Albuquerque,
New Mexico 
April 2023

- 4 styled shoots focused on storytelling
- 2 days of photography / business workshops
- Shuttle to and from the ABQ airport (check in is 6pm and check out is 10am)
- Ground Transportation for the retreat included in ticket price
- You are in charge of your airfare
- 1:1 time with Emily to tackle your personal business
- Meals & drinks are included
- 15 Attendees to keep it intimate
- Shared rooms + beds 
- 1 day working in the community and learning how we can make an impact through service with Dakota Tree Project.
- We will provide you with packing and travel tips



5 day, 4 night photography retreat in the desert

The Details

aka our home for the week

A 6 suite boutique vacation rental property in Old Town, Albuquerque. These historic 150 year old adobe buildings are surrounded by lush gardens and all the good desert vibes, and our unique suites are carefully curated with luxury and relaxation in mind. Every room is different and full of southwestern boho style and it's BRAND new! & a PERFECT location for an intimate wedding celebration. You will leave with content that will INSTANTLY speak towards your ideal wedding client. 

The Desert compass

The Schedule

5:30pm - Shuttle from ABQ airport
6pm - Attendees arrive at The Desert Compass
Welcome Dinner + Intros + Prayer + Expectations


Day one

Breakfast 
Workshop #1 
In-Home Engagement Shoot 
Lunch Break 
Workshop #2
Elopement Styled Shoot at the Desert Compass
Dinner


Day two

Breakfast 
Old Town Engagement Shoot 
Workshop #3 
Lunch Break 
White Sands Bridal Styled Shoot w/ all the details
Dinner


Day three

Breakfast 
Head to the International District to plant trees with the Dakota Tree Project
Lunch Break 
Q&A Panel
1:1 coaching with Emily
Editing + Hang Out
Dinner


Day four

Breakfast 
Checkout + Head to Airport @ 10am
Cry because I already miss ya'll.


Day Five

The Dakota Tree Project is planting native, drought-tolerant trees in Albuquerque’s scarcely treed neighborhoods, along with community gardens in schools and public spaces. In doing so, we are incorporating volunteer opportunities for community strengthening possibilities. Trees can be donated and dedicated to honor loved ones and add personal investment in a tree’s wellbeing. 

The Dakota Tree Project strives to provide and enrich communities within Albuquerque’s hot zones. We plant and maintain trees and community gardens which are shown to promote health and social well‐being by removing air pollution, reducing stress, creating cooler climates, encouraging physical activity, and promoting social ties and networks. 

Dakota tree project

BTS Videographer

@emmak_films

Emma Burke

Pinterest guru / Hype man

Your best friend, lover of hugs, carrier of bags and inspirational speaker all in one! He also happens to dominate the pinterest game and has grown his clients into 1 million viewers a month in less than a few months. Talk to him about tailwind, travel hacks, and tizzies!

Jason Depaoli

@jasondepaoli

Floral styling genuis

@noblefloralco

QUEEN of the PNW floral industry.  For real, she just hired on 3 additional team members to work triple header wedding days because she is that sought after!! You have a floral dream? Well, this babe will make it come true! She is also doing the styling for the tables and ceremony sites!

Cassidy Reinholdt

Full time destination wedding photographer based in Salem, Oregon or on a plane and specializing in workflows, building a team and slaying the customer experience! She's taught at 4 workshops and led over 12 styled shoots. She LOVES getting to connect with other photographers and help them build their dream lives, too!

Assistant / go to woman

@virtuallynobil

Purdue University Global grad with a Bachelors in Business Management Administration. 3 years working for an elite photography company as the director of marketing, and doing some assistant work. 6 years in the service industry. Master of all things tequila so ask her to make you a drink when you see her!

Jessica Nobil

Educator

Emily Vandehey

@emilyvandeheyphotography

The team

Boss babe doing our behind the scene video! She captures all the emotion and leaves you crying all the happy and reminiscent tears when you look back on the special-est moments in life! She just graduated from OSU with a BA in Accounting while running a successful biz AND podcast!

"I had been into photography since I was a youngster as my aunt was a professional but I lost the fire in my eye for it after high school. When I tell you emily is a magic worker, I mean it. Ever since learning from her I have felt more passionate than ever. Her ability to teach and help you understand everything is admirable. The instant you meet or talk to her, she is your friend, not just a teacher. I have never once felt embarrassed asking any kind of question no matter how silly I though it might be."
- Marissa Boggs
@gonewestphoto

The investment

$2500

We are offering a payment plan of four payments of $625. To book we require the first payment of $625. There are only 12 spots available and will be given on a first come first serve basis. Tickets are non-refundable but are transferable.

Let's Do this

"She has a way of drawing you in and making you feel safe and loved in a way that is unique to her. And that shows in her teaching! She has an "old soul" feel about her that makes you want to learn everything she is capable of teaching. Almost as if she is your grandma who is passing down her many years of wisdom. She truly has a passion for not just teaching or her career (though it's clear she loves both immensely) but she has a true passion for people!"
- Chelsea Lemons
@chelseaelizabeth_photo

God. 
In March of 2019 I miraculously made it on a study abroad trip to the Dominican Republic and on the plane ride there I prayed that God would reveal WHY He lined everything up for me to go.
I was sitting on a yacht, in awe of this experience when I looked over to my left and saw a building that was run down, unfinished and lost in a very touristy location. It didn't fit in, instead it stood out but was so easily lost because nobody wanted to pay attention to it. In that exact moment I knew what He was showing me. He showed me that even in the beautiful places that we get to go to as photographers, we have to also look for those broken spaces and give back.
 My world changed when we built a house for a disabled man and gave him security.
My world changed when we were able to utilize our gifts to help give a Haitian community healthcare.
My world changed in 10 days and humbled me when I realized I was so privileged and could use that recognition to help lift other communities up ESPECIALLY in the places I get to see with my job.
God showed me that hosting retreats can do that.
Bringing people together with one mission in mind can do that.
Teaching other photographers how to build their business and open their eyes to what is going on around us  can do that.
Together we can all help make the world a better place. God revealed that a servant heart is more than just serving our own clients, but local communities too. 

WHERE DID FAITHFULLY STEM FROM?

RETREATS:
5 days and 4 nights
4+ shoots (both bridal and engagement)
10-14 attendees
3+ workshops
Work in a local community for a day
Transportation, lodging, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks + drinks included

ONE DAY WORKSHOPS:
1 day
1 elopement styled shoot at an EPIC location
8-10 attendees
1 intensive workshop
Lunch, dinner + drinks included
More than a styled shoot because you'll spend the day building a community



WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A ONE DAY WORKSHOP AND A RETREAT?

RETREATS:
5 days and 4 nights

ONE DAY WORKSHOPS:
1 day




How many days/Nights will we be there?

All across the world. We will always be in the desert, on a beach, or in the mountains. 

WHERE WILL IT TAKE PLACE?

You are responsible for your own flights. The retreats will have a shuttle to take you to and from the airport and then to any shoots / working in the community when we are together. 
The one day workshops do not provide transportation. We highly recommend carpooling with the group who you will be connected with upon purchasing a ticket. 

IS TRAVEL INCLUDED?

Photographers, both women AND men of all levels, especially ones who want to break into the destination market. All shoots are designed for wedding and couple content. We believe there is always something to learn, even if you have been in the industry for a while or if you started yesterday. Investing in education and retreats always pays itself off if you implement the strategies taught. 

WHO IS IT FOR?

A packing list will be provided for retreats. We advise bringing 2 camera bodies and two lenses or a zoom lens. A laptop to take notes, but we will also provide workbooks. 

WHAT DO WE BRING?

Retreats will have 4+ shoots
One day workshops will have 1 styled elopement shoot

HOW MANY SHOOTS WILL THERE BE?

Retreats: 10-14
One Day Workshops: 8-10

• HOW MANY ATTENDEES WILL BE THERE?

Yes! Retreats will have more 1:1 time because we will be together longer and 2 days have carved in sit down time with each student. 
One day workshops will be more in the moment, and on the fly while shooting, or during breaks.

WILL I GET 1:1 HELP?

It will be catered towards each group. We will send out a  questionnaire before each event to see what topic the group would like to learn most. 
TOPICS:
Diving into your WHY + branding
Social Media Marketing (Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest)
Taxes + Retirement 
Editing
Blogging
How to use flash 
CRM systems + workflows
Building a team
Importance of Vendor Relationships
Traveling for work

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING?

We will base this off of each location. Attendees will need proof of vaccination in some countries, and others will not. Our goal is to make it a safe and comfortable space for all parties. High traffic touch spaces will frequently be wiped down and hand sanitizer will be available.

• WHAT SAFETY PROCEDURES ARE IN PLACE FOR COVID-19?

50% is due at signing and the remaining balance is due 1 month before the event.

ARE THERE PAYMENT PLANS?

All tickets are non-refundable but are transferable. Please contact us if this needs to take place. There are only 14 spots available and they will be given out on a first come first serve basis. Our waitlist will have access to ticket 24 hours before the public. 

IS MY TICKET REFUNDABLE?

DAY ONE
 Shuttle from airport
6pm - Attendees arrive 
Welcome Dinner + Intros
+ Prayer + Expectations

DAY TWO
Breakfast 
Workshop # 1 
Shoot # 1 
Lunch Break 
Workshop #2
Shoot # 2
Dinner

DAY THREE
Breakfast  
Workshop #3 
Shoot #3
Lunch Break 
Start 1:1 coaching with Emily
Shoot #4
Dinner


DAY FOUR
Breakfast 
Community Day
Lunch Break 
1:1 coaching with Emily
Editing
Dinner

DAY FIVE
Breakfast 
Checkout + Head to Airport @ 10am
Cry because I already miss ya'll.


DAY ONE
 Shuttle from airport
6pm - Attendees arrive 
Welcome Dinner + Intros + Prayer + Expectations

DAY TWO
Breakfast 
Workshop # 1 
Shoot # 1 
Lunch Break 
Workshop #2
Shoot # 2
Dinner

DAY THREE
Breakfast  
Workshop #3 
Shoot #3
Lunch Break 
Start 1:1 coaching with Emily
Shoot #4
Dinner

DAY FOUR
Breakfast 
Community Day
Lunch Break 
1:1 coaching with Emily
Editing
Dinner

DAY FIVE
Breakfast 
Checkout + Head to Airport @ 10am
Cry because I already miss ya'll.


WHAT DOES THE DAILY SCHEDULE LOOK LIKE?

RETREATS

Arrival + Intros 
Workshop # 1 
Lunch
Workshop # 2
Shoot
Dinner


ONE DAY WORKSHOPS

Yes! All events will have an Instagram group chat to get to know each other, connect and information will be shared in there, too!

WILL THERE BE AN ONLINE COMMUNITY?

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