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September 8, 2016

pura vida 2017 retreat for photographers registration now open!


you want to book more destination weddings? or maybe you want to book your first destination wedding but have no idea how to make it happen? in the past year or so, we’ve received wedding inquiries for amazing locations like mexico, australia, canada, fiji, hawaii, san fransisco, pakistan, new york, los angeles, disneyworld… and then some! and you want to know our secret? we have a destination portfolio. we are travel-obsessed and aren’t afraid to let our clients know it!

we have spent years shooting in nearly every beautiful place we have visited, which is helpful for a variety of reasons:
1. our clients can picture themselves in their destination in our pictures. they can see examples of our wedding work at beaches and cities and mountains and beyond.
2. they know we can handle it. there’s some inherent stress associated with traveling– with customs, language barriers, cultural differences, cancelled flights– you name it, it can happen. so when you’re traveling across the country or across the world to work an often stressful job, there’s just a whole added layer of complexity. having a destination portfolio shows clients that you can handle the travel.
3. we inspire them. we can’t tell you how often we have clients getting married somewhere beautiful who say “we really love the photo you took in _____, and we love that basic idea for our wedding!” or who mention that they were inspired by some of our clients’ destination wedding details that we show off.

so i know you’re thinking, “well, that’s great.¬†but how am i supposed to have a destination wedding portfolio to book more weddings– if i don’t have a destination wedding portfolio to begin with?”

and that’s where the 2016 PURA VIDA PHOTO RETREAT comes in. we’re so thrilled to be hosting a destination wedding workshop for photographers with the insanely talented mil besos costa rica in guanacaste, costa rica in november. we’ll have three gorgeous styled shoots (engagement, elopement, + wedding) to boost your destination portfolio, as well as classes discussing the ins and outs of the destination industry, photography concepts, and business + branding. we’re also focusing on wellness, so we’ll have pampering, relaxation, affirmations, and daily yoga classes.

february 21-25
guancaste, costa rica
cost $1500– this is the first of our annual workshops, and it’s priced accordingly (aka a great deal!) at ~$300 per day, it cannot be beat!

price includes:
4 nights stay at el sabanero
3 meals per day
1 yoga class per day
3 styled shoots
workshop classes
chakra balancing workshop
canopy zipline tour
transportation to and from airport

we’re working on getting lots of goodies + swag and will have incredible vendors for the styled shoots, so it’s all going to be stunning– we promise!

stop by here for more info.

we are so unbelievably excited; november can’t come soon enough. we can’t wait to get to know you all + get inspired and pampered with you!

please feel free to reach out with questions.



  1. Erica says:

    Such beautiful images! I think intimate destination weddings are they best. You really get to enjoy your time with your guests

  2. eliza says:

    These photos look beautiful. I wish I I could join this!

  3. Justyna says:

    Wow!!! Looks like an amazing experience!!!! Good luck!

  4. Kim says:

    This is gorgeous!!! Wish it was a week later!

  5. Wow….can I just say, you totally captured the emotion in these photos. I am completely blown away….the colors, light, and, well everything. Stunning.

  6. Meghan Cox says:

    So excited!!!! Looking forward to a fun time with creatives in a tropical setting!

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