Retreat Gatherings ~ Rome 2013

Sep 13, 2013 | Planning
On a personal note, we've wanted to experience more in life for a long time now. Wedding Sparrow has been a huge part of directing our lives in a totally different and unexpected direction. It has thrown us out of our comfort zone, around the world and back again! We're starting to want to feel more achievement in our lives and in order to do new things we have to do things we've never done before. We wanted to be more creative, travel, work for ourselves, meet inspirational people and create new memories. Then kismet happened. Wedding Sparrow was invited to become the editorial partner for Retreat Gatherings Rome 2013 in December. A 3 day working vacation for photographers of any skill level looking to connect, style, shoot, eat, talk, visit and experience. We're so excited to meet those who are already coming and those yet to sign up. Retreat Gatherings are carefully curated working vacations, designed to bring like-minded female wedding artist together to be inspired and refreshed. It's not a workshop, rather a way to call upon peers for suggestions and ideas, while also relaxing, making new friends, and creating beautiful imagery. Think "beautiful editorial photoshoot" meets "slumber party!" We will style and photograph portfolio-enriching shoots by day, and spend our evenings chatting style, business, branding, and voice (likely near a cozy fireplace with good formaggio/espresso/vino). The goal will be to help each attendee identify her strengths so that we each may build upon the qualities that set us apart from others to create outstanding brands that bring us closer to the clients who will really love our work. Meet the team You'll be able to chat and work with amazing vendors like Buffy Dekmar, Jessica Gallo from Fine & Fleurie, Katie Hyatt of Signora e Mare, Jen Lewis of Pastel Make Up and Hair, Amy Bowley of BO Boutique Flowers and of course me! The amazing UK Film Lab will be sponsoring Retreat Rome, with some sweet film processing incentives. Don't worry about your medium of photography either! Digital and film photographers are welcome. Those interested in experimenting with one medium or the other will have opportunities to do so. There will also be beautiful gowns to photograph by the lovely Chaviano Couture. Vendors_RetreatRome Investment We have a great 'early bird' opportunity for those who can sign up before 15th September (Sunday). Early registration opened today at Retreat Rome with $200 off registrations as a limited offer! The investment is $2,400 for a shared room or $2,850 for a private room and includes:
  • accommodations at a luxury hotel in Rome, Italy
  • breakfast, lunch, and dinner on each of the three days of the retreat
  • a series of extravagant and relaxing surprises
  • exclusive access to a private facebook community group, for post-retreat support and accountability
  • international exposure
  • portfolio value of two wedding-styled editorial shoots in Rome
  • fresh new portraits by fellow photographers
  • business-elevating advice, intensively based on your individual goals, desires, and style
  • hands-on experience with shooting film, discussion on integrating film into your workflow
  • expert advice and guidance from Wedding Sparrow’s Sara Russell on shooting with publication in mind
  • finding your voice and style as an artist and incorporating this into your branding and social media
  • impacts of outsourcing and partnering with the appropriate vendors
  • defining a target clientele and reaching those clients
  • explorations in other creative media
***ONLY a couple of days left to take advantage of the early registration incentives*** I promise you this trip will be epic in so many ways and you'll leave with new friends. I'm already counting down the days! A couple of UK photographers have already signed up and I can't wait to meet you! To book, email Retreat Gatherings or pay a deposit via PayPal here. We hope to see you there!


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