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Photography Retreats

photography retreats

a place where photographers gather to…

learn from one another… get inspired… find your voice… bounce ideas off like-minded professionals… rejuvenate… make friends…  set goals… SHOOT!

Over the course of my photography journey, I’ve yearned for a place where I can talk with other photographers who shoot similarly to me (storytelling, lifestyle, editorial, etc.) and whom I can connect with and trust to talk openly with about all things photography. Sure, I’ve attended workshops and joined forums and they have greatly improved my skills and inspired me in many ways but I still feel a void which can only be filled with real conversations over dinner and drinks. My hope for this retreat is for every participant to act as an instructor, peer-reviewer, inspirational leader and hold one another accountable over the years as we meet year after year for a relaxing weekend at CAMP.



July 25th – July 27, 2014

Camp 2014 Location:

An island cabin, 35 minutes from mainland Vancouver, BC.  A 240 acre island, a beloved summer retreat, a beautiful west coast setting… the island is easily one of the most photogenic places on Earth, never mind the best setting for a retreat. Some things you can expect: beaches, driftwood, docks and piers, overgrown fields, foxglove and daisies, arbutus, alder and maple trees, weathered fences and colorful boats, cliff jumping, friendly deer, clam digging, ocean swims, island trails, crab feasts and whiskey sours in the late afternoon.

PHOTOGRAPHY RETREAT for lifestyle photographers


Day 1 – July 25th 3:30 pm

-Meet and greet over dinner and drinks. Introduce yourself informally. Afterward, we’ll sit together and discuss some of our goals for the weekend. Share about your strengths and weaknesses with the group. -Reflect, talk, read, work, go to bed, anything that helps you rejuvenate and feel like a million bucks. (We’ll be busy on Saturday!)

Day 2 – July 26th All Day

-Breakfast. YUM! -Photo session break-outs. Groups of 3 will go together on a photo shoot. Each photographer will have 30 minutes to shoot. When you aren’t shooting, you’ll be observing and taking notes about the other 2 photographers shooting. You’ll collect notes regarding their shooting style, directional techniques, placement of subjects, details they include, ideas they have during the session, and anything else you find useful and/or inspiring. -Debrief about break-outs and eat lunch. -Discuss our culling and editing preferences, using examples from the sessions from the morning. Let’s talk editing software, tools, presets, workflow, etc. -Setting goals for 1 year, 5 years, 10 years. -Dinner and open discussion (with s’mores and dance parties please?)

Day 3 – July 27th End at 1:30pm

(with the option to stay till 4pm. Food isn’t provided past 1pm, however the fun will continue with swimming, chatting, brainstorming, napping, anything your heart desires) -Lazy breakfast, morning hike, meditation, swim. -Peer review and critique. -Participate in a talent show of sorts where you’ll speak about what you’re best at and why. Let’s see your skills or aha moments! (questionnaire provided beforehand to help prep you for this moment, no worries.) -Say our goodbyes till next year!



$599 + tax – includes room & board.  A $200 non-refundable deposit confirms your spot! This is an intimate and cozy retreat where we will get to know one another well. We are keeping the spots limited to 10 participants, so snag yours quickly. 😉 *remaining balance is due by June 25, 2014

Getting to the Island

A water taxi will pick up attendees at the Horseshoe Bay Government Dock at a designated time on day 1 of the retreat. The cost (to be determined, but probably around $175) will be split among the 12 passengers and the travel time to the island is around 35 minutes. If you are arriving by car, you will need to pay for overnight parking in Horseshoe Bay (around $16/day).

Accommodation Options

Sleeping Cabin. There is a King size bed and a trundle bed with 2 twin mattresses

Panabode Cabin. Bunk room sleeps 3.  Plus main room for the host (and a sleeping partner who doesn’t snore)

Lindy Cabin. Loft sleeps 3 or 4 (there are currently 2 single beds up there, and a queen mattress, but I can easily add a 4th mattress) main floor has a single bed.

Tents: For those looking for some extra privacy and an authentic “camp” experience, tents can be set up with mattresses, bedding and lanterns.

Ready to register?

Complete the contact form  on my main page (top right in menu) to let us know you’d like to register! We’ll get back to you within 24 hours.

CAMP 2014Outstandingly awesome photos of the island by your hostess: Bee Chalmers Photography