This is one of those posts where I honestly feel too much, and end up totally over sharing so bear with me. After teaching for 5 years in the education field, I knew that teaching would always be a part of my life. From the first workshop that I taught, I felt the magic click. This was my calling- where I was meant to be.. I knew how lonely it could be in the beginning, and I also knew without a doubt it didn't have to be that way for others.
When we started to plan the first retreat it was so important to me that every detail fit into place. I think that the setting for learning really lends to how well you are able to learn. I wanted the attendees to feel welcome, appreciated and valued. Without these incredible ladies that opened up their hearts, I wouldn't even have had this opportunity. Yes, this retreat was about learning, but it was also about taking a step away from the everyday and really, I mean reallllly, digging into why we do what we do. I wanted the environment to really let everyone open up and create. From the opening dinner, catered by Food Made By Tom, to the final night of chatting and reviewing images from the week, it was the perfect chance to begin and end in a safe and inviting environment.
So what is For the Love about? It's about finding you. In the beginning of the photography journey, it's so easy to fall into the trap of idolizing another photographer, from their editing style to how they speak. This so often leads to comparing, which I think only leads to disappointment. Real, meaningful work comes from the heart, from doing things for the love of them. Self-discovery and appreciation is key. A lot of time was spent asking "why do I do this?", me oversharing on my life and experience, and then talking through how we can get to the point where we're creating the work we KNOW we can. One of my favorite parts of this retreat was that these women walked away with close relationships, and people who would continue to cheer them on in their business. These photographers found their voice, and found a network of people to inspire and encourage them.
I still have a handful of spots left for the For the Love spring retreat (April 22nd-24th in Utah) and if a little self-love and a push towards authentic creativity is what you need, I would LOVE to have you take this step in your business with me. If you took the time to read this, that tells me that you're ready to invest in yourself and your business. Know that the opportunity is rewarding and worth it (and full of treats and late nights and incredible photo shoots). If you have any questions at all, please send me an email. I would love to take some time to talk to you about any questions about the upcoming retreat. Feel free to send me and email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just to wrap, below is a gallery of all the shoots we did and an amazing video that Janae Godfrey put together! It was so important to me to give the attendees variety in their portfolio.We will be mixing up what shoots we do for the next retreat, I can't wait to show you what we put together! Huge thank you to Jill (makeup), Tatum (hair), Ashley (styling), Jess (design work), Rachel (florals), Haley (teaching assistant) and Jade (coordinator/assistant) for all your work and being there for me though all the crazy nights. You all are quite the amazing group of women and I am honored to call you my friends! I couldn't have done this without you. I think I've thanked them at least 500 times at the retreat and here's one more thank you for all of you. My rocks, seriously.
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Fawn Design, Made by Mary, Yosi Samra, Bloke, Chatbooks, JLM Couture, Jolleys Gift and Floral, Humble Hilo, Acme Camera, Pizza Studio, Cafe Rio.
Models: Tayler Davis, Jamie Crandall, Nicolette + Colby Fratto, Jade Larsen, Kelly Packer, Michelle + Kyle White, Destiny Green, Sadie Jane.