Making Dreams a Reality ~ Turning Tides Retreat

The three of us officially met at the Chicago SHARE group’s holiday party, and hit it off immediately. (I had met Lauren prior to that obviously – but this was the first I met Jess, and all three of us had been together.) We talked much too loudly and passionately about all things photography… about balancing the artist within us, with the business person we have to be in order to make a living doing this. We talked about photo school, professors, critiques… we drank wine… and we talked some more. As a trio – this was our first moment… in the corner of Lauren’s kitchen on a chilly December evening.



A few weeks later Lauren and Jessica met up to continue the conversation over mimosas and brunch, and I got the craziest, happy/hyper, text messages from both of them immediately following that chat. Their hearts were set afire. They had been talking about BIG dreams and thoughts about life, business, and everything in between… and they wanted to bring me on board for a super secret project.  They insisted we plan another meeting for all three of us where they could tell me about their ideas.

We met up at a cozy little diner, and there over mimosas and giant plates of breakfast food (naturally), they shared their dreams with me, and I immediately understood why their hearts had been set on fire. They couldn’t wait to help other people. To share their dreams, and help others make theirs a reality as well. And I felt so blessed that they wanted me to be a part of it all!



After much planning, 1 million text messages, about 500 emails, dinners, brunches, lunches, one drizzly photo shoot, and 3 big dreams molded into one later…. we are finally ready to announce to the world…

The first annual TURNING TIDES RETREAT!!!!



For all the details and information please check out the beautiful website that Lauren designed with logos & branding by Megan Koranda, complete with unbelievable images by Evan Hunt, and video by the super talented Tami Paige!

I hope you can join us for what is sure to be an amazing 3-day lake house retreat in Michigan – for creatives to build friendships, transform their businesses, and realize their dreams!! (And go on sunset boat rides, make s’mores around the campfire, swim, play games, and stay up late chatting over wine… of course!)

Check it all out & sign up HERE!  Also – we’re running an early bird special through Sunday, May 19th at 9pm central time… $100 off your seat!!

There are only 10 seats available so hop to it!!!



Can’t wait to see you there!!!! XOXOXO!



**All photos in this post by the amazingly talented, Evan Hunt, of EVAN HUNT PHOTO.**

**Also – other than the videos on the website – you MUST check out the longer video Tami made for us HERE! I’m kind of obsessed… haha!**


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Christy & James are Chicago based but happily travel anywhere in the world that beautiful love stories take them!