Spring Ladies Retreat in Charleston, SC 

March 22-March 26

Registration opens August 1, 2022!!

Charleston South Carolina is a seaside town steeped in rich history. Spring is one of the best times to visit the low-country as the city is bathed in spring color and the weather is perfect. 

This workshop will explore the cobblestone streets of historic Charleston, iconic plantation gardens filled with azaleas, live oak trees, and the small coastal towns. We will shoot intimate landscape scenes, close up in the garden and sunrise/sunset landscapes. We will play with lots of creative techniques while in the field. 

Here are some of the local places that we plan to visit.  

All final locations and times visited will be determined by the conditions given. 

  • Historic Downtown Charleston
  • Sullivan’s Island 
  • Shem Creek
  • Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
  • Middletown Place
  • Brookgreen Gardens
  • Charlestown Landing 

What's Included:

3.5 days of photographing in the historic area, gardens, and coastal areas of Charleston.

4 nights of lodging in a beautiful home located on the coast in Isle of Palm (see photos below) Shared and Single rooms are available. 

Small group, 6 ladies so we can connect, get lots of photo support, and get around the city together.

Transportation provided to all photo shoot spots.

Light Breakfast treats and coffee on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

What is not included: Transportation to and from the lodging, Lunch and Dinner each day, Airfare. 


Details: 


Dates: March 22 - 26, 2023

The retreat will begin at 4:30 on Wednesday night and finish up Sunday morning by 9am on March 26th. All participants will need to check out by 10am.  

Skill Level: All skill levels welcome though a solid understanding of your camera settings and shooting in manual is recommended.

Activity Level:  We will be walking a couple miles each day as we visit locations. All locations are flat, paved  and easy to navigate. The gardens have paved and gravel like paths. Participants should be prepared for a full day of shooting. We will start with sunrise a couple of days and end with a sunset. We will be outside each day. 

Investment: 2 Single rooms at $2750 ( 2 Spots King or Queen bed), 2 shared rooms with individual twin beds $2300( 4 spots)

The cost includes 4 days tuition,  4 nights lodging, light breakfast each day, in field instruction, admission to all gardens, transportation to events, and post workshop discussion and critique.

Deposit: A deposit of $1000 will hold your place in the workshop.  The remaining balance is due 90 days prior to the workshop.  Deposit is non refundable unless your spot is filled, in which case it will be refunded minus an administration fee. This same policy applies to the full tuition after it is paid. No exceptions.

Group Size: Limited to 6 attendees

Lodging: We will be staying at a beautiful beach home in Isle of Palm in the Wild Dunes Resort. This is a short uber or car ride from the airport.  We will be able to capture the natural beauty in this area and drive a short distance to our other activities. 

Workshop topics: will be heavily focused in the field shooting at the gardens, city historic sites, and coastal areas.  We will learn creative skills to really capture the beauty of spring. There will be time for editing discussions and post processing tips. 

Recommended Gear: Camera, a variety of lenses 24-200, Macro lens if you have one available. Tripod for sunrise/sunset shots, ND filters, rain jacket or gear in case. Walking shoes, layered clothes for early morning and hotter afternoons.  

Lodging: 

Welcome to "Livin' on a Dune"! Situated in the heart of Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle of Palms and only one block from the beach, this lovely 5 bedroom, 31/2 bath home is just a short walk to both Resort amenities and the Atlantic Ocean. It has proven to be an ideal location for a family beach getaway! Surround yourself with world-class golf and tennis, new luxury spa, restaurants serving local cuisine, miles of bike and running trails, and, of course, sandy beaches & ocean breezes! 

Features include:
- Sunroom with pool table, screened porch with abundant comfortable seating
- Unique loft area accessed by charming circular staircase, perfect for kids to enjoy!
- Upgraded galley kitchen with modern appliances, upgraded cabinetry/countertops, and wet bar
- Outdoor Areas: Beautiful ivy pergola, expansive wrap-around driveway, spacious backyard surrounded by live oaks and palmettos

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