The Delight Retreat
16-18 September 2020 | East Sussex, UK
The Delight Retreat is a workshop with a difference.
It’s designed for photographers who want to create a business that delights both their clients AND themselves.
You’ll be challenged to make your photography business the best it possibly can be.
You’ll be inspired to find your own style, voice and brand.
The workshop will be practical and you’ll be rolling up your sleeves and getting stuck in. You’ll leave with much of the hard work already done, and feeling crystal clear on what it is you need to do to create the business you desire.
You’ll work hard, but leave plenty of time for play too. You’ll eat lots of delicious food and be inspired by the company of your fellow photographers and a shooting in a beautiful location by the sea and cliffs.
If your business isn’t quite where you want it to be, and you want someone to take you by the hand and show you what to do, then The Delight Retreat could be exactly what you’ve been looking for.
Please note – I am running a 1 day Delight Workshop in London in autumn 2019 instead of the 3 day retreat.
Please email me at email@example.com to get details.
“What an amazing experience! Vicki is so warm and open about all aspects of her business. The content of the course covers everything –and more – than I ever imagined.
I am leaving inspired and motivated to take my business to the next level.
The group of ladies are so lovely, the venue and food fab. Thoroughly recommend this retreat – a true delight!”
Clare Walpole Photography
There is something very special about being away from your everyday life for a few days, taking time to focus solely on you and your business.
And even better when you’re staying in a beautiful location with some other inspiring photographers while I show you how to build a business that works for you and plays to your strengths.
We’ll work really hard, but we’ll also make time for a sunrise yoga class, beauty treatments, a cliff walk and enjoying lots of delicious food and wine.
And of course we’ll enjoy a couple of photo shoots in the beautiful surroundings including the beach.
This is an investment in yourself and in your business. It will give you time to reflect and see what’s working in your business and what’s not. And to make future plans to make your business the best it possibly can be.
Now I have run the Delight Retreat 4 times to rave reviews, I know the huge value that it provides. By the end of the 3 days you’ll leave feeling inspired, re-energised and with a new focus. What’s not to love!
Vicki has made her business a huge success by understanding how to brand and market herself and also delighting her clients with the whole experience.
She’s been doing 1-2-1 training with photographers for the past 6 years and ran The Delight Retreat for the first time in 2016 to rave reviews. Vicki also co-hosts the award winning podcast for people photographers, Shoot Edit Chat Repeat.
Vicki’s work has been featured in many publications including Mother & Baby Magazine, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Practical Photography & Professional Image-maker.
Prior to setting up her photography business, Vicki had a successful 10 year career working in the advertising/sales/marketing industry.
The Workshop Location
We’ll all be staying in the beautiful Florence House on the Sussex coast for the duration of the workshop. The price of the workshop includes all accommodation in your own bedroom (bathrooms are shared but plentiful!), all meals (which are delicious) and drinks (yes including bubbly & wine!) The house stands in 6 acres of beautiful grounds and is less than 5 minute walk from the beach and the Sussex downs. The perfect venue for a photographers’ retreat!
Florence House is located in Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 4JS. It’s only 50 miles from the M25 and less than an hour from Gatwick Airport via train.
“Without doubt the best investment ever. Thrilled to have spent the past 3 days with this wonderful lady who went over and above to make this retreat an absolute delight.
Such a wonderful 3 days. Everything – the venue, the food, the company of a lovely group. It worked so much better than a 1 or 2 day workshop, I learnt so much!
Vicki’s business & marketing knowledge is wonderful, and her openness and willingness to share and help.
Worth every penny and more!”
Christine Burns Photography
Who is the workshop for?
The workshop is aimed at family & child lifestyle photographers who want to take their business to the next level. If you’re a hobbyist who is mainly looking to take photographs of styled shoots for your portfolio then there are other workshops out there that are more suited to you.
It’s aimed at photographers who are serious about creating a profitable business that delights their clients and themselves. Much of the workshop will be spent on finding your style, branding, marketing, pricing & sales (leaving time for shooting and relaxing too!) so it’s important that you are committed to making your business more successful.
Just get in touch with me if you can’t decide if the workshop is the right fit for you.
“Thank you so much for the most amazing retreat. I feel really inspired and thankful that you have shared so much with us, as well as encouraging us to find our own brands and stories.
The handbook is amazing. You have been so approachable and easy to talk to that I am coming away totally clear in my mind on what I need to do.”
Emily Kathleen Photography
“Thank you so much Vicki for a truly inspirational and motivating three days. I have learnt so much from you and really enjoyed watching you run two shoots.
You have been incredibly generous and open-hearted with your knowledge and personal experiences. Loved meeting everyone, fabulous venue & food. A beautiful experience!”
Sarah Clarke Photography
What we will cover
Over the 3 days we will cover everything you need to know in order to take your business to the next level including:
- Finding your own unique style and target clients
- How to brand yourself to reach your ideal clients
- Marketing – ensuring your ideal clients find you
- Effective pricing strategies
- How to delight your clients so they tell all of their friends about you
- 2 photo shoots where you will see how Vicki runs her sessions to ensure the best experience and orders
- Finding the best light in any situation
- How to ensure every family session flows and get the best out of different age children & personalities
- How to stay busy in the quieter winter months
- Products & sales
- A 15 min 1-2-1 training session with Vicki to offer bespoke advice on whatever you want – portfolio critique, website/price list review, branding/business advice
- A new headshot of yourself taken by Vicki delivered to you after the workshop
- Access to a private workshop Facebook group where you’ll be set some important tasks to do before the workshop itsel
- A comprehensive 170 page workbook (this will become your business bible!)
The retreat will run from Wednesday 16th September to Friday 18th September 2020. Here are the rough timings for the 3 days:
Wed 16 Sept: 1.30pm-9.30pm (dinner included)
Thurs 17 Sept: 8.00am-9.30pm (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)
Fri 18 Sept: 8.00am-1.00pm (breakfast & lunch included)
We will spend the whole 3 days at the wonderful Florence House, so no cars are required once we are there.
How much will it cost?
The price of the 3 day retreat is £1100 and includes the following:
- 3 days of intensive training over a 48 hour period
- 2 nights accommodation in your own bedroom at Florence House (bathrooms are shared but plentiful!)
- A 170 page beautiful workbook (described by previous attendees as their new business bible!)
- Delicious home-cooked meals & drinks all included (yes including wine and bubbly!)
- A shiny new headshot taken by Vicki (delivered to you after the workshop)
- Access to a video after the retreat showing Vicki editing a number of images from start to finish
- Permanent access to a Facebook group with the other attendees so we can continue to chat and support each other long after the retreat has finished
Please apply here and I’ll let you know if the retreat is a perfect fit for your and your business.
Early bird discount
If you book by 17/01/20 then you will get 10% off the price, making it just £990 with everything above included. Giving you a saving of £110, yay!
£290 deposit is due by 17/1/20 to reserve your place, and the balance will be due at the beginning of August 2020, 6 weeks before the retreat. Payment plans available.
“The retreat was soooo delightful…a truly amazing experience.
Vicki is so giving with her content, there really is nothing held back. The support and advice really does make you feel really special and give you the encouragement that you can go forward with your business.
I would highly recommend to anyone who needs to refresh and revamp their business but also someone starting out.
This truly will be your best investment ever!”
Paula Jayne Photography
“The Delight Retreat has been amazing. Full of information and useful resources. Having Vicki on tap for 3 days has been a unique experience.
Great location, great house, great food and wine. Not only have I learnt so much but I’ve also made some wonderful new friends. I also love the workbook which will now be my business bible. I can’t wait to get going on improving my business.”
Sarah Bertram of Sweet Pea Photography
If you would like to join us, please fill in this form and I’ll get back to you within a few days to let you know whether the retreat will be the right fit for you. I will be honest if I don’t think it will be the best use of your time and money…I want you to be delighted at the end of it!
All other retreats have sold out within a few weeks of being announced. It’s on a first come, first served basis, so if you’re interested in joining us, please don’t hang about!
“Brilliant!! An amazing few days with lots of positive ideas to kick my business into shape. I’m leaving the retreat feeling re-energised with a clear focus on what I want and need to get done to improve my business.
So often I’ve walked away from a course feeling a bit let down. You have over-delivered on the promises you made. Thank you.”
Alex Bray Photography
“I’m so glad I signed up for the Delight Retreat. It’s one of the best things I’ve done for my photography and career.
I’m feeling really inspired and positive now and more confident to start forming my business in the way that suits me.”
Sophie Boutar Photography
Have more questions?
Yes of course!
Here is the link to my blog post with lots of photos from my first ever retreat in April 2016 and more details of what we went up to.
And here are some of the blog posts written by some of the attendees after the retreat so you can hear about it in their words.
I want to keep the group small to ensure that you all get the individual attention you need, so there will be a maximum of 10 people attending. (I need a minimum of 8 people for the workshop to go ahead).
I believe it’s different for a few different reasons.
Firstly this workshop is designed for photographers who want to create a profitable business. The focus of the workshop is providing you with the strategies and advice you need to make your business a success. Obviously shooting is a key part of this, but it’s not necessarily the most important part. So we will spend around 75% of the time working on your business and around 25% on shooting, whereas with many photography workshops it’s the other way round.
I have been planning this retreat for years because I knew I didn’t want to do something that just lasted just a day. I know that the training courses I’ve got the most out of in the past, are ones where we immerse ourselves for a few days. Then you leave feeling reinvigorated and motivated.
We will have our own personal chef for the 3 days (hooray!), walks on the cliffs, lovely wine in the evenings, optional yoga class and beauty treatments. All of the things that make this a retreat not just a workshop.
And lastly, I really care about your business succeeding. I won’t hold anything back. I only run this retreat once a year, and I will be there as your mentor cheering you on along the way. (And at least you can be confident that the advice you are receiving is from someone who is currently running a successful photography business, not someone who is only training fellow professionals because they can’t get make their photography business work. 😉 )
If you have been working on building your portfolio and are in the process of building your business then the workshop will be great for you to establish your style and brand right from the start.
If you’re an aspiring photographer just thinking about starting a business then the workshop isn’t right for you as we will be spending a lot of time talking through fairly advanced business and marketing strategies.
That depends. If you are totally satisfied with where your business is right now, you’re getting the amount of clients you want and are happy with the orders you receive then you probably don’t need to attend the workshop.
However if you have been in business for years and you’re still not making the money you want from it or attracting the right kind of clients then the workshop could be just what you need. Many of the past attendees had been in business for nearly a decade and got tons of value out of it.
Sometimes when you are so close to your work and your business, it’s a challenge to see what needs to change. And if you just carry on doing the same things, you’ll only get the same results. So often what is necessary is for someone to help you take a step back and look at your business and work objectively, and advise you what you need to do to get the results you want.
Yes you will be able to take images of the shoots, and you will be able to use these in your own portfolios (as long as you provide the family with the images you are to use). The session won’t be a styled shoot, it will be a normal family with an emphasis on capturing authentic emotions and relationships. See my own galleries to get an idea of the kind of shoots to expect.
You’ll be able to watch me shoot and my aim is to arm you with ideas and inspiration that you can use in your own work, rather than just portfolio images that lots of other photographers have as well.
If you main motivation for attending a workshop is to get portfolio images then this probably isn’t the best workshop for you.
I won’t be covering how to shoot with articificial light as I shoot with natural light 99.9% of the time. I won’t cover Photoshop as I use Lightroom the majority of the time. And I won’t be giving advice about in-person sales as I use online galleries with great results.
This retreat has been in the planning for some years now after receiving lots of requests from photographers. I have been doing 1-2-1 training with photographers for a few years now ( you can see their reviews here) but April 2016 was the first time I had run this Delight retreat.
I wanted to find the perfect venue and offer something different to the other workshops that are out there.
Also I just didn’t have the time to run a workshop before my boys were both at school. My schedule is always so busy with shoots (which is a good thing!) so I have recently hired an associate photographer to take on some of my sessions, therefore freeing up time for me to work on this retreat.
I do understand. It’s always difficult to take the leap to investing in training especially when you aren’t making much of a profit. But if you carry on with what you are doing you are only going to get the same results. So you need to invest in training to learn how to change things and start getting the results you want.
Most photography training courses are around £300-£400 for the day for around 6 hours of training. With the Delight retreat you are getting 3 days worth of training packed intensively into 48 hours. So the training alone is worth the £1100 price. Then when you bear in mind that you also get a 170 page workbook, 2 nights accommodation, a brand new headshot and all of your food and drink included as well, it represents fantastic value.
And no need to do 3 separate workshops on shooting, business & marketing!
When I have invested in training in the past, I have always looked at it that I only need to get one new client in order for it to pay for itself. Or you could look at it this way, you only need to get less than £200 extra from your next 5 clients and you will have made your money back. I’m confident if you take action on the advice you learn in the workshop that you will be able to do this.
The 1-2-1 sessions take place at times during the retreat that won’t affect the group teaching, mainly in the evenings.
I’ve been on a workshop before where everyone had to sit around waiting while the trainer was doing the 1-2-1’s which is frustrating. Not on this retreat! I make sure they take place when you are having some down-time or getting to know each other over drinks in the evening.
As with all online transactions, there is a 14 day ‘cooling off’ period, so if you change your mind within this time then your deposit will be refunded in full.
After this time the deposit is non-refundable, but you are welcome to find someone to fill your place. If you change your mind more than 3 months before the start of the workshop then I will help you with marketing the place and will refund your deposit if it is re-sold. Please note that if the place isn’t filled then your deposit won’t be refunded.
As a general rule, I’m afraid I can’t take any photographers on the retreat who are based within 30 miles of my home in Hindhead, GU26 (including the whole of Surrey).
I share a ton of advice and proven strategies during the workshop and it wouldn’t be wise for me to provide this to a photographer covering the same area, I hope you understand!
However I have taken a few Surrey photographers on the retreat in previous years. If you think you have a very different style to me and we target very different audiences then it may well be a yes! Please get in touch so we can chat about it. Thank you.
That’s fine! Just drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.