Sony Alpha Female Retreat
Wow! I’ve just returned from the Sony Alpha Female Retreat and it was held at the fabulous Generations Resort Riviera Maya, in Mexico. The resort was AMAZING and we were treated like queens. We definitely felt the love!
Besides the gorgeous backdrop of crystal blue waters and private beaches, the opportunity to have a few days dedicated to bonding with the other Creators-in-Residence, mentors, and program directors was amazing. Also joining us were incredible people from Blue Pixel Creates, the company that works with Sony to create content for the Sony Alpha Universe website.
After a beautiful happy hour and dinner to meet everyone the first night, the next morning included dedicated time with our mentors to flesh out more details of our project. While Jean and I had already had a few phone calls, there’s nothing like being able to sit across from someone in-person and really dig in. We came up with a great plan to incorporate a local non-profit in the DC expansion and Jean will be reaching out to them in the next few weeks. Additionally, Sony will be helping us find a space where we can shoot when we’re up there. Our goal is to start photographing clients and donating photography for the non-profit in April. We’ll share more details as they get solidified!
That afternoon the 6 Creators were assigned a photo challenge in which we worked as teams. I think anytime you have the chance to collaborate with other artists, it’s an incredible opportunity to see how they work, and how they see the world around them.
The next morning we met at 4:45 to head out to the ruins at Tulum to see the sunrise. We had the site to ourselves and it was so peaceful and so beautiful – a truly special event.
That afternoon Brooke Shaden, one of the mentors and a nationally recognized fine art photographer, gave a presentation that challenged us to think about our legacy: what we want it to be, and how we can fulfill it through our work. It was a great exercise and I’m eager to spend some time really refining that idea in my mind.
The next morning brought another early wake-up call as Brooke photographed our class portrait in the ocean as the sun came up. I can’t wait to see how it turned out!
Before we knew it, it was time for our farewell brunch and to say goodbye until we meet again in LA next month. I feel grateful to have had some wonderful conversations with several amazing artists, and to have the opportunity to get to know the folks from Sony a bit better. I am still amazed at their level of dedication to this program, and commitment to us individually so that we can achieve our goals.