Kalaloch 2015

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.

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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!)

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Can you believe I didn’t try a Voodoo donut?  I’m so disappointed in myself!  I was so nervous to meet all these crazy, amazing women I couldn’t eat the first night we got there lol!

This is the start of my attempt at freelensing.

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So this is all kinds of ridiculously wrong, but it might be my favourite of all the freelensed images <3

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I’ve shared this one before, on my red post from January, but it’s too lovely not to share again.

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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.

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The beach was beautiful, but my battery died part way through 🙁  The sky started out this beautiful cotton candy colour but quickly darkened.

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These women – every single one of them is beautiful and hilarious and oh so smart!

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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

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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.

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We couldn’t head to Forks without also visiting LaPush 😉  No werewolves were spotted.

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The beach at LaPush was just as lovely as the one by our cabins.

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We hit the beach again once we returned to the cabins, and Felicia got to be our beautiful model.  The sky was amazing, but faded quickly once again.PINPINPINPINPINPINPINPINPINPIN

Our last morning there we woke up to clear skies and sun.  This next photo is straight out of the camera – that sky <3

PINPINPINPINI’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

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  • Emily - I *love* these photos Jana!! It looks like an amazing experience with a great group of friends. Those missy forest shots are so beautiful. It really makes me want to visit!ReplyCancel

  • Amee - ohhh Jana these are beautiful!! I adore them all! ❤️❤️❤️ReplyCancel

  • Dinah Reece - Every photo is perfection! It looks like an amazing trip!!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Crane - Jana these are INCREDIBLE! I can’t say how much I love them. For reals. And I love you. Let’s get together soon, eh?ReplyCancel

  • Susan Jeske - These photos are so lovely! I think visiting Kalaloch, WA is being added to my bucket list!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny wilkerson - Wow this must have been such an amazing trip! Love your images and how u captured your time <3ReplyCancel

  • indy - Your work is amazing. Looks like so much fun. I truly enjoyed them all!! Yeah for you trying free-lensing and boudoir, I love your detail images so much too. Beautiful work Jana!!ReplyCancel

  • Davina - Jana, at the very least, we need a repeat just so you can try a VooDoo donut! How did we let that slip by? I love seeing all your beautiful images here. And you, my friend, are hilarious! I am so glad to know you and see you in my newsfeed.ReplyCancel

  • Cat - Oh Jana! What a pleasure it was to meet you! I think I may have ate your Voodoo doughnuts 🙂 I particularly like your images of Bella’s truck.ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia - Speechless over here by the beauty you captured Jana!!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - Wow, Jana! I loved seeing the weekend through your lens! I love so many of your detail shots and even the wide shots. The image shot upwards thru the trees! Brilliant! The morning image with the leading line of the fence and the bird! I’m so happy to have met you. How’s your knitting going? 😉ReplyCancel

  • Amy - I wish there was a feature to “like” or comment on individual images. So many great shots here, Jana. My husband and I went to Washington state for our honeymoon. It’s lovely. You captured that.ReplyCancel

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