Santa Cruz
WORKSHOP

MARCH 9-10

At the first workshop I hosted in 2016, I thought it would be the first and last time I’d ever offer one. I never intended to be hosting these long term, as I’m an introvert by nature and truthfully, public speaking is my biggest fear (thankfully I’ve come a long ways since then with lots of practice – 13 workshops and a handful of conference teaching experiences later). There’s nothing more daunting than coming out from behind the camera, standing in front of a group of creative women and letting myself be seen, as I pour my heart out. But this magical thing happened that first time when I did. It felt like that feeling I get when I walk away from the best session ever… but times 100. Getting to know other photographers on a real level and genuinely helping them by sharing what I’ve worked my own way through. Being a cheerleader as they do the work and find their success. These things keep me coming back to teach again and again. It’s deeply gratifying and fills me with a purpose that I never expected to find.

I’ve been insanely blessed to have an international line-up of sold out retreats for 2020 that I’m teaching at in Greece, Iceland and Bali (plus Hawaii) – it’s truly a dream come true & I can’t wait to meet the women joining. With all that being said, I was feeling a bit sad at knowing I’d miss the opportunity to meet the women messaging me and asking to learn from me closer to home in the United States, by having a lack of time to host another full retreat.

Unfortunately, I don’t have enough room in my calendar to open up another full retreat this coming year. However, I’ve decided to open up a smaller domestic workshop opportunity. This is a little bit shorter than my full retreats, but hopefully an opportunity to connect and help some of you closer to me that are unable to make the big adventure across the sea (and also less expensive). I’ll be cramming in as much education as I can into this 24-hour experience, with 2 styled sessions, 1:1 time with each attendee and round table discussion on all things family photography and business. 

WHEN & WHERE

March 9-10, 2020 – Santa Cruz, California (Workshop begins at 10 am on Monday and ends at 10 am on Tuesday).

Here’s the link to our Airbnb – I’ve been saving it for almost 2 years, waiting for the right opportunity. There’s also a hot tub and outdoor fire pit.  Coastal Farm Retreat

WORKSHOP
INCLUDES

  • Two photo sessions (an indoor motherhood or family and a sunset family beach session), where we will be shooting side by side: my thought process, styling, location selection, settings, gear, everything.
  • Individual break-outs for 1:1 time with each attendee. I’ll send out a questionnaire prior to our time together, to help us both make the best use of this individualized time on the last morning.
  • Instruction on utilizing light in dramatic or emotional ways
  • Finding and embracing authentic moments in the stories our families bring
  • Creating emotive imagery and the art of the unposed 
  • Full editing workflow from RAW to finished. You can bring your laptop for this if you like, but it isn’t required. I’m planning to do a live editing demonstration after dinner from our 2 sessions captured. I’m also happy to pull up any other session you’d like to see
  • Business/client workflow
  • A safe and honest environment to share, learn and dream together
  • Lodging in this gorgeous Coastal Farm Retreat, with shared beds
  • Simple meals that we’ll prepare and share communally

WHAT’S NOT
INCLUDED

Airfare, transportation to and during the workshop (I will have my car to shuttle some of the attendees to the beach shoot, but the rest I recommend car pooling). Personal drinks (other than coffee and wine) and snacks are NOT included. And unfortunately, I won’t have a personal chef, so if you have dietary restrictions, please be sure to bring whatever you might need if my menu isn’t suitable. 

INVESTMENT
$1,300 - SOLD OUT

REGISTRATION OPENS AT 12 pm (Colorado time) on JANUARY 6, 2020. Limited to 11 attendees for an intimate experience. $650 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your seat (paid within 24-hours of receiving PayPal invoice), with $650 balance due February 9. Please email me through my contact form on my website at registration opening to request your seat.

KIND WORDS FROM
A PAST ATTENDEE

“In the busy pace of life, so many moments and opportunities are lost or allowed to pass us by. Despite my current jet-lagged state, I did not want this moment to be one of them. I could not let the days melt into weeks without sending you a note.

The last few days were deeply meaningful to me and I truly have you to thank. I found a fellowship that has long been absent and a sense of belonging that completely took me by sweet surprise. But, more than that, I finally feel my creative voice beginning to take shape and, more importantly, I have the courage to pursue it. You lead by gentle, brave example and, by exposing your vulnerability, allowed us to do the same.

As creatives, we often spend a great deal of time mired in self-doubt, fear or indecision. I would be remiss if I failed to banish even the merest shadow of these from your mind regarding the restorative last few days. You have a natural gift for guidance and a wholehearted approach that I feel is woefully lacking among many photographer-educators.

You probably already know how great you are and how revolutionary this workshop was for me but, I could not take the chance that you didn’t. You deserve every praise I can give.”

SANTA CRUZ
WORKSHOP

MARCH 9-10

At the first workshop I hosted in 2016, I thought it would be the first and last time I’d ever offer one. I never intended to be hosting these long term, as I’m an introvert by nature and truthfully, public speaking is my biggest fear (thankfully I’ve come a long ways since then with lots of practice – 13 workshops and a handful of conference teaching experiences later). There’s nothing more daunting than coming out from behind the camera, standing in front of a group of creative women and letting myself be seen, as I pour my heart out. But this magical thing happened that first time when I did. It felt like that feeling I get when I walk away from the best session ever… but times 100. Getting to know other photographers on a real level and genuinely helping them by sharing what I’ve worked my own way through. Being a cheerleader as they do the work and find their success. These things keep me coming back to teach again and again. It’s deeply gratifying and fills me with a purpose that I never expected to find.

I’ve been insanely blessed to have an international line-up of sold out retreats for 2020 that I’m teaching at in Greece, Iceland and Bali (plus Hawaii) – it’s truly a dream come true & I can’t wait to meet the women joining. With all that being said, I was feeling a bit sad at knowing I’d miss the opportunity to meet the women messaging me and asking to learn from me closer to home in the United States, by having a lack of time to host another full retreat.

Unfortunately, I don’t have enough room in my calendar to open up another full retreat this coming year. However, I’ve decided to open up a smaller domestic workshop opportunity. This is a little bit shorter than my full retreats, but hopefully an opportunity to connect and help some of you closer to me that are unable to make the big adventure across the sea (and also less expensive). I’ll be cramming in as much education as I can into this 24-hour experience, with 2 styled sessions, 1:1 time with each attendee and round table discussion on all things family photography and business. 

WHEN & WHERE

March 9-10, 2020 – Santa Cruz, California (Workshop begins at 10 am on Monday and ends at 10 am on Tuesday).

Here’s the link to our Airbnb – I’ve been saving it for almost 2 years, waiting for the right opportunity. There’s also a hot tub and outdoor fire pit. Coastal Farm Retreat

WORKSHOP
INCLUDES

  • Two photo sessions (an indoor motherhood or family and a sunset family beach session), where we will be shooting side by side: my thought process, styling, location selection, settings, gear, everything.
  • Individual break-outs for 1:1 time with each attendee. I’ll send out a questionnaire prior to our time together, to help us both make the best use of this individualized time on the last morning.
  • Instruction on utilizing light in dramatic or emotional ways
  • Finding and embracing authentic moments in the stories our families bring
  • Creating emotive imagery and the art of the unposed 
  • Full editing workflow from RAW to finished. You can bring your laptop for this if you like, but it isn’t required. I’m planning to do a live editing demonstration after dinner from our 2 sessions captured. I’m also happy to pull up any other session you’d like to see
  • Business/client workflow
  • A safe and honest environment to share, learn and dream together
  • Lodging in this gorgeous Coastal Farm Retreat, with shared beds
  • Simple meals that we’ll prepare and share communally

WHAT’S NOT
INCLUDED

Airfare, transportation to and during the workshop (I will have my car to shuttle some of the attendees to the beach shoot, but the rest I recommend car pooling). Personal drinks (other than coffee and wine) and snacks are NOT included. And unfortunately, I won’t have a personal chef, so if you have dietary restrictions, please be sure to bring whatever you might need if my menu isn’t suitable. 

INVESTMENT
$1,300 - SOLD OUT

REGISTRATION OPENS AT 12 pm (Colorado time) on JANUARY 6, 2020. Limited to 11 attendees for an intimate experience. $650 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your seat (paid within 24-hours of receiving PayPal invoice), with $650 balance due February 9. Please email me through my contact form on my website at registration opening to request your seat.

KIND WORDS FROM
A PAST ATTENDEE

“In the busy pace of life, so many moments and opportunities are lost or allowed to pass us by. Despite my current jet-lagged state, I did not want this moment to be one of them. I could not let the days melt into weeks without sending you a note. The last few days were deeply meaningful to me and I truly have you to thank. I found a fellowship that has long been absent and a sense of belonging that completely took me by sweet surprise. But, more than that, I finally feel my creative voice beginning to take shape and, more importantly, I have the courage to pursue it. You lead by gentle, brave example and, by exposing your vulnerability, allowed us to do the same. As creatives, we often spend a great deal of time mired in self-doubt, fear or indecision. I would be remiss if I failed to banish even the merest shadow of these from your mind regarding the restorative last few days. You have a natural gift for guidance and a wholehearted approach that I feel is woefully lacking among many photographer-educators. You probably already know how great you are and how revolutionary this workshop was for me but, I could not take the chance that you didn’t. You deserve every praise I can give.”
Stormy Solis Photography