Jose Villa Workshop | Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse | California

Two weeks ago, I had the honor of attending the Jose Villa Santa Barbara workshop.  It was there that I shot film for the first time in many years and remembered what a beautiful mystery film can be. Film causes you to be cerebral in your approach to capturing what you see; it forces you to concentrate on composition and study the light closely.  Your ISO is fixed; you cannot simply change it with a button; no LCD on the back of your camera to monitor your results; no histograms to verify the luminance.

After a full day of production, Jose assembled an amazing panel of high-end wedding professionals to share their particular expertise and answer questions.  I wanted to thank: Jill La Fleur, whose styling is amazing, Amy, from Wedding Chicks, Brian from Richard Photo Lab, and Joel Serrato.  The workshop was incredibly informative and well planned.  It will prove to be a very profitable and professional learning experience for us.

Jose is very serious and passionate about his work; he is also willing to share his professional knowledge of his craft, and I admire that.  I look forward to seeing every release on his blog as his unique approach is so consistently captivating.  If you are interested in knowing more about him, Jose’s book is being released on Amazon. Jill La Fleur is having a workshop very similar to this one in May. Special thank you to all the great photographers I met, and please keep in touch!

Jose Villa workshops –
Jill La Fleur –
Kate of Flower Wild –
Joel Serrato Films –
TEAM Hair and Makeup –
Claire Pettibone –
Lo Boheme (hair accessaries) –
Paper and Thread (paper goods) –
Richard Photo Lab –
Wedding Chicks –
Palomas Nest (journals, charm) –
Erica O’brian Cake Design –

  • Jill La Fleur - Thank you so much-I’m thrilled you were a part of this! Thanks for sharing your lovely images. xoxo

  • Anouschka - Wow Joey these are beautiful! Love how you used the light!
    It was a pleasure meeting you at the workshop :-)

  • Laura Murray - I got SO excited when I saw this post… couldn’t WAIT to see your images. BEAUTIFUL! Very very beautiful. You did such a great job!

  • Caryn Azure - GORGEOUS!!!!! Joey – I can’t wait to hear all about it!! Truly stunning work, my friend :)

  • Kevin Charlie - Lovely photos Joey! There certainly is a beautiful mystery (and reality) to film. Great work.

  • Katie - WOW! Joey, this looks so amazing and it must have been such a dream to work with such amazing people. I am so in awe!

  • admin - THank you friends :)

  • Leah Payne - Joey! These are absolutely stunning! Amazing work

  • Zoe - These are absolutely beautiful, Joey!

  • admin - THANK YOU GUYS! I have to TOTALLY CREDIT Richard photo lab in LA, they processed and scanned the film! I learned soooo much and Special thanks to BRIAN from RPL!
    CHeck Richard Photo Lab here:

  • Mar - Lovely! You captured the theme very well!

  • Marin Kristine - Joey, these are fabulous. I love that B/W so much!!!! Hilarious bottom image of all of us too…. simply beautiful work.

  • erika rivera - Wow wow wow!! These are to die for!! You did a fa..aantastic job!! Congrats!

  • annabella charles - oh wow. these images are so gorgeous. I’ve wanted to go to his workshop for a while.. I am now convinced. stunning images.

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