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NAPCP Retreat 2010

NAPCP’s first Retreat in Napa Valley is still very much a haze to me. I’m so humbled by the 50 attendees who flew cross country to join us for our first retreat. Our speakers were phenomenal, the wine and atmosphere – perfection, and the late night bonding with new & old friends was priceless.

Members emerged with a renewed commitment to our craft; this was an experience that celebrated who we are. We laughed, cried, shared, and opened our hearts…

One of our members, Tanya Alexis, writes:

I have never been to any sort of photographer retreat/expo/convention, and I had no idea what to expect. I knew I was looking forward to meeting some faces who had been a large part of helping me shape my business during my first year, but other than that I was curious to see how things would end up. The retreat exceeding my expectations above any beyond anything I could have ever imagined. It was the perfect combination of fun and information. I have already starting implementing information that I learned during my days in Napa. Alice & Kyu are amazing. They put their heart and soul into this retreat, and it showed in spades! The attention to detail and to those at the retreat was above and beyond anything you would expect.

I know that I have forged life long friendships with people that I only met in person for a couple of days. I cannot think of another situation where you would be able to get so close to people in such a short period of time. A huge thank you to everyone who helped make this retreat possible. I am very proud to have been apart of the first NAPCP Retreat 🙂

My words exactly, Tanya….

Our first night, Whitney, Sara, Tanya and I stayed up until 2 am or so putting together our member swag bags.

Swag stands for “Stuff We All Get.” Every time you attend a workshop, convention or event, Swag is usually given as a thank you at the end. For our first retreat, we wanted to make the entire experience extremely memorable – starting with our gift bags.

Each contained hundreds of dollars in gifts from our sponsors. Sponsors included:

Album Crafters
Custom Photography Blogs
Easy as Pie Pricing
Big Folio
J Lee Albums
Bay Photo

And one of our top sponsors, my good friend Zida of Studio-Z, created the most gorgeous letterpressed programs, table cards, stationary, and business cards I’ve ever seen. The below photos honestly do not do the gorgeous pieces justice. You really need to hold them to appreciate them….

My absolute favorite part of the experience = the connections that were made.

Online friends who were able to meet for the first time, share a glass of wine, and really bond….

Our keynote speaker, Tamara Lackey, discussed the importance of Photographer-Life Balance. This is a constant struggle for many working child photographers.

How do we balance work, family, and living our own lives to its fullest?

Along with being an incredibly gifted speaker, photographer, all-around awesome person, Tamara is also a pretty brilliant group therapist.

Lots of digging deep inside, prioritizing and, real & practical tips for balancing it all.

Dane Sanders discussed the power of “i” and owning “my” talents and “my” success. Such a liberating and powerful way of thinking…

“You are your most valuable asset.”

Fellow attendees stepped up to lead group discussions, which I LOVED as well!

Lisa Thomas: “What is Community?”
Jane Johnson: “Photoshop Tips & Workflow)
Brandy Anderson: “Fusion Videos”
Andrea Halsey: “The Client Experience”

They all did an amazing, amazing job….

Afterwards, we ventured outside at the Resort’s private vineyard and joined 15 child models from San Francisco for our Shooting Clinic.

Armed with our gear 🙂

The shooting clinic was a huge success! The challenge: finding beautiful light, connecting with our subjects in short amounts of time, and producing stunning images. All without any instruction….

Those that remained til the very end. sunset after our shooting clinic… What a great group.

The next day, we set out for our wine tasting experience! So fun singing “Hey Soul Sister” on the bus with everyone.

Merryvale had a lovely spread prepared for our first wine tasting experience… The wine-cheese pairing was so lovely.

At Judd’s Hill, we were fortunate to have been able to sit in on Dane’s with Tamara as his guest.

We squeezed in several photos at Judd’s Hill, exchanged head shots, and photographed the beautiful scenery.

One of my favorites…. Dane is providing the group fill light with his 17″ macbook pro. Awesome.

Our original Learnfest group 08′ reunited… An amazing, amazing group…

On June 20th – 23rd, 2010, NAPCP members gathered together to for our first annual Retreat in Napa. We emerged with a renewed commitment to our craft and forged friendships that will remain for a very long time. This was an experience that celebrated who we are. We laughed, cried, shared, and opened our hearts… Thank you to all who joined us….

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