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August 27, 2018

Jessie Walker Photography Summer Shoot-A-Thon

JWP Shoot-A-Thon


Wow. The very first Jessie Walker Photography shoot-a-thon event at the beginning of August was such a huge success that I decided to open up another event in October!!! Can you believe it? I sure can’t!

I’m sure you may be wondering…What is a shoot-a-thon event exactly?

The shoot-a-thon is an event for photographers of ALL levels to come shoot around and practice any prompts, poses, directions and anything else they desire! I start off each portion of the event explaining how I go about my couples sessions or bride/groom portraits at a wedding. Then after that, I basically let you have full reign…taking turns so that each person gets an chance to try something out! This event is to help you feel more comfortable with your couple!! It helps take away some of the pressure you may be feeling at a regular paid session! You have the ability to see what works and what doesn’t! That’s the beauty in this event and the reason I created it in the first place!!

So how does a shoot-a-thon work?

The shoot-a-thon is always split up into two portions during the day. In this case, the morning portion was the boho wedding stylized shoot at the Country Villa Inn in Virginia Beach! We had some AMAZING vendors involved for this shoot, let me tell you!

Bouquet: The Hanging Gardens
Hair: Amber with Flawless on Site
Make-up: Leah with BlushTones
Rentals: Chic Unique Rentals
Floral Tie: Michelle Carter Studio
Invitation Suite: Leaf and Letter
Dress: Vici Dolls
Venue: Country Villa Inn & Weddings


Despite the insane heat and humidity that morning, I’d say it was a good weather day! 🙂 We got to practice things like the bump (or drunken walk), the bear hug, the sneak attack, how to utilize foreground, playing with different angles and so much more!!

(Behind the scenes photos taken by Kai Villanueva Photography)


After a long break in between shoots to rejuvenate and nourish our bodies, it was time for the evening portion of the event! The fun engagement session at East Beach in Norfolk!!! Full disclosure: engagement and couples sessions are my FAVORITE! They are really where my passion lies. I love weddings don’t get me wrong, but photographing just the couple itself is definitely one of my favorite parts of the day, which is why I decided to MAINLY focus on the couple and their connection to each other for each portion of the event.

They swang, climped trees, danced, ran around in the sand, then rolled around in the sand and of course ended in the WATER!! And boy did it get steamy!!! <3 These two killed this engagement session and were the perfect models. I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say each attendee got enough content during this shoot to last a month!! I wanted to give them multiple outfits and location spots so that they DID get a ton of content for their portfolio or just for Instagram itself.

Here are some of the behind the scenes throughout the day!


I had a BLAST getting to know these girls a little better and giving them just a glimpse of my heart and soul of my business!! If this is something YOU would be interested, registration just went live today! Head here for more deets and to sign up!

Can’t wait to meet you friend!!





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