Office Hours with Experts
Need business advice? Just want to talk to someone who gets it? Book a mini-session with one of our experts who will be onsite throughout the week, offering everything from portfolio reviews to brand audits. View their services and availability below, then click to connect with them directly to book your one-on-one time. If you want to sign up to be an expert at the Love Union, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leah Weinberg is the Owner & Lead Planner of Color Pop Events -- a New York City-based wedding planning company that focuses on the details and lives in the logistics. Now in her fifth year of business with Color Pop Events, Leah leverages skills like organization, attention to detail, and client service from her prior career as a commercial real estate attorney to excel at event production. Her colorful work and party planning tips have been published online with Vogue, Glamour, Marie Claire, Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot, Buzzfeed and more.
Leah is available for 30-minute business consultation mini-sessions on the following topics: client experience, bookkeeping basics, conceptual contract review, and internal workflows and processes. Monday and Tuesday, 2pm - 5pm.
Marina Warner is an attorney for creatives, entertainers, and artists. She provides legal services in the areas of trademark, copyright, business, employment, and internet law for freelancers, startups, and small- to medium-sized businesses. Her clients come primarily from the fashion, art, entertainment, digital media, and technology industries.
Available for 15-minute sessions, 4pm - 5pm Wednesday 11/15.
UPDATE: Marina's office hours are all booked up, but you can add your name to her wait list below. Be sure to follow Marina @thewarnerfirm!
Jen Siomacco is the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Catalyst Wedding Co., an inclusive and equality-minded wedding publication that works to change the industry through more diverse representations of love. Jen is a writer, speaker, and designer with years of expertise talking about weddings, intersectional feminism, inclusivity, web design, and accessibility.
Jen is available to talk about: (1) Your website, and how you can improve your SEO, user experience, and make your site more accessible, (2) What Catalyst looks for when accepting real wedding submissions and how to get your work featured, or (3) How you can build a more inclusive business without tokenizing marginalized communities.
Jen is available for Office Hours on Monday from 2pm - 4pm, and Thursday from 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm.
Meghan Brown, Director of Two Bright Lights, is passionate about creating a platform to help event professionals grow their brand and leads by connecting with publishers and other vendors. She has extensive marketing and event management experience at companies like Antony Todd Events and Roubini Global Economics, and understands the challenges and opportunities creative entrepreneurs face. Growing up with a booking agent and a wedding band leader for parents, there is no doubt that marketing and events are in Meghan’s DNA. Her love for music and events grew from singing and playing piano as a toddler, to performing in recording studios and at weddings and events in the years since.
Meghan is available for Portfolio Reviews on Wednesday b/t 2pm - 4pm. Are you looking to get one (or several!) of your weddings, events or shoots published? Learn how to package your photos for print or online features. Meghan is ready to review your submissions to make them the best they can be!
Amber Gress is a widely published photographer, and named one of Rangefinder’s 30 Rising Stars in 2015. She was also named one of The Knot’s most inspiring wedding professionals in 2017. She has grown her business to include an associate photographer, and video team since starting her wedding photography business in 2012. Amber earned her BFA in photography from Art Center College of Design in 2009, and has worked in various photo studios, and editorial teams, since graduating from ACD. Over her professional career, she has developed an eye for helping others improve their portfolio, and to develop a more cohesive brand.
Available for Portfolio Reviews on Wednesday b/t 2pm - 4pm. Portfolio reviews will include a 30 minute session with Amber, where you can go over aspects of what you are interested in improving. You will need to sign up in advance so she can make sure to go over everything you want to discuss before you meet, to make the most of the session!
UPDATE: Amber's office hours have all been booked, but you may sign up for her wait list below. Be sure to follow Amber @ambergressphotography!
Natalie Denyse is the owner and founder of In Good Company Public Relations, a boutique public relations and social media marketing firm, serving creative brands in the wedding and lifestyle industry around the country. With an integrated and holistic approach to public relations and marketing, In Good Company has proven success achieving key media coverage for clients through a strong and unwavering public voice - from The New York Times and Forbes to VOGUE, Martha Stewart Weddings and more.
Natalie is available for 20-minute consultations on Thursday, 11/29, from 2:30pm - 4:30pm. She'll start off by getting to know your business and what your main pain-points may be with regards to marketing (real wedding placement, social media marketing, content creation, editorial opportunities, etc...), and then provide a few actionable pieces of advice that you can take and use to improve your marketing strategy!
Amber Marlow has been a wedding and elopement photographer since 2011, and believes in running one's business professionally in order to achieve success. In addition to photography, she likes helping other people - particularly women and people of colour - reach their goals, and founded the small business blog Pineapple North. She lives in Brooklyn.
Come chat with me if you need help with the mechanics of running your business. I can help you figure out how to begin (or find your groove in) accounting, contracts, and anything to do with actually running your business like a business. I recently taught a course called "I'm not a businessman; I'm a business, man!" for Tomayia Colvin Education which was how to get started, and keep going.
I'm not the person to come see for snuggly, hollow "believe in yourself!" pep talks. I used to live in my car and now I'm pulling six figures a year as a chubby black woman in New York City, so you can miss me with the "it's haaaaaaarrrrd! I don't waaaannnaa!" complaints - you know what I mean? But if you're feeling lost and ready for some no-nonsense real talk and hard work solutions, I'm here to help you roll up your sleeves and figure out what to focus on. I've been in business since 2010, and full time since 2011.
UPDATE: Amber's Office Hours are fully booked. Please add your name to her wait list below, and follow along @ambermarlow! Don't miss Amber speaking on the #MeToo panel on Wednesday at 11am, and with Alison Semmler of Lifestyle Maven Events on How to Be Ambitious and Still Keep Your Sanity on Wednesday at 4:30pm.
Keriann Kohler is the Director of Partnerships of the groundbreaking feminist wedding publication A Practical Wedding. APW has been helping to change the face of weddings for nearly a decade with its focus on intersectional feminism and resistance (with a side of glitter), and in that time has become the largest independently owned wedding publication. Keriann connects rad wedding vendors with what she has been told are "the coolest, kindest, and most creative clients" around. She has more than a decade of experience managing small businesses in a variety of industries in both NY and LA, and loves to pass on what she's learned in the trenches to the wedding professionals she works with. The rest of the time Keriann can be found working on the multi-disciplinary arts magazine ESOPUS and dabbling in all things mystical as the creator of The Woo Workbook.
Keriann is particularly able to help if you are: struggling with selecting images or writing copy for your website or advertising materials; wanting your website or advertising materials reviewed with an emphasis on turning eyeballs into inquiries; wondering what the best use of your marketing budget might be; or needing guidance on managing cash flow and creating a budget for business expenses.
Najva Sol is Brand Director for A Practical Wedding, where she she focuses on harmonious, strategic growth of the company, personally overseeing design, development, data, and social media. As a queer woman of color, she enjoys fostering an environment committed to inclusivity, intersectional feminism…and glitter. In her free time, Najva is freelance photographer, and consultant for social media, brand strategy, SEO, and digital community.
Najva is available for 20-minute brand consultations on Thursday 11/16 from 2pm - 4pm. She’s here for specific asks on growth: Do you need help deciphering your analytics (or deciding what to track)? Are you struggling to find the best platform for your brand? Needs tips on how to use SEO to your advantage? Wondering where your client web experience could be improved? Come with a question and Najva will make sure you’re using your resources to best fit your brand goals.
UPDATE: Najva's Office Hours are now booked. Please sign up for her wait list below and we will be in touch if something opens up! Follow Najva @apracticalwedding!
Shawnee is a queer photographer who is passionate about working with LGBTQ+ couples and gender non-conforming folks. She focuses on creating a safe and comfortable space for her clients to just be themselves, free of judgement or worry.
Shawnee has been a wedding + lifestyle photographer for the past 10 years (full-time for the past 2 years), and recently started a community based body-positive boudoir project called Love Yrself.
Shawnee is available for 20 minute website and portfolio critique (and praise!) sessions on Monday from 2pm - 4pm.
If you are worried that your business may not be putting it's best foot forward when it comes to working with the LGBTQ+ community, or you are wondering how to reach a more diverse client base (or maybe why your LGBTQ+ inquiries aren't turning into bookings) then sign up for a session. We will go over your current portfolio, the language being used in your website copy and contracts, and any other concerns you may have.
The creative director at Starling, a Brooklyn based Design, Coordination and Floral agency, Basia Grocholski has been helping brands look their best since 1998. She enjoys building experiences with her clients that create dynamic, lasting impressions. Her goal currently is to continue down that path in a more responsible and thoughtful way… so as to share some of the beauty of this planet with future generations.
Basia is available for 20-minute brand consultations from 2pm - 4pm on Tuesday. Choose from the following:
Logo Rejuvenation - we will take a look at your current logo and consult on a facelift.
Brand Aura Therapy - Happy with your logo ...but you could use a new palette of colors? Let's look at the Aura of your company and find a new direction!
Social realignment - Your logo and colors are rock solid - but you need to connect your imagery and creative to the brand? Let's work on adjusting that.