The 2017 Family Retreat is coming September 2017! 
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hosted by The Milky Way

Ready to make your family sessions truly shine?

  • Learn to capture authentic connections
  • Discover new family posing ideas
  •  Come away inspired and ready to create!

18 inspiring teachers | Lifetime access to the video downloads

  $297 USD or choose 2 payments of $149

Who are the teachers? And what are they teaching?

Rachel Vanoven

Rachel Vanoven Photography

Family Sessions

Come behind the scenes on a family shoot where I'll share my tips on posing for one, two, three and four kids!

Erin Elizabeth Hoskins

Erin Elizabeth Photography

One Year Sessions

In this session, we'll cover parent prep, session workflow, posing order, how to speed up your shooting time (as they don't last long at this age!), tips on best focal lengths to use, shooting non-mobile vs mobile one-year-olds and more!

Ana Brandt

Ana Brandt Photography

Child Sessions

I'll share my tips on simple + creative natural light photography, keeping the focus on the children.

Amy McDaniel

Dewdrops by Amy McDaniel

'Sitter' Sessions

Come along in my studio to watch my process for capturing timeless images for the precious "sitter" stage.

Leah Robinson

Leah Robinson Photography

Styling Families

"What should we wear?"

Yes, let's talk about that question!   In this session, I'll share tips to guide your families on what to wear for beautiful family portraiture.

Douglas Weittenhiller

Twig + Olive Photography

The Tech Behind Photographing Families in Motion

Obtain artistic and real pictures by being a master of the camera
(and let's bust a number of myths surrounding specific camera settings)

Tiffany Burke

Tiffany Burke Photography

Family Moments Unfolding

How to get organic, loving reactions and moments during your family sessions.

Reina Procee

Reina Procee Photography

Mama Love

Discover how to use light to tell a story with these emotive and timeless mama and child sessions sure to capture your client's heart.

Cassandra Jones

Noelle Mirabella Photography

Older Baby Sessions

Not a newborn? No problem. 
Let me show you how I run my sessions with older babies and still get posed images families love.

Lisa DiGeso

Milk & Honey Photography

The 30 Minute Family Session

Come along with me on two family sessions to see how I get a diverse group of images in 30 minutes or less.  I'll also share the clean editing workflow I use with my family shoots.

Stephanie Robin

Stephanie Robin Photography

The Business of Mini-Sessions

Learn how to structure your mom and me minis (or any other mini-sessions!) to be profitable and lead to future family session bookings.

Kansas Pitts

Kansas Pitts Photography

Family Beach Sessions

Learn tips to creating magical beach images with your families.

No beaches near you? No problem.  You'll walk away with tips you can use for any location.

Brigette Schaffarzick

Penguin Pictures

Happy (+ engaged!) kids during the LATE Golden Hour:

Tag along with me while I shoot three family sessions and share some tricks and tips that help me convince my Penguin Picture's families to stay up late for the light that creates magic in their photos!

(You literally will be 'right' with me...I used a GoPro on my head!)

Sujata Setia

But Natural Photography

Using 'Narratives' to Stand Out

Storytelling does not just stop at creating an emotionally evocative image. This session will be about how far you can take your narrative to truly touch the hearts of your audiences and become an "aspirational" photographer.

We will go through how I bring out the narratives of my clients' individual personas and relationships through styling, posing, use of light and most importantly - dynamic editing.

Ashleigh Wells

Sit Stay Studios

Don't Forget the Pets!

Learn how to confidently incorporate pets into family sessions, including how to prep clients (and yourself!) and how to manage the shoot to make it fun and memorable for all.

Pets are family too.  Your clients will appreciate you for ensuring their memories are captured.

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Sally Molhoek

Sally Kate Photography

Keeping Things Fresh

We are entering the season of total burnout.  With a full schedule of family sessions looming over our heads, it can take the joy out of shooting.

But busy season doesn't have to be stagnant - it can be fresh, incredible and invigorating for you and your clients. 

It is my personal goal to help you find and replenish the fun of client sessions and get through the season with a smile on your face.  Let me show you how.

Nicole Everson

Nicole Everson Photography

Business Matters

My business approach to portrait photography and how I keep clients coming back year after year, feed my soul, and streamline my process to make the most of my time.

Alisha Shaw

Alisha Shaw Photography

Extended Families

Do you shy away from booking extended family sessions? Does the thought of a 40+ person shoot make you want to cry?

Extended family sessions are a great way to bridge generational gaps and provide images that are not only beautiful but profitable.

In this session, you'll learn how to market to extended families, what shots to take, how to manage the group at the session and my tips for making it all run smoothly. You CAN conquer the extended family and I'll show you how!

Get instant access to the videos  + enjoy them for life!

Whether you are looking for guidance with posing, needing a boost of confidence or just want a little some extra inspiration,  we think you are going to LOVE the Family Retreat!

  $297 USD or choose 2 payments of $149

Once you sign up, you will get instant access to the 18 videos that you'll be able to access on our private member-only website.

You don't have to be online at a specific time and you can download the videos so you have them for life.   (be sure to download them prior to Aug 2017)

You'll also receive a bonus invite to our private Retreat Facebook group to connect with other attendees and read past Q&A threads with the instructors (note: instructors are no longer in group to answer questions) 

The Facebook group will remain open until our 2017 Retreat begins to connect with your fellow retreaters.

NOTE: Teacher videos will range from 25-75 minutes.  Some will be video footage of the instructor in action showing specific poses, while other topics will be presented in a slideshow or interview format.

These are not professionally filmed (and yes - GoPro is involved in one), so if that's a deal breaker for you, please wait for a future retreat! 

But if you are ready to walk away feeling inspired with your family and child sessions, we would LOVE to have you join us!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I HAVE to be online at a certain time?  No! You can watch on your schedule

Is this professionally filmed? Nope! In fact, each presenter will be creating/filming their own presentation which might be a slideshow presentation, a video of them in their office, studio or on location showing you some posing (and yup...go pros are involved in this one!)  You will enjoy a jam-packed event with info, tips and inspiration to help you with your family photography (but it won't be up for any videography awards, so if that's a deal breaker for you, give this a pass until our second annual retreat!)

Can I download the presentations?  Yes - you'll have access to download links - and you'll be able to able to access the info on our private Retreat website until August 2017!

Is this beginner-friendly?  Yes!  While we know our seasoned photographers will take away plenty of lessons from the retreat, we also know that new and aspiring family photographers will really enjoy it too. We all start at the beginning.

Is there a  Facebook community for the retreat?  We'll be hosting a bonus Facebook group.  Please note, this pop-up community is a bonus - not a paid part of the Family Retreat experience.  To participate, there is a set of community guidelines to follow (basically - be awesome!), but those who are not awesome, will be asked to leave.

Do you have a money-back guarantee?  Sorry friend, tickets are non-refundable. 

What currency is the price?  USD

How does the payment plan work?  If you choose the payment plan, your first payment will come out when you register.  The next payment will automatically come out in 30 days (using the same method of payment you use to register - ie: Paypal or Credit Card).  You WILL get full access to  Retreat experience - you do not have to wait until the second payment is made (because we know you are awesome and will complete that second payment!)

Is there tax added?  If you have the good fortune of living in Canada, then yes, there will be GST or HST charged.  We know tax can seem like a bummer, but think of all the wonderful things it healthcare tops our list!

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