OCT 19-21, 2022
Rocky Mountain Retreat
a mountain retreat
from past attendees:
"The Rocky Mountain Retreat was the perfect balance of inspiring creativity, connecting with other incredible creatives, and having down time to build friendships and soak it all in. There was time to relax, mixed with shooting inspiring locations, and taking photos I am proud of. I went home with new friends, updated headshots, and a spark for mindfulness in my business. The meditating and yoga was a rejuvenating cherry on top of a weekend I would hands down repeat the weekend if given the opportunity! I would truly highly recommend the RMR to other photographers or creatives."
"This was my first photography workshop|retreat so I didn’t know what to expect! My sole mission was to go somewhere beautiful with a group of young leaders who would inspire me and leave me rejuvenated for the fall season. Sam, Amanda, Ali, and Alisha did just that! They each put in a lot of heart into the retreat and made everyone comfortable. I truly appreciated that and I know others did too.
I’m also very thankful they were open to me doing makeup for the models and utilizing both passions of mine. I had a blast doing it and they really made me feel like I was the greatest. Best hype women! Thanks for everything ladies!!"
"Rocky Mountain Retreat was such a fun, inspiring, and rewarding experience! Ali, Alisha, Amanda, Nikki, and Sam are so talented and knowledgeable when it comes to photography/videography, as well as the kindest, most down to earth humans you will ever meet. The retreat consisted of educational sessions in which each one of them tackled an area of the industry - from back end of business, work/balance, and going full time in the business. The styled shoots were so beautiful, the models were so easy to work with, and it gave the photographers the opportunity to work together and learn from one another. I would highly recommend a future retreat to anyone wanting to further their photography skills ears build their business. Whether you are just starting out or been in the business for awhile, you will not regret it. It was a fun, rewarding experience and I loved it!"
MEET THE HOSTS
wedding creatives based in NE
We’re four wedding professionals who became close friends over the years and eventually workshop co-hosts. We’ve seen each other at our peaks and valleys and have found commonalities in our experiences and struggles as creatives.
While busy season is both a blessing and a curse, we agreed that solopreneurs are often left feeling depleted mentally and physically, and creatively.
Thus, the Rocky Mountain Retreat was born to help creatives connect with an often neglected part of their business: themselves.
Amanda, Alisha, Ali, and Sam
Alisha is a cinematic wedding filmmaker with a mentality to pursue the unconventional. She creates authentic heirloom films for couples to be transported back to their wedding day for generations to come.
Alisha lives in Lincoln with her husband, Andy, and sweet pup Winnie. She loves movies and TV, in fact, going to the movie theatre is one of her favorite things to do! Alisha also loves getting out into nature, and is an aspiring plant lady. Tips and tricks are welcome!
Amanda is an Internationally recognized Wedding and Elopement photographer. Her spontaneity and drive have created her career.
In her off-time she goes on hikes with her dog Banks and long drives in her Jeep Wrangler brainstorming up her next business move. Coffee, Folk music, sweaters, and campfires are her favorites.
Sam is a fine-art wedding photographer based in Omaha, NE, specializing in timeless imagery with a laid-back approach. She has photographed over 150 weddings across the globe, but her most proud moment was her mom unironically nominating her for a local award.
When Sam isn't photographing weddings, you can find her coaching high school soccer, dreaming up a Shark Tank business idea, snuggling her fluffy puppies, or planning her next interior design move.
Ali is a free-spirited published, full-time photographer and dance studio owner from Lincoln, Nebraska. Her itch for adventure and love for movement pairs well with her warm and intimate vibes.
Her biggest and best adventure yet has been becoming a mom in January of 2021. Some of her favorite things are coffee, gardening, chocolate, and days spent with her family.
Welcome Zoom Session
Welcome & Intros
Yoga + Stretching
Floral Crown Design Class
Free time for Hot Springs + Spa
Guided Meditation with VJ
Mountain Hike + Journaling
Styled Shoot: Elopement
Styled Shoot: Couple's Session
Hot Springs Shoot
Spa Free Time
Check-out and Goodbyes!
(Note: this is a guide and times may shift over the planning process)
Let us help you find a slowdown after busy season
and enjoy intentional moments of rest, creativity, and balance
Who is the retreat for?
Photographers and videographers looking for creative inspiration during the busy season. You'll join an intimate group of like-minded creatives to unplug and feel rejuvenated. All experience levels are welcome, but the portfolio-building content will be suited to those wanting to shoot adventure weddings and engagements. The group size will be limited to ensure attendees have unique content and adequate time to make meaningful connections.
How will I meet and make connections with other attendees?
All attendees will be added to a private Facebook group where they can coordinate travel plans, roommates, etc. We will also host a welcome zoom call after registration closes to introduce everyone. Hopefully, by the time you arrive on-site, you feel like you're around old friends!
What IS included in the retreat cost?
The $1,497 retreat price includes:
- 3 Styled Shoots
- Guided Meditation
- Morning Yoga
- Mountain Hike + Picnic
- Guided Journaling
- Informal Educational Opportunities
- Snacks and Occasional Meals On-Site
- Attendee Headshots
- Private Facebook Group
- Transportation Between Locations (as needed)
How do I book a room? Do I need to share the room?
A room block has been reserved at Glenwood Hot Springs Resort for 10 rooms at $199/night. After registering for the retreat, you will receive instructions for calling the hotel and booking your room in the room block. If you'd like to share a room with another attendee to cut down on costs, you can coordinate roommates in our private Facebook group.
What IS NOT included in the retreat cost?
- Glenwood Hot Springs Resort Accommodations (A room block is available for RMR attendees for $199/night to be booked separately)
- Attendee Flights and/or Transportation to the Resort
- Personal Resort & Spa Purchases
- Occasional Meals Not Provided by Retreat
Am I required to stay on-site?
Nope! Attendees have the option to stay anywhere they'd like, but we also have a room block available on-site. All activities will happen or will start at Glenwood Hot Springs Resort. We have a conference room booked for the entire retreat that you are also welcome to mingle in during free time.
Why should I attend?
As you're growing your business, it's easy to forget to take time for yourself. The industry can be isolating and without the help and support from others, you can get burnt out. The Rocky Mountain Retreat provides the perfect getaway to make lasting connections and learn business sustainability practices, all while renewing your creative energy.
I have a question about the retreat, how should I get in touch?
We would love to answer any questions you have! You can email them directly to contact@samaremanphoto or DM our Instagram account: @rockymtnretreat