We are offering three gorgeous, portfolio-building styled-sessions at the Oregon coast and full rights to the images you create to take your portfolio to the next level. Natalie and Nicole will both lead outdoor family sessions focusing on storytelling, connection and using your surroundings, particularly light and shadow, to create intentional imagery. They will also both teach an indoor session, focusing on light, space and intimate connection. 

You will have an opportunity to watch both instructors edit and there will be several opportunities for Q&A along the way. The educators will also share insight on important topics including how to find your own unique photography style and allow yourself to evolve as an artist, how to create a cohesive portfolio, and business-related issues such as how to grow with your craft and shift your business so you can fall in love with client work again. 


Your education doesn’t end after the retreat. Your seat gives you unlimited access to our private Instagram page, where we can continue to share ideas, ask questions and support and inspire each other. 


Natalie Gildersleeve

Hey! I'm Natalie. I consider myself a forever-student of life and I have always loved watching and observing people... catching the little details, the half-smiles, the simple gestures. This is what photography is all about for me: seeing others, as they are, through my creative lens. It’s about seeing the real, the beautiful, and the messy moments— the everyday magic that tells the stories of our lives. I live in Portland, OR with my husband and two kiddos.


While I arrive to my sessions knowing that my aim is to tell a story with certain elements I want to capture, I lean into the vast unknown that comes with every session.  I cultivate space for the imperfect, and then have my camera ready. Within the “between” spaces, we breathe. When we breathe, we can move. And when we move, we can connect. It's on this premise, as artists, we can arrive knowing that each session is both a teacher and a gift-- one of expression and connection unique to this setting, these people, and this moment.  The practice of presence harmonizes with the prep work of intention and a story unravels in photos unlike any other. This is the art of photographic storytelling. 


I am honored to have made the list for 100 women photographers to watch in 2019 by Clickin Moms. For the past 15 years, I have taught and run yoga teacher trainings which translates naturally into teaching photography. I couldn't be more excited about joining you on your journey into accessing the most creative and authentic expression of yourself.  


Nicole Trejo

Hello! I’m Nicole Trejo from Klamath Falls Oregon, mother to 5 littles and married to one awesome family doc. I have a background in English literature, but I find photography adds something to my soul that words can't always communicate. 


I picked up my first camera in 2016 and began Manzanita Photography in 2018. I've hosted Reach, a small photography workshop, for the past three years in my sunny little town, and I am thrilled to be a part of this special retreat with you. My specialty is family photography, because it calls to me. It doesn’t matter if your shooting years are minimal, I want to help you see that you can create unique art wherever you are on your photo journey. Let’s climb this summit together.