This is both my online business and personal journal where I share all of my photography and business projects! Allow me to introduce myself...I am Catherine Guidry, a Louisiana wedding photographer. I am passionate about documenting life but more it! <3 My favorite things to do are bike ride with my husband and brainstorm new creative projects!  I am all about meeting new friends and can't wait to meet you!  

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Catherine Guidry

I never would have thought I would have the opportunity to meet, much less learn from a photographer I admire so much.

I’ve heard Jose Villa speak at WPPI and read his book Fine Art Wedding Photography, but these things don’t compare to the days I spent learning from he and his team in Napa Valley. If you are reading this and potentially considering attending his workshop…I encourage you to make the jump.

For 2.5 days, I was surrounded by 20 wonderful fellow photographers and together, we learned from some of the best in the industry. Topics covered ranged from creating a consistent portfolio to the technical aspects of shooting film; in addition, I was able to photograph for 2 afternoons in a no-risk environment with my Contax.

Film has been a love of mine for awhile now but I must admit I have my fears. Attending the workshop gave me the courage to push harder and overcome some of the limitations that were holding me back.

Now I’m back home and still wrapping my head around it all. Yesterday, I received my scans from Richard Photo Lab and I’m so excited to share some of my images from Day 1 in Napa Valley. The first afternoon was spent shooting styled engagement sessions. There was two sets of lovely models, two outfit changes, gorgeous light and an incredible location.

Below are a few of my favorites from Day 1:


Monday, I’ll post images from the styled wedding. Thank you so much to everyone who worked so hard to make the Jose Villa Workshop such a special event ::

Venue: Aetna Springs
Film Photographer/Workshop Lead: Jose Villa
Art, Coordination, & Direction: Laurie Arons
Film Maker: Joel Serrato
Film Photographer/All Around Awesome: Lacie Hansen
Hair & Makeup: Team Hair And Makeup
Art, Coordination, & Direction: Laurie Arons
Wardrobe Styling: Grey Likes Weddings
Florals: Ariella Chezar Design
Calligraphy: Janis Anzalone 
Paper: PS Paper
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Place Settings: Casa de Perrin
Linens: La Tavola Linen
Cake: Maggie Austin
Lighting: Illusions Lighting
Film Photographers: Briana Marie + Brian
Album Design: Cypress Albums
Fine Art Paper: Hahnemuhle
Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic
Stationery: Julie Song
Bridal Formals: b. Hughes
Wedding Gowns: Vera Wang and Inbal Dror
Models: Scout Model Agency
Gift: Olive and Cocoa

I know there were a few others behind the scenes of Villa Workshops…SO thanks to you as well!

Jose Villa Workshop, Napa Valley [Engagements] Day 1

October 4, 2013