Bloom Bash Seattle | Rainier Chapter House

Registration for Bloom Bash is only two days away and we are getting so excited to meet with you in Seattle this October!  Last week we shared our speakers and styled shoot artists, swag bag contributors and the full two day itinerary. Today we wanted to spotlight our venue and answer any last minute questions you may have. Regardless of what city we are traveling to we spend a majority of our initial planning stages scouting out and researching venues. We think the space we spend our time in is so important, and when we saw the Rainier Chapter House we were smitten. This historic venue in Capitol Hill is a replica of George Washington's Mount Vernon home and we don't think we could have found a more perfect place to meet with so many wonderful speakers, artists and women in business!  

The interior of this space is just as beautiful and detailed as the outside and we can't wait for you to see it for yourself. On day two during our styled shoot we will venture outdoors to shoot on the grounds and we promise you won't be disappointed!  

Here are a few of the frequently asked questions we often get about our workshops! 

I want to become a photographer but don't yet feel comfortable with my camera. Would Bloom be a good starting point for me? What type of photography things will we learn in the workshop?
Bloom is great for beginners and experts alike! Ashley will teach the basics of shooting in all modes of your camera including manual mode.  For experts, this can be a great refresher.  We will have several experts who will be able to work one on one with you during the styled portion, so you can make the most out of the equipment you have!  On day two of the Bloom Bash we will offer a breakout session with Ashley Slater Photography and Lora Grady Photography to talk about more advanced concepts like film, client experience and workflow! 

I've been a photographer for a couple of years now, so my skills are a bit more advanced. Is Bloom still a good option for me, or will I be bored?
There truly is always something new to learn, so even experts will come away with a fantastic refresher and great knowledge. Everyone works with their equipment differently, and beyond the basics of photography, Ashley will share her tricks of the trade. Everything from how she chooses a portrait location, to her exact thought process as she frames and composes a shot.  This is a great opportunity to try something new and stretch your skills! Lora and Ashley will be speaking about how they interact with clients from inquiry to final image delivery as well as how they edit weddings, utilize film and more! 

I want to become an interior designer. What do we cover in Bloom that will help me achieve this goal?
At The Bloom Workshop, we cover the elements and principals of design; both very important foundational topics you will need to understand before diving into design of any kind. Next, you will learn about the world of styling, with Michaela’s favorite accessorizing and styling tricks of the trade. We will touch on the best places to source furniture, accessories and textiles for your clients, as well as how to stay creative and unique in this Pinterest-saturated world. Finally, we will walk through why styled photo shoots are so important, and just how to go about executing them. On day two of the Bloom Bash, Michaela and Melissa Michaels of the Inspired Room will be offering a breakout session on in depth principles and elements of design. They will also discuss more in depth subjects in regards to running a design business.

I want to come to Bloom, but I'm nervous to come alone. Do you think I will meet people there?!
Definitely! One of our main missions of Bloom is to engage creative people with authentic community. There’s no doubt you will meet people from the moment you step foot into our workshop venue. All of our past attendees can vouch for us when we say everyone leaves with at least a few new friends. We also do our best to stay in touch with all of the past guest’s on Facebook in a group we have created for Bloom Alumni. This has become a fun place to share creative ideas with each other, ask for opinions, etc. Our favorite part about Bloom is getting to know each and every guest!    

Why is it important to learn about how a photo shoot is run?
Regardless of what industry you are affiliated with, learning the back end of a styled shoot is essential for so many reasons.  As a vendor, you want to be as efficient as you can in all aspects and form excellent working relationships with fellow vendors.  As a stylist, you will learn essential skills so you can begin creating these types of shoots on your own.  As a photographer, it is of the utmost importance to know the process from beginning to end to expedite workflow and create the most beautiful images possible!

I feel like I'm just not getting where I want to be with my blog and social media. I could use a push in the right direction in these areas. What type of sessions and topics do you cover in those two areas?
When it comes to social media and the internet, we've got you covered! It's a jungle of confusion when it comes to the why's and how's -- and it seems like social media platforms are changing on the daily! We will spend a session talking all things blogging: for the beginner this is an amazing opportunity to avoid all the mistakes that we made over the years, for seasoned bloggers we will give you new strategies and techniques to build your readership and expand your reach.  We then dedicate another session solely to social media. We will cover instagram, facebook, pinterest and twitter so you can maximize your potential on these platforms.

I'm a blogger-- I've been blogging for about a year-- but I feel like I'm not standing out and making a mark in the blog world. Is this workshop for me?
The Bloom Workshop was created just for you! We will dive into the How’s and Why’s of blogging, tell you what has worked (and what hasn’t) for us as bloggers, and give you tips and tricks to stand out in this blog world. We also talk in depth about social media and how it has helped be the number one source in growing our blogs and businesses.

I've bought my ticket for a workshop! Will you help me find hotel and travel accommodations since I'm coming in from out of town? 
Absolutely! We always send hotel recommendations to attendees coming out of town. We email all attendees as it gets closer to the workshop date, to ask if you need this information. 

If you still have questions we would love to answer ANY of them! Please comment below or e-mail us!  

And in case you missed it, here is a video of our last full day workshop in Michigan! We can't wait to DOUBLE the learning, fun and beauty at the Bloom Bash!