Northern Oregon Coast WORKSHOP

Have you been looking to find your voice in this highly competitive photography market? Are you seeking to create images that are highly recognizable and stand out from the competition? Are you seeking to break in to the luxury wedding market that seems to elude you? Come to Oregon this September where you will meet and learn from world renown Luxury Wedding Stylist Joy Proctor whom along with one of the most internationally recognized floral designers, Alicia of Bows and Arrows will help create the most exclusive editorial looks for you to capture. Not only will you find us in Oregon, but you will also find us creating the most memorable shoots, education classes and networking opportunities this industry has to offer. We are partnering with many other amazing wedding industry professionals to bring a most memorable experience to you. Come join us in conversation on the Oregon Coast where we will host our business sessions, meals, shoots from a private beach front home.

September 16th-19th, 2019

The Region

The Oregon Coast is by far one of the most sought after location in the entire country. The waters and light of the pacific ocean are amazing and a must see for any photographer. As a matter of fact, it’s these very areas that created the perfect backdrops for Donny’s work throughout much of his early career. The textures, colors, and light of the Oregon Coast, will captative the eye of any bride that is keen to getting married near water. The lovely pines, and towering rock formations will take your breath away. We don’t’ need Iceland, or Ireland, or the edges of any other ocean when we have the amazing pacific ocean here in our lovely country. Come and be inspired by this amazing landscape.

What we hope you will learn and take away from the workshop:

How to hone in your style and make it your brand, how to get and book destination weddings in the luxury market, how to master the lifestyle of a destination wedding photographer, how to use and find the correct light for imagery that stands out, how to shoot film correctly, learn how to create a profitable business that is successful, how to “naturally” pose your clients, match your skill set to match your clientele, documenting authentic movement and emotion, training your eye on how to shoot for portfolio images and publication, how to manage shooting both film and digital, how to connect with industry leading vendors and planners, how to set your prices, using social media as your primary marketing tool and much more!

Join us for an incredible photography workshop in Pacific City, OR. Can't wait to see you there!

With several years in the wedding photography industry, Donny brings an array of expertise and value to his workshops. His easy going personality, paired with an immense talent as a film and digital photographer sets the scene for learning all the tools you need in to survive in this extremely competitive market. Donny is ready and eager to meet you where you are. Whether you are struggling with the smallest area to the more complex areas of your business, he is ready to bring everyhing he has learned to make him one of the most successful photographers in the industry.  Be ready to learn the technical, business, social media side of your business, all while prepping yourself to shoot luxury weddings. Be ready to be changed and challenged in all the ways you've always have envisioned.


Meet the team

Workshop Designer & Stylist

Joy Proctor

Joy Proctor is a celebrity event designer and editorial stylist. She has been named top wedding planner by Harpers Bazaar and Brides Magazine. In addition to her event work, Joy is regarded as one of the most highly sought after editorial stylists and creative directors in her field. Her work as a speaker, capsule collection line with Bella Bella shoes and others collaborations have earned her global recognition as a trend setter in the wedding industry.

Workshop Floral Designer

Alicia Rico

Just as each flower is unique, we carry the belief that each client we meet is unique. Founded in 2009, Bows and Arrows is dedicated to the creation and communication of beauty via the art of floral and event design. We approach each design with the desire to preserve the integrity and natural presence of each flower and surrounding. Inspired by art, landscape and culture, we build our aesthetic and design around what resonates with each client to create an event that is tailored and thoughtful from the smallest detail to the overall impact.

Arrive in Pacific City

Document welcome dinner styled by Joy Proctor and florals by Bows and Arrows

Cocktail Hour

Welcome dinner

Drinks around the bonfire


Breakfast & headshots

Classroom time with Donny and Other vendors

Breakout styling & flatlay session with Joy Proctor


Classroom time with Donny Zavala

1st Shoot: Bride and groom editorial, includes: table, ceremony, details 




Classroom time with Donny Zavala


Classroom time & shooting wedding details

2nd Shoot: Bride and Groom Editorial

3rd Shoot: Bridal fashion editorial 


Drinks around the bonfire



*Timeline is subject to change

Breakfast and Q&A with Joy Proctor and Alicia from Bows and Arrows



Getting to the Workshop Location

Airport to Fly to
PDX Portland Airport
Drive time to Pacific City, Oregon from PDX Airport is approximately 2 hours 5 minutes.

Where to stay once in Pacific City
Pacific City is a smaller town and many of the hotels or AirbBnB’s in the town would be no more than 5-10 in drive time to our Workshop home.

Early Bird Discount 
Sign up by Monday, August 13th $3,000
$3,500 after 8/13/19

The Workshop Experience
Sep 16-19, 2019 | Northern Oregon Coast

ALL SHOOTS (3) + Business Headshots + ALL MEALS AND SOFT DRINKS + EDUCATION SESSIONS/SPEAKERS + 1:1 PORTFOLIO REVIEWS + Attendee goodies and gifts + 5 Rolls of Fuji Film 120

The Investment

Pre and Post Workshop Conversations

As we know, in person workshops are amazing and will meet many of your needs, but our time together can come and go quickly. This is why, Donny Zavala will invest in each attendee individually from afar before the workshop and after the workshop. Donny will be reaching out to all attendees before to the workshop to address any immediate business needs and ensure these conversations will continue while we meet in person during our 1:1 in person portfolio reviews while in Oregon. Not only will Donny be helping you out before and during the workshop, but he will also be available post workshop to help you along your journey. This will be done via a FB Group where all attendees will have access to. We urge you to make use of this group as it will be one of the most valuable aspects of your investment.

Our meals

We have hired our own onsite chef and team that will care for all of our breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Our chef will be creating the most tasteful meals for us to enjoy as a group allowing us not to worry about a thing. This experience is extremely important to us as we want all of your attendees to be well fed and taken care of by our chef. Additionally, our meal times are important to the community with will build during our time together allowing for many conversations and gathering valuable industry specific information. We will cater or attempt to cater to the needs of any allergy or food diets as needed. Please be sure to let us know of any needs in this area.

Join us for an incredible photography workshop in Pacific City, OR. Can't wait to see you there!

Attendees will have the option to book their own hotel or Airbnb in Pacific City, OR. Attendees are responsible for booking their own lodging. A Facebook Workshop Page will created that will allow attendees to communicate and share ideas if they wish to lodge together. payment plans available. refer a photographer to sign up and they both receive $100 off additionally.

Past Workshop Publications

Donny's work can be found in many local, national, and international print and online publications.