1:1 workshop with the potted pansy

Back in October, I packed up a bag, picked up a photographer friend here in Reno, and we headed to Utah. I was going there for a one on one workshop with a florist, and he came along for the ride so I didn’t have to drive alone. I wanted to share this story because it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had! Just a little background - I have always been a bit shy, I am most definitely a home-body, and I tend to get really anxious driving where I am unfamiliar. So to driving to Utah to stay alone, and spend the day with a stranger, wasn’t exactly a normal thing for me!

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The main reason I chose to do a one on one was because I couldn’t make it to her normal workshop. Another reason is that I am super shy in group settings, but can talk any ear off when alone, so I figured it would be perfect haha! I knew that this experience was going to make me uncomfortable, but I knew that I was going to learn a lot, so I went for it. I have to admit I wasn’t that nervous leading up to it. I like to say I am an emotional procrastinator. By that I mean that I know a lot of things make me nervous, so I put off the feelings until the very last minute and then it hits me like a train right before. In the end it ends up being better that way, because I don’t think too much about it until it’s too late to put the emotions aside any longer haha!

I was pretty nervous the day of, but I figured it wouldn’t be too bad conversing with someone who loves flowers just as much as I do! I was right, it was so much fun! We talked, ate, played with flowers, and did a shoot with our arrangements. No day could’ve ever been better. I was able to choose two things to create that day, and I chose a bridal bouquet and centerpiece. I struggle with bouquets the most, and I have the most fun creating centerpieces. She demonstrated how she creates the arrangement, then I got to make my own, and of course we talked about all the things throughout the whole process.

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This gave me such a great look into what I want my business to be, and what I should be doing to get there. I learned about design, color theory, and my style. She was the best mentor and was willing to share so much information with me. I am so beyond grateful to have had that experience! If anyone is a florist or in a creative I highly recommend investing in a 1:1 workshop or a mentorship.

Being in a creative industry, that doesn’t really require anything but experience, I believe it is so important to keep learning even if you are successful where you are at. I am hoping to do another workshop or 1:1 this year as well! With all that being said I think that we all have to keep learning, and to do things that make us feel uncomfortable, in order to grow!

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Big thanks to Mandy with The Potted Pansy for being so willing to share with me, and to Ciara Spring Photography for taking these amazing photos

Camryn Lane