2014 BOUDOIR RETREAT | SAN DIEGO, CA
APRIL 7-11, 2014 (check-in the evening of the 7th – check out on the 11th… see the “ITINERARY” tab for more details)
ABOUT THE RETREAT:
We are THRILLED to announce that we have officially launched The 2014 San Diego Boudoir Retreat! We have been teaching boudoir workshops for more than five years, and we have LOVED each and every one. But recently we decided we wanted to change things up a bit. We’ve loved leading our workshops, but we felt we really didn’t get to spend the in depth hands-on time and planning with our photogs that we hoped for. We wanted to have more time to be available for questions – more time to chat with everyone – and more time for you all to hang out with each other, to create a really solid community of like-minded boudoir photographers. So after months of planning and dreaming about what we would want this to look like, we are happy to say that we’re starting a brand-new “Boudoir Retreat”!
WHO THIS IS FOR: The Boudoir Retreat is designed for the intermediate boudoir photographer who wants to create an amazing boudoir business, revamp a current business model or marketing plan, be inspired & refreshed, connect with a community of like-minded boudoir biz owners, and enjoy four days + four nights at a beautiful house in San Diego, CA!
SHOOTING: Of course we’ll still be shooting one full day at our San Diego studio, giving you a chance to work with our models on our sets. Just like with our regular boudoir workshops, each attendee will have short (10-minute) times of working 1-on-1 with a model.
ONE-ON-ONES: After our shooting day, we’ll spend the rest of our time back at the Retreat House. We’ll give each person three different one-on-one times throughout the retreat – in the areas of overall goals, biz plans, marketing strategies, as well as photo critiques.
AND MORE SHOOTING: Back at the Retreat House, we will also have another shooting opportunity, so that you can get some adorably-styled, editorial-type boudoir images at the house!
BUSINESS, MARKETING, AND MORE: Absolutely anything and everything you ever wanted to know about how we run our business. We will be sharing a ton of info, and we will be available for you all to ask us questions about what it takes to run a successful boudoir biz!
BE REFRESHED: In addition to all of this learning, we also want to create a relaxed environment, with some intentional time for you to journal, strategize, and plan. We feel like this is such an important part of running a business, and sadly most business owners don’t take the time to slow down and really reflect on their business. So we will be giving each retreat attendee their own “Choose Your Own Adventure” Workbook – filled with assignments, though-provoking questions, and space to jot down dreams and ideas.
PRE-RETREAT HANG-OUT: Before the retreat, we will be scheduling one Google “Hangout” so that you can all join in and ask any questions about the upcoming retreat.
PRE-RETREAT QUESTIONNAIRE: We want to connect with you, get to know you a little bit, and see where you’re coming from. So before you even get here, we’ll be asking you to fill out a questionnaire so that we can get to know you and learn a little about your business.
HEADSHOTS: Your online presence is incredibly important, and if you’ve ever been to a past workshop or speaking program with us, you’ll know how important we thing it is to put yourself out there. So, just for fun, we’ll be shooting YOU for a quick headshot session at some point during the retreat!
PRIZES & GOODIES: You know we’ll spoil you with some goodies… [exact prizes will be listed here soon].
A BOUDOIR COMMUNITY: And what better place than a beautiful retreat house in San Diego!? In order to create the type of close-knit community that we would desire for you all, we are going to be renting a house for everyone to stay at. Think junior-high-camp-meets-awesome-sleepover. This will give you all a chance to really to get know each other, and your stay at the house included in the cost of the retreat! (See the ‘HOUSE’ tab for more info).
POST-RETREAT CONSULTATION: That’s right – it doesn’t end after we say goodbye at the Retreat! We’ll also be scheduling a 30-minute consultation (either Skype or over the phone) AFTER the retreat, so that you can chat with one of us (K or M) and follow-up with us after this week.
PAYMENT PLANS: Lastly, we wanted this to be DOABLE for you! We realize that this is an investment… and in order to make it a little easier on you, we’ve created two options for payment plans (see the “INVESTMENT” tab for more details).
BOOK YOUR OWN SHOOT: In the past, we have always had a few workshop attendees who have also wanted to add their own boudoir session to this whole experience. So we would love to offer you all a 25% discount on any package with our studio! (Limited availability – please email us if you’re thinking about doing this so that we can chat about details).
LET’S DO THIS: We would LOVE for you to join us, along with 11 other photographers – to dream, relax, collaborate, learn, share, be refreshed, be inspired, and be challenged. Will you join us next spring at our first ever Boudoir Retreat?! Please take some time to look through all of the tabs and get some more info – and then if you have ANY questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask! (email@example.com). Or, if you’re ready to sign up now, just go to the “INVESTMENT” tab and choose your payment plan. We look forward to seeing you special 12 photogs and spending some really good, quality time with you in April!
xoxo, Kimberlee & Marissa
*PLEASE NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP IS NOT OPEN TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS.
We will be renting a very comfortable, plush, luxurious home to fit 10-18 people in Del Mar or La Jolla. The home will be a luxury home close to one of San Diego’s more affluent and beautiful beaches. This is a little bit slumber-party style, with roommate situations – but we will also have a few upgrade options available for those who would like to have your own room. Select rooms will also allow for you to bring your spouse if you wish, for an additional charge (these spots are limited – please email us if you are thinking of bringing a spouse with you and we can chat about the details and availability).
UPGRADES: *PLEASE NOTE: Upgrades to rooms will be based on availability. We will give priority on your room upgrades based on who books first.
EXACT LOCATION: We will be sending the exact location (and address) to all of our attendees a few months before the Boudoir Retreat.
MALES: Guy attendees are welcome to sign up for this Retreat, however, if you will be attending as a single status we will ask you to upgrade your own room, unless another male comes to be roomies with you.
LIABILITY: Please note – this is a group venture, meaning we are coming together as like-minded professionals to rent a home. The Boudoir Divas Inc will not be held liable for any harm, vandalism, theft or shenanigans that happen in the home. This will be considered a group choosing to vacation together.
*subject to change! This is just a tentative itinerary. We will confirm the itinerary as the retreat draws closer.
DAY 1: CHECK-IN & GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER
4pm – Check in to the Retreat House! You will be greeted by the Diva team & a fun Divalicious cocktail upon arrival.
5pm- Dinner as a group, at the Retreat House.
6-8pm- Introductions and The Supermodel Experience. This will be a time where we all get to know each other
DAY 2: AT THE BOUDOIR DIVAS STUDIO
10:00am – Official start of the workshop Day 2 (yes, we will have Starbucks coffee for you!)
10:30am – Studio tour
11:00am – Overview of shooting & using light to flatter a woman
12:00pm -Posing all body types and using poses and angles to sell an album
1:30pm- Shoot demo with model
2:30pm- One on one shoot with a model, rotate through different “looks”
4:00pm- Day is over, free time for the rest of the evening
DAY 3: AT THE RETREAT HOUSE
8:00am – Breakfast
8:30am – Overall business strategy
9:30am – Marketing
10:30pm -Sales & Booking the client
11:00pm- Best selling products & why
11:30pm- Pricing for a profit and strategy
12:45pm- Selling in your viewing
2:00pm- Quiet workbook time of dreaming, strategizing, planning
3:00pm-6:30 Round one of one-on-ones start: Portfolio critique, Marketing strategy, Overall business strategy
5:00pm- Open dinner buffet
DAY 4: AT THE RETREAT HOUSE
Free morning to do what you’d like
11:30am-2:30 – 2nd round of one-on-ones. While you aren’t in a session, we recommend working in your workbook while lounging in the sunshine.
1:00pm – Lunch
12:00pm -Posing all body types and to sell an album
3:00pm- Post processing and effective workflow & creating the product
4:00pm- Dinner and break
5:00pm-7:30 Styled editorial sunset shoot
DAY 5: GOODBYE BREAKFAST
9:00am- Goodbye breakfast
10:30pm -Free time at villa, relax and dream
12:00pm -Check out
The 4 day boudoir retreat is $2900. Basic accommodations in the Retreat House are included in this price (upgrades available for an additional charge). Some meals are also included.
NON-REUNDABLE: Spots are limited and this is a big project for us to put on, so will give NO exceptions for refunds for this retreat – sorry! Thanks for understanding. Trip insurance is incredibly important, and we recommend that you purchase insurance that will cover your workshop fee should you have an emergency and have to cancel. We apologize, but as mentioned this is a large project to take on, and for that reason we have to cover our bases.
CANCELLATIONS: We understand that things come up that are out of your control. ALL PAYMENTS MADE are NOT REFUNDABLE, under any conditions. If you must cancel the retreat, please send us notification in writing 2 weeks prior to your next scheduled payment date so that we can cancel your automatic payments.
6 WEEKS PRIOR: If you cancel 6 weeks prior to the Retreat start date, we will be able to apply any money you have paid toward a photo shoot at our San Diego studio at another date. (Must be used within one calendar year. Not transferable to another studio location besides San Diego).
LESS THAN 6 WEEKS PRIOR: If you need to cancel within/less than 6 weeks prior to the Retreat start date, we will not be able to refund or transfer any of your Boudoir Retreat payments. No exceptions – sorry!
MANDATORY TRIP INSURANCE: We ask that you purchase trip/travel insurance immediately. There are many reputable companies that offer trip insurance. To give you an example, we have called TRAVEL GUARD, www.travelguard.com, 1.800.826.1300 – and their Basic Coverage with upgraded medical to cover $20,000 is $120 for a 35 year old woman traveling from Florida. Should you have an emergency where you will need to cancel and not attend the Retreat (due to a serious sickness, injury, death in the immediate family, or an act of God – ie, a hurricane or volcano), they will cover your workshop and travel expenses. (Please contact a travel insurance company for details and to confirm that they will be able to cover you for cancellations).
REGISTER NOW! Ready to sign up?! We only have 12 spots available for this retreat – so spots will be filled on a first-come basis. (***UPDATE: only TWO SPOTS LEFT!!!!)
*Please note – ALL PAYMENTS FOR THE RETREAT ARE NONREFUNDABLE. The total cost of the Boudoir Retreat is $2,900.
*REMINDER: THIS WORKSHOP IS NOT OPEN TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS. Please EMAIL US (firstname.lastname@example.org) to set-up your payment plan and get registered for the Retreat!
Q: How many photographers will you allow at this Boudoir Retreat?
There is a maximum of 12 photographers for this Retreat.
Q: What level is this course intended for?
A: This is a workshop that was designed specifically for INTERMEDIATE boudoir photographers. We will not be going over any ‘basics’ of photography, so we ask that you already have a solid knowledge of shooting in manual mode, and that you know your camera equipment well.
Q: Is there a discount for 2 photographers coming from the same studio?
A: Due to the limited availability for this Retreat, we cannot give discounts for multiple people from the same studio. The full price will apply ($2900 each). However – we WILL give you your own room to share (no other roommates) – at no extra charge ($600 value).
Q: Can I use the images I take at the workshop on my website?
A: Absolutely; that’s the whole point of the shooting day! We want you to leave with a solid portfolio of images that you can use to promote your boudoir business in your city! The Boudoir Divas Inc will retain the model release, however, we will give you permission to use the images on your website, blog, and for studio samples.
Q: Where is the workshop held?
A: At The Boudoir Divas’ studio in San Diego – AND – at the Boudoir Retreat House (where you will be staying). You will receive the addresses and directions once you have officially registered for the Retreat. The studio is located approximately 20 minutes north of the San Diego International Airport.
Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: The retainer fee is non-refundable. We understand that things come up that are out of your control. ALL RETREAT PAYMENTS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE, under any conditions. No exceptions – sorry! Please see the “Investment” tab for more details.
Q: What should I bring to the workshop?
A: We ask that you bring an SLR camera with a lens that can open to a 2.8 aperture (we recommend a 24-70mm 2.8, or a 50mm 1.2/1.4 lens), downloader and as many memory cards as you can get your hands on. We also recommend that you bring a laptop with storage to download. Other than that, just come with an open mind and a willingness to have fun, learn, and meet some other wonderful people!
Well, as you know, this is going to be our FIRST-EVER Boudoir Retreat! But we have taught over TWENTY boudoir workshops over the last five and a half years. So if you’re interested in seeing what some of our past workshop attendees have said about their experiences at our regular workshops, here are a few for you:
“It’s truly amazing that they’re willing to share their secrets, because I know as photographers sometimes we want to hold on to them and not tell anyone… I think it’s just amazing that they would do that.” -Courtney Dellafiora (The Boudoir Vixen)
“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”
”I just really wanted to send you a long overdue message of thanks. You guys really gave me so much. You gave me the confidence to be me. I have so much more to learn – but you really taught me not to be held back by what the photography society says is “correct”. It’s been almost a year and my business has grown in amazing ways. I’m just finishing my busiest season ever – and I’ve already booked a bunch of work for next year! Anyway – I just really wanted to say thanks.” xo, Jennifer Rozenbaum (Jenerations Boudoir)
Also, if you want to see a little glimpse of our past workshops, take a look at this video:
“What a wonderful workshop – best I’ve ever attended! I am sitting here at home with endless possibilities going through my head of where I can finally take my business. AND you gave us so much practical information to get me there! Thank you so very much for all of that and for your amazing hospitality ♥”
- Crystal Murray Sevigny
“It was overflowing with information from the night before right up until the time we left. I’ve been reviewing my notes and am amazed at how much information I came away with” – Brenda
“Had a blast, learned so much, worth every penny & then some. :)” – Anonymous
“After being a hobbyist photographer for a few years, I became interested in boudoir photography and shot a few boudoir sessions for fun but suddenly I began getting calls from perfect strangers asking about my boudoir services. People were wanting to PAY me to do a photo session with them! I panicked a little and needed a few pointers FAST. That’s when the Boudoir Divas came to the rescue! It just so happened that you were in Vegas right before my first real, professional boudoir gig and I was lucky enough to be able to take your workshop! I left there feeling incredibly inspired and confident.” Sincerely, Stacie Frazier (Haute Shots)
“My Husband bought me a seat to The Boudoir Divas Jan. 2012 workshop and I cried like a baby out of excited. I really did not know what to expect and how the whole workshop would play out. On day one I was excited, nervous and determined. Right away Kimberlee and Marissa were warm and welcoming. I opted in for the basic breakfast and even though I have a pretty good understanding of the basics I found it completely useful and it warmed me up to the Divas and the space. As the rest of the group arrived we jumped right in posing, lighting, equipment, the ladies didn’t hold anything back. They showed us how they work with the models opening themselves up to everyone in room and allowing us to capture what they set up so we could learn. The rest of day one was fast paced shooting. From group set ups to one on ones with models. There was someone there to coach us yet allow us to experiment. I never felt awkward asking questions. On day two we were greeted with the same warm welcome by Divas and their staff. Kimberlee and Marissa truly opened up about their personal journeys to success. While emotions are part of the passion that comes with photography, I found myself willing to open up and ask questions about anything that came to mind. From Marketing do’s and don’ts to products – the Divas shared it all. I was on the edge of my seat all day. My favorite part of day two was my one on one session with Marissa. I was able to spend some private time with Marissa to open up about business and life. The two days spent with both ladies left me with a deep connection to them and the world of Boudoir. Since coming home I have drawn up so many new plans and ideas to peruse my passion in Boudoir photography. I can’t thank Kimberlee and Marissa enough and I would totally recommend this workshop to anyone.” -Robyn Buyskes
“I love how laid back everything was yet so informative. The lighting deminstration was great and I was really greatful to learn the marketing and advertising strategy that the Divas use.” – Anonymous
“It was amazing!! They gave me a flame on top of my fire to start shooting boudoir with their unique, tasteful and creative way. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to learn what I did from these ladies.” xoxo~ Rachelle Renee (Elle Boudoir)
“I loved everything about the workshop! The photo shoot and the post processing is what gave me the confidence to know that I can do this! I was really worried I would spend forever post processing but I loved how your streamlined your everything!” – Tracy
“I just think that no one should miss this once in a life time opportunity. Not only that you`ll be learning from the best, but you`ll meet photographers from all around the world, make new friends etc. I don`t think there is any other way I could`ve learned that much about boudoir photography. And it doesn`t just come down to photography. If you need help starting a business, coaching a customer, setting up prices… you`ll get it all here.”-Ivana Bencic (Ipanema Boudoir)
“Thank you so much for having me I had an AMAZING time, I will never forget this experience, I loved every minute of it, I have learned soooo much and have benefited immensely, so many great ideas and advice, there were moments I was so excited and overwhelmed with joy I could have cried! Thank you for being so open with everything, you truly are an amazing team! All the best! You will be seeing me in Paris!” -Kaitlyn Greene
“I loved getting to ask any question I wanted!” – Anonymous
“I just want to tell you ladies (all the ladies of the studio) that you helped me so much. I left with so much confidence in myself and my shooting. I have been working so hard trying to get my business rolling and I booked 5 boudoir sessions today alone!!! I tell everyone about your workshop. Thank you for being such great motivators and teachers!” -Sara Bradshaw
“I have been meaning to write to you guys and thank you so much for EVERYTHING you taught at the workshop. I went from saying absolutely no to doing boudoir photos to focusing wholly on boudoir now. Ever since the workshop I have have been slowly putting together props and a studio in my basement. On April 25 and 26 I held my first boudoir marathon in a downtown hotel room. I had 6 girls over the two days and it went fabulous, girls and I were thrilled with how the photos turned out.I have been having so much fun with this and owe it all to you guys for giving me the information to develop a fun fabulous business. I totally believe that when you leave yourself open to the universe great things can happen and life can be a fabulous adventure. I am living my passion and very happy which is good for everyone! Thank you both for being an agent in my happiness and the world’s!” – Michele
Being part of the Boudoir workshop was very inspirational. The Diva team greeted us with opened arms. Kim and Marisa shared every detail with us from marketing to exposures. There inspiration has brought my Boudoir business to a whole new level. I bonded with several of the ladies in our group and we all share our Boudoir diaries daily on Facebook, our Sisterhood will live on forever… and that is why going to the Boudoir Diva’s workshop is so valuable. Hugs, Shelly Rose
The Diva’s aren’t just bringing Boudoir back… They’ve Brought it back with class & style. This was my first Boudoir workshop and I must say, it completely opened my eyes to a type of photography I never knew existed. I had an absolute blast!! The models were stunning, Ashely made everyone feel welcome and super excited to attend. Marissa and Kimberlee are truly Diva’s in there field, the education they provide and the workshop they put on is truly one of the better and more organized ones I’ve attended. – Matthew Cotter
“I didn’t care much about shooting the models…I knew how to do that, I really just wanted to learn the business side of things, but to my surprise the shooting day reignited the fire I had for boudoir in the first place, it showed me how to get more drama from my images, something I wasn’t getting before. I got to see first hand what a “real” studio should look like, the sets, lighting, offices. The business day really made me self evaluate, the type of studio I was, and were I wanted to be, and how I should price myself. I came home with a vision, a plan. I put my husband to work quickly sectioning our studio into sets. I instantly saw a difference in my images and was confident that I would double my business and I DID! I now have a staff photographer working at the studio, I love having my Saturday’s back, and we are still growing strong. It was definitely the best education I could have invested in. I can’t wait to come back and see the Diva’s again!” -Lacy R. Hammack (AdoraLee Photography)
“I simply can’t say enough great things about the team at The Divas, the experience I had and how HIGHLY I would recommend this experience to anyone interested in photographing women. Over the last year I have attended many workshops, each time hoping this would be the workshop that empowered me, provided me with useful and meaningful information that would help me become my personal best, to provide my clients with an incredible experience and product and to run a successful business. Ok, so I suppose that may have been asking a little much for one workshop BUT Marrisa and Kimmberlee (the Divas )totally DELIVERED! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Marissa and Kimberlee (The Divas) were so genuine and honest in sharing their experience in the industry, what has worked for them and more importantly what has not and why. I must say, their willingness to open up and share the good, the bad and sometime the not so pretty was invaluable for me! It seems it is just what I had been looking for….. This willingness to share their experiences and answer, very thoughtfully, the questions I came up with led me to allot of introspection and in my opinion introspection is the true hallmark of any great learning experience! I left the Divas workshop more carefully considering my business plan, where I want my business to be in five years and what I am prepared to do to get there….. During our workshop we covered topics including, posing, lighting, equipment, sales, marketing, workflow, pricing, best business practice and to top it all off we were able to shoot in groups as well as one on one with four gorgeous models (they were amazing, huge round of applause for these gals!) Thank you again Marissa and Kimberlee for the incredible opportunity and experience, I feel so secure in the knowledge that this is where I want to be, where I should be and where I am going….. And so this journey continues…empowering woman kind, one cheeky girl at a time!” -Denise Birdsong (Sweet Cheeks Boudoir)
“The Divas Workshop completely changed my frame of mind when it came to my business. It was worth every single penny and then some. The shooting advice, time saving ideas, how to create an experience and how to be profitable – ALL invaluable information. It brought my business to the next level, and it was FUN. Just being in their awe-inspiring studio had my mind buzzing with ideas. Hands down, the best workshop I’ve ever attended!” -Hillary Frost
“I am SO glad I attend the boudoir workshop as I not only had a great time and took some phenomenal pictures for my portfolio, but I learned so much about how to launch a boudoir photography business. As a new boudoir photographer, it was priceless to learn the tips, tricks, secrets, and basics of launching my business the right way from the original Divas! I told my husband everything we did and he nailed it – “you went to school!” I don’t remember school being this fun! If I did, I would have paid more attention! Thanks Diva Team!” -Anita Lubke
“I had the best time! Definitely worth the investment. I also really appreciated the small group we had which enabled us more quality time with the Divas and the models.” – Anonymous
“This workshop is absolutely worth every penny! If for no other reason than the killer portfolio you will leave with. But there are so many more reasons this workshop ROCKS! The Divas don’t hold back; they tell you all their secrets, everything they’ve learned, everything you need to know to shoot Boudoir. This workshop is great for people just starting out or those who already have a photography business and want to add Boudoir. I left there with the know how and ability to start a Boudoir Photography business. This is the best money you will spend if you want to learn this awesome niche market.” -Kate Kelava
“I absolutely LOVED this workshop!! Worth every penny and I would totally do it again. All the Divas were SO great! I learned so much and bumped up my portfolio!! They went in depth about lighting, you get one on one time with models and they even go over every bit of their business plan. They are not afraid to share anything as they want you to succeed! I went to school for two years for photography and learned more in just these two days!! So it doesn’t matter if you are just starting or have been doing it for years, I promise you will love it! Thank you Divas! YOU ROCK!!” -Jamie Sperry
“Thank you all for EVERYTHING! You are all sweethearts! I enjoyed every aspect of the workshop. And especially for me, being a new photographer, it was an enormous and extremely useful volume of information! Thank you for your professionalism, care and warm hearts!” Olga Wilson, Dott Photography
“Marissa and Kimberlee were so wonderfully willing to share their advice! And clearly invested in everyone’s success. They did a great job of addressing the needs of both advanced and more novice photographers. And Weston is a great teacher as well!” – Paige
“I had a wonderful time. The divas and their staff were amazing and I learned something from each person I came into contact with!” – Anonymous