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photography retreat in Jackson Hole

Monday, July 6, 2015 | Travel

After a busy spring of shooting wedding, I co-hosted a photography retreat for 14 wedding photographers + 1 editor in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We had an amazing time sharing, discussing, bonding, hiking, eating, drinking, fishing and laughing together. I flew home very focused and refreshed. I only took one camera with me: my 1959 Rolleiflex camera (which I was in good company using!), with Fuji (a sponsor) + Kodak (my regular) film, developed by my lab Fast Foto and Digital, a sponsor of the retreat.

Our welcome bag (pictured at the bottom) contained goodies from XOWYO Paper, Kate's Real Food, Jackson Hole Winery, Stio Mountain, Artifact Uprising, Trilipiderm, ButterCreamDC, Dubs, Fuji Film and Appointed. Continue on for details of our trip...

Our Itinerary

Day 1
Arrived in Jackson Hole and we were welcomed with a cocktail reception at Hotel Jackson, a new boutique hotel, with flowers by Lily and Company. My favorite wedding blog Snippet and Ink surprised us with little giveaways. We ate late night burgers at Liberty Burger and stayed in town at the Alpine House

Day 2
Delicious breakfast at Alpine House, did yoga at Jackson Hole Yoga and tried Healthy Being Juice.

We headed up to Turpin Meadow Ranch and hiked to lunch on a mountain. Our lunch by Turpin, was outfitted by the Scout Guide JH and Hunter Gatherer JH. After lunch we spent the afternoon with discussions on wedding photography and personal goal building. Priscilla Foster created personalized notebooks for us to jot our ideas inside. After the hike, we loved refreshing in the the outdoor shower at Turpin.

We enjoyed evening cocktails + dinner on porch of ranch was gorgeously executed by the Scout Guide JH, Jackson Hole Winery, PTO Bluegrass, Montana Party Rentals, Canvas Unlimited, Padgett Hoke, Made Jackson Hole, XOWYO Paper, flowers by Fleur De Events and catered by Genevieve Catering.

Day 3
We spent the day fly fishing and horseback riding at Turpin, with their patient staff taking care of us every step of the way. We had a lovely lunch in the main lodge and relaxed in the afternoon, some of us brave enough to jump into the swimming hole.

That evening we had an epic final dinner in the pasture with the Grand Tetons as our backdrop. We took photos of all the details and portraits of each other in gorgeous light as the sun set. Thank you to Priscilla Foster for a lovely Pendleton album, Rocky Mountain Bride, Magnolia Ranch for creating the most beautiful tabletop and decor, Vrai and Oro, Montana Party Rentals, Canvas Unlimited, Huger Embroidery for custom napkins with our initials, to Wyoming Whiskey for bringing some fun and to Turpin Meadow Ranch, whose chef created the most amazing meal for us photographers who are usually shooting tables like this, not sitting at them. We ate s'mores around the bonfire and tucked into our cabins. I was sad to say goodbye, but left uplifted, inspired and with lots of new friends and memories.

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