Inspire's mission is to foster & maintain a supportive community where photographers are encouraged & empowered to grow in their lives and businesses through innovative curriculum in the areas of Craft, Vision & Business.

The next Inspire retreat will be held February 8-10, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency in Newport, Rhode Island

 

Community

Peer-to-peer mentoring and support is at the core of our philosophy. We believe that when photographers support each other's growth and success, we all benefit.

mentoring

Opportunities for mentoring, portfolio reviews, and peer-to-peer support are built into our retreat.

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inspiration

We want to jump-start your vision with new techniques, new ways of thinking about what we see, and by introducing you to compelling image-makers.

If you are a photographer, a creative, an artist, a painter of light, and you’d like to be among ‘your people’ this time next year, I couldn’t recommend this retreat more.
— Laura De Carlo

the Inspire Retreat experience

Inspire is a retreat for professional wedding and portrait photographers. The retreat curriculum focuses on 3 areas: Vision, Craft, and BusinessWorkshop sessions address these three curriculum areas, from business practices to shooting techniques, to artistry and personal vision. The retreat schedule and environment are structured to enhance opportunities to foster deep relationships with other attendees, build community, and cultivate a culture of ongoing peer-to-peer mentoring and support in our industry. Rich opportunities for mentoring, portfolio review, and networking are built into the retreat.


Find your Vision. Build your Craft. Grow your Business.

2015 Video produced by Long Haul Films

 

Monday: Community-wide Workshop, Hands-on Breakout Sessions, Welcome Dinner

Tuesday: 90-Minute lectures, Vendor Lounge, Supper Clubs, Dance Party

Wednesday: 90 Minute Lectures, Vendor Lounge

Ongoing: Mentoring, Networking, Portfolio Reviews

 

the complete schedule will be published in late 2015.

 

We are pleased to announce our 2016 faculty members. 

I went to Inspire to share my story. I left bearing the stories of dozens of my kindreds: revelations of pain and promise, exhaustion and determination, mourning and inspiration. They weigh on my shoulders like a cloak, anchoring me to the earth, assuring me that I am not alone, reminding me that the hard work of community-building comes with rich reward.
— Anne Almasy, Inspire 2015 Faculty
Inspire is real. So real that it hits you in the gut, turns you on your head and you’re thankful for it. It’s one of those events that forces you to think about what you’re doing as a photographer and why you’re doing it. Inspire is community.
— Jeff Turner, Black Thumb Studios

Alternative Processes, Taking Back Photography, and Inspire

Jessica Del Vecchio

A little back story to start – when I first started learning photography, I had no intention of running a photography business.  It was my hobby, my passion.  I fell in love with the magic of the darkroom. Digital photography held no appeal to me and even when I did start my business 12+ years ago, I stuck with film for several years.... click here to read more

A little back story to start – when I first started learning photography, I had no intention of running a photography business.  It was my hobby, my passion.  I fell in love with the magic of the darkroom. Digital photography held no appeal to me and even when I did start my business 12+ years ago, I stuck with film for several years.... click here to read more


Inspire 2015

Leigh Doran

Last week Nadra and I had the opportunity to attend the Inspire photography retreat, which was being held for the first time in Portland, Maine, our very own backyard. While we had heard great things about Inspire from other New England photographers, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But, one thing was for... click here to read more

Last week Nadra and I had the opportunity to attend the Inspire photography retreat, which was being held for the first time in Portland, Maine, our very own backyard. While we had heard great things about Inspire from other New England photographers, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But, one thing was for... click here to read more


Feeding My Soul

Sarah Gilleeny

Just a week ago (really, is that all?) I repacked my suitcase, checked out of the hotel, and got in my car to drive home from Portland, Maine.  I’d been there for three days, soaking in creativity and smiles and tears and surrounded by 200 or so fabulous photographers... click here to read more 

Just a week ago (really, is that all?) I repacked my suitcase, checked out of the hotel, and got in my car to drive home from Portland, Maine.  I’d been there for three days, soaking in creativity and smiles and tears and surrounded by 200 or so fabulous photographers... click here to read more 

Our Merry Band of Misfits 

Laura De Carlo

I first started writing another post about my latest experience at this year’s conference in Portland, Maine, from my perspective as someone who went into the whole shebang unprepared and therefore having left it, well, uninspired. But that was on me... click here to read more

I first started writing another post about my latest experience at this year’s conference in Portland, Maine, from my perspective as someone who went into the whole shebang unprepared and therefore having left it, well, uninspired. But that was on me... click here to read more


Inspire 2015 Recap 

David E Jackson

Earlier this month I traveled to Portland, Maine to teach a full-day workshop at Inspire Photo Retreats. This is my second year speaking at Inspire and just as the name suggests, it truly is an inspirational experience... click here to read more

Earlier this month I traveled to Portland, Maine to teach a full-day workshop at Inspire Photo Retreats. This is my second year speaking at Inspire and just as the name suggests, it truly is an inspirational experience... click here to read more


COURAGE IS A BIG WORD

Jane Ammon

Five years ago, I got into my minivan and drove to a photography workshop in NJ. It was the first time I had ever stayed in a hotel room... click here to read more

Five years ago, I got into my minivan and drove to a photography workshop in NJ. It was the first time I had ever stayed in a hotel room... click here to read more


INSPIRE 2015 – A COMMUNITY OF REALNESS (AND SOMETIMES GOOFINESS)

Jeff Turner

What is Inspire? Inspire is real. So real that it hits you in the gut, turns you on your head and you’re thankful for it. It’s one of those events that forces you to think about what you’re doing as a photographer and why you’re doing it. Inspire is community.... click here to read more

What is Inspire? Inspire is real. So real that it hits you in the gut, turns you on your head and you’re thankful for it. It’s one of those events that forces you to think about what you’re doing as a photographer and why you’re doing it. Inspire is community.... click here to read more


Our 2015 video, produced by Long Haul Films

Inspire 2014 Retreat video, produced by Richard Esposito

Inspire 2012 Conference Video by Richard Esposito

2010 Inspire Video, by Richard Esposito

Inspire 2013 Retreat video, produced by MKD Photo & Video

Inspire 2011 video by Vintage Cinema