some understanding already.
3. Is accomodation included?
- The accomodation and travels to Paris are not included. We provide the travels from the airbnb to the Chateau which is an hour away.
4. Can I share accomodation with another attendee?
- Absolutely, we will create and IG group with all the attendees so you can find someone to share with!
Workshop partner (Elan Vital series), production and creative direction Olea and Fig - Flowers Twig Studio Taiwan - Robe Domenica Domenica - White ballet dress Carol Hannah Bridal - Hairpiece for ballet and engagement shoot Rosa Bella - Design & Handmade - White wedding and blush engagement dress JE Haute Couture - Engagement suit Chapeaunoir Workshop - Shoes Bella Belle - - Makeup and Hair Gini Lee - Film Lab Artisan Lab - Videography Lifeboat Film - Rings DDS Diamond - Invitations Joyce Chiang - Ring box Voeu Du Coeur
AS FEATURED ON MAGNOLIA ROUGE, BRIDE AND BREAKFAST HK, AMBER AND MUSE
Workshop partner (Elan Vital series), production and creative direction Olea and Fig - Venues Hopewood House -Bridal Boutique Helen Rodrigues Bridal - Wedding Dresses Alon Livne White and Inbal Dror - Wedding Films Anne Esteban Productions - Shoes Bella Belle Shoes - Film Lab Atkins Pro Lab - Silk Ribbons Songbird Silk - Styling Mat The Styling Mat - Cakes Sugar Pot - Flowers Alice Beasley Flowers - Hair, Makeup & Beauty Kaori Harigae
- Modeling Vivien's Model Management - Calligraphy White Ink Design Co. - Ring Boxes Voeu du Coeur
Charity Partner - Diamond Women's Support
AS FEATURED ON THE WEDDING CHICKS
Workshop wedding planner - Samantha Bottelier Events - Wedding Venue Chateau De Santeny - Florals Laure Guingand - Fashion styling for Chateau shooe Alexander Gotama - Fashion Styling for Parisian and Engagement Shoot Sierra Ramke Creative - Chateau Wedding gown (with bows)Alon Livne White from Bridal boutique Vivienne Paris Bride - Chateau Wedding gown (with crystals) Fericci Official - Chateau Hair & make-up Reina Kim - Shoes Bella Belle Shoes - Earrings Maison Roe - Table rentals Vaiselle Vintage - Chateau Stationery Inkberry Calligraphy - Parisian Stationery Papier Handmade - Ribbons Song Bird Silk - Lingerie The Lace Atelier - Video Rouge Wedding - Parisian and Engagement Gowns Babushka Ballerina - Parisian makeup and hair Kassaundra Stephens - Engagement Makeup and Hair Margot Moine - Parisian Rings Kaitlin James Design - Parisian Video Oryx Production Paris - Chateau turban headpiece Johanna Braitbart
AS FEATURED ON MAGNOLIA ROUGE, TRENDY BRIDE,
FRENCH WEDDING STYLE