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OUR WORKSHOP ATTENDEES, NOW FRIENDS, WHO CONTINUE TO INSPIRE US!

It's hard for me to put into words the impact attending this workshop had on me as both a photographer and a person. Sure, there were the technical things I learned that I really had little knowledge of going into the workshop, including extensive knowledge of my flash, off-camera lighting, using flashes as slaves and masters, etc. Then there was learning Bob's master approach to shooting a wedding, evaluating lighting, and gleaning from his creativity. Then there were also the insights I gained from Dawn about post-processing, marketing techniques, and workflow. All of this information was and continues to be invaluable.

However, more than all the things that I learned, the workshop ignited my passion and vision for my photography in a way that I had never quite tapped into before. Looking back it's hard to believe that all this was accomplished in just a two-day workshop. But I think that this speaks so much to who Bob and Dawn are as people. Their vibrant passion for their work, as well as their excitement to share their knowledge and passion with others was incredibly contagious. Not only this but their genuine care for each of us attendees was so evident. I came expecting to learn about photography but didn't expect the relationships that would develop in the process.

I've run into photographers in the past who have kept all their secrets to themselves. At one point, I even asked Dawn, what do you get out of this? because when all is said and done I realized they can't be making much money putting something like this on. She responded, It gives us opportunities like this to be sitting here with people like you. That blew me away! Here are people who have "made it" in the photography business and yet they care to share what they know and who they are with less seasoned photographers like myself. Their desire to give back generously out of what they've been generously given is also seen in the ways they donate their talents to non-profit organizations. So through this workshop, I've been inspired in ways professionally that I have never experienced in my photography. Ive been challenged to live generously out of what's been given to me. And I've learned many invaluable tools, techniques, and approaches that will continue to pay dividends in my photography.

I returned home from the workshop at a crossroads. I am about to enter my last year of a psychology graduate program, but what was I supposed to do with this new vibrant passion and vision for my photography. After much deliberating, I've decided to delay graduation by a year to provide the time needed to invest in my photography dreams. I couldn't rationalize neglecting the momentum and vision this workshop provided. If choosing to endure an extra year of grad school isn't a testament to the invaluable investment of the workshop, I don't know what is! I've shot two weddings since the workshop and its amazing to see the difference in my photography before attending and after. Thank you Bob and Dawn for all that you generously gave and for who you are!

~ Todd Pinckney, Davis Love Story Workshop Attendee, July 2009

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MY FRIEND, MY MENTOR

Before meeting Bob Davis, I'll be honest, I didn't know how to feel about a photographer who was named a celebrity photojournalist. What was that supposed to mean? Paparazzi? I'm a HARD sell & I'm not caught up in the who-ha of this industry of THE ROCKSTAR PHOTOGS as a matter of fact, I shy away from it

BUT I attended one of his classes at WPPI in 2006 & then here in my area of Baltimore/DC when he was here on tour. At one point he was describing his photo shoot during the Oprah car giveaway. I will never forget how he lit up with such enthusiasm as he described what it felt like to photograph these shrieking hysterically happy women receiving their gifts. THERE I OBSERVED IT. This guy is REAL. This man LOVES the art of photography. Then I attended Vegas Love Story Workshop. Since then, our families formed a close relationship.

It wasn't until the first time I second shot a wedding for Bob last summer that I had some "a-ha" moments. After the wedding, as my files were being downloaded, oh boy, can I just say how many shots i screwed up. Bob, Dawn and I stayed up very late talking and I was humbled. I felt discouraged, not because of the constructive criticism I was receiving from my friends, but because of my lack of focus. Bob drove me to the airport the next day & talked to me & reminded about the gift that God has given me. Well, this is when I self appointed him as my mentor.

For the first time in my life I actually cared about what being a student is really about. he told me, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. and yes, it sank in and I try my best to PRACTICE as much as I can. I listened. Not as a friend but as a student. For me, having a mentor is not about trying to impress. It's about patience, listening, & implementing what I'm being taught. It's about RESPECT. My friend, my mentor who LOVES to teach, continues to be a student himself and shares his knowledge with integrity. And me, now a student at the ripe YOUNG age of 37 and enjoying it WOW. I can't believe I used the words enjoy and student in the same sentence!

Behind Bob stands a FANTASTIC Dawn. There is a reason they are named Davis Love Story. I never realized how much work goes into a workshop until helping my friends out. ESPECIALLY all the DETAILS & heart Dawn puts into each individual workshop. Not only do the attendees benefit from her marketing, Photoshop & album design skills but they walked away with a few goodies from each bow tied, jellybean, thank u card, etc. I'd have to say the vision boards are an AMAZING gift to receive.

I suppose I could be dubbed as bias because I have become friends with Bob and Dawn. The truth is this: If I did not BELIEVE in what they are doing, I would just nod and smile and not really say too much one way or another. I'm honest, sometimes brutally so.

I trust in what they are doing and I am extremely proud in the direction they are heading. Working as a TEAM Bob & Dawn are a strong force. I have attended their workshops not only as an attendee but most recently helping as an assistant. I've witnessed first hand the energy, organization and yes, even the stress of what it takes to put together a workshop. But the devotion for what they are achieving to accomplish is sincere and unfiltered. In my opinion and experience of attending various workshops, I truly believe in Dawn & Bob's hands on approach & teaching techniques. They are stellar artists in this industry and I would recommend anyone who wants to take their own passion for the art of photography to a higher level to attend ANY of their workshops. Not only come away with additional tools & knowledge but just to have a FANTABULOUS time!

~ Kristie Blake Hancock, Davis Love Story Assistant, July 2009 and Vegas Love Story Attendee, March 2009

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As a new photographer to the industry, I've been very timid about asking the seasoned pros for help. Therefore, most of what I learned in the beginning is from studying online photography forums, books, and workshop DVDs. As my very first live workshop, I didn't know what to expect from the Davis Love Story Workshop. But I immediately realized how refreshing it was to have Bob and Dawn in front of me, where they would answer all of my questions using their years of experience and knowledge. In addition to the sharing of technical knowledge, I found that seeing Bob at work, from posing the models to capturing the shot, was incredibly inspiring! As for Dawn, she was so sweet and she presented the materials in such an enjoyable and interesting way! She encouraged us to seek her help even after the workshop and when I called her with a list of questions, she was still so eager to share her knowledge and she made me feel so comfortable to ask away! I am very pleased with the workshop and enjoy incorporating so much of what I learned into my business!

~ Theresa Choi, Davis Love Story Workshop Attendee, July 2009

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What can be said that has not been said already? Awesome workshop with good information, cool models to work with, lots of interaction and was just a great time. I've attended workshops where the photographer just stands around watching and those just aren't as useful.

But, more important than all of that was the fact that Bob and Dawn are still around after the workshop! They don't just fade into the distance but continue to be there for us. I believe in giving in abundance when you get something from me and it is so refreshing to see that Bob and Dawn literally live that philosophy. I expected quite a bit from days out in Maryland and they gave so, so much more than I ever anticipated! Thank you, thank you!

A final note, all the photographers at the workshop are also in a class all their own and I can say that I have formed connections that will last in my career. Bob and Dawn lead the charge up a hill and each participant made sure everyone else made it up the hill, that in itself was inspirational.

Thank you for the inspiration that was worth the Maryland perspiration!

~ Ed Cicenas, Davis Love Story Workshop Attendee, July 2009

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Being in the presence of Bob and Dawn Davis was like a dream come true, they are both an absolute pleasure to work with and to learn from them with the years of knowledge and experience they have garnered. If I had a chance, I will do it all over again. They have totally changed the way I view light and have blessed me with a desire to learn and practice more. Thanks Bob and Dawn.

~ Fola Adewole, Davis Love Story Workshop Attendee, July 2009

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The photography experience was great at the Bel Air Workshop. The instruction, shooting, off-camera flash lighting and models rocked. Everybody learned and worked together. Knowledge was shared and given by all. Lots of Nikon shooters too.

~ George Place, Davis Love Story Workshop Attendee, July 2009 and soon to be St. Simons Island Attendee in Oct 2009

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It is such a privilege to know Dawn and Bob. They have taught me the one rule of wedding industry that has made me more successful than I ever imagined. That rule is: give, give, and give some more. Give your passion, your concentration, your attention, and your focus to the couples you serve and it comes back to you a thousand times over. Dawn and Bob are a living example. It's not a coincidence so many people have taken the time to write testimonials on this site. When you spend time around Dawn and Bob, you receive so much that you just want to give back.

Bob spent time with me and helped me fill in the blanks from a technical aspect. He is a master of light and plays his camera with the second nature of a seasoned violinist with a lifetime in an orchestra pit. Dawn is the perfect creative partner. Any time spent around them will make your life and business healthier.

~ Jeff Barker, Davis Love Story Workshop Attendee, May 2009

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I was truly impressed with Bob and Dawn from my experience with the Davis Love Story Workshop in May 2009. They were warm, personable, and took extra care to make the participants feel at home. Bob was a patient teacher with everyone who wanted help and Dawn shared freely her design and marketing tricks and tips as well as their experience building their business. Having the opportunity to meet and work with other photographers that week was a highlight for me. We've begun friendships that I expect will continue to grow. This was a remarkably affirming and confidence-building experience.

I genuinely appreciate the way Dawn and Bob have continued to keep in touch with the participants. It means a lot that we weren't just another "seat" for their workshop. They honor God when they honor others in this way. I am thankful for that.

~ Michael Gowin, Davis Love Story Workshop Attendee, May 2009

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Bob & Dawn Davis are two of the most genuine and talented people in the photography business! We took their workshop last year and it was an unforgettable experience. We learned a wealth of information from Bob's famed flash & video light techniques to Dawn's wonderful wedding book tips, and on top of that, we also left feeling as if we made new friends! After the workshop, we used the information we learned to completely revamp our business from our prices to album & product offerings and it has been the difference in booking the type of clients who now hire us for the quality of our photography rather than our price point. We have been to several workshops led by popular photographers and Bob and Dawn's Vegas Love Story workshop was hand's down the best investment we made! If only we could go to each and every one they hold! Bob & Dawn, thank you so much for sharing your knowledge & advice with us!

~ Gina & Mike Goldman, Vegas Love Story Workshop Attendees, March 2008

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Dear Bob and Dawn, I want to let you know how much I have profited from the three workshops of yours that I have invested in. I am continually amazed at how much I learn each time. Bob's lighting techniques have helped to transform my photography and develop a unique look that separates me from my competition. He has a unique way of taking the complicated and confusing world of flash and breaking it down into a simple and easy to understand process. The fact that your workshops are hands with live models really makes all the difference for me. Being able to implement exactly what Bob just covered really sets your workshops apart. I love that he took the time to actually review my images and give me direction during the workshop.

Dawn, your Photoshop and book design techniques are amazing! Your easy to follow step by step process has helped me take my images to the next level. What I love the most about your teaching style is your passion for the images. You taught me how to enhance my images all while keeping them feeling natural.

I will never really be able to put into words everything I get out of your workshops. I have made so many good friends and networked with fantastic vendors. To say that you have changed my life is a mild understatement!

~ Ed Weiland, Naperville, IL, Attended 3 Workshops, May 2009, Feb 2009, March 2008

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Bob and Dawn's workshops are incredible! I can say with full confidence that I walked away from that day as a substantially better photographer than when I first walked in. Not only did I receive great hands-on instruction from Bob but also received some great advice and inspiration from Dawn. Talking to them at length at the end of the day provided some great insight and it was obvious that they truly love each other and truly love what they do. I took the "Master Your Flash" workshop and since then, I've worried less about the light I'm given and can easily create the light I 'want'. It was truly a great experience from start to finish and I can't wait for the next workshop!

~ Scott Evans, Scott Evans Photo, Master Your Flash Workshop, Feb 2009

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Words cannot express how much we enjoyed Bob and Dawns workshop. Their knowledge is so valuable and we would not have missed this for the world. When it comes to perfection; Bob and Dawn rock. Our weddings have doubled since last year; its worth it in that alone.

If you're looking to expand your knowledge and training; to add to your portfolio; Bob and Dawn are worth every penny of your investment. If there is room in their next workshop; I'd sign up now before it fills up. You'll thank me and be glad you did. I know we plan on attending more of their workshops ourselves.

~ Cathy Ann & Scott Erickson, Ambiance Studios, Vegas Love Story Workshop Attendees, March 2008

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In this field one can get lost really easily with so many choices out there, so much advice, and multiple directions. There are so many styles and things you can do. When I attended the 3-day workshop with Bob and Dawn, I took more than just photography knowledge with me, I learned to trust myself and believe in my own style and to give my clients what I believe in was the best and not what is selling right now. With Bob and Dawn's workshops it's not only about those amazing 3 days, it goes beyond to help build the foundation of your business bringing success for years to come. In a way you can say attending one of their workshops gives you wings ;)

~ Yazy Raclawski, YazyJo Photography, Vegas Love Story Workshop Attendee, March 2008

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The Vegas Love Story workshop did so much for me, I don't even know where to begin. I learned so much from Bob, from Dawn, and from the other workshop attendees that it completely turned around my professional career. At just one year in business at the time, I was still figuring out so much. Seeing Bob shoot the wedding and learning how he captured everything was truly a technical awakening for me. I had just purchased my new Nikon D3, and was vaguely familiar with shooting in Manual. After the workshop, I felt totally confident in my technical ability, which allowed me to explore my creative side so much more and truly become what I like to consider an artistic photographer. It was also great seeing how Dawn design the books for their clients. Her style of design is so elegant and modern. I walked away from the Vegas Love Story workshop feeling like I received so much more than just information. Bob and Dawn were the package deal, and were both so warm, so kind, and so giving of their experiences. I came home more confident about my technique, and so very inspired!

~ Joey Bowels, Joey Nicole Photography, March 2008

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Last year I had the opportunity to attend the Vegas Love Story with Bob and Dawn Davis. I cannot express enough how worth every penny this trip was. I was an investment for our business and my personal life as well. I met amazing people, made amazing friends and had an amazing experience. Bob and Dawn were both so kind, honest and generous with information. I left this workshop more inspired about photography than I had felt in years and it has had a tremendous impact on how we shoot and do business today. I cannot thank them enough for the way this has changed my life.

~ Jen Hester, Imaginz Photography

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