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REFOCUS RETREAT

24th - 27th May 2019, Lancefield Victoria

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Speakers & Mentors 2019

Introducing our Speakers for 2019 - more to be announced! Stay Tuned!
Kelly Tunney
Wedding Photography - Brought to you by Nikon
Stef King
Fashion Photography / High End Retouching  - Brought to you by Nikon
Sally Brownbill
Portfolio Consultant & Creative Marketing Resource
Jodie Andrews
Newborn Photography & Streamlining Business Processes - Brought to you by Kayell
Grace Costa
Equine Photographer and Artist - brought to you by Nikon
Natalie Howe
Business, Product Sales & Portraits -Brought to you by Seldex
Keren Dobia
Fine Art, Creative Editing & Advanced Print. Brought to you by Epson & Kayell
Kelly Champion
Family & Documentary Photographer - Brought to you by Epson
Karen Alsop
Video & PR for Photographers - brought to you by Nikon
Janis House
Traditional Process / Landscape Walks
Jo Howell
Pet Photography & Business
Lacey Barratt
Birth, Intimate Mother & Personal Brand
Michaela & Charlotte
Social Media & Strategy

Packages for 2019

Refocus Retreat - Conference Pass Only
Pass to the conference & Workshops for 4 days + full catering
$1695
  • $1695
  • Full 4 day Conference Pass ( no accommodation)
  • Meals for Duration ( includes morning tea/lunch/afternoon tea & Dinner!)
  • 2o+ inspiring workshops/keynotes
  • 12+ amazing award winning speakers
  • Social activities & competitions
  • Free mini massages and champagne & showbag on arrival
  • Opening day tradeshow and product demonstrations
  • Experience this uplifting and warm community by joining us in 2019!
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REFOCUS RETREAT - Single/ Own Room Accommodation
All Inclusive Single/Own Room Accommodation, all meals and 4 day conference pass
$2295
  • $2295
  • All Inclusive
  • Full 4 day Conference Pass
  • 3 nights, 4 days Private Single Share Accommodation ( queen bed)
  • All meals for duration ( includes Dinners!)
  • 2o+ inspiring workshops/keynotes
  • 12+ amazing award winning speakers
  • Social activities & competitions
  • Free mini massages and champagne & showbag on arrival
  • Opening day tradeshow and product demonstrations
  • Experience this uplifting and warm community by joining us in 2019!
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REFOCUS RETREAT - 2 Day Package Friday - Saturday
Pass to the conference & Workshops for 2 days & 1 night shared accommodation + full catering
$995
  • $995
  • Full 2 day Conference Pass –
  • Friday Night Accommodation – Shared ( one night) (Email admin@refocusretreat.com.au to upgrade to single)
  • Meals for Duration –  from Friday Afternoon Tea – Saturday Dinner
  • 3 inspiring workshops & 3 keynotes included 
  • 12+ amazing award winning speakers
  • Social activities & competitions
  • Free mini massages and champagne & showbag on arrival
  • Opening day tradeshow and product demonstrations
  • Experience this uplifting and warm community by joining us in 2019!
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REFOCUS RETREAT - 2 Day Package Sunday - Monday
Pass to the Conference & Workshops for 2 days & 1 night accommodation + full catering
$1195
  • $1195
  • Full 2 day Conference Pass –
  • Sunday Night Accommodation – Shared ( one night) (Email admin@refocusretreat.com.au to upgrade to single)
  • Meals for Duration –  from Sunday Morning Tea – Monday Lunch
  • Includes 5 inspiring workshops & 3 keynotes
  • 12+ amazing award winning speakers
  • Social activities & competitions
  • Free mini massages and champagne & showbag on arrival
  • Group Mentoring Lunch & Print Workshop
  • Experience this uplifting and warm community by joining us in 2019!
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Refocus Retreat

WHAT IS REFOCUS RETREAT 2019

Refocus Retreat - For women in the business of photography

You can still remember the first photo you took.

The shutter clicked, and something awoke deep inside. There was no thought of composition, lighting or focus – just a feeling like your soul had stretched out its wings, ready to fly. Though you couldn’t quite put your finger on it, you knew – could feel – that true photography is more than a way to preserve memories. Every photograph pulses with a life of its own; there is a kind of magic imbedded in each masterful image that connects hearts, generations and worlds.

Refocus Retreat invites you to recharge your creativity and rediscover the passion that first set you on your photographic journey.  Set in the picturesque countryside of the Macedon Ranges,  you will find rest for body and soul at this one of a kind photography conference; a sisterhood of talented and professional female photographers from all walks of life; and a wealth of expert advice and mentoring. Let the gorgeous natural surrounds spark a renewed sense of connection with the earth while you connect with the beautiful women you are sojourning with. Discover gems of wisdom that will help you take your photography business to the next level – we have all bases covered, from workshops and keynote speakers to nature walks and candid conversations.

After the farewell hugs and that last glass of champagne, you will leave with a renewed sense of clarity and focus that will breathe new life and inspiration into your work. And more than that, you will leave with new friendships and industry connections that will continue to invigorate your creative and professional endeavours well beyond the Refocus Retreat.

Hands On Workshops

Get inspired and up your skill set, with an amazing selection of hands on workshops at this one of a kind photography conference! Don't forget your camera!

Inspiring Presentations

Sit back and absorb amazing presentations and keynotes, from experienced contemporary female photographers designed to inspire you to the next level.

Relax and Recharge

With lots of optional activities and pampering provided, such as Mini Massages, Morning Landscape walks, Social activities, Group Mentoring and more! Helps you relax and recharge!

Fantastic Venue

Newly renovated and exclusively ours in the beautiful Macedon Ranges

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Refocus Retreat 2019

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Newborn & Maternity
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Business & Sales
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Presentation or Panel
Optional Activities
Self Improvement
Pets & Animal Photography
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Landscape Walks ( Optional)
6:30 am - 8:00 am
With Janis House
Landscape / Traditional Process / Fine Art
Hands On / Shooting Workshop
Optional Activities

LANDSCAPE WALKS

Join Janis on her morning landscape walks to learn how she takes in and captures the environment with her unique perspective.

Breakfast
6:30 am - 9:00 am

Keynote - Large Group Activity
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Portrait Stream
Fashion & Editorial
Social Media & Marketing
Hands On / Shooting Workshop
Self Improvement

Keynote - Large Group Activity
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Commercial Portraits - With Stef King
Portrait Stream
Fashion & Editorial
Social Media & Marketing
Hands On / Shooting Workshop
Presentation or Panel
Self Improvement

MORNING TEA

1A Beginner's guide to social media -Melbourne Social Co
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
With Melbourne Social Co.
Business & Sales
Social Media & Marketing
Presentation or Panel
Technical / Workflow / Editing

Beginner's guide to social media:

Get the picture – An introduction to social media for photographers, how to curate and distribute content to promote your business! Covers: Digital Marketing overview, Curating your content & content planning, Social media platforms and optimum setup, social media advertising and 'stories' , planning software/apps & social media etiquette.

1B Newborn Photography - Jodie Andrews
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
with Jodie Andrews
Portrait Stream
Newborn & Maternity
Hands On / Shooting Workshop
Presentation or Panel
Technical / Workflow / Editing

Newborn Photography

This class is designed to teach you the basics of running a newborn studio.    We will be covering everything from studio lighting, baby safety, flow wrapping and soothing newborns to posing workflows and how to style your session.   Allow me to show you how I run my sessions and improve your workflow techniques to help you be as efficient as you can be.   

1C - Prep for an exhibition - Grace Costa
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
with Grace Costa
Business & Sales
Landscape / Traditional Process / Fine Art
Presentation or Panel
Technical / Workflow / Editing

Exhibitions- Your Starter Kit

Grace Costa has exhibited her work in galleries all around Australia in both group and solo shows. She will teach you all the ins and out's of planning your successful solo exhibition.

  • -Creating a series of work
  • -Timelines and planning your exhibition
  • -Gallery Proposals
  • -How to write an Artist Statement
  • -Budgets/Costs
  • -Promotion
  • -Budgets/Costs

SOLD OUT - 1D Portfolio Intensive - Sally Brownbill
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
with Sally Brownbill
Business & Sales
Hands On / Shooting Workshop
Self Improvement

Portfolio Intensive

Lets talk about portfolios and specifically lets talk about yours!! I'd like you to bring in your work on printed 6x4 inch prints that you can print at office works, Im not worried about the quality at this stage. Also if you have actual portfolios bring them in as well. ( only printed not digital) We will have a discussion about websites and portfolios. Why are they needed and what is the difference when editing them. Together will be looking at each others work and I will be giving a brief critical appraisal of the images you have bought in and offer suggestions on where to go with your work from here. I'll talk about layout, editing images, presentation and content with each person and as a group you will have the opportunity to understand how different images from a variety of disciplines can sit next to each other. It's a fun packed session but also can be confronting for those of you who are not used to showing your work. SO be brave and come on down !!

BUFFET LUNCH
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

2A - SHUT UP AND SHOOT - Kelly Tunney
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
With Kelly Tunney
Wedding Stream
Hands On / Shooting Workshop
Technical / Workflow / Editing

SHUT UP AND SHOOT - navigating out of your own head to shoot with confidence and mega creativity

I promise this can apply to any genre, not just weddings! I’m going to help you (and SHOW) you how to get the most out of every situation. How to get confident and calm the f*&k down.

Will step through a beginning to end wedding day scenario (ok, so that part is wedding related) and talk you through what gear to use, when and WHY!

This is always an eye-opening (get it) experience when I show my shooting - for me and my students.

Breaking down all your own head games and overcoming your challenges and obstacles is a huge part of why we hold back. I (think) I have the perfect way to help you navigate out of your own head and kick arse! And I’ll probably get awkward as hell in the progress. YOU SHOULD ALL DEFINITELY COME 😉

SOLD OUT ! 2B The Portrait Customer Experience - Natalie Howe
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
with Natalie Howe
Portrait Stream
Business & Sales
Social Media & Marketing
Presentation or Panel
Technical / Workflow / Editing
Pets & Animal Photography

Customer Experience – Newborns and Portraits (Studio)

Howe Studios has created a unique customer experience for their clients from the initial enquiry and information sent, personal phone calls and excitement emails through to the professional yet personalised session finishing with a small gift for each child. Natalie will show you her award winning studio space and take you through how she communicates with her clients to ensure they are fully educated on the process, she will share her secret on her unique way of upselling clients from USB enquiries to clients walking away with beautiful wall art and box sets. Natalie will finish this session with showing you how she packages her client products for collection and the after care emails and communication following the session.

2C Mock Birth - Lacey Barratt
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
With Lacey Barratt
Portrait Stream
Newborn & Maternity
Hands On / Shooting Workshop

Mock Birth

How many times have you toyed with the idea of shooting a birth or becoming a full time birth photographer.... or even just adding in the odd birth a few times a year because you can't commit, but you still want the oxytocin high every now and then? It's hard, especially if you have never shot a birth. Lacey will be creating a birth space, using a real pregnant model (no real labour, just real bellies!) and showing you how to navigate the space, proper birth etiquette, and the angles we should be getting; every time, without fail. She will teach you how to shoot in low light/flash without you ever missing a shot again. The great thing about this workshop? You get to use the images you take here as part of your portfolio to give you a boost to book more sessions.

2D Traditional Process - Janis House
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
With Janis House
Landscape / Traditional Process / Fine Art
Hands On / Shooting Workshop
Technical / Workflow / Editing

Traditional Process - Cyanotypes & Emulsion lift!

Experience 2 of Janis’ favourite alternative process techniques (cyanotype and emulsion lifts) and create a unique piece of art to take home. Limited spots!

Afternoon Tea

3A Family Photography - Kelly Champion
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
with Kelly Champion
Portrait Stream
Hands On / Shooting Workshop

Family Photography:

To me family photography is the celebration of the perfect imperfections of a life full of love together. Come for an adventure full of tickles, laughter and fun as I share some of my tips and tricks on delivering gorgeous galleries for your clients that they will love forever. Experience a live shoot with me as I show you how I create natural emotional interactions between the family you are photographing and also with you as the photographer. We will talk about everything from pre session prep to lens choice, use of light and using prompts to set a scene for your clients to interact naturally within.

3B - The Magic of a single prop - Pet & Portrait Photography - Jo Howell
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
WithJo Howell
Portrait Stream
Business & Sales
Hands On / Shooting Workshop
Technical / Workflow / Editing
Pets & Animal Photography

The Magic of a Single Prop

. Join Jo as she runs you through a pet photography session using just one prop and creative posing, to create a beautiful gallery of highly sell-able images celebrating pets and their people. Get a behind the scenes tour of Jo’s indoor/ outdoor studio space proving, you don’t need the most beautiful of locations to create great images. You will also learn how she uses lightroom to speed up image selection and processing and how you can use ProSelect to create client galleries specifically designed to sell wall art and image packages.

3C Portfolio Intensive - Sally Brownbill
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
with Sally Brownbill
Business & Sales
Hands On / Shooting Workshop
Self Improvement

Portfolio Intensive

Lets talk about portfolios and specifically lets talk about yours!! I'd like you to bring in your work on printed 6x4 inch prints that you can print at office works, Im not worried about the quality at this stage. Also if you have actual portfolios bring them in as well. ( only printed not digital) We will have a discussion about websites and portfolios. Why are they needed and what is the difference when editing them. Together will be looking at each others work and I will be giving a brief critical appraisal of the images you have bought in and offer suggestions on where to go with your work from here. I'll talk about layout, editing images, presentation and content with each person and as a group you will have the opportunity to understand how different images from a variety of disciplines can sit next to each other. It's a fun packed session but also can be confronting for those of you who are not used to showing your work. SO be brave and come on down !!

3D Intermediate /Advanced Social Media - Melbourne Social Co
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
With Melbourne Social Co
Business & Sales
Social Media & Marketing
Presentation or Panel

Intermediate workshop - growing your online brand:

Sharpen you focus – Now you know how to get your content out there, it’s time to take it to the next level! Learn the ins and outs of growing your online brand and how to measure the results.

FREE TIME
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Dinner Keynote
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
With Sally Brownbill
Wedding Stream
Presentation or Panel

Now more than ever, professional photography demands a unique balance between inspired creativity and effective business skills My talk will be based around “The Business of Photography”. I promise it won’t be boring and there will be no talk of accounting !. I will talk about my career journey and how it has helped me to understand the creative process and industry, and inturn help other photographers. It would be remiss of me not to talk about common mistakes photographers make with their folios and business practices. I will also be including anecdotes of my experiences over many years working in this area. Most of all I want to inspire you and give you tools to work with on how to have a long and successful career.

DINNER 7.15pm
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Social Activity
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
TBC
Optional Activities

Sunday 26th May
Sunday 26th May
Landscape Walks ( Optional)
6:30 am - 8:00 am
With Janis House
Landscape / Traditional Process / Fine Art
Hands On / Shooting Workshop
Optional Activities

LANDSCAPE WALKS

Join Janis on her morning landscape walks to learn how she takes in and captures the environment with her unique perspective.

Breakfast
6:30 am - 8:30 am

Keynote - Large Group Activity
8:30 am - 10:30 am
Introduction to Video for Photographers - with Karen Alsop
Portrait Stream
Fashion & Editorial
Business & Sales
Social Media & Marketing
Hands On / Shooting Workshop
Presentation or Panel
Self Improvement

Be inspired to create fabulous films using your camera. This hands on session is collaborative, educational and super fun. You already have great photographic skills. Karen will fast track your video skills teaching you how to shoot slow motion, capture quality audio and choose the right settings so you can confidentlyadd video products to your business. Offering video in your business will add a new revenue stream and will increase your marketing impact when sharing powerful videos on social media, YouTube, and your website. You will laugh a lot, learn a lot, make new friends and come away with a new found confidence for Video.

MORNING TEA

4A Maternity Photography . - Jodie Andrews
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
with Jodie Andrews
Portrait Stream
Newborn & Maternity
Hands On / Shooting Workshop
Technical / Workflow / Editing

Maternity Photography

Learn the basics of Maternity Flow posing and creative lighting techniques using strobes to get the most variety out of your Maternity Sessions.     We will also be discussing fabrics and clothing options. If weather permits we will be heading outdoors so footwear will be required for this class.  

SOLD OUT _ 4B Advanced Photoshop to Print - Keren Dobia
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
With Keren Dobia
Portrait Stream
Landscape / Traditional Process / Fine Art
Hands On / Shooting Workshop
Technical / Workflow / Editing

SOLD OUT - Advanced Photoshop to Print – Workshop

Learn some of Keren’s go to editing techniques for print enhancement. She will walk you through her process of image analysis, test printing, print enhances and making the best paper choice for your work. If you need some tips and tricks for your own image enhancement and preparing prints for awards then you can be sure to take away some valuables information. -how to analyse an image for enhancement -Image testing and printing -top tricks to edit for print

4C Wedding workflow for happy clients - Natalie Howe
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
With Natalie Howe
Wedding Stream
Business & Sales
Social Media & Marketing
Hands On / Shooting Workshop
Presentation or Panel

Wedding Workflow for Happy Clients

Howe Studios photographs 10-15 weddings a year with an average finished gross profit of $7k.

Natalie will take you through her workflow from the consult meeting through to delivering the finished product and beyond. Why she pre-designs the album without input from the clients and how 9/10 she’s guaranteed to earn $2-3k more after the day. How staying in contact with her clients past the wedding day has helped retain them as clients as they build their families.

4D Traditional Process - Janis House
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
With Janis House
Landscape / Traditional Process / Fine Art
Hands On / Shooting Workshop
Technical / Workflow / Editing

Traditional Process - Cyanotypes & Emulsion lift!

Experience 2 of Janis’ favourite alternative process techniques (cyanotype and emulsion lifts) and create a unique piece of art to take home. Limited spots!

Long BUFFET Lunch, Group Mentoring, Print Workshops & Mini Massages
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Long Lunch, Group Mentoring, Print Workshops & Mini Massages
Self Improvement
Optional Activities

Long Lunch, in which you can choose to do some extra print workshops with Epson & Kayell, get a mini massage, join a group mentoring session, sit back and relax, or get outside shooting for the print competition! Your choice!

5A Personal Branding - Lacey Barratt
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
With Lacey Barratt
Business & Sales
Presentation or Panel
Technical / Workflow / Editing

Personal Brand

Lacey has SLAYED her personal branding. It is clear and concise as to what she does and she delivers the content that people want to see. In this workshop, she will be teaching you all about personal brands, why she thinks this is the future of business and how to set up your brand to WIN.

5B Equine Photo Shoot - Grace Costa
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
With Grace Costa
Portrait Stream
Hands On / Shooting Workshop
Pets & Animal Photography

Equine Photo Shoot

Grace is known for her hyperreal portraits of horses, in this workshop, she will teach you how to achieve the perfect portrait.

  • -Discuss tools and equipment choice
  • -Setting up backdrop and lights
  • -Preparing the horse for the shoot and owner with expectations of the shoot
  • -Looking at the horse's body language
  • -This is a live shoot

5C Composite & Editing in Photoshop - Keren Dobia
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
with Keren Dobia
Landscape / Traditional Process / Fine Art
Presentation or Panel
Technical / Workflow / Editing

Compositing in Photoshop – workshop

This workshop focuses on the main skills required to create a successful and seamless composted image. With Keren’s 9 years of photoshop teaching experience you can be sure to take away some helpful and technically sound knowledge. Keren will take you through a basic composite with emphasis on masking, blending and final treatment to help to combine your separately shot photographic elements, into a more believable and seamless final result. - finessing masks - best selection methods for different types of images - non-destructive workflow - blending

5D Portfolio Intensive - Sally Brownbill
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
with Sally Brownbill
Business & Sales
Hands On / Shooting Workshop
Self Improvement

Portfolio Intensive

Lets talk about portfolios and specifically lets talk about yours!! I'd like you to bring in your work on printed 6x4 inch prints that you can print at office works, Im not worried about the quality at this stage. Also if you have actual portfolios bring them in as well. ( only printed not digital) We will have a discussion about websites and portfolios. Why are they needed and what is the difference when editing them. Together will be looking at each others work and I will be giving a brief critical appraisal of the images you have bought in and offer suggestions on where to go with your work from here. I'll talk about layout, editing images, presentation and content with each person and as a group you will have the opportunity to understand how different images from a variety of disciplines can sit next to each other. It's a fun packed session but also can be confronting for those of you who are not used to showing your work. SO be brave and come on down !!

Afternoon Tea

SOLD OUT - 6A Social Media Strategy and content planning - Melbourne Social Co
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
with Melbourne Social Co
Business & Sales
Social Media & Marketing
Hands On / Shooting Workshop
Presentation or Panel

SOLD OUT - Strategy and content planning workshop:

Don’t lose focus – Strategy session! Your ultimate guide for developing a social media strategy and planning your content.

6B Documentary & Street Photography - Kelly Champion
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
with Kelly Champion
Fashion & Editorial
Landscape / Traditional Process / Fine Art
Presentation or Panel
Technical / Workflow / Editing

Documentary/Street

Delicious little moments captured in time, never to be recreated….. See life through my lens as I take you on a journey from my backyard to the streets of New York as I talk about my love of capturing the joy, humour and hardships of this wonderful thing we call life. I will share how I began my journey - how a shy, non technical photographer like myself can over come these challenges to face the world. Learn how you can tell your own story, and the stories of your world through your photographs. We will talk about light, composition, equipment, finding stories and scenes along with answering any questions you have.

6C Creating Editorial Fashion images -Stef King
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
with Stef King
Fashion & Editorial
Hands On / Shooting Workshop
Technical / Workflow / Editing

Creating Editorial Fashion images

Take a look behind the scenes of planning and shooting editorial fashion. From sourcing clothing and model to creative concept planning from a typical brief given to you by a fashion editorial magazine Lighting on location and studio to create simple achievable setups when working on location Stef will also be going over post production and retouching of the created images in her retouching workshop the following day

Dinner Keynote - Kelly Tunney
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Wedding Stream
Presentation or Panel

DINNER 7.15pm
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Social Activity
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Optional Activities

Monday 27th May
Monday 27th May
Breakfast
6:30 am - 9:00 am

Keynote - Keren Dobia
9:00 am - 10:00 am
With Keren Dobia
Portrait Stream

Come and join Keren Dobia, fine art portrait photographer and 2017 AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year for an in inspirational journey of creativity Keren will discuss the unique people and the stories behind her in progress series I AM. and the processes undertaken to create these very stylised portraits. I AM. is a series of illustrative environmental portraits of Australians that explores and documents the people who contribute to our vast and diverse artistic community. The series features a variety of Australian creative talent. Keren uses objects, props and artwork to represent or illustrate who they are. The images tell the artists’ creative stories and share their deep artistic passions in a conceptual and dramatic way. Walk away motivated and inspired to give your photographic ideas ago.

MORNING TEA

7A Creative Fine Art Shoot - Keren Dobia
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
With Keren Dobia
Wedding Stream
Hands On / Shooting Workshop

Live Shoot - Join Keren Dobia on a live shoot where she will share her thoughts process and demonstrate how she creates, styles and lights her stylised environmental portraits, with an emphasis on in camera craft. Keren’s techniques and approaches can easily be translated into your own work flow, whether you shoot on location or in a studio. The afternoon spent with Keren will be informative, enjoyable and stimulating and will be sure to grow your own creative experience. What you can expect to take away from the day: · New energy and enthusiasm for your craft · Ability to conceptualise and style your own shoots · Learn how to create a set on a budget · Appreciation of the importance and power of shooting in camera · Tips on how to engage and relax your subject · enhanced lighting skills - how to get creative with light shapers too create mood and drama

7B Kicking it up a notch - Kelly Tunney
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
with Kelly Tunney
Wedding Stream
Business & Sales
Presentation or Panel

Kicking it up a notch - expanding your business to a new level

This one is for peeps that have been in business longer than 5 years - and maybe deciding what to do next. Definitely not for the faint hearted. A reality check if you will…..

I’ll promise to serve the good, bad and ugly on growing your business. Should you stay solo, should you set up a company, where do you start? Or maybe you don’t want to grow, maybe you want a new challenge, a slap around the teeth, a new project, a new drinking buddy to collaborate with or even a shoulder to cry on.

Longevity in our industry is becoming harder and harder. And yet, it’s a HUGE topic that rarely gets discussed in these forums. I’d like to open it right up to anyone who has considered a serious (profitable) business model beyond start-up #rockon

7C Intimate Mother - Lacey Barratt
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
With Lacey Barratt
Portrait Stream
Newborn & Maternity
Hands On / Shooting Workshop
Technical / Workflow / Editing

The Intimate Mother Demo (workshop) Lacey Barratt will take you through a journey of intimacy, vulnerability and how to create that without asking your subject to move...ever. As a documentarian, it is important for her to ensure that the scene is unhindered and without direction. These sessions are usually extremely intense, and requires a reciprocation of vulnerability. To learn how to evoke emotion without breaking the silence, you'll want to join Lacey Barratt's Intimate Mother Workshop.

BUFFET LUNCH
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

8A Outdoor Workshop with harsh light - Natalie Howe
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
With Natalie Howe
Portrait Stream
Wedding Stream
Business & Sales
Hands On / Shooting Workshop

Outdoor Workshop with harsh light

Natalie will teach you how to get more out of your day. Don't waste a whole day waiting for 'perfect' light, when you could be making money all day. I'll show you how to make the most of the day so you can shoot when your clients are at their happiest, be it 10am or 2pm. We all know children aren't the 'best' at dusk, witching hour can take over, especially with toddlers. Learning how to see and read the light during the day, can help your sessions run smoother and calmer with well rested little children.

8B Beauty Retouching - Stef King
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
With Stef King
Fashion & Editorial
Presentation or Panel
Technical / Workflow / Editing

Beauty Retouching

A step by Step walk through of retouching for real women as well as beauty and fashion images.

An in-depth look at the difference in retouching for each gender and why retouching is so important to get right!

Stef will be retouching three images - Image one from her day 1 workshop ( commercial portrait ) A close up beauty image from herfashion workshop and an editorial fashion image from her fashion workshop

Plus lots of tips and tricks in editing and toning to make your images stand out. Stef will be using photoshop + Capture one software + Nik software during this session

8C Streamlining Business Processes - Jodie Andrews
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
with Jodie Andrews
Portrait Stream
Business & Sales
Social Media & Marketing
Presentation or Panel
Technical / Workflow / Editing

Business Process for Efficiency

Looking to get your life back! I used to spend hours in front of the computer however, due to a change in our family circumstances I was forced to rethink how I ran my business. As a result, I have developed systems and process to allow me to spend more time with my family. Join me in this class and see my studio workflow, including how I do my same day gallery presentation, hear about the tools that have helped my productivity and learn about creating your own system workflow.

Close & Goodbyes - 2.30 - 3.30pm
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Presentation or Panel

Refocus Retreat 2019
Saturday 25th May
LOCATION
Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia

Surrounded by 274 acres of Australian bush in Victoria’s incredible Macedon Ranges it is hard not feel a powerful sense of purpose and place. Located 65 minutes from Melbourne CBD and 35 minutes from Tullamarine airport, Spring Hill Estate will capture your imagination like few regional conference or wedding venues can. From the minute you pull down our driveway, past the flock of sheep in our front paddock, you will feel you are somewhere very special – an exclusive place with enormous horizons and inspiring vistas.

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VENUE
Spring Hill Estate

Spring Hill Estate was purpose built for private events with our beautiful homestead and surrounding guest rooms creating a distinct village-like atmosphere. Once inside, the landscape speaks for itself. Rolling hills stretch as far as the eye can see, over our estate vineyard and dams with resident mobs of kangaroos or flocks of rosellas stopping by to graze on our lawn. Our acclaimed service and rustic style will make you feel at home in an instant – and free to contemplate, collaborate or celebrate, no matter what the reason for your stay.

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ACCOMMODATION
Comfortable Twin share or Single accommodation

Choose shared accommodation and we'll partner you up with a room buddy ( or request a friend!) Or easily choose to upgrade to your own room when booking. All accommodation includes wi fi access, bedding ( single bed for twin share, queen or king for own room), TV, desk & ensuite.

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Packages for 2019

Refocus Retreat - Conference Pass Only
Pass to the conference & Workshops for 4 days + full catering
$1695
  • $1695
  • Full 4 day Conference Pass ( no accommodation)
  • Meals for Duration ( includes morning tea/lunch/afternoon tea & Dinner!)
  • 2o+ inspiring workshops/keynotes
  • 12+ amazing award winning speakers
  • Social activities & competitions
  • Free mini massages and champagne & showbag on arrival
  • Opening day tradeshow and product demonstrations
  • Experience this uplifting and warm community by joining us in 2019!
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REFOCUS RETREAT - Single/ Own Room Accommodation
All Inclusive Single/Own Room Accommodation, all meals and 4 day conference pass
$2295
  • $2295
  • All Inclusive
  • Full 4 day Conference Pass
  • 3 nights, 4 days Private Single Share Accommodation ( queen bed)
  • All meals for duration ( includes Dinners!)
  • 2o+ inspiring workshops/keynotes
  • 12+ amazing award winning speakers
  • Social activities & competitions
  • Free mini massages and champagne & showbag on arrival
  • Opening day tradeshow and product demonstrations
  • Experience this uplifting and warm community by joining us in 2019!
Book Now