Several months ago, while on a trip to the Nation’s oldest City with my son’s 4th grade class, I was thinking about how amazing it would be to host a girl’s getaway weekend with other young, professional, female photographers like myself. What started as a spark grew and grew into a really unique small group of women with the same interest in creating this experience. Last weekend, this little dream finally became a reality. Myself and seven other photographers spent an intensely fun and creative weekend in St. Augustine, FL. Even in my wildest dreams, I never, ever thought it would be so successful. We kicked off the weekend with a “getting to know each other” dinner and instantly it felt like we were all old friends. We stayed up until past 1:00 am both nights just chatting and being silly, I cannot remember the last time I laughed so long and hard! Of course this happened the be THE coldest weekend (30 year record lows, people!) it was FREEEEEZING! Saturday, we braved the arctic FL weather and met up with 2 couples at the beautiful Castillo De San Marcos – Jennifer and Rashad, and their good friends Angela and Kyle. After warming up and grabbing a quick lunch, we spent the next few hours photographing 3 gorgeous brides – Lexa, Katie and Eva (I cannot thank them enough for braving the cold – in wedding dresses – as part of our “vision”) When that wrapped up, we met up with Cassie and Marina aka Luna and Soleil, two fabulous fashionistas, for some glam photos in the streets of downtown St. Augustine. Sunday, our focus was on children and families – we had 2 precious babies in the morning, and a cute little family of three that afternoon. The weekend was so amazing, I am still giddy over how much fun we had, the relationships we forged, the awesome images we captured and the memories that will definitely last us until our next retreat, this SPRING! Our “little” group of 8 has blossomed into a diverse, lovely group of over 30 female photographers from all over Florida! I cannot wait to get to know all of these ladies and I am SO excited to see what’s in store for our circle. Speaking of which, we are in the process of renaming our group, as we are no longer limited to just Central FL, so if you have any suggestions – I’d love to hear them!
XOXO – Sarah
Here are some of my favorite images from the retreat so far (I’m sure I’ll post more as I process them) plus a few fun “behind the scenes” shots of the girlies!
I want to give a HUGE thanks to all of the fabulous photogs who made this retreat everything that it was! Please check out their work and their unique shots of our weekend together!
Brittany Miller – Bella Allure Imagery
Jennifer Goodlet – A New Creation Photography
Marianna Herrera Mosli – Kismis Ink Photography
Dana Goodson Photography
J. Regan Photography
Caitlin Battersby Photography
Jessica Friend Photography