shootout retreat for photographers


A 4 day, 3 night portfolio building retreat

January 14th - 17th, 2020

calling all photographers!
this ones for you babes. for all levels, from beginner to advanced.
this is a retreat full of fun, food, drinks, laughs and most importantly… shootouts!
That’s right… this is a retreat with 100% of its focus being to spoil you not just with swag bags and pool time but with loads of photoshoots to stock your portfolio up with the content you want to be sharing

4 days
6 photoshoots
3 amazing lead photographers
epic locations
everything styled & designed specially for you!

we aren’t talking about just a couple thrown-together shoots.
we will push the boundaries of your creativity. From shooting in smoke to shooting at night. from capturing the most unique details to getting killer landscape shots.
This is a retreat that is intentionally planned to not only provide you with an incredible place to learn and grow with other like-minded creatives but also to stretch your mind, expand your creativity and get the content you’ve always dreamed of.


Big Bend National Park


That’s right!
We will be surrounded by the insanely beautiful Big bend national Park to get those insane shots you’ve been waiting for. with a mixture of lifestyle, bridal and elopement shoots submersed in the desert mountain range.

Worried you’re not experienced enough?
Nonsense. We will have three of the most epic, industry leading, professional photographers on our team to answer any questions you have through the entire workshop.
Branding, lighting, composition, free lensing… you have a question, we’ll have the answer.

Think you’re too EXPERIENCED?
Great! then you’ll have even more time to score those epic shots you’ve been waiting for years to get. We will be putting together the most beautifully designed set ups that will blow your mind.

| included |

3 nights lodging
all meals, all drinks
6 photoshoots+
travel to and from photoshoot locations
Educational course with monique serra
Educational course with Laurken Kendall
Educational course with Melissa Marshall
q&a and on-site coaching with all lead photographers
unlimited hugs, laughs and conversation with peers


| logistics |

best place to Fly into is midland-odessa airport | we will have one shuttle with pick up from this airport at 2:30pm on the 14th
alternatively, you can carpool with other attendees and make your own way to the venue anytime between 4 and 7pm on the 14th
We will create a facebook group 6 months before the date of the workshop so you can connect with other attendees and ARRANGE travel
logisitcs if so desired!


Investment: $2400 if paid in full
5 payments of $500 split evenly between sign up and a month before the workshop


The Willow House

We are so pumped to be spending 3 amazing days in our own, private oasis in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by the incredible chisos mountains and beautiful big bend national park!
With private bathrooms, UNINTERRUPTED views for miles, personalized meals and drinks and endless opportunity for star gazing; you’re sure to be inspired to the fullest and completely open to getting the content of your dreams!


The Instructors


Mae&Co Creative
design, styling and planning

Manda has been designing and styling for over 4 years with 9 additional years of management before that.
Mae&Co specializes in intimate weddings and elopements. Manda is passionate about ENTREPRENEURship and creating your niche. Styledyou is her baby that combines all those things and teaches others what they need to know to create a brand, business and life they are proud of.

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Monique Serra
lead photographer

Hi friends! I'm Monique. I am a full time, work from home wife, mom, boss, and photographer. I'm 28 years old, a graduate from the University of Oregon, mama to two littles (Parker age 3 + Adeline age 7 months), and wife to my forever best friend. I'm inspired by every day love stories, traveling to new places, stepping outside my comfort zone, and meeting new people. My love language is gift giving, I like my coffee really sweet, I could drink red wine every night, and if I'm your wedding photographer, I WILL dance with you at least one time during your reception. I'm living my best life, and doing it with as much humility and grace as possible. God has blessed me with a gift I hope to bless others with! I am so excited to hear your love story, third wheel, and create beautiful art that you can look back on for a lifetime to come.


Laurken Kendall
lead photographer

I have many labels but of all of them, Mom is the one that matters to me most. I have birthed 3 boys in the last decade and they are the force behind my heart beats. They are the reason that I believe fiercely in the power of photographs. A picture isn’t light reacting with chemicals on paper. It’s a door that can open and spill you out into a day when your grandpa was still around to fall asleep in his chair or your baby was letting his first cry into the waiting air, your favorite Christmas morning. They are the most important thing next to the people in them. They say- you were here and I remember you and I see you and now I can FEEL you again.


Melissa Marshall
lead photographer

I've been a full time wedding photographer for the past 7 years and have shot over 150 weddings. I work hard and create diligently in the weddings I get to be involved in. I watch the day unfold and capture moments that could easily go unnoticed. I’m a fly on the wall while at the same time, there for clients in any way needed.

I've learned so much, changed my work ethic + editing aesthetics numerous times, been mentored, attended photography workshops, hosted workshops, and have gained insight, tips + tricks that I'm excited to share! Whether you're just starting out and want to learn how to make this into a business or if you're in an inspirational funk and need some encouragement + excitement to get back on track, i’m here to help.





6pm - Welcome drinks and intros


Educational course with Laurken Kendall
In home shoot
Culling/free time
Lifestyle and Styled Elopement shoot
Editing/free time


Educational course with Melissa Marshall
styled in home shoot
Educational course with Monique Serra
Culling/Free Time
Lifestyle and Bridal shoot in big bend national park
Panel q&A with all instructors


10am - hugs and goodbyes

Past Retreats


Joshua tree Creative retreat 2018


Palm Springs shootout retreat