There’s undoubtedly a je ne sais quoi to breaking into the luxury echelon of wedding photographers. But regardless of how alluring and desirable of a goal it may be, you can’t magically start charging upper four to five-figure fees because you woke up and decided you wanted to land top-tier clients.

YOU HAVE TO BECOME A LUXURY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER FIRST.

The good news is, we know the best and fastest way to get there—and that’s by elevating your portfolio.

Even if you’ve been shooting for 5+ years and have more raved-about galleries than you can count, you simply need the type of work that captures the attention of high-end brides as well as luxury wedding venues and wedding planners. Tapping into and earning referral business is a must in the luxury sector, and it starts with a curated, upscale portfolio that demonstrates your expertise.

LUMIÈRE EXISTS TO SHED LIGHT ON YOUR ARTISTIC TALENTS AND FACILITATE YOUR RISE INTO THE LUXURY MARKET WITH EASE AND POISE.

Leap into the Luxury Market and Consistently Book 5-Figure Clients Throughout the U.S. and in Stunning Destinations Around the World

WORLD-CLASS WORKSHOPS BY LUMIÈRE

There’s undoubtedly a je ne sais quoi to breaking into the luxury echelon of wedding photographers. But regardless of how alluring and desirable of a goal it may be, you can’t magically start charging upper four to five-figure fees because you woke up and decided you wanted to land top-tier clients.

The good news is, we know the best and fastest way to get there—and that’s by elevating your portfolio.

Even if you’ve been shooting for 5+ years and have more raved-about galleries than you can count, you simply need the type of work that captures the attention of high-end brides as well as luxury wedding venues and wedding planners. Tapping into and earning referral business is a must in the luxury sector, and it starts with a curated, upscale portfolio that demonstrates your expertise.

LUMIÈRE EXISTS TO SHED LIGHT ON YOUR ARTISTIC TALENTS AND FACILITATE YOUR RISE INTO THE LUXURY MARKET WITH EASE AND POISE.

YOU HAVE TO BECOME A LUXURY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER FIRST.

our MANIFESTO

We believe modern doesn’t need to abandon tradition, we don’t wait for opportunity to call—we create it, we follow the light wherever it goes, we embrace community and celebrate artistry, and we relish any occasion to refine our craft.

SEE THE UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Each Lumière Workshop features education from a world-renowned wedding photographer in epic locations that not only have historic beauty but are genuinely in demand by a high-end clientele. You’ll walk away with luxury editorial content designed with a “realistic” luxury client in mind, rather than purely editorial content that feels more like a staged fashion campaign and doesn’t exactly capture the heart of your dream couples. Our goal is to help you make those elusive $10K+ jobs a reality.

COME FOR THE EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE - LEAVE WITH PUBLICATION-WORTHY CONTENT THAT GETS YOU NOTICED BY INDUSTRY-LEADING VENDORS AND LUXURY CLIENTELE.

january 24, 2022
anderson house, Washington DC

Although her work and reputation precede her need for an introduction, Laura Gordon is an industry-acclaimed, award-winning fine art photographer intent on making stunning, high-quality imagery for weddings, editorials, and events in destinations around the world. Laura’s work has been featured on the covers and pages within top wedding publications including Martha Stewart Weddings, Elle, Marie Claire, The Knot, BRIDES, Flutter, Style Me Pretty, ENGAGED!, and many more.
Laura is also a sought-after educator in the industry, globally speaking at a number of photo workshops and conferences. She has been named top photographer by Belle Lumiere magazine and School of Wedding Photography. Also described as an “authentic and kind human being”, we’re honored to have Laura share her experiences and insights related to entering the luxury market.

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An Iconic French Fete

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Located near Dupont Circle, which was known as D.C.’s most fashionable neighborhood during the Gilded Age, the Anderson House is a 1900s era mansion that formerly hosted American and international dignitaries as well as high-society guests. Picture intricate marble floors, carved wood walls, elaborate ironwork, papier-mâché ceilings, and paintings fit for a museum (because today it partially is). An exquisite testament to an earlier era, it’s the perfect modern-meets-traditional backdrop for the sophisticated couple.

about Anderson house 

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Interpretation of a classic luxurious wedding with French influence at the opulent grandeur Anderson House, a 1900s era mansion that formerly hosted American and international dignitaries as well as high-society guests. By combining vintage textures, modern silhouettes, and luxurious bridal  fashion, we will create a story of heirloom-driven wedding day for a modern discerning couple who are traditionalists at heart.

concept

- Iconic grandeur
- Modern luxury
- French classic

style

- Crystal chandeliers
- Gold accents
- Garden rose florals
- Miss Dior sipping champagne


design inspiration

early access & special offer

Register for our exclusive early access waitlist and receive $200 off a ticket.

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VISION

- education from laura gordon in both lecture and hands-on formats

- full ACCESS TO THE luxurious 1900s HISTORIC mansion

- BRIDE AND GROOM MODELS IN LUXURY DESIGNER attire

- a fashior-forward single bride model (different from the model above)

- 24-FT LONG STYLED WEDDING RECEPTION TABLE CURATED WITH UPSCALE DETAILs

- ABUNDANT FLORALS FOR the RECEPTION IN fleur avenue's SIGNATURE STYLE

- BRIDAL MAKEUP AND HAIR BY an EDITORIAL stylist 

- MULTIPLE FLATLAYS FOR high-end DETAIL SHOTS

- STATEMENT WEDDING CAKE BY A CAKE ARTIST

- EARLY access SPECIAL with $200 off ticket price BEFORE NOVEMBER 11TH 

- detailed timeline is tbd between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm











WHAT'S INCLUDED

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YOU COULD TRY THE FOLLOWING…

Hope for a luxury client to book your services someday and then feature all of the beautiful details on your website and social media in hopes of attracting more.
     
- But who knows when that will happen and do you really want to waste time hoping and waiting?

Spend hundreds of hours planning and designing your own high-end styled shoots to only end up with imagery that feels average and cliché rather than unique and luxurious.
     - And did we mention how expensive (read: very expensive) it can be to gather all the unique details that make up a successful styled shoot - let alone book out an entire luxury venue to yourself for the day?

Work with a high-end wedding planner/designer/stylist who can help you create editorial content specifically for you.
     - This is actually a solid option, and our team can even help you with that, but it’s a significantly higher investment as it’s created from scratch, and solely customized for your brand.

Participate in a number of random, only somewhat organized styled shoots that feel like a total compromise of what you’re really trying to achieve.
     - Maybe you’ve been let down by shoots in the past that didn’t communicate your brand’s aesthetic and brought no distinct changes to your portfolio. We’ve been there and get that, so we promise to do it right.

Keep buying courses you complete one module of and then forget about.
     - We firmly believe in continuing education and aren’t discounting digital products, but sometimes you need to get offline and be IRL with the educators and peers who can inspire and push you further toward your goals.

Continue doing the same thing you’re doing now and invest nothing only to scroll through Instagram and feel the mounting frustration of the comparison game.
     - Clearly, this is the worst option, and ironically the one so many of us end up defaulting to out of fear and hesitation. Ask yourself where you want to be a year from now and what you’re doing to help yourself get there. 



OR—YOU COULD LET US HELP YOU LUMIÈRE THE WAY:

Join a high-end, editorial workshops at a luxury venues, complete with education from world-renowned photographers and ample shoot time, alongside other photographers likely to become close friends. All you have to do is register, show up, and soak it all in.

Everything will be prepared, curated, and ready for you to document. In the end, you’ll have gorgeous, high-end imagery and feel confident having made a wise investment.
 



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july 2021
swannanoa palace, charlottesville va

Modern Italian Wedding

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recent workshops

April 2021
the estate at river run, richmond va

Fashion-Driven Wedding

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questions worth asking

I feel like I’ve seen & heard it all at this point—how are the Lumière Workshops different from other styled shoots?
It’s a fair question. This is why we’re so adamant about paying close attention to and actually researching what luxury clients look for in their wedding as a whole. We strategically create settings and include details that have been proven to appeal to both luxury clients and luxury wedding venues/planners. At our editorial workshops, you get to photograph unique, immersive experiences like ones that high-end clients desire to create for their guests. We’ve also learned from the best in the wedding industry, including Janna Brown Design, Sinclair & Moore Events, Darcy Benincosa, and Ponderosa & Thyme.

What is the refund policy?
As availability is limited and there are extensive costs involved to put on each workshop, there are no refunds. That being said, we’ll do everything we can to rebook your ticket and return your money, but we can’t guarantee it. However, you will be able to use your ticket value toward another Lumière workshop.





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What about COVID? Will you offer refunds in this case of mandates, shut-downs, or testing positive?
If there are any travel restrictions or new mandates in the location and timeframe of the workshop, we will plan to reschedule the event as a whole. If you test positive, we certainly request that you do not attend and reach out to discuss a full or partial refund.

I’m interested but still curious about a few things - who can I talk to?
Please email Viktoriya at hello@fleuravenueevents.com if you would like to have a closer look at the workshop vision, know more about our vendor team, or ask any other questions related to the event.

Is any travel, lodging, or meals included?
For the U. S. workshops, we normally don't cover travel and accommodation expenses unless stated otherwise. Destination workshops are all handled differently and uniquely.

Can I turn this into a vacation?
For our destination workshops, we have the capacity and ability to accommodate your loved one. They’re welcome to join you for the duration of the workshop so you can have a fruitful creative and leisure experience.

Without a well-curated, realistic, and demonstrated portfolio of luxury-level work, it’s going to be hard to land the type of events you’re after. Which is why we’re not just here to ‘tell’ you information you already know, we’re here to physically provide you with the setting you need to create 5-star work and show luxury clients you’re the photographer they’ve been looking for.

“Saturated market”? Doesn’t scare you—not anymore at least.

Clients only know what (and who) they want to document their wedding festivities when they see it.

- You’ve been in business for roughly 5 years, give or take.

- You’ve developed your signature photography style and consistently book mid-market weddings between $4 to $8K.

- Your goal is to regularly book $10K+ clients and establish yourself as a luxury and destination photographer, including the most in-demand spots like France and Italy.

- You mostly book weddings for 8-hours of coverage but desire to document full wedding weekend experiences - from welcome drinks to the rehearsal dinner to the after-party and next-day brunch.

- Aside from income growth, you want to explore and stretch your creative potential - this is one of your greatest passions after all!

- You’ve been heavily relying on Instagram for marketing and would love to tap into a luxury referral network and alleviate yourself of all the hustle/social media culture.

- You’re feeling drained and overwhelmed from serving 25 to 35+ clients per year and wish to scale back to 10 to 15 max, allowing you to provide a next-level service.

- You’re ready for the next chapter of your photography business, one that also opens the door to more work-life balance and overall fulfillment.

tHe lumiere workshops are ideal for you if…

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LUMIÈRE THE WAY

Work with the light
Find your own light
Show others their light