Family Photographers are a pillar of strength to every community. The lens with which you see the world will become the cherished memories of a tired mother’s heart. You capture the essence of transformation within a woman’s life, her family’s new dependence on a special new role that will stretch and fulfill her in ways she has yet to explore. A family photographer is often the first witness to embrace, hold space and show families the beauty of these early years. It’s an amazing gift - yet, far too often, the fire that burns within a creative business loses oxygen rather than being fanned into full flame & becoming the light it is meant to be. We use words like burn-out, stress or anxiety to describe these symptoms while we are longing for joy, fulfillment and purpose within our work - the very oxygen that lights the path.

Adrianne & Sara from Beatific Visions Photography and Willow Canvas would like to invite you to pause this summer and re-discover the fire within your business at Mayhurst Estate in Orange, Va. Together, we will explore the art that fuels your passion for family photography as well as the ways you continue to evolve within your profession. We will survey new tools for your business tool kit in order to foster the kind of atmosphere in which you thrive. In this intimate gathering, you will find rest, community and the compass you need for the terrain of 2024. As an artist, you are the lens for the work you will put into the world. Join us as we create an environment for you to increase visibility in your personal & artistic life, fanning the flame of the fire that burns within you.

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NURTURE THE FLAME THAT BURNS WITHIN

join us at Mayhurst Estate in Orange, VA
JULY 22-25, 2024

A Family Photographer's Retreat for

  • Practicing kindness towards yourself in the context of others who recognize and celebrate your gifts 
  • Building a consistent, more measured rhythm to your life
  • Connecting with your own artistry, not only by your work, but who you are as an artist
  • Considering your calling as a sacred act
  • Learning new ways to be attentive & compassionate to your body and limitations while thriving in your passions
  • Shedding the weight of isolation & digital weariness by in person restoration in a beautiful natural setting
  • Integrating new tools that orient you to your true north
  • Increasing your capacity by building self awareness
  • Unveiling what you see that others may not
  • Increasing emotional energy
  • Re-centering on your purpose by leaning into perspective and meaning
  • Forming deep connections with others at this stage of your life and honoring the steps that have brought you this far.
  • New portraits that represent the fire within you & your unique perspective by increasing creative flow and flexibility within

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about Adrianne

What's there to know about me? I have three children, currently ages seventeen, nine, and two, and each of them take up an equal amount of space in my hopes, dreams, worries, and time that I’m given in this life. Currently, it’s the toddler that I lose the most amount of sleep over, and that’s because he has recently decided not to sleep himself. But somehow, I never want to forget this stage of our lives, and I don't think I'm the only mom that feels this way.

When I started my photography business, it was a calling that I couldn’t resist. I had a full time job and made good money, but the desire to create, to find and capture beauty in and around others was just undeniable. It took me all of five minutes to decide on a name for my business: Beatific Visions.

Beatific Visions isn’t just a play on words, and if you come from a theological background or attend more traditional Christian churches then you may be familiar with the term. The Beatific Vision was first defined by St. Thomas Aquinas as the human being's "final end" in which one attains to a perfect happiness. Thomas reasons that one is perfectly happy only when all one's desires are perfectly satisfied, to the degree that happiness could not increase and could not be lost.

You don’t have to be religious to appreciate and understand the sentiment. If I had to put in my own words, I would define it as true contentment. When the world quiets down and the worries are put away, what do we see? For me it’s the moment when my toddler lets me hold him, when my eight-year-old wants to show me something new she’s learned, when my teenager tells me about a new friendship. It isn’t the same for everyone, but it’s something I am passionate about helping others see.

I'M doing exactly what I've always dreamed of, and I hope it shows.

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about sara

It’s true that all our steps lead to the next great adventure.

I spent my twenties cultivating gifts that kept calling my name. No matter what I tried, I always felt deep compassion and the studio arts calling my name. I had strong pastoral & counseling gifts mixed with an unending fire to produce art and bring healing to communities. This led me to completing seminary & art therapy degrees where I worked with a variety of people who encouraged me along the way. 

My thirties continued this work with single moms, teen mothers, mental health & addiction with youth, teens & families. While raising my young family, I worked alongside licensed counselors, pastors & community volunteers to start new programs and use art as a healing force in people’s lives - a new tool for the tool kit of not just surviving life, but thriving in life. I became a business owner in 2018 to create educational courses and retreats because I wanted to serve women specifically.

After my own journey through motherhood, I have gained a fierce love for women and the expression of strength, compassion and transformation that is gained through our experiences. I am so thankful for my 14 and 10 year old and all that we have experienced together as my husband and I have grown into & served our community over the last 14 years. 

I now find myself creating the art I need to make for you, family photographers. I needed to make big art that would serve in the relay of art as a transformative experience to new communities all over the world. What an incredible journey to now connect with other women who have the same passions through Willow Canvas - to show women and families the good in their lives - to capture the beauty of the hard moments in an entirely unique way - to help them keep the good always before them and to share the lens from which you see it. I see what you see and it is an honor and privilege to support you in any way I can.

You can listen to more through my conversation with Kim Box & The Motherhood Anthology on Episode 61 here.

art therapist and artist, owner of willow canvas hand-painted backdrops

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Bonbon biscuit lemon drops dessert chupa chups toffee. Gingerbread tiramisu icing jujubes cookie pie.

Tart lemon drops brownie macaroon. Gingerbread cotton candy powder toffee chocolate cake gummies chocolate candy.

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What's Included:

  • time to unwind, relax and enjoy the luxury, ambiance and romance of the past when life was slower and more gracious
  • intentional retreat time to focus on you as an artist, business owner, and whole person
  • new connections and friendships within the family photography industry 
  • shared meals during the entirety of your stay, beginning with an intimate welcome dinner after arrival
  • presentations and discussions led by Adrianne of Beatific Visions Photography & The Kindred Path, Sara of Willow Canvas, and guest speaker Casey of The Cashells & Mayhurst Estate, all focusing on going deeper within your own journey as an artist and a woman, and translating your own values into your work as a family photographer
  • 2 styled family sessions led by Adrianne
  • free time to explore and connect

*room not included. attendees book your stay at Mayhurst separately after registration using our private link, where rooms range from $259-279 per night. limited shared rooms are available.

REGISTER HERE with a $1,000 deposit, then follow the link in your registration email to book your room at mayhurst. balance due by May 31, with payment plans available. deposit is non-refundable but is transferable.

investment: $3,000

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