It's been a few months since my first retreat and I've been busy as hell ever since. 

Between weddings, being on call for births, normal portraits and then normal life, well it's really just been a whirlwind. When I think back to my time with the girls that weekend, I just remember how relaxing it all was - how stress free my time really was. I think about how we just chatted, spent time together and did nothing, but actually put-up our feet for a change and breathe for just a few minutes. I so need that again.

For me, it was more than just "mini sessions". It was a small break to let my own guard down, breathe and get out of the house. Be with friends and host something. To shoot something meaningful that I had planned out - something that always instills joy inside of me. It gives helps self-care to care for others? Truly.

Helping another person transform is the best feeling in the world. I get so much joy from empowering others. And kind of what I think life is genuinely all about. We move to one chapter in life to the next (by what we put in our bodies, who we surround ourselves with, how we feel inside, etc) and continuously transition through the phases of our personal development, and I love helping a person feel *wonderful* during all of them. I think you should be able to feel amazing / sexy / confident / fierce AF, through it all. I think we need people that get us, and want us to all be the best versions of us. That listen unbiasedly, and like Abi, just drop it all for a few minutes to rescue a friend drowning in the muck of life.
"Boho, CAMPING, glam" was my original thoughts for the next event, because we will be over-night, tenting at my home for the retreat (scream internally with me!!), but now I'm thinking it should be centered not only around camping, but friendship and village-ship and what it means to be truly & wholeheartedly be there for someone, while we all just hang out, like back in the day. I remember all of the "end of summer" parties with my girlfriends - getting dressed up to go out (to dark campfires? what the hell...lol), talking about the new fling that week, with no cares in the world. And I kind of want to do the same thing. We can all sit around, shoot and chat - just love one another. I will have a hair and make-up babe on staff, that will be treating anyone (who has purchased a session - yes you CAN just attend/stay and hang if you're nervous, without getting into your birthday suit - I get it.) I'm hoping it will still be warm enough that outside will suffice and I won't have to bring in any sort of big tent - if it is warm, I think blankets outside and sun-bathing is ideal, with tunes, maybe some drinks & NSFW card games later, for those who decide to stay.  I plan on doing some fun group activities throughout the day and in-between individual shoots - experiments designed to heal us all and inspire us in our shoots. We'll dish our bothers, our life, our kids - anything - while eating junk-food and of course, S'mores, and just be able to relax. Something that I know that myself, and many others, need - community, wellness & inner healing. How we can all come together to foster all of this, inside ourselves and daily to others.​​​​​​​
No matter what you are going through in your current phase, or have gone through, what your body has been put through - you are beautiful, inside and out and I want every single person to know that. We are all on the same playing ground, and dealing with the same universal issues, believe it or not. I always wanted PPFF to be a place of unbiased ears + support and a safe space, and our first was so entirely good (see pictures below!), so I think annual retreats will only continue to grow and become greater, and I am so thrilled to meet new faces and help change lives (if only a little bit) along the way.
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Our next event will be: Saturday, September 15th / Sunday, September 16th. All day Saturday, wake-up Sunday for breakfast and clean-up. 
WHERE: My home (outdoor space) in Fenwick, MI. Secluded family-owned property with a natural creek running through it. Many available areas for posing, such as wildflower spots, vintage cars, wooded areas and my personal favorite, the massive tree down across our creek. I use it in a lot of my outdoor sessions currently. 
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past retreat beauties:
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