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November Beach Retreat | Workshop Announcement (Updated 10/2)

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Sessions from my past workshops:

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Imagine…toes in the sand, cold drink in your hand, leafing through your goodie bag and waiting for the fun to begin at the Friday Night Welcome Dinner. Accommodations & fabulous food are taken care of while you relax, learn, and meet a group of like-minded photographers who can share this experience and take knowledge home to ignite your portrait business, just in the time for that off season business revamp we always do & the fall portrait rush! Come to the beach, meet me, and learn and meet fabulous ladies and go home with lots of goodies, knowledge, and a fire to get 2015 started!

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I am holding another fabulous workshop to entail everything from finding the light at different times of day to golden hour portrait sessions & rounding it out with marketing, SEO, legal info, and editing.  I want you to learn a ton in an amount of time that is feasible for you to be away from your business & family so I created an action packed 1+ day workshop jammed with real sessions so you can get your camera clicking, your mind lightbulbing, and your portfolio expanding. After all, I have 4 little ones my self and I know how hard it is to be away 😉 Want to see some of my past workshops? Sure! Click HERE.

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Could you, would you, should you? Yes! Here is what some of my past attendees had to say:

This workshop exceeded all my expectations. Every photographer that has their own business or just loves photography and is looking to improve their skills MUST attend this workshop. I am not a professional photographer and I learned more that I could imagine. Kansas was so helpful and answered all questions that we all had. You will learn everything from positioning your clients for amazing light to post processing tricks! Kansas is a genuine, relaxed and fun person who truly wanted to help us all learn the most we could. This workshop was organized and every detail was thought of. If you have the opportunity to take one of Kansas’s workshop, don’t hesitate, you will be so thankful you did. Thank you, Kansas! It was such an great experience~Jennifer, October 2013

What was your favorite part of the workshop?  EVERYTHING! The welcome dinner was AMAZING. The cake to DIE for! Marketing, lighting, shooting etc., clarified clearly to me the goals I want to accomplish in my photography career. Learning your techniques and how you interact with your clients is all knowledge that will help me in the future. Your editing process and learning what we did on SEO, (even though it was over my head, at least I know who to hire in order to get the most out of it). I really could go on and on. I am a huge fan of yours and I can’t wait to apply all that I learned.I loved being able to meet everyone…. Thanks you so much for an amazing experience. It is one that I will ALWAYS CHERISH!~Cathy, 2013

Being able to get a behind the scenes with Kansas was amazing! Loved watching her in action with her clients and then being able to see her workflow and post processing. Kansas is laid back and relaxed yet amazingly organized as a business woman. I learned some amazing things that I can apply to my business to enhance my current workflow and cut a lot of time out of my editing! I appreciated her candor, her honestly and knowing that she is ultra “real” ~ left me encouraged and energized! I have met a lot of people in my industry and she is a kind, caring individual that I am proud to now call my friend! Loved her home, her family and her workshop! I encourage you to take a workshop from Kansas – you will be glad you did!! ~ Janean, September 2013


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Date: November 16th from 8am-? (plus a Welcome Dinner Saturday Night, the 15th) see proposed itinerary

Location: kansas studios | kansas pitts photography & design as well as other chosen locations (see proposed itinerary), Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

Airport Codes: ECP (Southwest & Delta), VPS  (Delta is primary) are closest but PNS may be less expensive

Accommodations UPDATED: I was going to include these because it is so pretty at some of these larger homes but I have found that everyone wants to come with family or a spouse so I am removing this option as of 10/2 and the price is reflected as such below!

If you are coming with your spouse or your family you can start looking for lodging options at http://www.visitsouthwalton.com/.  There is a Courtyard Marriott as well as a Residence Inn nearby as well as a plethora of resorts, condos, and home rentals plus it is before high season so the rates should be better 😉


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What’s Included:

My editing video and collaborative Michelle Kane action set and all my sky overlays on flash drive.

Welcome dinner Friday night, pastry and coffee breakfast at the studio, and lunch on Saturday and a beach bonfire, the perfect ending to the perfect weekend!

A beach bag with lots of goodies from kansas studios & our workshop sponsors, including a fabulous “beach” frame from The Organic Bloom!, and the Washed Ashore camera strap from The Bloom Theory!  – see sponsors below


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What you need to bring:

Basic knowledge of Lightoom, Photoshop, and your own camera-we will be shooting in manual (which I will go over but please practice getting to know Manual if you don’t shoot that way currently) Bring your lenses! Once you are booked I will let you know what lenses I will be using. Bring what you have and I will also be providing attendees with a coupon code to assist in renting lenses from BorrowLenses.com (one of our fabulous sponsors) for those of you who would like to try something new while you are here. You may bring your laptop to take notes or edit along with me during the class/studio portion of the workshop.

What I hope to have you walk away with:

New friends, a renewed sense of creativity, knowledge on finding the right light at different times of the day, of shooting backlit images, of where to place your subjects, of shooting in open sun, also editing to make your images pop, working an efficient workflow, how styling can make an amazing image, and many fabulous images for your portfolio for the upcoming summer portrait season. Not to mention, how to market to clients, how to book them, get them to your website, and deal with your business legally. Honestly, sooo much more 😉


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Cost: $1750 per person (which includes the meals as stated above)

Terms:  The nonrefundable deposit of $900 is due to book and these are on a first come, first serve basis-you can serve your spot by paying your deposit in the STORE. Balance is due no later than October 15th. Within a week I will send you full booking details and get you in the private FB group and all of that!



Tentative Itinerary:

(Subject to change once I review all the attendees questionnaires and see what best fits everyone)

Saturday Night

Welcome/Get to Know Dinner

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Introduction, Q & A, Pastries & Coffee at the Studio


Morning: Finding the Morning Light Portrait Session at a Rustic location

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Wrap up: Editing, Lightroom, & Photoshop

Lunch and Chit Chat

 Marketing, Networking, SEO, Legal, & the Business of Portrait Photography

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Mid Afternoon: Styled  Session in a Lush Setting (Finding the light in Open Shade/Backlighting)

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Late Afternoon: Sunset Family Beach Session Covers backlit shooting as well as open sun shooting.

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Finish up with a bonfire on the beach 😉

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So are you joining me?!

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Presley says you should 😉














Ready to Enroll? (Notes: This is not open to photographers located within 100 miles of 32459 or photographers who plan to photograph within 100 miles of 32459)

*Due to the fact that there are not any homes that have 12 bedrooms (that I can find) there is a possibility that you will have to share a bedroom with someone. If you come or meet another photographer here you will sharing a room if need be. This all depends solely on how many photographers register to say at the beach house. Bedroom picking will be done upon arrival and you will pick your accommodations in the order in which you registered. In other words, the first to register are the first to pick their rooms upon arrival on Friday 😉

Due to the possibility of booking up-if you don’t get a response from me within an hour please email me directly at kansasleah@yahoo.com just in case!

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