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Blair & Thurston


A Photography experience to ignite your passion, build your community, and perfect your craft. 

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Blair & Thurston


A Photography experience to ignite your passion, build your community, and perfect your craft. 

Join Elena Blair and Bre Thurston for a one of a kind photography retreat where You will enjoy blissful days of relaxation, education, and community. Put down your pen and paper and learn hands-on and face to face with Elena and Bre, two photographers who believe that loving what you do is paramount to finding your success.

You are so much more than “just” a photographer. You are an artist, an entreprenuer, and what you do matters. you are worthy and capable of success. you know that, right? we believe in the power of community, the power of women supporting women, and believe that there is no one-size-fits-all formula in this industry. We want to support you as an individual and help you find your path.


tuscany, italy
Strada Toscana

JULY 26-30th, 2020

Click the button above to be directed to the landing page for Strada Toscana, our amazing all-inclusive Tuscan villa experience. Find the “Book now” button at the bottom of the page.

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Where we've been so far:
Malibu, CA
Bainbridge Island, WA
Austin, TX
Napa Valley, CA
Portland, ME
New york city, NY

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Join The Info List


Join The Info List


In the past our retreats have sold out quickly. Make sure to get on our mailing list for first access to retreat announcements, information, and registration.

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The Experience


The Experience


Tuscany, italy

  • 4-night stay at a private, 17th century villa

  • Transport to/from Chiusi-Chianciano train station on arrival and departure days

  • Two 2-hour, Interactive Shoot-outs

  • Photography of a family

  • Photography of a couple

  • Demonstration of Bre and Elena’s signature interaction, posing and photography techniques

  • Personal Website/PORTFOLIO Review

  • Coaching for Business Social Media

  • Instruction on How to Define Your Style and Voice

  • Goal Planning and “What’s Next” for You

  • Professional Headshots

  • Full Days with Elena and Bre as Your “Open Book” Instructors

  • All abundant breakfasts, featuring local and organic specialities

  • All Tuscan-style lunches

  • Evening aperitivo

  • All regionally inspired dinners featuring local wines

  • Wellness massages made available by appointment (optional/extra)

  • Gift bags with things Elena and Bre love, plus great items from sponsors

    TO VIEW THE FULL ITINERARY, CLICK HERE

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Investment


Investment


Investment for the Tuscany retreat

$3490

$1000 DEPOSIT TO HOLD YOUR SPOT
REMAINING BALANCE WILL BE DUE IN 5 SMALLER PAYMENTS

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Elena & Bre


Elena & Bre


Elena and Bre met in Seattle, WA in 2012 and became fast friends. They bonded over their mutual passion for photography, joyful storytelling, their children, and life in general. Elena is a successful family and portrait photographer in Seattle, WA while Bre now lives in Northern California and travels all over the country to photograph weddings and families.

Together, they came up with the idea to share what they love with an intimate group of other photographers. A seedling of an idea quickly turned into something tangible and Blair + Thurston was born. Both Elena and Bre share the philosophy that what you photograph should be what moves you, whether you are shooting for yourself or for clients. Photos do not need perfection, but they need a voice and the love of a photographer behind the camera.

We cannot wait to spend an amazing weekend with you!

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Raves


Raves


"Bre and Elena are what the industry standards should strive to become.  Their passion is not solely for the act of taking a picture.  It’s for the process, the actual technicality of a great capture but more so about the process of voice.  Vision.  Truth.  And this process includes reaching out to other photographers and holding them close, opening up to them, pushing them in a way that is truthful but so so so good for the artistic soul."

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Sponsors


Sponsors


We are thrilled to have partnered up with some of our favorite brands in the industry. These amazing sponsors will be offering you free products, discounts, and other fun perks.

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If you're a company and interested in working with us, please shoot an email to blairandthurston@gmail.com. Thanks!