Year End Review | Online Photography Workshops

Happy New Year to all our friends here!

It is simply astonishing how wonderful a year 2017 was for Twig and Olive, and we thought it appropriate to take some time to reflect on it all.

The biggest change was that it was Darcy’s first full year with us. Much like our merge (now 30 months ago), our only regret is that we didn’t do this sooner. As Brand Manager, she is a part of everything that you see, receive, and hear coming from our company. She brings an outsider viewpoint and makes us see things from another perspective. But even more, she really does keep the peace and is a calming presence. We are a better company just by her being here.

twig and olive photography staff

In 2017, we traveled and shot in 22 different states (Indiana, Wisconsin, Nevada, Iowa, Florida, California, Texas, Arizona, Minnesota, Hawaii, Washington, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Oregon, Maryland, Ohio and South Carolina) and 6 different countries (Dominican Republic , Mexico, Denmark, Norway, Scotland and Ireland)!

destination portrait photographersIn addition to doing a handful of in-person workshops through the year, we spoke at The Baby Summit, Shutter Fest, and Iowa’s PPA State Convention.

wedding photography workshop in IrelandWe were able to relax a bit and took an amazing trip with both of our families! We first headed to Denmark for a few days followed by a Disney Cruise to Norway. The kids had an amazing time and still talk about it.Norway family portraitsOur website went through a HUGE upgrade. We have Renee over from Ribbons of Red to thank for taking our (very) complicated vision and putting it into a functional work of art. We moved our e-commerce shop and completely integrated it into our website. We love the simplicity and organization of having everything under one roof. It has been tremendously easier for our clients.

We continued to add items to the shop including contracts, videos, and our newest preset and action sets (Be Bold, Terra Film, Noor, and LUX Film.)

We are huge proponents of continuing education. Mid-year we flew out to Denver to attend Rob Greer’s Google is a Stone Cold Bitch SEO Workshop. You. Need. This. Workshop. Rob is a superstar, and we love the blunt advice.

online photography workshops

The bulk of our project time was dedicated to one major release – our four new e-Workshops!  A lot of blood, sweat, swearing, and tears (probably alcohol too) went into the creation of these. It began with us brainstorming and coming up with a vision (well, 3 separate visions) and somehow throughout the year managed to morph all of our separate ideas into Twig and Olive’s version of an online workshop.

These are simply the most complete online photography workshops available to help to advance your skills with photography, editing, creating an experience, managing clients, running your business, and just so much more. We designed these to be more than just a couple of videos and a posing guide. Included are valuable contracts, guides, templates, videos, and just about everything you’ll need to start or improve your photography business. Be sure to check them out if you haven’t already!

Wedding  |  Child and Family  |  Newborn  |  Business

So what does 2018 bring for us?

Every year we sit down and for two days do nothing but talk about our business. Sure, we do this throughout the year as needed, but this is a really intense dive into our brand. We really tease apart our strengths and weakness, what worked well and what could be improved on, and how we can be better, set ourselves apart, and provide an even better client experience. While our meeting can be quite “spirited” at some points, it’s only because we all have the end goal of providing an exceptional product and experience to our clients. (Obviously, Darcy is essential here.)

wedding photography details

New for 2018, we’re going to put ourselves and our personalities out there a little more through our blog. Every month each of us will be creating a unique blog post, so make sure you read the blog often!

One of the bigger changes moving forward is that we are shaking up our portrait session offerings. We love to travel and adventure and we want to offer a session that is reflective of what is important to us and our families. It falls within our mantra to “focus on our successes”, and we feel like we can be the most efficient with our package offerings. These will be ready to launch within the next week or so, so please come join us for an adventure!

Travel doesn’t slow down next year. Rather, we are adding additional states and countries for shooting weddings, child and family sessions, and teaching. We are thrilled to be speaking at Shutter Fest (April 2-4, 2018 in St. Louis), The Reset Conference (April 7-8, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana and The Uncommon Creative Collective (September 22-24, 2018 in Ontario, Canada).

succulent newborn shoot

In addition to our speaking engagements and online workshops, we will still be teaching a handful of in-person workshops throughout the country (and the Netherlands)!

CONSISTENT TRUSTt:  A Wedding Photography Workshop
June 25, 2018 | Chicago, Illinois

LIFE’S ADVENTURE: A Family Photography Workshop (One And Two-Day Options)
March 6, 2018 | Phoenix, Arizona
July 9 and 11, 2018 | Netherlands (sold out)
November 5, 2018 | Destin, Florida
January 9-10, 2019 | Sydney, Australia

PUREST LOVE: A Newborn Photography Workshop
August 14, 2018 | Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

SAVVY BUSINESS: A Branding, Business, And Marketing Workshop (no longer offered)
January 17, 2018 | Nashville, Tennessee
April 19, 2018 | Seattle, Washington

If our business had a silent 5th partner, it would be ShootQ, our Studio Management Software (it’s that important). We are so lucky to be working with Adam as he launches the next generation of our studio management software. We are partnering up with them on a few really great things in 2018, so stay tuned!  We will be speaking at their booth at Imaging USA in Nashville, Tennessee on January 14 and 15 this year, so please come say “Hi!” and learn about one of our favorite systems that we use for running our business! If you want to try it out for 6 months for FREE, use discount code “TwigAndOlive” (huge savings!).

All this, and it’s just the beginning. 2018 will be an amazing year for growth both as a business and as photographers. We are ecstatic for what this year brings and how we can continue to grow and share our journey with you. We hope that everyone has a wonderful Holiday and Happy New Year!


Bobbi, Doug, Courtney, and Darcy









Online Family Photography Workshop

This is simply the most complete family photography online workshop available to help to advance your skills with photography, editing, creating an experience, managing clients, running your business, and just so much more. We designed this to be more than just a couple of videos and a posing guide. (Of course, that is all included as well!) Rather, this is a total workshop that covers everything in a traditional in person workshop, and also includes valuable contracts, guides, templates, and just about everything you’ll need to start or improve your photography business.

Upon purchase, you will receive an email with a link to our personal portal to your e-Workshop membership! It includes all of the following:

Dedicated Workbook – Our 40+ page guide that talks how to take your clients from the first inquiry to the final finished product.

Look Book and Posing Guide – A HUGE 100+ page guide with images, settings, and commentary on beautiful images to learn from and be inspired for your next session.

Posing Videos – We’ve included 3 complete videos of us working with clients for you to learn from and observe how we flow our sessions, what we’re looking for in connections, and gain valuable tips, tricks, and techniques.

Editing Video – One of the most common questions we get asked is how we create the beautiful skin tones in our pictures … you can see how with this video.

The Tech of Photographing Motion Video – We’ll walk you through the challenging topics of camera focus systems, lens choices, how to calculate depth of field, and much more in this video dedicated to make advanced camera settings be accessible.

Portrait Contract Template – Our polished portrait contract template with a little customization can be immediately ready to use for your business.

Child and Family Email Templates – Have writer’s block and don’t what to say to your clients? These templates can help spur you on.

Lighting Guide – You think you know why you should shoot at sunset … but do you really know? We break down the challenges to shooting earlier in the day.

Lens Selection Guide – Focal lengths give so much variance in pictures, and this guide is dedicated to helping you pick the style that works best for your brand.

Print and Product Selling Template – There’s just no excuse to not selling products anymore. We’ve done all the hard work with pictures and pricing so you can sell to you clients immediately from various labs.

What’s Next Card – We give them to all of our clients – now you can have a version to guide your clients as well.

FAQs – A totally candid conversation with answers to some of the most common questions that we get asked at every workshop we teach


Our Complete Online Business Photography Workshop! That’s right – you get our complete Online Business Guide ready to hone or replace your current photography business practices. This is sold separately for $200, but we’re including it as part of your bundle.


Special Discounts and Preferred Vendors! Ok, this is probably self explanatory, but this is all of our favorite vendors and print labs put into one document to get you rolling with new shiny things in your studio and amazing products for your clients. Yes, the discounts are that good!

What – you still want more? How about lifetime updates to the guides and content? How about a dedicated, private FaceBook group to have as your personal resource?

All of this is included.

This is the most complete resource we know how to put together, and we’ve done it all for you. There’s nothing we held back – you are getting the most complete teaching e-Workshop available online.

After purchase, you will be sent an email with a link to create your account with us on our online portal.  From there you will have access to all of the documents to download and videos for streaming online. Check back often as any update or inclusions to the e-Workshop will be automatically updated on your end.  You will always have access to the most up to date content!

We’re elated, exhausted, excited, and ready to exhale … we’ve poured so much of ourselves into this opportunity for you. We hope you love them and will make your business and your photography take off!

Purchase our Child and Family Online Workshop HERE

Family Photography Online Workshop
Online family photography workshop





NOW ON SALE | Family Retreat (online family photography workshop) hosted by The Milky Way


Is 2017 the year to work on your family photography? Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming {online} Family Retreat, where you can learn alongside 23 photographers (from the comfort of home!)

What is the Family Retreat and how does this work? The Family Retreat (hosted by The Milky Way) is a collaboration of 23 instructors sharing posing, editing and business tips to help inspire your family + child photography! It all happens online September 19th – 21st, 2017 and tickets are now on sale for $247 USD. You get to learn from the comfort of home AND download the videos so you have them for life!

Our video topic | Dealing with Difficult Dads

We’ve all been there – a beautiful location, great ideas in your head, a family that steps out of the car dressed like page 32 of the Zara catalog …. and then you hear it. The dad, with a ‘I-had-nails-for-breakfast look’, says, “how long is this going to take?” Not the idyllic start you had hoped for. Can the session work? Will you survive unscathed?!

Fortunately, difficult dads can be easily corralled if you stick to a few simple practices. In this video, watch as we share eight steps to creating a memorable and enjoyable session for your family. Then, we’ll photograph a family showing these practices in use and share the finished product.


Click on the link to enter the giveaway and/or to pre-register for the Family Retreat! >> (