Monday, April 9, 2012



Just take a breath... see that? miles of mountains, acres of open fields, and rustic barns as far as your eye can see. feel that? soft cool mountain air just tickling every inch of your face. smell that? homemade buttermilk fried chicken (southern style) just begging you to take a bite before the saliva drops from your mouth. taste that? yummy sweet tea... there is nothing better after a hard day's work. hear that? banjos, guitars, and sweet blue grass tunes that make you sigh and realize you are Finally at your photography HOME.

I have been to some inspiring places in my life... places that relax me and made me swoon in delight. Places that made troubles just melt away for a bit and time slow even if only for a second... but nothing quite compared to the weekend I spent in Valle Crucis, NC. Tucked right in the heart of the North Carolina mountains is a town that makes you forget that Walmart and shopping malls exist and that McDonalds is actually a place where people consume food. It transports you to true hospitality and rural beauty that make your jaw drop. The sunshine makes you sigh with every sunrise all the way through sunset <-- yes, major sighing. The best shopping places? boutiques, antique stores, and mast general stores. Best eating? Country style dinners <-- can I say amen!

This year Cryssi and I wanted just a bit more out of our workshop. Last year's was unbelievable fun from start to finish (I miss all of you girls!!) Many of the photogs and we stayed in a bed and breakfast and it allowed us to really connect with each other... we loved every minute of getting to know those ladies and their goals, dreams, struggles etc... So, this year, we decided to make the workshop not only a time to get inspired, learn tricks and shoot some incredible pictures- we also wanted it to be a time to connect with all of you, to get to know you and really become kindred spirits. We if anyone know how important it is to have friends in this industry to just lean on during the tough times, to call when something falls through, to share the funny moments of life with. 

So, here it is- all the juicy info, mark it down! Save the date!! Pack your bags <-- and your boots! Don't pee in your pants, just yet!! 

Sassyfras Studios 2012 NC Workshop
November 6-9th 2012
Only 14 spots MAX <--we like to keep it small and cozy!

*3 starry Nights lodging (Tues, Wed, Thurs)at the amazazaing Mast Farm Inn of Valle Crucis NC, check it out and swoon at the claw foot bath tubs, old radios, and vintage magazines in every corner.
*3 Simply delicious breakfasts (the cook is fantabulous!), 2 lunches, and 1 meet and greet dinner <-- blue grass concert included  woop whoop! yes that is 6 meals!
*Days of gut wrenching laughter, brain frying information, and 3 awe inspiring sessions <-- already planning these!! {Geared towards weddings, couples, and family/children}
*Sessions on editing, building a session, small business 101, client relations, storytelling, branding and so so much more! 
*One on one portfolio time with Cryssi and I

Whewwww...with all that being said, take a breath and email us at for even more information! We are pretty dern excited and have some nifty things up our sleeves for this one! Cant wait to meet all your lovely faces


raves and reviews
.HOLY MOLY awesome workshop. for months i anticipated this workshop. we had a private facebook group which helped us get to know each other before we came....we all immediately "virtually" clicked as friends. other than making life long friends, i learned so much from lollie and cryssi. from balancing life and running a business to creatively styling a session. i was so inspired by their love for God, life, and photography. Lollie and Cryssi are just people you want to be around and I am so grateful for the chance to have just been around and learn from them. Each session they styled for us to shoot at the workshop was OVER THE TOP AMAZING. This workshop changed my outlook on photography so much and i am so blessed to know all of the amazing ladies that i attended with. if you are even considering attended DO IT. you won't regret it.-  PhotoChic

YO. if you do nothing else this year for your photography business, GO TO A SASSY WORKSHOP. you will find yourself in a whimsical world of wild color and some serious over the top creativity. to see lauren and christen in their element is fantastic and super inspiring. not only are they are so ridiculously creative that it made my head spin and heart flutter, they are so humble and felt like i've known them forever. one of the favorite parts of attending a sassyfras workshop was the friendships i made. in the months leading up to the workshop, i got to know christen and lauren, as well as the other girls who would be attending on facebook. it's such a blessing to know all of these ladies and have each of them come alongside me as an artist. not only have i learned so much from ALL these lovely and talented women, i have made some serious long lasting friendships! HAVE YOU SIGNED UP YET???!!!!!!- Jessica Oh Photography

I have owned my business for a few years now, and found it very hard to set myself apart from the crowd. I discovered the Sassy sisters and fell in love with not only them, but their work and everything they live for. Honestly, I went to the workshop because I knew it would be a blast, but also to learn a few photoshop tricks, I really didnt expect to learn as much as I did. They really opened my eyes to the client relationship side of it, the branding (which I had all wrong), propping for a purpose, and of course, a little photo shop  I would go again in a heartbeat! These girls LOVE what they do and put their hearts and souls into every aspect. I grew to love these crazy gals in their painted grandma shoes. Cant wait for my chance to go again! ~ Up in the Sycamore {photography} ~ Kadi Spurlock

There are a handful of photographers out there that continue to inspire in & day out, Sassyfras is one of them. Christen & Lauren are both beautiful on the inside as well as the outside and that being said, I was very comfortable in taking part in their first workshop. The 3 days was packed with non-stop talks & shoots that helped each & every one of us pick up new & inspiring thoughts and ideas...if anything, I wish the workshop would have been a week! I made amazing friends, picked up some useful information and best of all, got inspired. If anyone is just starting out in the photography business or even a veteran, I would recommend the workshop to them, worth the time & money for sure! Christina Block Photography

The sassyfras studios workshop felt like a giant gathering of lifelong friends. As soon as I walked through the doors, I was greeted with warm southern hellos from Lollie and Cyrssi. Feeling like friends returning to see each other, even though we have never met. I loved how our small group of 13 developed into a tight knit family bypassing the introductions and going straight into hugs and playful conversations. Our little family, was brought into the whimsical world of Jane Austen with the stunning house we had our photo shoots and sessions in, truly transporting us into a world of it's own. The sessions were so insightful and full of giggles, learning about flow posing, then actually getting to see Christen direct the models and watch her in action. The sassy sisters covered everything from, purposeful posing, branding, how they edit their amazing pictures to give them that divine glow and my favorite, propping with a purpose which helps tell the story. Sassyfras Studios is exceptional at creating a story that transports you into a imaginative place where dreams become reality, and where romance and whimsy combine to create a stunning photograph and memories. Truly my favorite part about the whole workshop experience was just seeing the inspiration and the props, and how Lollie and Cryssi work together and flow through the photo shoot making the couple feel so natural and relaxed. By the last day I knew it was coming to an end and I was holding onto every last minute. Saying goodbye I was crying because these are not just amazing photographers but they are my heroes. I look up to them so much, they have amazing faith which pours out of them and you can see their love for Jesus in all they do. They are the sweetest girls you will ever meet and they are extremely creative and talented in their craft. The first day the next workshop is announced I will be signed up for it, it was a experience I will never forget. It was life changing and eye opening in my photography and and I made life long friends through it.-Nikkie Krecicki Photography

I can't tell you enough how much I enjoyed your wonderful workshop!! It was magical, inspiring and just plain fabulous! Love that I walked away with new friends, new ideas and just some great time to reflect and refocus on my work. I loved meeting both of you crazy talented gals- Jen Snyder Design

I just wanted to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for this weekend.  It was amazing and Im so thankful I was able to come.  You ladies have def gave me the push I needed to go forward.- Deanna McCasland Photography

I attended the first SassyFras workshop in October and it changed the way I photograph forever! Already being a HUG fan of the girls I was so excited for this workshop! I got more out of it then I thought I would. Not only did they teach me how to shoot manual and let me into their magical world of lighting and props but, the friendships and bonds that were made where priceless! Thank you SO much Lollie and Cryssi!!! If you are considering taking one of their workshops... don't wait long because you don't want to miss out!- WIllow Workks Studio

Want to see a review of our last workshop?? {LOOK HERE} Hope to see you at this one! 

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  1. WOW this sounds amazing.......I wonder if I could swing it!

  2. How can I contact you for more info? The button for email isn't working because I only use web-based email & I don't have an email program set up on my computer!
    I need to know what the nearest airport is (I'd be coming from Nevada) and if you still have spots available. When you need payment by, etc. Need to have all the ducks in a row when I talk to my hubby about it! Thanks!