"You af" retreat



The Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah have long been a bucket list attraction for outdoorsman and creatives. A flat and barren bed of dried and scaled salt; the beds have none of the boxes a photographer might check when scouting for a location for your every day shoot. Little to no shade, flat and sparse land..why on earth would I choose to host a retreat in such conditions? FOR EXACTLY THAT REASON. This retreat is an opportunity to challenge everything you know about your work. It's about pushing yourself beyond the rolling hills, golden grass, sun flares and safe-light. It's meant to break you out of the monotony, so that we can build you back up and find out exactly what you're capable of when we throw out the book of generic photography "Rules"

The "You as Fuck" Retreat will include two full days of styled shoots, Q+A, focused time on adventure and bonding, my harsh-light workshop-which will give you the fundamentals to shoot, pose, and edit harsh light sessions, portraits of each attendee and more.

My Focus at the retreat will not be to make your work look like mine, or anyone else's. My goal will be to help push your boundaries, give you tools and opportunity to make your work look like YOURS. YOU. AS. FUCK. We all have people we look up to in this community, and that's perfectly fine. But often, we find ourselves liking their style so much that we attempt to model or replicate it. Instead, let's find what makes you, YOU. Together, we will:

  • Explore how and why you shoot the way that you do. What is working, and what isn't? What are you wishing you saw, but aren't?
  • Practice prompts and poses that bring out more emotion and more truth through your imagery.
  • Collaborating with your client to style them in a way that expresses your vision and their personality.
  • Discuss and plan future creative sessions that will bring you back to life.
  • Shoot in all types of light so that you never feel inadequate or ill-equipped.
  • Scrub your brain, eyes and soul of whatever rules and boundaries you have placed on your work.
  • Overcome "imposter syndrome", the caparison game, combat over-investment in social media and learn how to be inspired yet avoid copying.
  • Harsh Light Workshop
  • Indoor Natural Light Workshop
  • Styled Portrait, Family, Maternity and Motherhood Sessions

The Nitty Gritty:

  • We will shoot in the Bonneville area of Utah- Our Airbnb will be located in SLC
  • When- July 14th-16th. Your itinerary will be provided once your seat is secured.
  • Two nights lodging at an incredible private home. You will have the option of bunking in a shared room, or a limited availability private room at a higher cost.
  • Meals, snacks and drinks will be provided.
  • At least 3 styled portrait shoots to include a 2-woman fashion shoot, and indoor styled shoot, a maternity session and a motherhood or family session.
  • A large sprinter van will take us all together to and from our locations.
  • Investment: $1,650.00-$1,850. Initial payment of $750 will be due to secure your seat and your balance will be split in two, due in May and in July. Your seat is non-refundable and you must agree to the terms and conditions which will vet our attendees to ensure the safety and comfort of all. If unforeseen circumstances arise and you are no longer able to attend, you can sell your seat, however the purchaser must be approved through me.