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 27-March 1, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Newport, Rhode Island



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.


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



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 2017 Inspire Photo Retreat


Monday: Welcome, Intensive Workshops (pre-registration required), Cocktail Hour, Welcome Dinner, PechaKucha

Tuesday: 90-Minute classes, Sponsor Lounge, Mentoring sessions, Supper Clubs, Dance Party

Wednesday: 2.5 hour morning classes and workshops, 90 Minute afternoon classes, Peer to peer mentoring, Sponsor Lounge

Ongoing: Mentoring, Networking, Portfolio Reviews


The complete Class schedule is available HERE.


Inspire 2017 Faculty

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

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.

Hyatt Regency, Newport RI Inspire Photo Retreats Filmed & Edited by Epic Filmmakers Photography by Stephen Wang Photography

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