— Welcome to a Pivotal Learning Retreat For Truth-Seeking Photographers —


 

— The Witness —

The witness attests to what they have seen and gives a faithful representation. They are crucial but are also aware the moment is not about them.

TELL THE FUCKING TRUTH ALREADY

 
 

 

— Let’s Be Real —

OUR INDUSTRY DOESN’T NEED ANOTHER WORKSHOP

So what about a Learning Retreat? At the heart, we all want to believe what we’re doing matters. We want our work to last for longer than a 10 minute run on Instagram (or 10 days, thanks, algorithm). We want to make a unique contribution. 

The wedding photo industry created a cookie-cutter role and demanded you fill it with your creative goo. But when all the work starts to look exactly the same, it’s difficult to break the mold, or even know how to begin telling stories in a different, more honest way.  

After more than 60 combined years of experience in the photography industry, we want to help you connect the dots between head and heart, between the desire to make images that matter and actually doing it. This multi-day intensive will be a chance to deconstruct all that’s been piled on you by the wedding photo industry, and help you build something new in its place, something with deeper roots, conviction, and heart.

 

All You Witness - March 2019 - Retreat Recap


 

IS THIS IS FOR YOU?

 

If you feel like something’s missing in your work, but you aren’t sure what…

If you’ve felt tension between making honest images and making images for likes…

If you’ve forgotten or don’t know what the point of wedding photography really is…

If you’ve been doing this for a while and are on the edge of burnout…

If you’ve ever felt like your couples or your photographs are a let down…

If you need a community of like-minded people to have your back…

If you have tried all the posing guides and presets but your work still feels unoriginal…

If you are new to wedding photography and don’t know what your role is…

If you scroll all week long then copy the shit you saw on Instagram and feel empty inside…

If you want to love your own work as much as you adore other’s photographs…

If you feel “all the feels” and just need someone to feel “all the feels” with you…

If you are just down right exhausted and disheartened by trying to play this game…

 

THIS IS FOR YOU.


 

— The Details —

What — When — how much — where — who

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— WHAT —

Anyone can take a photograph, but not many people know how to make an image that really lasts, let alone hundreds of them in one day. 

If meaningful stories are born in the heart, then we as witnesses need to get our heart right before our work has lasting meaning. Connecting the head to the heart and the heart to the photograph is what we do best. But it was an uphill climb getting there, and we couldn’t have done it without each other pushing our asses up that mountain together.

So now we invite you to be a part of a life-disrupting experience that will shift your work from taking disposable images to telling the lasting stories of the humans in front of your camera. 

 
 
 

— WE’ll learn together —

Defining the Role of a Witness

Photojournalism 101

The Portrait Catch-22

Get the Ego Out of Your Work

Start-to-finish Wedding Stories

How Personal Projects Can Inform Your Work

True Connections = Tell True Stories

Make Social Media Your Bitch (not vice versa)

Making Photography Empathetic Again

Also Posing

 

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— doing —

Group Sessions

Small Group Discussions

Personal Reflective Prompts 

Daily Tasks and Challenges

Panel Discussions

Creative Playtime

Brain Work Exercises

Nightly Q&A’s 

Family Meals

Fireside Chats

Connecting with Nature

 
 

WHEN — HOW MUCH —WHERE

All Current 2019 Retreats are SOLD OUT

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THE IMAGE IS FOUND - NATE & JACLYN KAISER

The greatest memories are made one simple, heartfelt moment at a time. Our deepest passion is documenting these moments for our own family as well as the hundreds of clients who have honored us by inviting us into their lives. We’ve been photographing weddings together for 16 years and have had quite the journey getting us to the place we are now. Leaving the hustle of West coast life and moving to a small town in Missouri next door to our best friends has been the greatest joy. Being parents to our two inspiring children continuously enforces the reality of why what we do for “work” matters. We share our home with a giant chewbacca looking dog, a world class asshole of a cat who wears a bow-tie, a furry little hamster, and a beta fish we often forget about.

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WYN WILEY

To me, life is better with people in your corner. As a teacher, I care about your success but, more importantly, I am also here to be a person who cares about the real, true you and helps you find that truth and live by it; that deep feeling inside your gut, the place that you live with, that you grow from. My goal is always to make that a better place to come home to, and to hand-in-hand pioneer ways for you to live not just within this career, but to stay true to your own story and to embrace every beautiful piece of who you are. I am here because I want to care for the real you, laugh with you, experience life and conversation with you, from peaches to pits, and be changed for good - all of us - because of it.

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WE ARE THE PARSONS - JEREMY & ASHLEY PARSONS

We are whimsical enough to believe the arts can cultivate love and change the world, but experienced enough to know that art for the sake of art can be stillborn, void, and empty. So we seek to cultivate a life and create work that speaks truth, makes meaning out of all the chaos. We live open-armed lives, in love with each other and our 3 boys, in an old house that is a revolving door of people welcomed in love, and neighbors who are our best friends. More deeply, we are people who have experienced deep pain, loss, death, and have found that life, love, and beauty are found there, not in spite of it, but right in the middle.

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