Join Elena Blair and Bre Thurston for a three day retreat in beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA where we will re-ignite your love of photography. You will enjoy three blissful days of relaxation, education, and friendship. 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. Learn how to turn that love into truly connected, emotive images.

Imagine a time where you are away from your day to day stresses. Imagine waking up and doing yoga with a few new friends, followed by a fresh breakfast and warm coffee. Next, get cleaned up and join Elena and Bre and your fellow attendees for a day filled with conversation, shooting, laughing, and learning. At the end of the day you will enjoy a wonderful chef-prepared dinner, pour yourself a glass of wine, and sit down with laptops to discuss your images and work on editing. While we may not all know one another (yet), this is a time for rejuvenation, inspiration, and education.

I now have the fire lit within me to go out and try to achieve those things for myself. Please know just how much you’ve changed my life in a matter of only a couple days...I am forever grateful. - Jamie Machin (Malibu attendee)


Two interactive, hands-on shoots where we will collectively review/edit our images (one family, one couple/engagement)

Demonstrations on how to create emotive images full of connection

Portfolio reviews

Business mentoring: the All Inclusive Model

Basic editing instruction

How to define your style and find your voice

Full days with both Elena and Bre as open book instructors

Guest Dinner Speaker: TBA


Lodging in a beautiful, private 7000 sqft waterfront home (rooms will be shared)

Chef prepared meals, snacks, + beer/wine

Private yoga instruction

Gift bags with things we love and great items from our sponsors

Transportation to and from shoots

Through laughter and tears I shared my fears and dreams. My creative soul was nourished and my thirst for knowledge was filled. I walk away with friends. - Kallie Pitcock (Malibu Attendee)