What Makes Art of the Woman Events Unique – Part 2
How do we come up with ideas and locations for our events?
This is part 2 of a 3-part blog series this month in response to a past-participant's suggestion to share details of planning our events. Missed the first part? Check it out here.
We periodically survey subscribers to our website and our Facebook group page for ideas and suggestions. We look for unique venues that we feel would be of interest to other women. We have had events at a world-renowned sculptor’s studio/warehouse, at a women-run event staging/photo studio business located in a turn of the century garment factory, at a local photo studio with a classroom, lights, props, and costumes and most recently a remote nature-centric arts retreat. We also get tips from other photographers and artists and are reaching out to other women with knowledge of unique locations for future shoots.
Our goal is to exceed your expectations.
We talk with our paid members, participants and models who provide feedback after every event. You can see for yourself just how they feel about us here through their testimonials. We put ourselves in your shoes! We are creatives ourselves. To be sure we don’t miss a thing when planning our events, we have developed a checklist and a timeline to work from, including organizing and finalizing key details of the event, notifying members in advance, and subsequently announcing to our other subscribers, letting you know what to expect, what to bring with you, what is needed to prepare for the day of the event, not only on our part, but on the part of the venue and the participants to provide the best experience.
We provide monthly communication via our website and Facebook Group, and through our blogs featuring our members, followers, and models on our website. Our team prepares either a healthy lunch or snacks, depending on the length of the event. We set up a group message feed in advance of the shoot to encourage idea sharing. During the event, we help support our participants by assisting with props, setting up areas of interest and backdrops if needed, making sure the event stays on track, timewise and much more. We make sure the models and participants get breaks and we share creative suggestions during the shoot to help you get images you’re happy with. We provide an album on the Facebook Group page for sharing images and behind the scenes shots.
We pay a competitive rate for our professional traveling models’ time. We provide personally labeled folders for everyone with pre-signed model releases, a copy of the registration form and the schedule, all signed in advance of the shoot. We provide registration discounts for our paid members. We do get to take a few photos at our events, along with behind-the-scenes photos, but our paid participants' experiences are the priority.
We do what we do because we are passionate about providing opportunities for women to come together to create art. Check back next week for the 3rd and final edition of our 3-part blog series this month on what makes Art of the Woman events unique. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event and we thank you for your support!