Believe it or not, I’m still feeling the glow post The Makerie retreat!
I know that some of you out there have been enjoying artsy getaways like Artfest and Squam for years, but for me this was a first, which is why I’m so grateful for the experience!
You know how it goes when it comes to retreats… It is so hard to justify the expenses, leave the kids, husband, push work deadlines, etc, just to go to Art Camp. At middle age…. God forbid! Not to mention having to show up alone, just as you are, with a suitcase full of art supplies, camera gear and old dreams. Not one bit easy, I know. Who has the luxury, right? But let me tell you… It is so worth it.
The inspiration, creativity, sense of community, camaraderie… All the new friendships…
So so worth it.
Ali de John, our lovely hostess, did such an amazing job putting together an unforgettable and flawless event for all of us. The retreat was perfect in every way, from wonderful meals to cozy cabins, sweet little hope notes everywhere, a fantastic talk led by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, a lunch panel with book author Joanna Johnson, movie night with popcorn, craft faire, closing note with the fabulous Jenny Doh…
Wait. Have I convinced you to sign up for next year yet? Because you should. Every detail was so thought out, and Ali and her team were such a pleasure to work with. Not to mention the Mountains… Ah… So much beauty in one place and event, my heart can barely take it! :)
Besides, Ali was especially wonderful to me, because she allowed my family to join me for the entire stay. As a new mom (especially a photographer mom) this meant the world to me! It is so great when someone supports us and allows us to do our work despite the fact… Well… That we are moms! Most importantly, without Ali’s generosity I wouldn’t have had the chance to teach and rediscover how much I LOVE doing it. Thank you, Ali, from the center of my heart. Because of the Makerie experience, I’m now planning on developing my two class ideas a little further, and turning them into a ’1 or 2′ day workshop that I plan to teach all year long in San Francisco and maybe beyond! Fun! I’ll discuss this further on another post, but my goal is to continue to demystify some of the technical aspects of photography and just inspire women to shoot and have fun in the process.
As you can see by the great images in this post (from my Friday class), my students did an amazing job :) I’m so very proud of them! It was just really special to realize that I have something concrete to offer, and it was incredibly gratifying to watch my students learn and progress so fast in only a day or two. Totally awesome! Best feeling ever! I loved hearing them talk about how much fun they had in the class, how much they got out of it, and how excited they are to shoot more from now on! If this was crack, friends, I would be in trouble… It is that good! I’m totally hooked and cannot wait to do more.
Coming up: Good times in my Product Photography Class. Cannot wait to share some of my students’ work from that class as well!
And you? Have you been to a retreat or photo workshop that you loved? Please do share. Were you at The Makerie? Share your links or thoughts, so I can read about your experience as well.