Milford Sound Lodge is a collection of secluded luxury chalets with a front-row seat to the spectacle of Fiordland and its waterfalls, rushing rivers and towering peaks. We will be spending 2 nights at the lodge in shared all-female accommodations (4 attendees per chalet).
If you prefer to bunk alone, you can still choose to book a private chalet here if you choose a non-lodging ticket!
The most epic adventure elopement excursion: a private chartered cruise!
As we're photographing the most epic elopement & adventure couple session, we’ll sail the length of the 16km fiord, out past St Annes Point Lighthouse, with informative commentary from our skipper who will highlight points of interest along the way including the mighty Lady Bowen Falls, Lion Mountain, Copper Point, Seal Rock and Stirling Falls. We will see towering peaks, sheer cliffs, cascading waterfalls and lush rainforest. Feel the spray of Fairy Falls and listen to the sound of nature thriving in its habitat. We will keep an eye out for seals basking in the sun, pods of dolphins, or rare Fiordland Crested Penguins that can be found seasonally within the region.
2 nights shared all-female lodging in a luxury chalet at Milford Sound Lodge located in Milford Sound, New Zealand. Each chalet sleeps 4 (2 twins & 1 super king bed) and includes a living area, bathroom, and kitchenette. Breakfasts provided by Milford Sound Lodge is included as well.
We will be photographing 1 of our adventure elopements and 1 of our adventure casual couples sessions during our private chartered cruise through Milford Sound. We will have the entire boat to ourselves as we explore & photograph. We’ll sail the length of the 16km fiord, out past St Annes Point Lighthouse, with informative commentary from our skipper who will highlight points of interest along the way including the mighty Lady Bowen Falls, Lion Mountain, Copper Point, Seal Rock and Stirling Falls. We will see towering peaks, sheer cliffs, cascading waterfalls and lush rainforest. Feel the spray of Fairy Falls and listen to the sound of nature thriving in its habitat. We will keep an eye out for seals basking in the sun, pods of dolphins, or Fiordland Crested Penguins that can be found seasonally within the region.
We will be exploring 3 different locations with 3 couples, each couple featuring a realistic "all-day" adventure elopement and adventure session as a day before/day after elopement casual shoot. Each elopement will be a realistic "all-day" adventure elopement: meaning we will incorporate all of the unique events & fully styled details as you would find in a real adventure elopement. Think along the lines of: helping each other get ready in the chalet in front of the mountains, vows on the deck of the cruise by a towering waterfall, waving at the local penguins and seals from the deck of the boat, hiking through the mountains, stopping by a brewery for a celebratory beer in the local harbor town, dancing their first dance in front of a campfire under the stars... and so much more. You'll have the most epic, unique & realistic elopement galleries that feature both elopement-day activities and being able to sell the idea of doing 2-day elopements in both wedding & casual attire. You'll walk away with REAL galleries - featuring so much more than just portraits.
We will spend our "down-time" during the first evening to have a casual group coaching session and any q&a's. We will go over actionable sales & marketing methods that you can implement into your own elopement business.
You'll receive a digital informational packet including all of the details (and more) about what we have planned for the retreat & the area we're going to. This will include: Our retreat itinerary, local vendor information, recommendations for travel + local restaurants, packing list geared for our anticipated weather, and fun things to do in the area beyond the retreat.
There will also be a VIP attendee group that you will be invited to. This can be to meet & greet everyone beforehand and ask any questions! Everyone is traveling in to this location and often plan to coordinate carpools to travel together! If you choose non-lodging, you are welcome to coordinate stays with others as well.
You'll meet other photographers & vendors and build relationships with people in our industry. This is great for referrals, for learning more about how other photographers work, and to make some elopement-loving friends.
This locations will provide you the expertise to pass on to future clients. If you've never shot in New Zealand (and want to get more bookings here!), this retreat is your chance to build your knowledge. And with that knowledge comes even more marketability!
Not included: Flights, Transportation to/from the lodge & shoot locations (private cruise is included), Meals (breakfast is included).
More payment plan options than ever.
Choose the payment plan that works for you.
1 payment of $3400
4 payments of $875
10 payments of $360
1 payment of $3000
4 payments of $775
10 payments of $320
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Attending and learning from Kasey has been immensely helpful to my business. After attending, I implemented the business tactics that she helped build her own elopement empire and immediately saw an increase in bookings! Kasey's education was broken down into useful tips & tricks to increase bookings and to enter into a marketing/sales mindset without sounding salesy. Super helpful if you've got no sales background like me! On top of the education, her styled elopement shoots were out of this world! I've been to several workshops and content days, and the level of detail in every single shoot was amazing. So happy I invested in myself and this retreat!
I had the pleasure of attending Kasey’s retreat in Cape Cod this fall. From buying my ticket, to planning what to pack and then finally arriving at the retreat, Kasey was so helpful. She provided so much information and was easily accessible to answer any questions about the event. Throughout the actual retreat it was evident how much planning and time Kasey put into this project. The days were planned really well, we shot from the time we got up until the sun went down. Throughout the shoots, Kasey took the time to walk around with each group providing tips, tricks and advice to make sure we got the best possible content. We also had a time of education where we were able to ask questions and talk in a group about best business practices. I was able to get a ton of awesome content throughout the two days I attended and also met a ton of awesome photographers. I felt refreshed creatively after this trip and look forward to attending another! Thank you Kasey!
I’ve done shootouts hosted by Kasey since I started doing photography and each time they NEVER disappoint! Every shootout has been jam packed with amazing content that leaves me feeling like I was able to capture everything I came for. The thought and care she puts into these shows how much of an experience she wants attendees to have! No other workshop or shootout has compared. Whether you’re looking to build your portfolio or just grab some good content, Kasey’s shootouts are 100% worth it no doubt.
event times are subject to change
Fly into Queenstown Aiport, Drive to Milford Sound
Check-in to Milford Sound Lodge at 4:30pm
Greetings + Welcome Goodies
Group Coaching + Q&A
Break for Dinner
Campfire + Continue Q&A
Sunrise Elopement I & Casual Adventure Session I
Break for Lunch & Headshots at the Lodges
Afternoon / Evening Private Chartered Cruise of Milford Sound + Elopement II & Casual Adventure Session II
Break for Dinner
Sunset continue shoot for Elopment II & Casual Adventure Session II
Sunrise Elopement III & Casual Adventure Session III
Hugs & Goodbyes, Check-out at 10:00am
Yes! There are 4 different options for payment: Pay in Full, 4 Payments & 10 Payments. Each payment will be spread out between the launch date & 1 month prior to the retreat date.
You'll want to fly into Queenstown Airport. You'll take the scenic drive to Milford Sound via State Highway 94 - which is rated as one of the world's most beautiful roads! There's plenty of stops along the way in the Fiorland National Park - if you want to make a trip out of the drive! Queenstown is also a beautiful town, and worth it to explore while you're there!
Almost all of our attendees come to these events solo! So I always set up a VIP attendee group so everyone can meet beforehand, coordinate travel plans and rent cars/carpool together!
All of the lodging tickets are shared all-female accommodations in the larger 4-person chalets. However, Milford Sound Lodge has several 1-2 person chalets available for rent privately if you choose to book a non-lodging ticket! So you are more than welcome to book your own stay!