2024 That Beautiful Childhood: Retreat

August 1-3

SHELTON, WA

COME WITH COURAGE; LEAVE WITH COMMUNITY

That beautiful childhood: retreat Information


Who: Beginner to professional photographers (basic understanding of camera recommended)

What: A weekend of child-focused photography and friendship. We'll cover light, running a session, engaging with children, and editing (Lightroom and Photoshop). Includes 2+ sessions with children & families.

When: Thursday, Aug 1 evening through Saturday, Aug 3 lunchtime

Where: Shelton, WA

Investment: $1,850
(50% non-refundable retainer due at registration; full payment due by July 1, 2024)

$1,850 includes


✨Breakfasts, lunches, & snacks (Friday dinner purchased by individuals at a restaurant)

✨Photography instruction and note-taking guide

✨Hands-on practice

✨2+ child-focused sessions

✨Melissa's self-paced course, 101 Ways to Play: Fresh, Fun Family Photography

✨Open Q&A

✨Community

✨Access to private hot tub & beach

(Overnight lodging is NOT included in price, but a select number of rooms are available in the retreat house. Shared rooms/beds are $200 additional; own room is $400.)

build your portfolio: STYLED sessions

An indoor child session and an outdoor family session, plus headshot exchange

hands-on learning

Apply what you learn as you shoot, edit, and practice prompts

OPTIONAL MOUNTAIN PICNIC AND MT. RAINIER SESSION: +$200

Extend your stay on Saturday for an optional mountain adventure session! Enjoy a picnic together, explore the area, and photograph an additional styled family session at this iconic Mt. Rainier location. Location is 2+ hrs away from retreat location. Includes editing video from session, delivered after. Mountain visibility is weather-dependent, but picnic and session will take place regardless of weather.

That Beautiful Childhood: Retreat Application

I will email you the invoice and contract after reviewing your registration

A limited amount of rooms are available at the retreat house.

Mountain picnic and session will take place the evening of Saturday, Aug 3