shootout retreat for photographers
- FEATURING Death Valley -


A 4 day, 3 night portfolio building retreat

January 13th - 16th, 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+
2 amazing lead photographers
2 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.


Death Valley National Park


That’s right!
We will be taking a day trip out to the insanely beautiful Death Valley national Park to get those insane shots you’ve been waiting for. with one lifestyle and one bridal shoot submersed in the desert mountain range.

Worried you’re not experienced enough?
Nonsense. We will have two 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
branding course by mae&co
the worst shooting conditions course with monique serra
directing and client connection with Peyton Byford
q&a and on-site coaching with both lead photographers
unlimited hugs, laughs and conversation with peers


| logistics |

best place to Fly into is McCarran international airport (in Vegas) | From there you can take an uber to the house which should be no more than about 20 mins drive time!
We will create a facebook group 6 months before the date of the workshop so you can connect with other attendees and ARRANGE car pooling and flight times if so desired!


Investment: $2200 if paid in full
4 payments of $600


The House

We are so pumped to be spending 3 amazing days in our own, private oasis just outside of downtown vegas!
With a multiple heated pools, tv’s in every room, a massive dining room and even a waterslide; we are GUARANTEED 4 days of non stop fun with endless shooting locations!


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.


Peyton Rainey Byford
lead photographer

Exploring new places is what makes my heart beat fast. Before wedding photography was my job, it was just simply my passion to travel the world and document all of its wonders. I always dreamt of a way to travel for a living, but God’s plan was greater than my own. Photography slowly began to enter my life as much more than a hobby & it has now led me to many different destinations for weddings & other shoots!





3pm - Welcome drinks and intros
directing and client connection with Peyton Byford
styled In Home Shoot


Lifestyle shoot
The worst shooting CONDITIONS with Monique Serra
Q&A with Peyton Byford and Monique Serra
Culling/free time
Styled Bridal shoot
Editing/free time


Branding course by Mae&co
styled in home shoot
Travel to Death Valley
Engagement and Bridal shoot at Death Valley
Travel back to house
Panel q&A with all instructors


lifestyle shoot
10am - hugs and goodbyes

Past Retreats


Joshua tree Creative retreat 2018


Palm Springs shootout retreat