Jacksonville, Florida

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4 nights

Apple Valley, Utah

4/27-5/1

4 nights

ASPIRE MASTERCLASS WORKSHOPS 2023

 

Ashley and I connected last year and from the get-go, I KNEW I wanted to host a Family Photography Workshop with her. She's the yin to my yang in the experience we wanted to create for YOU! We bring whole different perspectives. Ashley is an artist turned businesswoman, I'm a businesswoman turned artist! Ashley has driven a successful bussiness living in the country, and I've done it living in a big city. Ashley is in her late 20s, I'm hitting 40 very soon. TWO different worlds collided to elevate and accelerate your photography business journey! 

We want you to become a champion running a successful business, hitting the revenue goal that your heart desires! We also want you to seek what speaks to your soul, creating meaningful and authentic work!

In the course of the workshop, attendees will receive 1:1 business/portfolio reviews and guidance, shoot styled sessions side by side with the pro’s and learn valuable business tools for sustained revenue growth. This is the perfect workshop for photographers who want to nail outdoors shooting with tricky lighting scenarios and get the business tools needed to scale their business.

We'll teach you ART & BUSINESS in a way never taught before. An MIT nerd turned artist co-hosting with a soulful artist turned businesswoman. Join us in 2023! We can't wait to meet you and ignite your journey :)

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DREAM LOCATIONS

Jacksonville, Florida | February 27th - March 3rd | 4 nights | BOOK NOW
Apple Valley, Utah | April 27th - May 1st | 4 nights | BOOK NOW

Both workshops will begin at 10 am on the first day and will end at 10 am on the last day. 

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Only 8 attendees. Keeping it petite committee at a 4:1 ratio!
  • 3 Family & Motherhood/Maternity Sessions (Andre and Ashley will each lead a session end to end, from styling to editing. The third will be combined) 
  • Headshots session for all attendees, yay for gorgeous photos to be used on your marketing!
  • All Airbnb meals & snacks in addition to coffee & red wine. You can bring anything extra that you love! :)
  • Lodging in Jacksonville, FL & Apple Valley, Utah (shared beds)
  • Private Attendee Facebook Group. Yay for connecting and bonding before we hug in person!
  • Transportation to/from and during the retreat. We'll rent the cars, we'll talk about who wants to drive :)
 
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN FROM ANDRE
  • 1:1 Business Review. Coaching based on your market, yay for running the numbers and helping you build a solid business plan.
  • Strategies for assessing and increasing demand, building the road to hit 6 figures!
  • Product launch strategies. Defining and refining your products/session types
  • How to scale your business (outsource vs. keeping in-house)
  • Lead generation with your website
  • Business analytics & Revenue-maximizing pricing strategy to thrive in a saturated market 
  • Marketing channels and strategies (SEO, inbound marketing, blogging, expert listings, and more)

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN FROM ASHLEY
  • 1:1 Portfolio Review. Yay for understanding how to improve your work!
  • Editing efficiently for warm, rich, colorful, and painterly style (presets included)
  • How to capture authentic & storytelling photos that captivate your client's hearts.
  • Master your camera settings (covering the basics and going very in-depth)
  • How to style outfits with OR without a client closet.
  • How to create a unique client experience with a high-end brand
  • Lighting for Golden Hour, Sunset, Harsh Light, Overcast, and Blue Hour to achieve emotional captures with amazing skin tones! 

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare
  • Dining out

INVESTMENT | $3,400

$800 non-refundable retainer to reserve your seat, then flexible payment plans.

EARLY BIRD PRICING | $3,050 (pricing discount before October 21st)

Seats are non-refundable or transferable. In the event you can’t attend, you can sell your seat to someone to replace you.

*Participants may not have their photography business based within 100 miles of  Boston, Massachusetts or within 50 miles of Cambridge, Kansas for 12 months following the last day of the retreat.  

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR RETREAT ITINERARY

Meet Your Hosts

 

Andre Toro

Business guru! Business degree (MBA) from MIT, a career in consulting, marketing, and growing businesses at Microsoft and Wayfair. She hit 6 figures in less than 2 yrs with her own photography business!

Ashley Marker

Artistic guru! 3 years of educating photographers from around the world in editing, styling, storytelling, and client experience. She has hosted retreats in Alaska, Montana, New Mexico, and Kansas.

ANDRE TORO's bio & art

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"I'm Andre, an engineer & businesswoman turned artist. A huge life wake-up call gave me the guts to pursue my biggest passion and go ALL IN on my photography business and hit 6 figures in less than 2 years.

I'd love to help you thrive in your journey! My goal is to share my knowledge from my Business degree (MBA) from MIT, my career in consulting, marketing, and growing businesses at Microsoft and Wayfair, as well as my experience growing my own photography business, with fellow photographers, and to be the coach I wished I had back then. Whether you're starting out or trying to transform your business to hit the revenue goal your heart desires, I'm here to share my passion for running a business. I want YOU to run a successful business. Helping you change your mindset from artist to artistic entrepreneur, giving you the tools to thrive and rise!

Who am I? a passionate soul, obsessed with human connection and emotive storytelling. Here is my story:

I'm a nerd at heart. My artistic identity is something that still surprises me; I received recognition for my artistic accomplishments in my late 30s. Never saw this coming. Until then my identity was defined by being an engineer, math lover, and corporate businesswoman.

In Venezuela, I studied Electrical Engineering, then moved to the US and did my MBA at MIT. I worked for Microsoft and Wayfair and loved it. I was accomplished and life was good! Photography was my passion project, an artistic expression that fueled my creativity and inspired my soul.

Then in June 2018, life happened. An epic concussion made me STOP. Literally, stop for months. A huge wake-up call. I realized life is too short to not follow your biggest passion. I decided to quit my big corp job at Wayfair in Boston and pursue photography full time. In November 2018, Andre Toro Photography LLC was born.

BEST. DECISION. EVER. I've been living my dream and working with the biggest smile to achieve my goals.

Taking the leap was scary. Forgoing a high salary seemed crazy to many but I was driven and committed to replicating my success with Andre Toro Photography. My business background allowed me to build a solid brand, setting me up for success, and working towards 6 figures from day one"

ASHLEY MARKER's bio & art

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“I’m Ashley, a family photographer, and educator living on a ranch in Kansas! I live 30 miles from the gas station in a county saturated with far more cattle than people!

I am a passionate believer that you can become a successful photographer no matter where you live!  You don’t need to live in a big city or near a stunning backdrop like a national park! If I can do it here, so can you!

If you feel stuck in a rut and are ready to take your photography business to the next level, I am here to help! Whether you are just starting out or a seasoned artist, I want to share the tools and resources that I have built for my business that I use every single day!

I’m currently in my 3rd year of being an educator in the family photography industry. During this time I've hosted educational in-person retreats in Alaska, Montana, New Mexico, and Kansas for photographers from all across the United States! Through my online mentorships, I’ve had the opportunity to mentor photographers globally, including in the US, Australia, and Canada.

I LOVE teaching all aspects of photography but I’m most passionate about helping others achieve their goals, rich & colorful editing, styling outfits, creating a unique client experience, and capturing emotive storytelling photos that captivate your client's heart!

I’d absolutely love the opportunity to work with you and help you become the successful photographer of your dreams!”

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Happy Mentees

Whitney

“Where do I even begin with sweet Ashley?! I was in such a rut with my editing and shooting that I wanted to make a change. I was drawn to Ash’s work and editing style so I knew her mentorship would be a great investment for my business and I am SO glad I took the jump! Ashley has such an amazing, down-to-earth personality so asking questions is such an easy thing to do with her. Not only did she go above and beyond during the mentorship itself, but she has been there for questions afterward, and has been such a big help! I know that she WANTS to help and is always willing to guide you in any way that she can! If you’re on the fence, DON’T BE. She is such a great educator and her talent is SUPERB. Take the leap!”

Rossana

"Andre is not only an amazing artist but a beautiful human being; a truly kind soul. The way she captures connections and emotions is so beautiful. Her professionalism and passion for photography reflect in her stunning work which is pure inspiration. Since I began my photography journey Andre has provided me with guidance in pricing and marketing strategies helping me navigate business-related challenges leading my photography on a path to growth."

Cari

"10/10 recommended booking a retreat with Ashley. She is the absolute sweetest and pours her heart and love for photography into all her mentees. I enjoyed getting to learn from her, and I can't wait to learn more in the flint hills one day"

Gabriela

"Andre's photography work inspired me from the get-go to become a better photographer! (yes, from her first story/ IG post). She is really generous with her knowledge, she's helped me accelerate my business and improve the quality of my work. I'd love to keep learning from her, she's such an incredible woman!"

Are you ready to accelerate your journey?

Join us for once in a lifetime workshop experience combining ART & BUSINESS! 

ASPIRE MASTERCLASS WORKSHOP | $3,400
EARLY BIRD PRICING | $3,050 (pricing discount before October 21ST)