The GOD + LIFE + PHOTOGRAPHY retreat is an opportunity for professional women photographers to get away for a weekend and renew their hearts before God through worship, teaching, discussion, photography, rest and quiet times of reflection.
We will spend three nights and four days at the breathtaking Lake Superior Barn, just 30 minutes east of Duluth, right on Lake Superior. You will eat delicious, healthy food, made for you with love each day. We will spend time each day worshiping together, learning from God’s Word, participating in fun photography activities, and making new friends.
The GOD Part
Teaching and discussion topics will include God + Life + Photography Balance, Finding Your True Identity in Christ, and Partnering with God in your Business. Each day will include personal quiet times and group discussions on these topics. Erin, Shelley and Emily will each share about their own journey with God in life and business. Every participant will also receive personal ministry time during the retreat.
The PHOTOGRAPHY Part
The first day, Shelley will cover basics of light, exposure, posing, and composition. This teaching will be followed by a hands-on portrait shoot with some very special subjects!
The second day, Erin and Emily will lead a fully styled shoot in the theme of “Rustic Romance.” We will have professionally designed florals, table settings, cake and a bride and groom dressed for the occasion! Erin and Emily are experts in shooting details and portraits and have had many of their weddings and styled shoots featured in magazines and blogs. They will explain their process, and then everyone will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned from behind the camera. See an example of a styled shoot here!
The LIFE Part
This retreat is FUN! It’s a chance to get away from daily responsibilities and just be yourself with like-hearted women. We encourage participants to bring comfy, casual clothes, and let us do all the work. You get to simply relax, enjoy, and receive!
The Investment Part
$895 per student includes lodging & meals. The retreat is open to 13 participants – limited spots still remain!
Why Invest in a Retreat?
It’s more than photography workshop, it’s more than a women’s retreat, it’s the best of both and will give you inspiration and confidence behind the camera as “busy season” is just around the corner. The God + Life + Photography retreat is an investment in YOU. You could spend the money on a new lens, but if your heart needs renewal and a clearer focus on God, and you could use a boost in your photography skills, that new gear isn’t going to give you the growth you could find at this retreat. Our goal is for each person to leave this retreat refreshed, renewed and refocused.
Erin Johnson is a Twin Cities-based wedding and portrait photographer and workshop instructor, who was recently given the Diamond Award for Best Photographer by Mpls St. Paul Weddings Magazine.
Erin Johnson Photography
Shelley Paulson is a Twin Cities-based equine, wedding and portrait photographer and photography mentor. She has also been involved in various areas of ministry for many years, including youth pastoring and worship leading.
Shelley Paulson Photography
Emily Steffen is a Wisconsin based wedding photographer that has been recognized by WI BRIDE magazine as the top wedding photographer in both 2011 and 2012! She and her husband also just started a church in Hudson, WI called HILLCITY.
Emily Steffen Photography
Here are some photos from last year’s retreat: