At the beginning of May we hosted a personal branding workshop with Not Your Average I Do. It was a sell out event and we were thrilled to have some big names in the wedding industry join us.
The event was held at Not Your Average HQ in Partridge Green. It’s where Kelly Kearley and her team keep all their props and decor. It doubles as a showroom, they host workshops for couples and it’s a hub for members (i.e. local wedding suppliers) to meet their clients. It was a great location with one big boardroom style table, projector and lots of lovely furniture and twinkly lighting. It has an edgy, alternative vibe and set exactly the right tone for the event.
Everyone had tea and coffee on arrival and there was a big basket of fresh croissants doing the rounds. When everyone was seated there was a welcome from me before introductions from all attendees. Our first speaker was the amazing Anna Pumer, wedding photographer/commercial lifestyle photographer/entrepreneur. I couldn’t think of anyone better to base this branding workshop around. In my opinion Anna is one if the best photographers in the industry and she’s queen of injecting personality into your brand… just check out her about page!
Anna’s created an ‘about page generator’ for photographers and she offers website and branding reviews. She offered some really valuable advice about letting your personality shine through. Just check out the image on her homepage!
Our next speaker was Siobhan Young, personal stylist from Kent who runs www.wellstyled.co.uk. This part of the day was all about making sure your image reflects your brand. Siobhan had a great Powerpoint presentation and we looked at the colour wheel too; we considered what ‘season’ we were and what colours to wear more of or avoid altogether.
Next we broke for networking, a fabulous buffet lunch from The Coach House Patcham, glass of fizz and head shots with Anna.
We’d encouraged all attendees to bring a prop that represented their business and some people went to town! Steph from Quintessential Fetes brought and armful of rubber duckies, Vicky from Purple Door Props brought a selection of her quirky chairs… there were wedding dresses, flowers, cameras. It was great!
During lunch/networking we were able to lark about in Fresh Booth‘s photo booth. It was great fun, they’ve got some fantastic technology.
As you can see, I’m well versed when it comes to booth action… I’ve been doing it long enough (that’s photographer Jessica Milberg with the panda head on, she knows what she’s doing too!)
Our final session of the day was with Sarah and Lucinda from The Marketing Boutique. They shared their knowledge on how to make the most of your business online and get noticed by Google. They had printed a personal website analysis for everyone which was a lovely and really useful touch.
And then it was time to go home!
We’ll be running a similar event in October so keep an eye out for details because space is limited and this one was a sell out success!