propel photography workshop review | annie vovan

annie vovan

“I have invested in 2 other workshops prior to enrolling in Propel and I believe Propel offered something radically different than the others. What it comes down to is everlasting mentorship that I have with Caroline that even exists today.
 Its actually been a year since I have done the workshop, but a lot of the pearls of wisdom Caroline discussed has stuck with me. From Propel, Caroline has a number of activities that forces her students to really think and delve into their blocks that is getting in the way of  their business. Right away, in one of the exercises, it was clear that I was shooting photos that were not consistent to my brand and it was this that I worked on from that time on. This was probably the strongest take away that I had. With Caroline’s own work, it is ridiculously obvious which photos are hers — she has such a signature style that you can pick it out of a magazine or blog so effortless. I feel like I have made leaps and bounds in this area.
Among other things, she encouraged us to find ways to set ourselves apart and how to streamline our business so that we weren’t prisoners to the parts of our business that we didn’t like as much. In other words, we took a hard look at everything from our daily operations to post processing, and then looked at marketing and client relationship building. Even a year out, I have applied some principles to my business because of what I learned during Propel.
She is a smart business women for one, and is reliable when you have questions or need feedback on your own work. I can say, that the investment was well worth it in the time you spend with her during Propel and what you get out of it to help your business elevate to another level.”
See more of Annie Vovan’s photos from Propel.

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Propel Photography Workshop Review | Kimberly Chau

kimberly chau

“I wanted to connect with a more intimate group and explore film photography.”

“We spent the next two days bonding, learning, and growing friendships with one another… We also connected with vendors from the area who worked so hard to design our shoots and were so much fun to be with!”

“Caroline gave us tips on how-to run a business artistically as well as practically. The classes were informative with opportunities to interact with the different photographers and to ask Caroline questions about her experience.”

“Caroline opens up herself with honest advice about being a wedding photographer, wife, and mom. She has become a great mentor to me and together with our group from the Malibu PROPEL WORKSHOP, she has kept me accountable in keeping my goals. Thank you, Caroline + wonderful Propellers!”

Kimberly is a Houston, TX based photographer.  Read more about her experience on her blog!

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Propel 2014 – coming soon

Propel 2014 coming soon

That’s right!  Propel 2014 is in the works, and there will only be ONE this year.  All Propel Workshops in the past have sold out, so get on the list so that you can be amongst the first to get notified when registration opens!  Currently in talks with a few locations and tentatively planning for October in LA.

For anyone interested in being a sponsor this year, please email me at caroline [at] carolinetran [dot] net.  We’d love to hear from you!

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propel retreat | engagement session

Did you see my Propellers featured on 100 Layer Cake today?!  I’m even more proud to see them featured than myself.  This is the first of three shoots that we will be sharing from our recent Propel Workshops Retreat.  This engagement shoot is inspired by Merrill & Tim’s actual proposal story… he proposed on Valentine’s day!  Wilmarose of Lovely Jubilee took their story and styled this sweet engagement session for us.  If you want to learn how to put together shoots like this for your clients, we’re hosting a one day photography workshop on Styling & Directing!

Happy proposal anniversary to Merrill & Tim!  You two are so cute and fun together!

Photo & Wardrobe styling: Wilmarose Orlanes of Lovely Jubilee  / Hair & Makeup: Theresa Huang Makeup & Hair Design / Florist: Krista Jon / Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals / Merrill’s outfit: Ruche / Heart Garland & Confetti: the Path Less Traveled

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February 18, 2013 - 11:19 am

Rob Norfolk, UK - That’s a really sweet idea for a valentines proposal and a great idea to recreate it for the engagement shoot. Gorgeous images – my favourite is the little triptych under the tree!