The Best Photography Workshop in Wisconsin
The Rad Photographers Retreat is where women all over the country to meet learn from amazing people, relax and get away from the chaos of life. This was our 2nd Retreat – and man was it freaking RAD!
All the ladies said that they were so nervous to open that door, but as soon as they got to know everyone that fear went away! They left leaving like family – and have been rooting for each other ever since! It has been amazing to see these ladies grow! Two have gotten their own studios, one had a major goal in getting published and DID IT and so many other accomplished so many amazing things since attending the retreat!
The retreat for me is one of the biggest goals of my career, and it is amazing to see the ladies open up and grow from day one. I plan year round with a few weeks to recover before planning the next one. These retreats are like my babies, each year growing and becoming even more awesome!
2017 was the year I got to see what the retreat was actually capable of!
We had an amazing styled shoot with a stunning 2 piece gown from Miss Ruby Boutique, amazing floral by Jennifer Joyce Designs, and a beautiful stationary suite from Mint for Hue. The styled shoot was to be moody & romantic – every detail was on point! From the black plates I bought from IKEA, the brass candles sticks from A La Crate, the grey cake and baked goods from Yield Bakehouse to the deep florals. The wind made the skirt of the dress from Miss Ruby so magical, there were so many layers of pillow-soft fabric!
We didn’t just have fun photographing beautiful things. We had fun talking to each other, learning more about our brands how to pull our potential out and how to listen to our guts. The first night is digging deep with me, I ask the HARD questions we are all too scared to ask ourselves. We will help each other see a different perspective all while lifting each other up. The second day we wake up for yoga then the day is filled with speakers, good company then a killer shoot! While last day is the pampering day of chair massages, hair & makeup before headshots, a few more speakers talking about branding and style, then a killer styled family dinner. Each night we sit down to meals cooked right here by a personal chef, the family dinner is a three-course meal designed around our retreat. On the final morning, we wake up and say our final goodbyes. But these goodbyes are not forever!
What makes this retreat different than other photography retreats & workshops?
Yes, we will be learning from some of the best in the industry. But, we will also be pampering each person that attends. We work damn hard trying to keep out lives together, food on the table, a roof over our head and all while having babies and some another full-time job. Which all add stress! This retreat is meant to refresh you and reconnect with yoursel. So you can really listen to what you want and where you want to me. You won’t just come, learn and leave not putting any of it in motion. You’ll leave ready to take on the world while kicking fear is the ass.
You can find more on the Rad Photographers Retreat website. I will be announcing the 2019 retreat sometime this Summer. We will have 2 in 2019 with one being a short Alumni Retreat, with hopefully 3 come 2020! And yes, there might be a coed one for all those rad men out there!
floral | Jennifer Joyce Designs
photography & design | Natural Intuition Photography
drinks | Essential Edits
stationary | Mint for Hue
dress | Miss Ruby Boutique
jewelry & models | C.Alexandria
baked goods | Yield Bakehouse
SPEAKERS for 2017 RETREAT
Emily of Emily Steffen Photography
Laura of Laura Ivanova Photography & Pie in the Sky
Christine of Natural Intuition Photography
Angela from Saffron Avenue
BEHIND THE SCENES RAD PEOPLE
Ren from Studio 29 Photography – took behind the scenes images for website and social media
Kelly from Mann Frau – did a rad video
personal chef | Sulten Belly