The Branding Retreat
A retreat in Sitges,Barcelona for people photographers | 08-10 November 2023
with Vicki Knights & Eddie Judd
Want to learn how to succeed in personal branding photography – the fastest-growing photography genre?
Do you love the thought of photographing female entrepreneurs in gorgeous locations? And shooting during the week so it fits around your life and other photography work?
At our exciting retreat, you’ll find out how to thrive in this dynamic genre of photography.
Our first retreat this year was a HUGE success, so we’ve decided to upgrade it to more sunny climes – we’re so excited!
It’s a retreat full of advice & inspiration for people photographers who already do branding shoots or want to add branding photography to their repertoire.
This is some time away from your busy life, to be inspired by shooting, to fill your mind with new ideas and connect and chat about your work with other fellow photographers.
Whether you’ve run your business for over a decade, or are dreaming of quitting the 9-5 to become a photographer, this retreat will inspire and motivate you to build the business of your dreams.
You’ll walk away feeling inspired and motivated, with lots of new ideas and with some gorgeous new shots for your portfolio.
What To Expect
YOUR HOSTS & TRAINERS
With over 2 decades of experience between them, you’re in safe hands!
INSPIRING CLASSES & SHOOTS
You’ll be able to shoot alongside us and get some gorgeous branding portfolio shots.
At our masterclasses you’ll learn more about visibility, editing, mini branding sessions and more.
Me Sitges Terramar hotel is a luxury lifestyle hotel in the vibrant coastal town of Sitges, near Barecelona.
With lots of perfect spaces to shoot and learn – shoot on the beach anyone?! – it’s the ideal place for a few days of fun & learning.
THE RETREAT WAS A FABULOUS EXPERIENCE
Vicki & Eddie created a really open, fun and warm environment which meant I felt comfortable to ask questions straight away.
There was a great mix of practical and theory. I really learnt so much, from seeing Eddie & Vicki photographing clients and being given the opportunity to practice new poses on models. I met some amazing photographers and had the best time.
WHAT AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE!
The retreat has given me so much practical information to use going forwards.
I don’t usually use workshop images for my portfolio, but I’ve come away with so many great photos.
It’s filled my head with new ideas and given me a ton of inspiration.
A Barcelona retreat for people photographers | 8-10th November 2023
Spend a brilliant few days learning in a gorgeous luxury hotel in Sitges, Barcelona.
Shoot alongside us on some personal branding shoots, learn how to thrive in branding photography, enjoy the beach side location and spend time with fellow photographers.
WED 8 NOVEMBER 2023
4pm – Branding photography masterclass with Vicki & Eddie
Welcome drink at the pool bar
Then a good night’s sleep ready for….
THURS 9 NOVEMBER 2023
Model shoots in Sitges
Personal branding masterclass with Vicki
4pm – Time to explore
FRIDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2023
Tea, coffee & pastries (included)
“How to make mini branding mornings work for you” – masterclass with Vicki & Eddie
Mini branding shoots
Light lunch (included)
Lightroom retouching workshop with Eddie
Posing workshop and shoot swaps around the hotel
8pm – Drinks & Dinner (included)
GREAT FROM START TO FINISH!
One of the best investment decisions I made for my growing business was to attend Eddie & Vicki’s branding retreat.
I have learnt so much, as these ladies are full of information that they are willing to share with us so that we too can build strong foundations and have a thriving business.
They are fun, kind and inspirational which also means they attract similar people to their retreats. Everyone there was delightful and I made some great photographer friends.
I didn’t want it to end and I was still on a buzz for days afterwards.
I have now got so many great things lined up for my business this year because I have been inspired and educated.
We’ll be inviting along REAL business owners to show you how to get the best out of any person – even those that hate the camera!
From preparation to posing, these shoots are the best way to learn so you feel confident and ready for your branding shoots ahead.
You’ll also walk away with some gorgeous photos you can use in your portfolio.
THANK YOU FOR THE AMAZING BRANDING RETREAT
You packed in absolutely tonnes without it feeling overly rushed and you were both fantastic teachers.
I’ve learnt huge amounts about branding, the importance of mini branding shoots, confidence in directing, some brilliant Lightroom tips and more.
You’ve created an amazing community of warm, friendly photographers and have been a real inspiration.
We know it’s going to be an amazing couple of days. But don’t just take our word for it!
Read these comments from the attendees after our first retreat in February 2023.
WHAT A FABULOUS RETREAT!
Attending the Retreat for Brand Photographers is going to be one of the pivotal points for my business.
Seeing Vicki and Eddie in action has given me a boost of confidence and knowledge needed to take my brand photography further!
It wasn’t only a great learning experience, it was a fabulous networking opportunity too.
And it’s definitely a telling talent of Vicki and Eddie to gather amazing people around them 🤍
Thank you for creating the retreat, ladies, I am looking forward to learning with you again! 🤩
What an incredible retreat!
“Vicki & Eddie gave so much to us all at this retreat. Nothing was off topic. They shared so much knowledge.
It was SO much fun and a great community of fab photographers. Thank you!”
“What an incredible 2 days spent with Eddie, Vicki and some amazing ladies learning everything branding. I leave with a clear definition of my brand, some wonderful model shoots, editing tips, headshots to use in my own branding and with some incredible memories and lots of inspiration.
I absolutely loved every minute!”
The Fab Venue
You’re in for an absolute treat!
The hotel is in Sitges, a gorgeous beach town 20 minutes from Barcelona.
ME Sitges Terramar
Passeig Marítim, 80, 08870 Sitges, Barcelona, Spain
How many people will be at the retreat?
We only have space for 14 people maximum. The shoots will be split in two, so you’ll be shooting alongside Vicki or Eddie and 6 other photographers to give everyone a chance to get their shots. We’re not a fan of bun-fight shoots either!
Is accomodation included and where can I stay?
Your room isn’t included in the price, but the hotel are offering us a great special discount – it is an utterly gorgeous place to stay!
We’ll send you the link to book with a discount once you have a confirmed place. We can help you pair you up with someone else if you wish to save costs and share. We will also have a Facebook group so you can get to know people and ask if anyone is willing to share. The rooms start from just £75 pp per night if you’re sharing a room.
How do I get there?
The hotel is situated 20 minutes from Barcelona airport and it’s super easy to get a taxi outside. The approx cost is around £50 in a cab from the airport. Barcelona is an international airport that is easy to access from most countries. Currently, there are flights available from the UK from as little as £75 return.
What are the exact timings?
The retreat starts at 4pm on Wed 8th November 2023. A welcome drink is included at 6.30pm and then after a day of travelling (for most) we want you to get a good night’s rest for the days ahead!
Thursday is all day from 9.30am to 4pm. We will be shooting & training. We have scheduled in a bit of YOU time in the afternoon. You can use this to go and explore Barcelona, nip down to Sitges on an electric scooter or just simply read a book and relax.
Friday is a full day of training & shoots and breakfast, lunch and a lovely dinner in the hotel restaurant are all included.
What's the refund policy?
There is a 14 day cooling off period, so if you change your mind within 2 weeks of purchasing your ticket you can get a full refund.
The £245 deposit is non-refundable after this time, although you can get someone to fill your place if you can’t make it.
£500 is then due by July 2023 and £500 is due by October 2023.
What meals are included?
You’ll have a lovely welcome drink with us on Wednesday. On Thursday we’ll be having lunch in Sitges after our model shoots and that is included in the retreat price.
On Friday there will be breakfast, a light lunch and a fancy dinner in the hotel restaurant (including wine!) all included.
I'm nervous to spend this much money on me / is there an early bird discount?
Firstly, this isn’t spending money just on you, this is your business.
We get it, it can be nerve-racking to invest in your business. But it’s essential that you invest in your training and growth to ensure your business thrives in the future.
We have kept the cost of the places as low as possible, whilst still being able to create an amazing experience for you.
The beauty of the retreat being over 7 months away is that you have that time to save. Then to get a return on your investment you just need to book one or two extra branding shoots after the retreat. We’re confident you’ll be able to do that with the knowledge and inspiration that you’ll get from these few days.
There isn’t an early bird discount as we think it’s fair that everyone pays the same price. Plus we’re expecting places to go quickly. We hope you can join us!
Will I get photos of myself that I can use?
Yes! There is a shoot swap workshop where the group will be taking photos of each other, so you can arrange with your fellow retreatees to swap images. The perfect way to get some new branding photos of you in a gorgeous location.
I've already done your online course, will the training just be the same?
No, we’ve made sure this is all new training. Of course, there might be some cross-over, but many of the attendees from our first retreat had also taken our online course and they learnt lots from the masterclasses and workshops provided.
What is required for the shoots?
We won’t be giving training on how to work your cameras, so you need to be comfortable shooting in manual.
Just bring the equipment with you that you would normally take on a shoot. We recommend a 50mm lens and something a little wider if you have it for the indoor shoots. And a 85mm or 70-200mm for the outdoor shoots would be useful if you have them.
I'm not a photographer but I run my own business - can I come?
Our event is primarily aimed at people who own photography businesses as there will be shoots included and the training is aimed at photographers. If you are an aspiring branding photographer but you haven’t yet set up your business, that should be fine. Just get in touch with us and we can let you know if we think it’s suitable for you. Vicki runs her annual Visibility Retreat in Sussex which is for all kinds of entrepreneurs.
I don't do branding photography yet, can I still come?
Yes of course. If you are a family and/or wedding photographer and you’re looking to add branding photography to your business, this is perfect for you.
At our first retreat we had some people who had been doing branding photography for years, and others who were just starting, and they all learnt a ton and left feeling inspired.
Will you be running this again in Spring 2024?
We don’t know for sure whether we will run this retreat again at all! We had planned for the London retreat to be a one-off, but the attendees (and us!) loved it so much that we decided to do it again but this time in Barcelona!
So no, there are no plans to run this in Spring 2024 at the moment but all being well, we would love to run it again sometime in 2024.
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