I was truly blessed to be included in an unforgettable adventure. In January of this year, I joined 8 other photographers and we all met up in Kalaloch, Washington, the home of an amazing photographer, mentor, teacher and friend, Kate Densmore.
I cannot explain in words how this retreat made me feel. I was terrified to finally meet, in person, some women that I have admired from afar. I was nervous about meeting some women who were relative strangers. I was afraid I would not measure up, not be able to keep up. These women were warm, hilarious, generous, beautiful, and I could not have possibly had a better time. When we sat down with dinner and glasses of wine, I felt like we had known each other forever. I know I likely did not give back as much knowledge as was shared with me, and I’m so grateful that I was able to take part. I’m also indebted to Felicia Chang, for her generosity and hospitality. Her girls are dreams and I miss her and her family already!
I learned to free lens (something I never thought I would want to do), shot a couple rolls of film, learned calligraphy and even how to knit (seriously is this not the most talented bunch of women ever???), walked a beach in the middle of January (that does not happen in Thunder Bay lol!), in my raincoat and rainboots no less, and participated in an amazing boudoir shootout! I wish I had the words to describe how fabulous this trip was, but instead I’ll share (overshare!) some images from our adventures.
This was the beach that our cabins overlooked.
Ok, so you know how in the Twilight books she complains that everything is green all the time? It really is! Everything is damp and drippy wet, and there is this silky green moss hanging from everything. (And don’t tell me you didn’t read Twilight!)
This is the start of my attempt at freelensing.
So this is all kinds of ridiculously wrong, but it might be my favourite of all the freelensed images <3
I’ve shared this one before, on my red post from January, but it’s too lovely not to share again.
We went for a walk in the forest, and then down to the beach. I played a little more with freelensing, a little with macro.
The beach was beautiful, but my battery died part way through 🙁 The sky started out this beautiful cotton candy colour but quickly darkened.
These women – every single one of them is beautiful and hilarious and oh so smart!
I’m tucking this in the middle of the post, but we really did this the first morning. A boudoir shootout with some of the sweetest, sexiest women ever! I have never had any desire to shoot boudoir, but I had such a fabulous time and really, really love the images I walked away with. I hope I get the opportunity to do it again! I’m only sharing the anonymous shots here <3
We went to Forks! Sadly I saw no sparkly vampires 😉 There were 2 trucks and Kate explained why but I forget. They were both cool though. I’ve shared a couple of these already too, also in the red theme post.
We couldn’t head to Forks without also visiting LaPush 😉 No werewolves were spotted.
The beach at LaPush was just as lovely as the one by our cabins.
Our last morning there we woke up to clear skies and sun. This next photo is straight out of the camera – that sky <3
I’m so grateful for being given the opportunity to attend this retreat. I can’t put into words how fortunate and thankful I feel. I know those words are inadequate, but I just hope that these amazing women know the feeling behind them <3
Now head over to Nicole Crane’s blog to see her gorgeous photos from Kalaloch Retreat 2015 <3