1-DAY MIAMI BOUDOIR WORKSHOP: We are super excited about offering our 1-day workshop in Miami. We are going to pack as MUCH info into this 1-day as we possibly can! We’ll be touching on boudoir business, branding, marketing, and pricing… as well as give a demo with a model to showcase lighting & posing tips. We’ll also talk about the Supermodel Experience and how we’ve created a space & environment where our clients are allowed to feel sexy, beautiful, and empowered. Pricing is SOOOOO important and such a HUGE part of building a successful business. We are passionate about sharing as much info as we can about how we have built our business, and we won’t hold back when it comes to giving tips and advice on creating a business model and pricing structure that works for YOU. And during the demo, we’ll be sharing our easy lighting recipes and top posing tips & tricks to make our clients look their absolute best.
BOOK YOUR OWN BOUDOIR SHOOT: Want to have a taste of what YOUR clients go through? Get in front of the camera and have your very own boudoir experience! If you are a boudoir photographer and have never had your OWN boudoir session, you really should think about booking a shoot for yourself. We think it is an invaluable experience to get in FRONT of the camera and feel what your clients go through.
As we have mentioned in some of our other posts, one of the reasons we really wanted to a longer, more intensive, 4-day retreat (versus our usual shorter 2-day workshops), was because we wanted to get a chance to really get to know all of our fab attendees. To each of our attendees – we are so glad that we were able to spend these 4 days with you, and we are so incredibly honored that you made the investment and took the time to travel to hang out with us in San Diego. We feel like we were able to truly get to know each of you a little bit, to understand your business, personality and to really be able to speak into exactly what it is you are doing with your boudoir biz.
Another added bonus is the freaking awesome camaraderie that comes from sharing so much time (not to mention sharing a cool home) with others who are your peers in this industry. To spend time collaborating with these incredible people who are doing everything in their power to build a dream similar to yours. The ideas, inspiration, brainstorming, and questioning that is bounced around is like nothing else when it comes to pursuing your dreams. I think it’s safe to say that we are 100% happy with the decision to start the Boudoir Retreats! These are some headshot images that we took (although most gals got a boudoir shoot at our studio too, so you may want to head to our studio blog, www.sandiegoboudoir.com, and see who gave us permission to show them off). ;) All of these photographers are killing it in the boudoir industry on their own, and it kinda blows our mind that they flew to us to learn, as we have learned heaps as well from being with them and bouncing a ton of ideas around with everyone. These are no longer just our ‘industry peers’ or our ‘Retreat attendees’. So without further ado – here they are, our awesome peers, boudoir retreat attendees, and even cooler than that, our new friends…..
First up are the lovebirds, Andrew and Maggi Woo, from British Colombia, Canada. These two are such a great pair, and you can tell that they really complement each other not only in their sweeet relationship but also in their business – Maggi Woo Photography. She shoots beautiful images and then shares her work on her blog, through her gorgeous words (seriously, you have to check out her blog – she’s such a great writer!) And then this exec, Andrews, is all about helping out on the biz side, supporting her as lovebirdy husband does and giving tons of insight with his extensive experience in the business world. These two are unstoppable!
Next up is a face you may recognize… We know this gal pretty well at this point, as she has been to our workshop and studio a couple of times before! And did we mention are bananas about her. You just might know her cuz she’s cool like that, makin’ a name for herself in this industry and standing out – it’s the fabulous Denise of Modern Love Photography! We know that our paths will continue to cross in the future. Sorry, Denise, but you’re stuck with us, whether you like it or not. ;) Go check out her site and see all the cool stuff she is up to (including a new ebook coming out soon!)
Apparently this next girl knows how to brand – I mean, just look at that hair! :) Introducing Jennie of Pink Photography. Jennie owns a studio in Richmond, Virginia, and this girl is going places. Jennie is one of those gals who may seem reserved at first, but that’s just until she’s had a chance to warm up. She is such a sweetheart, and it is easy to see that her clients feel incredibly comfortable around her. There’s no doubt in our minds about why she has already built up a successful boudoir biz!
Next up is the bubbly-life-of-the-party Krystyn! This girl knows how to make friend. And geez louise she’s another one who will make you feel comfortable in two seconds. How did we get so lucky, to be surrounded with such sweet and wonderful people at this Retreat?! Krystyn has a studio in Pittsburgh that is both a boudoir studio AND lingerie boutique. Super cool. Check her out here: KBS Photography. Also, you have GOT to read her blog post about her experience BEHIND the camera – we just loved reading about her time at our studio and thought she did such a great job of explaining the experience.
Korin, the artist also known as Martina, comes off as pretty chill, but let’s be honest, if you know her, you know that this gal has some unexpected fire. :) (Which, come on, we all have to have a little ‘fire’ to be in this line of work, right?) Korin of Wonderland Boudoir has a successful portrait photography biz in Dallas, Texas – and we just love her style. Plus, her laugh is pretty infectious. We’re excited to see her biz continue to grow and grow!
Natasha! Ah! I think this girl can Carebear-stare a smile right into you heart, hahaha! Seriously though, she is salt-of-the-Earth-good-people. We loved getting to know her (and especially loved hearing her story of how she met her hubby!) Introducing Natasha!!! (Her website is under construction so we’ll have to post a link to it once it’s up!) She is about to launch a really cool concept… a salon-meets-boudoir studio, in South Dakota! We think this gal has exactly what it takes to create the business that she is envisioning, and we can’t wait to see it come to fruition. Watch out, because she’s going to take the South Dakota market by STORM.
Ok and now last but certainly not least… Miss Agi Magyar, who was definitely the one who traveled the farthest for this Retreat – she came all the way from Sydney, Australia! We met Agi last year when she came to have a destination boudoir shoot with us in Vegas, and we knew we would become instant friends from the very moment we met her. When she said she was coming to the Retreat, we were super excited because we knew she’d bring a fun energy to the experience. Definitely go check out her website, she’s doing great things – Agi M Photography! We also loved reading her review and recap of the Boudoir Retreat on this blog post.
We also have a little video of Agi that we wanted to share here. We were filming videos throughout the Retreat, and at one point, Agi asked if she could get on camera and film herself. So she took matters into her own hands and filmed herself speaking! We didn’t know what she had up her sleeves, and we didn’t even have a chance to watch it until recently. Thank you, Agi, for taking our camera and sharing what you did. Your words truly touched us.
And THANK YOU to all of our Retreat Attendees – ahem – FRIENDS – who came to the 2014 Retreat. We are so thankful that we had this experience with you and we are excited to continue this journey with you as we all continue to pursue our passion of making women look and feel beautiful through the empowering boudoir photography experience.
We have had a lot of people inquire about our future Boudoir Retreats, and we are happy to say that we will be launching the next Retreat VERY SOON!
We had such a great time at this one and we can’t wait to launch one for 2015! And in case you can’t wait that long, we are also THINKING about doing some 1-day workshops this fall on the East Coast. (Looking for 3 hosts on the East Coast who would be willing to let us take over your studio and let in a group of photographers for a day of learning!
Oh my gosh, where do we even begin!? The 2014 Boudoir Retreat was so much fun… it was a whirlwind week of shooting, talking, learning, sharing, and hanging at a beautiful beach house in La Jolla California. We were honored to host such an incredible group of photographers, artists, and business owners who we now consider friends as well. I (K) am going to do my best to recap the Retreat here, and I apologize in advance because it’s going to be a very long post.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL & COCKTAIL PARTY
The first day began with everyone checking in to the beach house and getting a few goodies that we left on their beds. We also had a ‘cocktail party’ – with our signature Divalicious martini that Marissa created. Although not everyone was able to make it this night (a few others arrived later), we still had a great time getting to know each other and hanging out in a relaxed, casual environment. Marissa & I could tell INSTANTLY that this was an incredible group, and we connected with each person from the get-go.
Now, I hate to be all braggy, but we are pretty proud of our Retreat Workbooks that we created. Do you guys remember those amazing “Choose Your Own Adventure” books from way back in elementary school? Well that was the inspiration for these workbooks. We LOVE teaching photographers and sharing about our business… but the last thing we want is for anyone to think that they have to do exactly what we have done, or set-up a mini Boudoir Divas studio. Our business model, marketing, and studio are all very specific to us, our personalities, and our goals for our lives. We want to be sure that our workshop attendees figure out what is best for THEM. And so this workbook held lots of thought-provoking questions, worksheets, and space to journal, dream, and plan. We are really happy with the way these turned out – so much so, in fact, that we are THINKING about possibly releasing them and making them available to other photographers who may need a little help and direction/guidance in planning and dreaming for their businesses.
DAY 2: SHOOTING AT THE DIVAS STUDIO
Day two was held at our San Diego studio, where we focused on lighting, posing, and interacting with our clients. The entire afternoon was all about shooting, shooting, and more shooting… we had 4 beautiful models with different styling and looks, in order to get tons of variety. Each attendee got to work 1-on-1 with 3 of the models, giving time to work individually on posing and lighting. We love that our workshops give our attendees 1-on-1 shooting time, where there isn’t a fight to ‘get the shot’ with a million other photographers.
We didn’t shoot too many behind-the-scenes images on this day (it was just so crazy-busy!)… but thanks to Agi (Agi M Photography), we have some great behind-the-scenes images to share!
We will also be sharing some photos of our fab models on ANOTHER blog post, so be sure to check back for that!
DAY 3: MARKETING DAY & SHOOTING AT THE BEACH HOUSE
Back at the beach house, this day was a LOT of chatting, sharing, and discussing. We covered a ton of topics, from pricing to marketing, our favorite products, and everything in between. And then in the afternoon, we set up even more SHOOTING! Three more beautiful models joined us, and the retreat attendees had free reign to shoot with these lovely ladies all around the gorgeous beach house. This is also the day where we did headshots & mini-marketing-videos for each attendee. We are ALL about marketing ourselves, and making sure that we put ourselves out there with our business. If you are a photographer, your clients are not just buying your work and talent. Before they book a shoot with you, they need to CONNECT with you. And the easiest way to do that is by putting photos and videos of yourself up on your website, blog, and other social media outlets. (Stay tuned to see some of the headshots and videos from our attendees on a future blog post!)
I know this is the longest blog post EVER, but I have to pause and give a huge shout-out to Caroline of Cucina Coronado, for providing us with some amazing, beautiful, and delicious food! Thank you Caroline!!!
DAY 4: 1-on-1s, BUSINESS BASICS, & SUNSET BEACH SHOOT
Ok, almost done! If you have stayed with us through this entire post, thank you for sticking around! The last full day of our workshop began with 1-on-1 consultations for each attendee to have some individual time with Marissa, myself, and Weston. Marissa did consults on business plan, goals, structure, and pricing. I did 1-on-1s for marketing, to help brainstorm some ideas and get a gameplan for marketing and advertising. And then Weston did 1-on-1 portfolio critiques for each photographer. One of the MAIN reasons why we decided to do a longer, intensive Boudoir Retreat this year was to be able to have more time with each attendee. We’ve loved our workshops in previous years, but it often felt too rushed, and like we didn’t have enough time to really get to know each person and their business. So we absolutely loved these 1-on-1s and having the opportunity to really get some quality time with each attendee.
After 1-on-1s, there was a little more time for sharing and discussing business goals, and then after some yummy appetizers, we all headed down to the beach (just a couple blocks away!) for an evening sunset beach shoot with 2 more beautiful models! (Thanks again Agi for some more behind-the-scenes shots!)
So if you’ve been counting, you’d see that altogether we had 9 – yes, NINE – fabulous women model for our Retreat. We are so thankful that we have so many amazing past clients who are willing to come model for our workshops! Also, each model was glammed-up by the incredibly-talented Miss Peggy Busch! Thank you, Peggy, for beautifying all of our gals. We love you!
This photo of us holding Peggy…….. the look on her face is so priceless – LOL!
To get our group shots, Marissa set-up a camera on a tripod & timer, and used the 70-200 lens (WHAT?!)… so I love this little series of her running to make it in our shot before the timer went off. :)
What a WONDERFUL group of photographers and peers! We loved spending this time with you all – thank you so much for taking the time and making the investment in your business… to travel to San Diego and hang out with us. We miss you all already; can we start planning a Retreat Reunion?!
DAY 5: FAREWELL BREAKFAST
Ahhhh, what an amazing week. The Retreat ended with a farewell breakfast, and hanging at the Retreat house for a bit more before checking out. We had such a great time and we are already looking forward to planning our 2015 Retreat! If you would be interested in coming to a 2015 Boudoir Retreat, fill out your info here & we will notify you when we decide on details and launch our next one.
Last but not least – we want to give a quick thank you to our fab sponsors & vendors who gave some really generous swag to our attendees. We will share more about this soon, because really it warrants its own blog post.
UPDATE TO ADD: We’ve also launched our new 2015 Boudoir Retreat!!!! Be sure to check it out and we would LOVE to have you join us. Keep in mind the spots will be taken quickly, so go register today! xoxo, K&M
Hey everyone – we just wanted to share some sneak peeks of the 2014 BOUDOIR RETREAT BEACH HOUSE! Soooo excited about this. We seriously cannot WAIT for April to get here.
If you have ANY questions at all about the Retreat, please don’t hesitate to email us – we’d love to get you all the details! And YES we do still have TWO SPOTS LEFT (and payment plans are available!) – Email for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org. See you all in April! xoxo, K&M
Oh man you guys, we cannot WAIT for our 2014 boudoir workshops – ahem – I mean, RETREATS! So much more than just a regular workshop – these are pretty much all-inclusive (except for travel & some meals)… you will be staying at a beautiful house in San Diego (or apartment in Paris) with the other Retreat attendees. Then we’re going to have tons of shooting, talking about boudoir, sharing about your businesses, and one-on-one time with Marissa & Kimberlee. We are really putting a lot of work into these Retreats and we would love to have you join us.
We are still selling spots to BOTH workshops – but hurry because the San Diego Retreat is almost FULL already! We are also getting sign-ups for Paris, which is so exciting – because we LOVE THIS CITY so much!!!
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“Hello Ladies! My name is Kaitlyne, I took your workshop I think about 4 years ago now! Anyways I just wanted to take the time to thank you! When I walked in your studio I was so amateur I had no idea what I was getting myself into, I had just learned what boudoir photography actually was. I came in with my canon rebel shooting in full auto… yup pretty embarrassing now! But you fully accepted me and even took the time to teach me how to shoot manually ON TOP of everything else I learned that weekend. Long story short, 4 years later I run a very successful business, one of the most well known in Edmonton, Canada. We (Yup I have an amazing all female staff now) have a gorgeous studio complete with a sales area and salon. So THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for accepting me, teaching me, and answering my silly questions. You never once made me feel unwelcome or dumb. I have created my own brand and style and it all started with you ladies! Thank you :) All the Best, -Kaitlyne Tyner GreenTee Photography”
Kaitlyne, You just made our day!!!!! We absolutely LOVE teaching our boudoir workshops – and we LOVE when we hear updates from our past workshop attendees. Thank you for sharing – it seriously means so much to hear how your business is doing, and we feel so proud of you! :)
If you’re interested in joining us at a 2014 Boudoir Workshop, we’re doing things a little differently this year – we are having it be LONGER, and BETTER – with the BOUDOIR RETREAT! AND mostly all-inclusive (includes your stay at an awesome house in San Diego!) We are already booking the SD Retreat up fast… it’s halfway full right now, so that means only SIX SPOTS LEFT! If you want one of those spots, go sign up now! (And, PS, we also have awesome payment plans available to make this doable for you!)
I know we say this a lot, but it doesn’t change the truth: we are SO blessed to be given opportunities to travel around the world, and share about our passion for boudoir photography! Last week we were able to travel to Lima, Peru, for Fovitech 2013. We loved traveling to this country, and loved meeting some wonderful photographers! We were able to speak about “Secrets of Boudoir” at our platform program, and then a couple days later, we had 20 photographers join us for our full-day workshop! It was a really great experience, and we hope to go back again someday!
Of course no trip to another country would be complete without the fun van rides….
We got the royal treatment from the organizers of the convention – including a limo pick-up from the airport! So we wanted to give a huge shout-out to Aldo & his sweet wife Chevela, for being so kind to us through the whole week. We are thankful to have met you both – thanks for your hospitality!
We also love trying out new foods while we’re traveling. And while I (K) wasn’t able to taste this next dish (doc’s orders, no raw seafood for a few more months) ;) – Marissa sure LOVED the Peruvian ceviche!
We also did a little cooking ourselves, in our awesome apartment (with a killer ocean view!)
As you know, we LOVE speaking and teaching about boudoir photography… and this workshop was definitely a memorable one. We really enjoyed meeting these fab photographers from Peru (and a few other countries as well).
Before we share more photos from the workshop, though – we have to tell this quick story about the photo below. We have traveled to 4 countries with these lights in the past, and have NEVER had an issue with them! Until last week, when Marissa plugged this bad boy into the socket, turned the light on, and BAM – that thing seriously exploded. Like, I mean, the light bulb shot out flames and then shattered glass flew across the room. And then people came running into our room to make sure that wasn’t a gun shot. Needless to say, it got our adrenaline pumping just a bit! :) And thankfully, we were able to use other lights to demo with.
Rest In Peace, little light. Ok – now back to some more photos of the workshop. :)
We also have to say a big thank you to our FABULOUS translator, miss Julietta Swartzmann! Julietta is so wonderful; you may recognize her (from our boudoir workshop in Madrid), and we just love how easy it is to work with her! Thanks again Julietta – can’t wait for the next adventure. :)
During a portion of the workshop, we were able to work with two beautiful models to demonstrate some basic boudoir posing and lighting techniques. Here are just a couple of those shots…
Thank you so much to all of you who came to our full-day boudoir workshop, taking the time and investing the money to learn all about boudoir photography!