The Saltwater Retreat

A photography retreat designed to educate, inspire, and awaken your creativity.

Hatteras Island, NC

October 21 - 26, 2017

Cost:  $1495

“Meet me where the sky touches the sea. Wait for me where the world begins.” ~ Jennifer Donnelly

The Saltwater Retreat Photography Workshop for Women

Join me on this intimate 4 day, 5 night women’s photography retreat in the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina. Hatteras Island is a picturesque barrier island surrounded on all sides by the Atlantic Ocean offering bountiful photography opportunities. A beautiful oceanfront beach home will serve as our base camp for the duration of the retreat.

We will kick off the retreat on Saturday, October 21st with a welcome dinner at 6 pm and an evening spent getting to know one another. Over the following 4 days, we explore and photograph all that the island has to offer including incredible sunrises and sunsets, iconic East Coast lighthouses, rustic fishing piers, and other local landmarks and natural areas. Throughout the retreat, I will provide individualized guidance and support while you are shooting. Additionally, each day will include an open discussion on topics relating to photography education, editing, inspiration, and a holistic approach to balancing our love of photography with our daily lives.

With a minimum of 3 attendees and a maximum of 5, you will receive individual attention as well as hands-on instruction in topics including exposure, camera settings, long exposure techniques, using filters, seeking out details and unnoticed beauty, and Lightroom editing.  You can expect intimate discussions on recognizing and facing your fears, overcoming obstacles and slumps, and building a strong, indentifiable collection of images that you are proud of.  We will discuss blogging, social media sharing, and whether or not you should be selling your photographs.  

This workshop is framed as an intimate retreat where you are encouraged to not only connect with your fellow attendees but also to find a deeper connection with yourself and the photographs that you long to create.  My hope is that you will leave the island feeling revivied and inspired, ready to take on your next photography project.

Sample Daily Itinerary:

6:45 am                Sunrise shooting session

8:30 am                Breakfast and coffee on the deck

10 am                   Morning discussion

12 pm                   Lunch on the deck

1 pm                     Free time

2 pm                     Afternoon shooting excursion

5 pm                     Free time

5:45 pm                Sunset shooting session

7:30 pm                Dinner

The retreat will include:

  • 4 days of photographic opportunities and discussion with like-minded women photographers.
  • 5 nights of lodging in private rooms in a beautiful oceanfront beach home. Linens will be provided.  The home offers a game room, hot tub, and many oceanfront decks for relaxing and enjoying the breathtaking views.  Private bathrooms may be available for a nominal fee at a first come first serve basis.
  • Healthy, home cooked meals, snacks and beverages for the duration of the retreat, with the exception of one lunch on the day trip outing. I will do my best to accommodate dietary restrictions, but should you have additional needs there are grocery stores on the island.

Not included:

  • Transportation to/from Avon, NC. The nearest airport is in Norfolk, VA which is roughly a 2.5 hour drive from Avon.
  • Trip insurance
  • Personal gear, clothing, and photographic equipment

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What to expect regarding the weather:

Hatteras Island in the fall is my favorite time of year.  The shorter days allow for less painful sunrise opportunities and sunsets that don’t interfere with dinner.  With highs in the 70s and lows in the 60s, the temperature remains comfortable without as much humidity and fewer bugs.  Rain is always possible, so please come prepared to shoot in a variety of weather conditions.

Getting to Hatteras Island:

Because the island is so remote, the closest airport is in Norfolk, VA, about 2.5 hours away. OBX Transportation provides a shuttle service: or a taxi here: 

Cancellation Policy:

Due to the nature of vacation rental homes, this retreat is non-refundable.  However, should you find another person to fill your spot, then a full refund will be granted following the other's registration.  There are no exceptions to this policy.  I strongly encourage you to purchase trip insurance to protect yourself in the event of unexpected circumstances preventing you from attending the workshop.  Trip insurance is available for purchase through your local AAA office.