The Speak Now photography retreat was one of those unexpected magical happenings. You know the ones – they happen almost without warning, and your life is suddenly better for it.
Last year it was wizard school, this year it was a retreat with 17 other female photographers (and two dogs), in a country house in Sussex, organised by Marianne Chua who also champions female visibility in the photography industry.
I didn’t really know any of the others, but I decided to go because I thought it would be fun. It was so much more than fun! I’ve come away with new knowledge, new confidence and most importantly new friends.
The joy, creativity and spirit of sharing was amazing, and it was the most inspiring thing to be surrounded by people who understood… who were just as happy to collaborate as they were to press the shutter for you on a self portrait. Who didn’t get offended if you wanted to work alone, and who welcomed you in when you wanted to collaborate. And who were so open about their businesses & their creative processes & willing to share, that real magic happened.
Holly & I both turned up with a car full of props each, so we made a prop room which was joyful – and seeing what people made with different things, or things I’d not found a use for, was incredible!
Here are a small selection of my shots from the trip, I’m still editing! My self portraits will be over on my fairytale & fine art photography site.
It was the best few days, and has done wonderful things for my confidence, my creativity and my energy. I’ve written before about how to DIY your own business retreat – I can also now highly recommend doing it with other people!
Speak Now is a group empowering women towards increased visibility in the photography industry. The Speak Now photography retreat was a way for a group of female photographers to get together, share techniques and best practice and advice and experience, and have some guilt-free creative & social time around running our businesses. Highly recommended!