Travel, Wedding
Mexico Engagement Session

A Jose Villa Workshop
Dec 8, 2010

 

I don’t even know where to begin with writing this post!…. I’ll start off saying that Jose Villa is one of the kindest, sweetest, loving, giving, warm-hearted souls out there! I feel so blessed, honored and forever grateful to call him a friend!  I went to Jose‘s workshop last year in Italy (you can see images on my old blog here). It was my very first workshop, and I had no idea of what to expect from it! To be honest I was very intimidated and a little scared, but leaving that Italy workshop was literally a life changing experience! There really isn’t any other words to describe my experience that I had there! And I know my friends that I made in Italy can all attest to that as well!

So, what made me come to Mexico a year later?! Well…Jose! He seriously is just so amazing that you just want to learn more! I didn’t go alone either! Three other girls that I met at the Italy workshop came to Mexico with me as well! My friends YazyLaura and Kristen! We all came together to this workshop with the intention of shooting only FILM and we all shot on our Contax 645!

We stayed at the most gorgeous place in Guadalajara at The Hacienda el Carmen. If you ever get the chance to go there, you will not regret it! The food was incredible, the location stunning and the spa…well it was amazing! Every morning we would wake up, open the door to our room to head out for breakfast and see beautiful peacocks roaming around. Then we would dive straight into class time and then time for shooting. I definitely tried to soak everything in from what was being taught…and its still sinking in.I know I left this workshop SO inspired!

I want to thank Jose and his AMAZING crew for all of their hard work to making everything run so smoothly, for being so honest and open and willing to share everything with us! You all were seriously amazing…so thank you, thank you to: jose villa workshops | Joel Serrato | Lacie Hansen | Nancy Villa | Joy Thigpen | Jill La Fleur | Mar of Team Hair & Makeup | Karina Puente | Bill of Richard Photo Lab | Saja Wedding Gowns | Amy of Wedding Chicks | Abby of Style Me Pretty | Hacienda El Carmen | Erica O’brien | Fuji Film | Cypress Albums | Ryan of Finch Design | Paloma’s Nest

Jose, if you read this, I just want to say how very grateful I am for everything! So very happy that I was able to attend your workshop…again! Thank you for believing in me and for pushing me and for your faith in me! Thank you for everything you have helped me with. Thank you for your friendship, it means the world to me! You were always there for me, especially when things got tough, and I couldn’t thank you enough! You have a special place in my heart, and I honestly just love you so much.

xoxo,

diana

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25 Comments

  1. Laura Ivanova
    December 8, 2010

    WOW, Diana! Your blog post is so well said… and thank you for the link. 🙂 Us Italy girls definitely have a bond! But, the images…. WOW, stunning. So, so, so pretty. I will be waiting (impatiently) to see more film. So lovely!

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  2. Yazy
    December 8, 2010

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!! Simply perfect D!! I love them so much and I love you! 🙂

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  3. nicky
    December 9, 2010

    I LOOOOOOOOOVE THEM Diana. They are soo beautiful! Amazing job sister!

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  4. Emily Steffen
    December 9, 2010

    I love love love love these my dear friend!!!!! Stunning! And I also will be waiting impatiently to see more!!!!! Rock on that film sister! 🙂

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  5. Lauren Gabrielle
    December 9, 2010

    WOW AMAZING!!!! These shots are all so beautiful!! I LOVE FILM!!!

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  6. stacy
    December 9, 2010

    WOW!!! LOVE x 100 the light, the poses, those shoes… AMAZING!! I can not wait to see more. You’re so talented (and amazingly nice, sweet, kind, thoughtful) Just stunning!

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  7. Christine Lucaciu
    December 9, 2010

    What a great way to start off my Thursday. These images are breathtaking, Diana!!! And I NEEEED that colorful dress!

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  8. joy thigpen
    December 9, 2010

    nice job diana! i love that first shot!

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  9. Sammy Cosa
    December 9, 2010

    Beautiful photos Diana!!! Your work keeps getting more and more captivating. Love the lighting/colors. Great job! Let us know next time there’s a workshop, Natalia and I would love to join you!

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  10. KG
    December 9, 2010

    Di! Amazing job! I see how much you are truly growing into your craft! Can’t wait for you to do my future shoot! Love you lots (of course).
    K

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  11. Bunn Salarzon
    December 9, 2010

    BEAUTIFUL! I love every shot. Pretty soon, I’m not going to know a Diana Marie shot from a Jose Villa shot. 😉

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  12. weddingchicks
    December 9, 2010

    so beautiful diana! come and see me soon!
    xo
    amy

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  13. Kate Botwinski
    December 9, 2010

    DIANA!! Holy beautifulness! These images are incredibly awww just amazing. Love them and loved experiencing this with you girl. Xo

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  14. kristen
    December 10, 2010

    love love love!

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  15. Candee
    December 10, 2010

    Amazing images!!! ahh absolutely beautiful!!

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  16. Joel Serrato
    December 11, 2010

    😉 so excited you joined us in Mexico Diana! We had a great time seeing you again! Thank YOU for being an inspiration!

    HUGE hugs!

    Joel Serrato

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  17. Joel Serrato
    December 11, 2010

    Lovely images! FILM is you!!! Look!!! 100% 😉

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  18. Jose Villa
    December 11, 2010

    Diana, wow first thank you for the amazing kind words and second, holy crap!! Your images are stunning! Wow! I’m smiling from ear to ear at the beauty I see here, I can’t wait to see the rest!!!

    xoxo

    Jose

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  19. helgi
    December 12, 2010

    THAT IS SOOOOOOO beutiful Diane!!!! Really nice work, nicenicenice!

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    January 7, 2011

    Diana these are breathtaking!!!! Wow, I’m so inspired by your work my dear. You are one talented lady 🙂

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