The Retreat Experience

The 2019 Insta-Inspire Photography Retreat will be held in Charleston, South Carolina - a city with such history and beauty! Retreat planner Emily Hamson created a video of all you have to look forward to in April!

Inspiring Keynote

@Chubbycheekphotography will get you pumped 

Our Saturday morning will kick off with an inspiring talk by Shalonda Chaddock of Chubby Cheek Photography. She will encourage you to face your fears and chase your dreams!

Shoot Alongs


Early bird registrants (those registering between September 8th - October 8th, 2018) will have their choice of a shoot along on Friday evening while the rest of the crew can meet up with our "Inspire Walk" macro-focused photography session in downtown Charleston with Emily Hamson. Each participant will choose a shoot along with one instructor for Saturday evening - indoor and outdoor options available (choices available on a first-come, first-serve basis).  

What is a shoot along? It is where a small group of photographers bring their cameras and tag along with an instructor to a photo shoot featuring models. But you won't just be watching! You'll have the chance to follow along but also take turns getting your shot. It is an awesome way to learn and experiment! 

Breakout Sessions

four learning opportunities

At the 2019 Retreat, you will have the opportunity to schedule FOUR breakout sessions! Breakout sessions will be 45 minute classes, led by our instructors. Learn about film, shooting in golden hour, creating powerful compositions - and so much more! Get the full schedule here.

Editing Sessions

learn editing tricks from the pros

If you have wondered how in the world Amy Vecchio edits her underwater skin tones or how Helen Whittle creates her emotive black and white images in post-production, this is when you will discover the answer. Watch instructors work their magic in Lightroom and Photoshop on a large screen so you can easily follow along and be inspired to add their tips to your workflow. You will have two editing time slots - two opportunities to learn from some amazing artists!

Optional Rooftop Lunch

dine with your new friends

Saturday afternoon, we'll be dining onsite at the Hilton Garden Inn Waterfront/Downtown at their rooftop location overlooking the harbor. This is an optional $20 lunch and will be an awesome chance to chat & get to know those who have love what you love. 


and so much more

Just when you think it can't get any better, we've got more! We have a cocktail hour, Q&A panels, awesome vendors and more on the schedule. And a large portion of our proceeds will be donated to Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep which introduces remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with a free gift of professional portraiture. Don't miss out on the fun! 



join the fun!

The Insta-Inspire Photography Retreat will take place April 26-28, 2019, in Charleston, South Carolina.