Recently, Christora and Tom attended a content retreat where they met a new photographer friend, Kelsey Wilson, who is joining the Capture Crew podcast to share all about her experience as a new photographer and her first content retreat.
Kelsey has been a photographer hobbyist for years but 2 years ago when Covid hit, her hours at her nursing job were cut and so she began to pursue photography as a side hustle. Eventually, it grew to such a point that she was able to quit her full-time job.
When she was first invited to the content retreat she was excited but nervous. Her friend who extended the event was unable to attend, so not knowing anyone she stepped outside her comfort zone to try something new.
She felt blown away by just how long the days were and how many different variations of the shoot there were so she came away with plenty of content.
While this is not typical of a styled shoot, this particular retreat had it all.
Kelsey was able to also develop relationships with the other photographers and really found the downtime to be invaluable to getting to know everyone and building long-lasting connections.
If you’re a small community photographer, it may be hard to find community over competition, and for Kelsey that has always been the struggle. She shared how much it meant to her to be able to find others who shared her vision and were open to collaborating and sharing insights into photography.
Another sweet perk when you attend a content retreat is getting to bounce ideas off each other. You will feel your creative spark in ways it hasn’t in a while and sometimes you’ll even get to see things from a new perspective.
Perhaps you’ll learn new angles or poses. Or how to capture movement in your photos.
Tom likes to capture whimsical audible moments. It shows more emotion in your photos. You’ll get to feel them vs just seeing them.
Be mindful when attending these sorts of events to give yourself space when you feel you’ve reached ‘input overload.’ It can happen to anyone, sometimes you just need some space and air alone to decompress and clear your head.
Finally, Kelsey’s advice for attending your first styled shoot or content retreat? “Just do it. Don’t be scared. Go for it and get rid of all your fears, anxieties, and intimidation.”
You’ll never regret the things you put yourself out there to do. But you may regret the things you don’t.