The Guild – Philly Retreat – Spring 2013 | Raleigh North Carolina Newborn Baby and Maternity Photographer

Yay!!!  I’m finally blogging about my AMAZING experience in Philly, PA this past Spring!  I have been so busy with my own work, moving, vacation, etc… that I just finally got to edit them this evening.  I can not say enough about that awesome weekend I spent with the most amazing colleagues I could ever ask for!  This was not a workshop but a collaboration amongst maternity and newborn artists across the US and Canada.  I don’t know how I ever got so lucky to be asked to be a part of this amazing group of women.  They are my go to for everything…from daily advice, to constructive criticism on my images and even the occasional “what do I do about this dilemma” support.

Last year, the girls had met up on the west coast but I had just been invited into the group and I did not attend.  This year’s Guild Retreat was MUCH bigger.  We had 15 talented photographers all camping out in one house.  Melissa Layton of Melissa Layton Photography was our gracious host who has an amazing studio and a prop collection to die for!!  (most of the props in these images are NOT mine, so they may not be available for my clients).  We had two maternity models and four newborn models over the course of 2 days.  The last day Briony Hope Bohm of Briony Hope Photography and Marie Asbury of Finished Vision Photography took some beauty shots of most of the girls after we all got our hair and makeup done.  It was such an incredible experience and I SO enjoyed meeting some of the girls that I had become close to over the course of a year online.  Only a 1/3 of us were able to make the trip and I hope I get to meet more of these ladies in the future!

Amanda Lipsey of Amanda Marie Photography LLC, Charlotte, Michigan
Blair Stokes Blanks of Blair Blanks Photography, Baltimore, Maryland
Briony Hope Bohm of Briony Hope Photography, Denver, Colorado
Eden Bao of Eden Bao Photography, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Hope Brown of Hope Brown Photography, Eunice, Louisiana
Jennifer Massey Snook of Jennifer Snook Photography, Atlanta, Georgia
Jennifer Wilcox of Jennifer Wilcox Photography, Seattle, Washington
Jessica Higgins of Jessica Higgins Photography LLC, New Milford, Connecticut
Kaleigh Karin Hefer of Kaleigh Karin Photography & Design, Spring, Texas
Lisa Hoang of Simply Baby Photography, Windwardskies LLC, Oahu, Hawaii
Marie Asbury of Finished Vision Photography, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Melissa Layton of Melissa Layton Photography, Harleysville, Philadelphia
Naomi Weber of Naomi Weber Photography, Cortland, Ohio
Tina Boyd of Tina Boyd & Co Photography, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

All images were a collaboration of many of us all at once in reference to posing, styling and lighting but were shot and edited by me (Melissa Berg Photography). :)

I am really hoping to be able to host a retreat here in Raleigh one day for The Guild.  The girls are all planning for another Spring retreat in Hawaii which I will not be able to attend (I just went to Hawaii in June!!). :)

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  • Eden BaoAugust 12, 2013 - 9:40 pm

    It was incredibly fun! It was so nice to meet you and see you in action. Not only are you an amazing photographer, you are a saavy business woman! Hoping we meet again in the near future!ReplyCancel

  • AngelaAugust 12, 2013 - 11:33 pm

    Gorgeous! Wish I could have been there!! Next time ;)ReplyCancel

  • jeriAugust 13, 2013 - 12:31 am

    I’m so jealous! I was I was a part of this incredibly talented group of ladies. Sounds like a blast. Gorgeous work!ReplyCancel