Unbounded.

where limits don't exist
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2021

 

 Brand Bootcamp/Business Basics: March 12th-14th 

In-depth coverage and working tutorials on specific topics related to photography business branding. We will dive deeper into various options for branding yourself and establishing your photography style. This will consist of picking brand colors & fonts, creating your website (if you do not already have one), creating personalized wedding guides, client relation guides, email templates, and more! This workshop is great for photographers who already have established their business but want to focus on the direction of their brand. We will also be covering an array of topics ranging from camera settings, lighting, photography software programs, posing, client acquisition, CRM management, editing, pricing strategy, etc. We will practice applying a majority of these topics with live photo/content sessions. It will be great for photographers just starting their business or those wanting to learn more about a wide range of photography and business topics.

*The workshop will consist of three styled photo sessions: A studio bridal session, engagement session, and styled elopement. The studio session will consist of details and a table setup. We will also be offering a headshot/branding tutorial each day for any interested attendee.

*The cost of the workshop covers all content, styled shoots, food & beverage (three meals per day), lodging, alcohol (for those of age), and all extracurricular activities.

The Place

Hidden in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, is a Finnish style, 800-acre bed and breakfast getaway. The land consists of five quaint cabins and plenty of activities. The facilities are equipped with an ice-skating pond, cross-country ski trails, snow shoeing trails, downhill sledding, horse-drawn sleigh rides, a warming lodge, massages, and a Finnish style sauna house (pictured below). The meals are all home-cooked, hearty, and delicious!

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video of the grounds

video of the Finnish sauna house

the host

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Host & main educator - Nicole Castonguay

Nicole is a lover of sunsets, meaningful conversations, and traveling to beautiful places. When she doesn't have a camera in her hand, you can find her having a glass of wine on her patio in the summertime. 

Nicole has been doing photography for six years, four years full time. She started her business from scratch and has learned so much about what to do and (more importantly) what not to do. She has experienced, firsthand, the challenges of perfecting photography workflow, editing, client relations, pricing, and much more. She has so much she can't wait to share with you.

 

PSA: she's not claiming to have all the answers, but she does know what's worked best for her throughout her career :)

 

Can't wait to meet you all!

guest speaker

Guest Speaker - Tippy Jordan

Tippy will be speaking at the business basics workshop (March 12-14th). She started her photography career in the spring of 2018 and her footprint in the world of wedding photography has expanded ever since.

She picked up photography as a side hustle, all while working a full time job. Currently, Tippy shoots everything from weddings to family sessions to senior sessions. 

 

Her creative eye is unmatched as she is always coming up with new ideas for her photography work. 

Tippy loves exploring. She has a knack for finding the most picturesque hiking trails with her husband when she's in a new place. Her biggest bucket list item is to hike the Everest base camp trek and visit all seven continents.

Check out some of her work here and on her instagram @tippyjordan

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testimonials

"The Unbounded workshop was the most amazing wholesome experience ever. Not only did I learn so much from Nicole, I also got to bond and learn from other insanely talented photographers on this retreat. It was amazing to see everyone’s styles differentiate but at the same time collide. I would recommend Unbounded to anyone and everyone! It is the perfect getaway trip to unwind, relax, and get inspired. I have gained so many genuine friendships from this workshop and I am so incredibly proud of Nicole and her great friend Mariah for putting this on. YALL DID AMAZING! love youuuuuu <3" 

- Kallie, 2020 attendee 

"Unbounded was my first workshop and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. The lodge was absolutely beautiful. The food was SO good and we never ran out of wine. Everyone involved was professional, kind, and welcoming. The styled shoots were an absolute dream! It was exactly the content I've been wanting to shoot and Nicole really thought out every detail to make it perfect. The lectures were informative + thorough. I left with a new group of talented + amazing friends and I would do it over again in a heartbeat."

- Jillian, 2020 attendee 

"But honestly Nicole, You have a gift for this and I can’t thank you enough for everything! Unbounded was the best investment I could have made for my business and for my self. Not only did I grow in my creativity, skill set, and passion for photography, but I grew in community too, which is something that was so important to me. I truly feel like I walked away with new tools to reach my goals in my business and new amazing friendships! Thank you thank you thank you! <3" 

- Alexis, 2020 attendee

"WOW. If I could give this workshop 10 stars I would because this was the BEST thing for my business. I'm am so blown away by this workshop and how detailed and hands on we got to be. From having multiple styled shoots to learning as a group from Nicole and her special guests it's amazing. Since the workshop I went home with tons of photos to showcase for my business and new knowledge to grow my business. I TOTALLY recommend this workshop to someone starting out or who's been in the field because you learn so much! Thank you, Nicole for the best investment for my business! <3"

- Lauren, 2020 attendee 

"I attended the original Unbounded Workshop with Nicole and Shannon. It was a great experience and I walked away with a new level of confidence in my photography. There was a wide variety of experience and technical skills, so that was kind of an interesting dynamic as a photographer with significant wedding experience. This workshop is more designed for intermediate to expert photographers as you will need to know how to use your camera in manual mode. The styled sessions were a lot of fun and each was thoughtfully planned and well executed. The models were all kind and beautiful, but diversity seemed to be lacking. Nicole did a wonderful job being approachable, kind, and supportive of all of us. Smaller groups were definitely more effective for our shoots, but the larger group education settings allowed us to all contribute and learn from each other. Great experience and so much fun!"

- Danielle, 2020 attendee 

the investment

The tickets:

- $1,795 for a shared room & shared bathroom. Two individuals per room & bathroom. Separate single beds.

- $1,995 for own room & shared bathroom. Own queen bed. 

*limited space available. first come first serve. can hold up to 16 people. 30% downpayment fee to hold your spot*

FAQs

When is it?
The next workshop dates are March 12th-14th (2021)
 
Where is it?
The next workshop is taking place at a Finnish Farm in Northwest Wisconsin
 
Is there a downpayment?
There is a 30% downpayment fee to hold your spot. 
 
How do I get there?
If accepted, we will send you the farm address! If you are flying in, you will have to rent a car from MSP airport. We can work on car pooling once everyone is accepted. 
What are you doing to prevent the spread of Covid-19?
We are requiring everyone to wear masks while inside (with the exception of eating and sleeping). We are also requiring that everyone takes a Covid test the week prior to the workshop and sends over test results. 
Will I get my money back if I test positive for Covid-19?
Yes, if you can prove a positive Covid test you will receive a refund in full. 
Are the winter activities included in the cost?
All winter activities are included in the cost except for the massages. 
Are all meals covered?
Yes! All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), lodging, activities, and transportation (once arrived) are fully covered.
Do you accommodate food allergies?
Yes! Upon acceptance, if you have a food allergy please let us know on the contract you receive.
Is there an age requirement?
You have to be at least 18 to sign up.
How many women can attend?
Both workshops can hold up to 16 women. 
Is there a waiting list should someone back out?
Yes! First come first serve basis, but if someone backs out we will reach out to the next person in line. 
Can I get a refund if I can't end up making it?
At this time we are not offering refunds (with Covid instances being an exception).
I can't make the whole weekend, but I still want to come. 
We would love to still have you but you will still have to pay the full price. 
 
Will we be able to see who's all coming beforehand?
Yes! You will be added to a closed Facebook group prior to the workshop. You will also be added to an Instagram message with all the attendees. This is a way for us to get to know each other and/or ask questions, work out rides, etc.
What's the weekend schedule?
If accepted, we will be sending out a detailed itinerary. Broadly speaking, the weekend will consist of lectures, meals, shooting, editing/free time, and fun winter activities!
Do I need to own a camera to attend?
This is a workshop for photographers. We will be shooting for a few hours each day, so owning a camera for this workshop is a must! However, if you want to come for just the info and a good time, we won't stop you!
I don't think I can afford this workshop but really want to come, what should I do?
This workshop IS a tax write-off (a topic we will cover)! It is an investment towards your business and your future. If necessary, upon placement of the 30% deposit, I can work with individuals needing a payment plan.  
Do I need to know how to work my camera? Do you teach that?
We will briefly go over camera basics in the business basics workshop (March 19-21), but you should definitely come with prior knowledge about how to work your camera. 
Do I need to do anything to prepare?
If accepted, we will be sending out a weekend schedule as well as a guide on how to best prepare for this workshop (what to bring, etc.)
Is this a co-ed workshop?
Sorry guys! This workshop is strictly for female queeeeen boss babes!
What are the sleeping arrangements?
If you select the shared room option, you will have your own single bed in a shared room with another attendee. If you select the own room option, you will have your own queen bed in your own private room. Each cabin has at least one full bath. 
Can you request a a shared room with another attendee?
Yes! Upon acceptance, let us know if you have a preferred roommate