Our first retreat with instructors Kaylee, Nicole and Charlotte took place in April 2016 in the sunny Catalonia region of Spain. We stayed in a stunning 11th century masia that had been extensively renovated and updated.
Here’s what our wonderful group of attendees had to say about the experience.
How has Barkelona impacted me? Let me count the ways . . . No wait . . . There might be too many to count! 😉
Seriously, Barkelona was an amazing experience for me . . . It was just SO cool to meet like minded people who just totally 'get' all the ups and downs, ins and outs of professional pet photography and I have become a part of this amazing community since! I really felt like I had 'found my tribe' while at Barkelona and I have come away with not only a supportive group of colleagues and resources, but true friends from this experience as well!
On the business side, I have an incredible plan for improving my 'back end' of my business. Realistic pricing guides (that before I didn't think I 'deserved' or could command), tools for streamlining and being more efficient, eliminating redundancy and making my time more productive and effective, and SO much more!!! My editing skills have greatly improved and most importantly for me is my confidence has grown exponentially!!!!
I am SO grateful for the opportunity to have learned from the BEST . . . Charlotte, Kaylee and Nicole are just AMAZING and I continue to learn from them in our online community! I can't say enough good thing about my Barkelona experience and CAN'T WAIT for MORE at Barkarica!
Barkelona was not only an amazing experience in of itself but it has also already had an impact on my business (just a few months later). It has given me the confidence and tools to push more towards products and In Person Sales and I am already seeing a growth in my numbers per session (even though they are not quite where they need to be yet!).
I learned some new photoshop techniques and finally upgraded to CC with all its new time-saving options. My client communications (mail, phone, print, etc) are so much clearer and complete since seeing exemples of what the instructors were doing.
I was inspired to think different, to create and to find my own style. I am still learning regularly from our Facebook group and I have much more to implement to keep improving my business!
- Chantal, Chantal Levesque photo
When I joined the group at the medieval cum modern villa in the hills outside Barcelona, I was a blank slate or sponge ready to inhale all that the 3 world class dog photographers could teach me.
Nicole, Charlotte and Kaylee, each with their different style, were out-of-this-world knowledgeable about all things dogs + photography and made me comfortable immediately and, after 4 days of workshops and hands-on shooting Spanish dog models, soooo much more confident in my skills! The retreat was incredibly well organized, the food--prepared by an English-born cook--was truly mouthwatering and healthy, and it was A FUN experience. I am truly grateful to these 3 women for showing me the way to a creative AND profitable dog photography business! I will follow them all over the world!
- Julie, Bright Eyes Photos
There are not enough exclamation marks in the world to express how insanely excited I am over everything I have experienced during our wonderful stay in Barkelona! Thank you so much each and every one of you! I would have never believed it would be possible to gather so many insanely talented photographers at once. I love how you all shared your experiences, ideas and plans for the future. I am so happy that I was able to attend and am SO EXCITED for all of the work I have to do now! Haha! Yay and hooray for pricing, automation, redoing websites, editing images, and downloading apps!
- Mari Laegreid, Norway
I’m home and exhausted, but I can honestly say that the past four days have been life-changing! I’ve laughed and cried, made some amazing new friends, but above all, I’ve been filled with inspiration and determination. I know I will stop at nothing to achieve my dreams! I couldn’t be more grateful to Nicole, Charlotte, and Kaylee - there are no words!
- Josie Baughan, Jelly Bean Photography
I’ve just said the last goodbye to my fellow Barkelonians and my journey home begins. I have learned so many things in the past 4 days about business and photography. However, they are not the most important things that I have learned, or gained, from this experience. I take away the knowledge that passion can fulfill dreams, that there is inspiration in the strangest places, and that I cry a lot more than even I thought I did! I have gained so many new friends from all over the world and I can’t wait to see where all of our pet photography journeys take us. My heart is heavy that we acted and had to leave beautiful Casa Felix, but I can’t wait to get home to Christopher and my boys and start putting all I’ve learned into practice. Thanks to Charlotte, Kaylee, Nicole and Sam, I am ready to take the next step to fulfill my dream. I will never forget what you have given me.
- Craig Turner-Bullock, Furtography
To see more behind the scenes photos from Barkelona, along with personal accounts from our attendees (the term “life-changing” features often), check out the blog posts below!