A Wedding Workshop

Rise is designed to help you expand into the luxury wedding industry, raise your profitability, and grow your wedding business.

Day One

The customer experience & hands on shooting

We will begin with exploring storytelling, brand alignment and the customer experience. Learn how your customer experience sets the tone of your business. Next, hone your posing flow by photographing couples, brides and grooms to provide more emotion and intention. We will end the day with a wonderful dinner at the historic Olde Pink House!

Day Two

Pricing, Sales, Work Sessions & Post Production

Today you will roll up your sleeves and get to work updating your pricing, improving your sales process and post production steps. You will have a couple work sessions through out the day so you can go home with some tasks checked off! In addition, we will talk to a wedding planner and discuss social media! In the evening, you will have time to explore Savannah for yourself!

Day Three

Styled Shoot, Breakouts, & Cocktail Celebration

The final day consists of our editorial shoot. Anna Swanson has created a beautiful wedding for us photograph with all of the luxury details! The morning consists of Q&A and breakout sessions, and we end our time together with a wonderful cocktail party networking with the vendors who helped Anna with the editorial shoot!


  • When

    November 14-16, 2022

  • Where

    Pei Ling Chan Gallery in romatic Savannah, Georgia.

  • Who

    This workshop is geared toward wedding photographers who have 4 years experience photographing weddings and are ready to take your wedding business to the next level!

  • Cost

    $1500 for three days of education, networking & photographing

  • You'll go away with

    a portfolio of wedding images for marketing and selling + a plan to grow into the luxury wedding market

Pricing options

We offer two pricing options to fit your business needs!


The knowledge and a plan to grow into the luxury wedding market and a curated portfolio of wedding images for marketing and selling that will help you transition into the luxury wedding industry.

The Schedule

Are you ready to Rise?

Monday, November 14, 2022

Morning Topics

  • Storytelling
  • Brand Alignment
  • Customer Experience

Lunch- included with ticket

Afternoon Topics

  • Hands on shooting
    1. Photographing with emotion
    2. Off camera flash
    3. Groom Portraits

Evening Activity

  • Dinner at the Olde Pink House- included with ticket

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Morning Topics

  • Social Media
  • Pricing Principles
  • Packages
  • Custom quotes

Lunch & Work session

Afternoon Topics

  • IPS
  • Post Production
  • Work sessions

Evening Activity

                Explore Savannah on your own

 Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Morning Topics:

  • Q&A with Speakers
  • Breakout sessions
    • N-Vu lab
    • H&H Product Q&A
    • Work session
    • TBA
  • Styled Shoot in garden at Pei Ling Chan Gallery

Lunch on your own-discover Savannah

Afternoon Topics:

  • Styled Shoot in garden at Pei Ling Chan Gallery
  • Cocktail Celebration and networking 

*this schedule is subject to change

Are You Ready to Rise?

RISE and grow your wedding business. RISE to do the work it takes to grow. RISE and join a community of people who want to help.

Instructor and Vendor Team

Vanessa Joy

Vanessa Joy is a Canon Explorer of Light that has been an influential speaker in the community for over a decade. Starting her photographic journey in 1998, she has since branched into public speaking, earned 5 college degrees, received a PPA Photographic Craftsman degree, been named a WeddingWire Education Expert, sponsored by Canon, Profoto and Animoto to name a few. Vanessa has spoken at almost every major convention and platform in the event industry such as CreativeLIVE, The Wedding School, Clickin' Moms, WPPI, ShutterFest, Imaging USA, Wedding MBA, WeddingWire World, MobileBeat, in addition to hosting personal workshops and numerous small business and photography conventions around the globe. Recognized for her talent and more so her business sense, her clients love working with her and industry peers love to learn from her tangible, informative and open-book style of teaching. Find her at

Founder of The Restart Specialist & Meredith Ryncarz Photography

Meredith Ryncarz

Meredith Ryncarz is a former college art professor turned destination wedding photographer. Recently named one of the top photographers in the south by South Magazine, her work can be seen in Forbes, The New York Times, and Southern Living. As a military spouse, Meredith has crafted a business that is not situated in one regional market but rather is mobile to suit the lifestyle of her family, allowing her to restart her business multiple times over the past decade.

Founder & Creative Director

Anna Swanson

Anna Swanson is your quintessential Southern belle. She adores dinner parties, fine linens, whimsical florals, old fashioned hospitality, and most of all... people. Brides appreciate her warm smile, her calm demeanor, and her kind heart. She is passionate about weddings, and she progresses through the planning process in a way that is easy and step-by-step. As one bride stated, "She anticipates your needs before you even realize them yourself." Together, Anna and her team work diligently to pair all clients with a customized vendor team that matches their overall vision, personal style, personality and budget. Anna attended the University of Georgia in hopes of working in resort recreation, but it should have been no surprise that during her time in hotels and resorts, she would be drawn to weddings and formal events. After marrying her husband Mark in 2011, they relocated to the Savannah area. Throughout the past decade Anna has served as Wedding Coordinator for Lake Lanier Islands Resort, Wedding Sales Manager for a full-service venue, and Catering Manager for a conference center. Not wanting to completely leave the industry after becoming a stay at home mom in 2015, Anna started Rustic to Ritz Events to assist couples needing wedding coordination. Rustic to Ritz Events has now rebranded as Swanson Signature Events and serves couples through both full service planning and event management. Anna is a busy mom of 4 to Wilhelm (8), Wyatt (6), Paisley (4) and Palmer (1). In her free time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, interior decorating, antique shopping and traveling to see family.


  • What are the dates of the workshop?

    November 14-16, 2022

  • Who should attend this class?

    Great question! This class isn't for everyone. Classes are gear towards photographers who have a desire and passion to take your wedding business to the next level!

  • What airport do I fly into?

    Savannah/ Hilton Head International Airport. Airport code: SAV

  • What are the hours of the workshop?

    Monday, Nov 14th | 10:00-6:00pm | Dinner 6:30pm || Tuesday, Nov 15th | 10:00am-6:00pm | Evening on your own || Wednesday, Nov 16 | 10:00am-5:00pm| Cocktails & Networking 4:00-5:00

  • Where is the event being held?

    Pei Ling Chan Gallery in Savannah, GA || Address: 322 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Savannah, Georgia

  • What hotels do you recommend?

    There are many hotels within walking distance of the gallery. Any hotel within the historic district is recommended. A few options are Aloft hotel, Courtyard by Marriott, TRYP by Wyndham or Embassy Suites.

  • Can I make payments for this class instead of paying $1500 at once?

    Yes, absolutely! There are 2 payment choices. One time payment of $1500 or 4 monthly payments of $375.

RISE & attend this luxury wedding workshop

Class size is limited with only 10 seats left! Don't miss out on this opportunity to RISE!