What an amazing experience I just had at the AIBP Retreat. So honored to have been selected to teach boudoir photography there along the likes of other educators I’ve long admired like Craig LaMere, Nino Batista, Cate Scaglione, Jennifer Tallerico and Michael Sasser. The retreat was held in the most beautiful location – at an exquisite casa in Ojai, CA. It was all absolute perfection.
Of course, I fretted and worried (as usual) in the months leading up to this if my class would be well received or not. Would it be of value to the attendees? Would it be interesting enough? Informative enough? Would I be enough?!?! But, something happened the day of my class. Something clicked for me. I remember telling myself to just be me. I can do ‘me’ well, right? I got REALLY personal in my talk, sharing things that normally might have made me feel ashamed or worried I was being judged, but even that felt right in these circumstances. We were at an intimate retreat and I really wanted us to all get to know each other in the shortest amount of time possible. What better way than sharing your dirty secrets right off the bat?! Ha! Anyway, I had the best time teaching my class and I really hope everyone enjoyed it and got some great info to take their business to the next level. I learned through this experience that I really am enough. I will never doubt this when it comes to teaching again. I have the attendees, who included the other instructors, to thank for that. You guys were INCREDIBLE!
Aside from the amazing classes at the retreat, there were plenty of opportunities for the attendees to photograph the models and each other in these beautiful settings. I watched so many women really blossom from this, me included! Carole Hayes talked me into a quick and impromptu boudoir shot! So grateful for this, Carole! You nailed it! As boudoir photographers, we don’t get to see ourselves on that side of the camera very often. This experience and photo became a prelude of what was to come later (my next blog post will highlight that). Another confidence building opportunity for me…
I also learned in Cate’s awesome branding class that confidence is hard to come by for all artists, when everyone shared their fears. We all share the worry of not being good enough or worthy enough of true success. But, as I observed the attendees over the course of the retreat, I knew with absolute certainty that every single one of them deserve all of the success in the world. We are all after the same goal…to make a real difference for the women we work with, while being able to feed our families while creating our art and running our businesses. Seems simple enough, right? But, boudoir photography is at a critical time where it’s not so easy for all of us to keep our heads above water. I hope that this retreat gave everyone the tools to make it a bit easier. Most importantly, I hope everyone left with renewed confidence in themselves, just like the confidence we give our clients time and time again.
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