Enlighten and Inspire Saint George, Utah Workshop Review

As someone in the creative industry, I find it incredibly important to invest in education. I am always finding classes, online workshops, YouTube videos, tutorials found on Pinterest, and in person workshops to attend to further my education. I truly believe that no matter how accomplished you become as a photographer, designer, videographer, florist, etc., there will always be someone that you can learn something new from.

Saint George, Utah photographer

A while back, I had the amazing opportunity to attend a workshop in Saint George, Utah. The hosts, Ashley and Tausha, are two of the most incredible people I have ever met. They have put their heart and soul into creating opportunities for photographers to learn from some of the best in the industry.

When I first met Ashley, we talked about having me provide stationery for the styled shoots at the retreat. I happily agreed. She invited me to come down to the retreat as a vendor and a photographer. I had never been so excited for something related to photography in my life.

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During the retreat, there were several styled shoots, and they were all gorgeous in their own right. Friday night started off with an engagement shoot. Saturday there were two styled formal shoots, one right outside of Zion National Park, and the other just outside of Snow Canyon Utah State Park. Sunday brought on a bridal shoot inside of the gorgeous White Space Studios in Saint George, Utah, and then was followed by the most incredible formal shoot at the Coral Pink Sand Dunes in Kanab, Utah.

The teachers that attended the retreat were amazing, and I learned so much from them. Brianne Heiner, of Brianne Heiner Photography, taught all about posing, directing, and capturing a variety of images from the same pose. I loved learning about how she moves all around her subjects to create images that look completely different from one another, even though the subject stays in the same pose.

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Abbey Khyl, who wears many different hats, came and taught about marketing. I loved everything that she had to say. The thing that stuck out to me most was her thoughts on Instagram. I used to be in a lot of Instagram pods (groups where you tell when you post and everyone goes and likes/comments on said post). I came to realize, thanks to Abbey, that Instagram pods are not necessary to be part of, because for the most part, these other photographers are not my ideal client.

Abbey also talked about the importance of forming relationships with your clients. She talked about how so many of her brides are still some of her really good friends because of how she formed a great relationship with them during the wedding process. Because of her amazing relationships with these women, she has gained more clients through word of mouth than anything else.

If you want to learn more about Abbey’s marketing and business techniques, I highly suggest checking out The Blueprint. She has so many amazing resources in there for not only photographers, but small creative businesses of all types.

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Tracy Layne was the last mentor that taught at the retreat. Her class was all about shooting in different types of light. From soft morning light, to golden hour and dusk, to harsh midday light, she covered every scenario of natural light there is. Her class was so inspiring to me to push myself out of my comfort zone and shoot in types of light that I had always avoided (aka harsh midday light). I was able to capture some really amazing images thanks to Tracy’s guidance and tips on lighting.

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I learned so many amazing things during this retreat, but most of all, I came away with some really amazing friendships. I not only learned from these amazing teachers, but I also learned a lot from the other women that attended the retreat. I love each and every one of the girls that I got to know, and have been able to call them friends for the last several years now.

Enlighten and Inspire is hosting another retreat in Park City, Utah this September, and there are some really amazing teachers coming to this one! You should go check it out. You’ll learn amazing things and make some incredible friendships in the process.

Check out my favorite images from the retreat!