Oceanside, California Workshop Retreat

Thursday, August 9 at 4:00pm to Sunday, August 12 at 10:00am

In order to make money as a photographer, you have to know how to price, package, and sell your work. Through this workshop, you will learn how to capture images that reflect who you are as an artist and photographer. I will show you how to self critique and teach you goal setting exercises to continue your growth. I will also give you a comprehensive pricing overview, including how to create packages that encourage your customers to spend more purely by adding the right value. Lessons with tons of hands-on shooting, you’ll learn how to catch natural expressions, how to create portraits that illustrate family relationships, and how to roll with any situation to get the best from your tiny subjects. I will also share all my secrets for marketing to mommies, consultations that increase sales, and workflow that leaves more profit in your pricing. The skills you learn at this workshop will give you the confidence and skill you need to give families photos they’ll cherish for a lifetime.


Prior to our start date, I will host an online webinar discussing the “basics” that go into fine art photography. I will cover camera settings and how to achieve tack-sharp images while retaining a soft and dreamy quality. I will cover lens choice as well as why and when it is useful to use some lenses over others. I will also touch on successful branding and why it is important. I like to get this stuff out of the way before the workshop commences so that we can focus on the ‘good’ stuff once we arrive in California.


There is a cap of 11 attendees and a minimum of 5 attendees are required for the workshop to take place.

Our Accommodations

This massive 8 bedroom 5 bathroom luxury oceanfront home features panoramic views, a rooftop terrace, a fire pit, 2 hot tubs, and a private beach! The view right outside the living space is beyond spectacular. Panoramic doors open up and allow you direct access to the beach. Private rooms have a Queen or King sized bed and shared rooms have twin size bunk beds.

Check-in is at 4:00pm on Thursday and check-out is at 10:00am on Sunday.

Our Itinerary

Thursday we will begin the workshop by meeting at our Oceanfront Estate in Oceanside, California to say our hellos, unpack, and enjoy a welcome dinner together. After dinner, we will travel to an amazing sparkly light filled beach destination together to capture images of beautiful children. We will focus on posing, lighting, and connection with your subjects. After the shoot, we will have all night to talk around the fire pit, relax in the spa, and spend time on the private beach.

On Friday we will enjoy the morning relaxing before having breakfast together at 9am, then we will head out for a short walk to a nearby park. There we will focus on lighting, posing, and connection with your subject AND the environment. We will discuss the concept of using the environment and its elements as a prop instead of relying on outside objects. I will show you how I use regular, non scouted locations to create magical images. At 1pm we will have lunch at The Buccaneer Cafe. After we finish, we will reconvene at the retreat where we will meet in the billiards room for a demonstration of indoor shooting with natural light. You will also have an opportunity to shoot. At 5pm we will enjoy a BBQ dinner on the deck overlooking the gorgeous Pacific Ocean. We will then head out to the beach in the golden hour for an AMAZING styled shoot.

On Saturday we will start the morning early with a sunrise session on the rooftop terrace followed by breakfast at 7am. When everyone is finished eating we will take a short break, then gather to have a group discussion. I will work with all of you on editing, and you will work with each other. After spending the morning editing we will enjoy panoramic ocean views as we have lunch together. Then at 1pm we will have a critique session to go over everyone's final images. I will have one on one time with each of you to discuss pricing, marketing, sales, and products. We will then take another short break followed by a final Farewell Oceanside Dinner at Olive Garden. The rest of the evening will be for relaxing and packing.


On Sunday morning we will join for breakfast and discussion at 8am and say goodbye

What's Included?

Accommodations at a beautiful Oceanside home in sunny California, where we will be hosting the workshop.
All meals, snacks and drinks are provided during workshop hours.

Transportation to all field sessions and workshop activities is included.
Permission to use your workshop images in your portfolio.
One-on-one private discussion for each attendee.

Image reviews, critiques, and post-processing instruction.

Minimum of 4 photo shoots focusing on babies, maternity, and children.

Facebook group to bring our group together before the retreat as well as after.

Post-Workshop homework and guidance to put what you learned into practice before you forget.

What should you bring?

DSLR camera body
Favorite lens (Recommend 50mm, 85mm, 24-70mm, or 70-200mm)
Extra camera battery

3-5 Memory Cards

Laptop with Photoshop

Notebook and Pen
Your Business Cards (if you have any)

Topics Covered

Lighting - What to look for in a location and how to find the light.
Posing - Connecting with your subjects and using the environment as a prop.

Composition - Creating visually compelling images that invoke interest.
Efficiency - Capturing a variety of unique images from a single location.

Editing - How to use masks, layers, and curves with Photoshop.

Pricing - Price yourself what you are worth and confidently show your value.
Marketing - Tangible ways to get more inquiries from your ideal clients.
Networking - How to create a structured plan to network effectively.
Sales - Identify new product and sales opportunities for powerful sales techniques.

The Cost

Cost includes 4 days tuition plus 3 nights lodging. All meals, snacks, and drinks are included.

Private Room + Guest $4000

Private Room $3000

Shared Room $2500

There are a couple of private rooms available if you would like to bring a guest along to stay with you. If you request one of the private bedrooms for you and your guest, there is an additional cost of $1000. There are only a few private rooms available though and they are available on a first come first serve basis. Your guest can be included in everything except the field shooting because space is limited and we try to keep our group size as small as possible while we are out working. You will have plenty of downtime to spend with your guest so it wont be hard to strike a good balance between adventure and relaxation. If you would like to share a private room with another photographer please contact us before reserving your room for details and availability.

Nicole Ferris Photography​

Serving Frisco, McKinney, Plano, and North Dallas.


All prints, products, digitals, and services are subject to a 8.25% Texas Sales Tax. Prices are subject to change at any time. Special promotional discounts or other offers cannot be combined. Due to the nature of custom photography, all prints, products, services, gift cards, or other purchases are final and non refundable.