Earlier this year I had the honor of hosting two more Blair & Thurston retreats with Elena Blair. We have been putting on intimate, luxury photography retreats since 2016 and when we announced that one would be taking place in the Napa/Sonoma region it immediately sold out. After some discussion we decided to go ahead and open up a second retreat in the same location to take place two weeks later and that ALSO sold out! Unreal. We are so thankful that we get to do this and call it work.

Our retreats took place at an amazing 6 acre working farm in the heart of downtown Sonoma. We welcomed 14 women at each one, pampered them with the luxury accommodations, a private chef, yoga, an on-site wine tasting, and wonderful guest speakers.

We also love to get out and do a shoot and that's where the Nicholson family comes into play. Elizabeth is actually a good friend of mine and her daughter Abigail goes to preschool with my daughter Sloane. Can you believe that prior to this they have never had family photos done? They were so natural and wonderful in front of the camera despite the stress of getting a flat tire en-route to the retreat.

Our retreat attendees LOVED getting to photograph this family and Elena and I had a wonderful time posing, shooting, and sharing what we know.

Our next photography retreat takes place this September in Portland, Maine and we will be making our 2019 location announcements soon. If you're a photographer, make sure to sign up for our mailing list to find out first!

- Bre, from brethurston.com

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