RebelleCon 2017 - Lifestyle Design Conference for the Entrepreneurial Woman

It was such a pleasure to photograph RebelleCon's 2017 Lifestyle Design Conference for the Entrepreneurial Woman here in Richmond, Virginia. The conference kicked off with a super fun cocktail welcome party over at Candella Gallery on Broad. Belle Isle Craft Spirits provided some delicious moonshine mixed drinks and DJ Ant Boogie gave us some groovy tunes. My favorite part of the night was watching as so many wonderful women met and connected, enjoying one another's company and learning more about each other. It's not easy as a small business owner to network and to meet other entrepreneurs, and RebelleCon's welcome party was the perfect opportunity to do just that! I loved connecting with like minded women here in Richmond!

Day 2 began at Dogtown Dance Theater, and Anika and Shannon had such an amazing set of guests lined up for the morning: To begin, attendees had a short meditation led by Allison Walton from & BE WELL. The number one goal of & BE WELL is a "conscious approach towards living well through nourishment, holistic lifestyle practices, movement, events & workshops." I love that...!

Next up was Jessamyn Stanley, who traveled to RVA from Durham, NC to talk about her experience and journey with Yoga. Jessamyn is the author of Every Body Yoga, which is "a book of inspiration for beginners of all shapes and sizes: if Jessamyn could transcend these emotional and physical barriers, so can we." She was funny, sweet, and sincere, a great inspiration to me!

Next came a self care strategy session led by Racheal Cook. Her short talk really stuck with me, she encouraged and challenged us to tackle the feelings of being overwhelmed and burned out, and be thoughtful and intentional about ways to change our businesses to fit our lives. Not the other way around! From her website, "You dream of business success, on your terms. Success that allows you to do what you love {and be well paid for it} while having the freedom to live the life you really want." Isn't that what we all want!?

After a quick break for coffee (thanks, Alchemy!) and snacks, Tonya Rapley took the stage to chat with us about money (and it was REAL TALK, thank goodness!). She started My Fab Finance "in 2013, at a time when [her] financial life was out of order." She says, "It was time to stop acting like I had it all together and start getting it together." ...Amen! ;)

The final speaker before lunch was Claire Wasserman, founder of Ladies Get Paid, a career development organization that helps women advocate for themselves at work. Claire led a really awesome Money Mindset Exercise and challenged us all to be open and honest with ourselves (and each other) about money. Ladies Get Paid focuses on providing women with a platform to be heard, and providing education, employment, and community. Ladies Get Paid is an amazing resource...!

There were several more amazing women involved as speakers and panelists (and one amazing fellow! ;) but after lunch I left town for a shoot so Kelci took over on photography duty and did a great job. A quick shout out to the ladies of Lustre Home for creating such a beautiful space, and to Bethany over at Guestroom Creative for all her incredible design work. If you are hoping to connect with other female business owners, movers and shakers here in Richmond, I hope you will consider attending the next RebelleCon! It's would be the perfect opportunity to take your business to the next level.

Lastly, if you are looking for an event photographer, go ahead and head over to my contact page, I would love to chat more with you!