In my life in between teaching (13 years, in fact), I was a professional photographer. I owned a successful portrait studio and published a book for Amherst Media on dog photography. My favorite addition to my business was holding art retreats for women called “Ignite the Heart” with my professional painter pal, Elida Field. We combined photography lessons and mixed media painting and is was such a fun experience.
These events were magical…life-changing for some women.
When I went back to teaching three years ago I was a little burned out on photography as a business. I wanted to completely focus on my students, teaching methods and curriculum. People who knew me well couldn’t believe I put my camera away and often asked if I would come ever come back to it.
Well…the time for coming back to it is NOW and I am so excited to be excited about making art again..so excited, in fact, that I planned another retreat with Elida for this summer.
IGNITE THE HEART in SUNRIVER, OREGON **August 4th-7th 2016**
This photography/art retreat is for you if:
-You’d like improve your camera skills, learn to shoot on manual, pose people and shoot beautiful landscapes.
-You’d like to learn how to take photos and turn them into mixed media art pieces
-You’re creative and need an outlet alone away from your daily routine to create.
-You don’t have time to be creative, but would love to.
-You need a break from your family and want to laugh and enjoy other women’s company.
-You’re excited about meeting women who are kindred spirits.
-You’re needing some clarity about what you want out of your life…Elida and I reserve time to coach each woman alone to find out her goals and dreams and create a plan to get there.
What you’ll receive for your investment:
– lodging in a beautiful Sunriver resort house 100 yards from the river’s edge
– welcome dinner Thursday night (8/4)
– gourmet breakfasts & dinners provided through rest of retreat
– photography workshop (learn to shoot on manual, light your subjects and framing/composition)
– plein air painting class at Smith Rock & collage making in SR
– personal mini photoshoot in the high desert (we’ll make you feel like a model 😊)
– one-on-one coaching session with Lara and Elida
– walks or bike rides on the trails of SR
– lifelong friendships with likeminded women
$895 – only having 8 women this year (6 spots left). Claim your spot early 😊
-Already live in in Bend? Contact me for your special option!-
**Please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) to claim our spot in this special weekend event. **
I let life get in the way of me taking time to create – in art and photography. Both bring me so much joy and peace. You and Elida create such a supportive and fun experience to learn, AND to remind women to be good to their hearts. I also met amazing women through the retreat that inspire me even though we all live many miles apart. I think my best reply to how I loved the retreat is, “My cup runneth over”. – Mikal McPherson
I have experienced this retreat with these 2 incredible women who became lifelong friends after our week together. I wish I could go again! I highly recommend it! – Melody Ross
This retreat was something special and unique that only Lara and Elida could create. I have the fondest memories of my time with them. I learned skills that I have been able to apply in 2 creative business ventures! – Maria Simpson
The Ignite the Heart retreat on the Oregon coast! An all around amazing, heart and soul filling experience. Don’t pass this up ladies!!! Wish I could be there Lara Blair and Elida Field! I’ll never forget the dance party in the kitchen – Serena Berry
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Enjoying the creative journey right along with you,
**My “Fit and Healthy Teacher” book is available and perfect for taking charge of your body this summer!**