Develop Retreat : January 2015 : New Waverly, Texas

February 04, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

This past month I spent the weekend in a lovely house in the country with 10 female photographers at the Develop Retreat. We talked business: branding, vendors, price lists, taxes, etc. So much of running a successful photography business is all behind the scene! Let me tell you, by the end of everyday my brain felt like mush.

Photographers Kat Theis, from Mustard Seed Photography, and Katie Lamb, from Katie Lamb Photography, did beyond an awesome job putting together the information and decorations. They welcomed us Saturday morning with brunch where we mingled and met everyone there. The care they put into each detail was apparent!

Brunch on Saturday morning

Even the house the retreat was hosted at was full of fun surprises. New Waverly Home where the retreat was hosted. New Waverly Home where the retreat was hosted. New Waverly Home where the retreat was hosted.

After brunch we dove head first into business. All of the attendees were at different places within their business, some have been in working for years, others for just a few months, and me: relaunching after a 4 year hiatus. We all had different challenges we were facing.

Many hours later we all went to bed with much information to digest. The next day we got up bright and early and met with a CPA that specializes in small businesses. SO eye opening and informative. Many questions - and even more answers. I took notes so fast that it took me awhile to decipher that section after the retreat! We then had the opportunity to meet and photograph a couple who was recently married. They spoke of what they were looking for in their photographer and what was important to them during that search. 

The following hours we took turns photographing a cozy indoor stylized session and another session outdoors in the beautiful wooded areas that surrounded the cabin. {More info and photos on that to follow!}

I can not recommend this retreat enough for any photographers that are missing the one puzzle piece that could help make their business successful. I've been working hard on crossing things off my to-do list (ahhmm, creating this blog, updating website, etc.)

I have much still on my lists but I will keep you all updated as I work on developing my business and brand.

Special bonus: much involved is pretty and fun (except taxes!)


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