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the Cotton Collective workshop

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the cotton collective

Enrollment is currently closed!
Click here to join the waitlist.

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You want to take your photography business full time.

You love your portrait photography but want to shoot weddings.

You want to learn videography and take your business to the next level.

(or maybe you just want to actually start your photography business!)

We believe you aren't meant to do this alone!

You're stuck, you're burnt out, or...heck,
you don't even know where to start!

Because starting & owning a business is beyond overwhelmingly difficult.

Uh, not to mention mastering your craft on top of it all! 

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the Cotton Collective

A modern lifestyle and wedding photography workshop for the heart-centered dreamers who believe if you work really hard and are kind, amazing things will happen. 

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Why should you want to learn from us? 

Well, we’ve been doing this for a decade with over 125 weddings under our belts & hundreds of family clients with our work featured on places like BRIDES.COM, Huffpost, Fox News, Southern Living, The Knot, Ruffled, Cottage Hill, Modern Luxury Weddings. 

We don’t say this to brag. In fact, we don’t even mention this featured list on our website, because in our hearts that’s not what’s most important to us. We say this so that you know we’ve done our work. We’ve put in our 10,000 hours and then some. 

So...

meet your hosts!

Hi lovebirds! I’m a pie-making, Texas gal with a little avocado, salad loving, California heart. I’ve spent about half my life between both states. After graduating from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, I never knew this is what my life would hold.

I guess you’d say I’m the creator of this little Cotton poof. But in reality, I know none of it would be possible without 1. My sweetheart of a hubby who is my greatest encourager and incredible business coach and, of course, 2. My bestie, Alyssa, my right hand gal pal of 15+ years. I like to call her my Siri since she seems to know everything! I couldn't have dreamt up a sweeter scenario working alongside my two favorite humans encouraging and loving on other photographers!

Once we become friends, you should know, I'm in it for the long haul. Nothing is more important to me than my relationships. I live for Sundays, flipping on our trampoline, snuggles with #ourkinseygirl, and Thanksgiving (my perfect excuse to make a ridiculous amount of pies) with our family and dinner dates with our best friends! 

meet Kellan

meet alyssa

boss babe

michelle

Howdy, y’all! I’m Kellan Caldwell, owner / lead videographer / bug crusher / Mr. fix-it and husband to the boss over here at Cotton. In true Houstonian fashion, I left for 4 years for a finance degree at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, then promptly returned home.

It didn’t take too long after Michelle and I met that she recruited me to photograph weddings with her. What can I say? I couldn’t stand being apart from her on Saturdays and now I enjoy every minute I get to share in this part of her life. 

When I'm not moonlighting as a photographer/videographer with Cotton, I'm helping couples, families, & business owners like you merge their faith and finances to achieve their financial goals while giving back to the community.

If you choose the business finance breakout session, I'll get to sit down with you and really help you establish a budget, develop cash flow and income projections and protect the value of your business. 

Kellan

meet michelle

meet alyssa

chief fun officer

alyssa

I’m a Houston native who’s always had a pretty serious case of wanderlust. That sense of adventure led me to Colorado for a few years where I fell in love with the mountains, the crisp, bright air, and snowboarding, of course. 

Creativity has always been at the top of my list of values when it comes to my career. Naturally, I've always been drawn to the challenge and beauty of styling heirlooms, invitations and all the beautiful details that come together to tell a visual story, your story.

When I’m not busy in the Cotton office, I’m usually having a Harry Potter or (insert HBO/Netflix show here) marathon whilst drinking craft beer and dreaming up my next travel adventure.

Most of all, it is a huge blessing to work on this team with my inspiring best friend and her husband doing something so beautiful and meaningful. Plus, I get a front row seat to watch these two lovebirds (or Michellan as I call them) do this crazy thing called new-parent life!

right hand woman

meet michelle

meet kellan

I’m a Houston native who’s always had a pretty serious case of wanderlust. That sense of adventure led me to Colorado for a few years where I fell in love with the mountains, the crisp, bright air, and snowboarding, of course. 

Creativity has always been at the top of my list of values when it comes to my career. Naturally, I've always been drawn to the challenge and beauty of styling heirlooms, invitations and all the beautiful details that come together to tell a visual story.

When I’m not busy in the Cotton office, I’m usually having a Harry Potter or (insert HBO show here) marathon whilst drinking craft beer and dreaming up my next travel adventure.


rachel

queen of kindness

meet michelle

meet kellan

We will show you exactly how we shoot, how we run our 6-figure business, how we grew our team, how we added video and #allthethings. We are completely open books about everything from pricing to what it’s really like to work with your husband!

We will guide you and help you wherever you are in your journey right now, we will walk with you and follow up with you.

And mostly we will encourage you! The fact you're even thinking about making this investment in your business just shows you have what it takes to make this dream work! 



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We believe in community over competition

& that your education should be all about you and your goals!

Your dreams are WORTH fighting for!
You deserve this, friend. 

So are you in?! JOIN THE WAITLIST TO BE THE FIRST TO KNOW ABOUT OUR NEXT WORKSHOP DATES!

I recently did a mentorship with Michelle and The Cotton Team and it was the BEST thing I've done for my business so far. I'll be the first to tell you that I was a nervous wreck on the way to meet The Cotton Team. I was terrified to share my weaknesses in my business but the moment I met Michelle and the Cotton team all those fears just went away. They welcomed me with open arms and made me feel more like a sweet friend. Michelle truly made me feel like the most important person and that my struggles were ones that others starting a business have. She truly explained what she felt my weaknesses were and taught me things I could do to improve my business in the kindest way possible. She has been so thoughtful and helpful even after the mentorship and has helped me and my business in more ways than I can count. I highly recommend taking the leap with Cotton. Be ready for your business to grow in ways you never thought it could! 

- Kaiti Moyers

kaiti moyers photography

don't just take it from us ...

encourage

each other & build each other up

1 Colossians 5:11

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