The details




three nights stay at the "barndominum" fixer-upper in waco

all snacks/drinks/meals
(excluding the food trucks during our magnolia visit!)

two creative classes/mini workshops

incredible guest speakers and a sunset yoga class

new headshot and some sweet swag

most importantly, a community of boss ladies you can rely on!

Check out more in depth details here!

Waco, TX

september 10-13, 2018 


$1750 - Early Bird Pricing; Register before May 1st for $400 off of the full price of $2150

who is this
retreat for: 

for the experienced photographer who has reached a plateau or rut in their business. Who loves what they do, but may feel a pull to do more. while anyone could benefit from this time, unlike other workshops offered in the past, this is not created for those who are just starting out, but for those who have a few years of business under their belt and are ready for more. 

If you are unsure if this retreat is for you, please reach out! together, we can find if this experience would be beneficial and a good fit for you.
get in touch here!

ready to join the fun?! register here!

Where can I
 sign up? 

The details

Have you ever wished you could take time away from your every day life to focus on setting intentional goals and ideas in your business? This retreat was created for you. 

You'll spend three nights in a picturesque home surrounded by like-minded business bosses who will pour support, creativity, and fresh ideas into one another's businesses and lives. You'll be inspired by our incredible keynote speaker, driven by the guided mastermind style sessions, and refreshed by the mini-workshops and classes led by industry leading instructors. You'll have heartfelt and motivating late-night talks complete with PJs and a glass (or two) of wine, and of course no trip to Waco would be complete without a stop at the Magnolia market!

- What are the accommodations/how will I find my roommate? 
       Each attendee will have either a shared bed or a bunk bed in the Barndominuim! If         you are traveling and attending with the friend you are welcome to request your             roommate, otherwise you will be assigned to a bed/room.

- Should I bring my camera? What else should I bring?
       You should absolutely bring your camera, as there will be opportunities to swap headshots, a visit to Magnolia, and a few styled opportunities you wont want to miss! 

- What are the mini workshops/classes? 
       There will be a watercolor floral class taught by Jessica Peddicord of Simply Jessica Marie, a styling for photographers class taught by Sarah Erickson of Sarah Ann Design, as well as a sunset yoga class!

- What is not included?
       The only meal not included is the Magnolia food trucks during our visit. Attendees are welcome to purchase any additional food or beverages they would like to store in the house. Attendees are also responsible for their own transportation. 

- How many seats are available?
       In order to create an intimate retreat experience seats are limited to 12 attendees.

- What if I still have more questions?
       Don't hesitate to reach out directly via email or through the contact form here! 

frequently asked questions

kind words from previous event attendees...

I had the pleasure of attending a workshop that Laylee put together, and it really propelled my business forward. She is so sweet and full of energy that you just could not help but feed off her positivity. I thought I had a good handle on my business going into the workshop, but I left feeling enlightened and with a new group of friends who share similar passions. Her workshop was truly one of the highlights of my 2017, and I would not hesitate to participate in any of her future offerings!

catie ann photography
workshop alum 2017

kind words from previous event attendees...

To know Laylee is to have an instant friend! Not just a sweet new friend, but the realist, most genuine and relatable soul sister that feels like you’ve known her for years! After experiencing her last Workshop I left with more than just beautiful portfolio pictures. Laylee instilled confidence, dropped practical + applicable education, and left me feeling inspired. I couldn’t be more grateful for her encouragement, friendship and keep it real-ness! 

Quianna marie photography
workshop alum 2017

At the last conference I attended, I sat in my hotel room with my three other roommates and in the midst of our deep conversations I realized that this was hands down my favorite part of every workshop, conference, convention, etc that I’ve attended. The late night talks, the intimate small group conversations where we all help each other navigate our pain points, celebrate each other’s wins, and get personal without our walls up. We have hard conversations, we laugh, we cry, we grow- together. It’s with this in mind that I created the Next Level retreat. 12 people, one house, late nights, and lots of growth. Where we will push each other to the next level in our businesses, stop talking about “finding balance” and actually take the time to do things that are good for us (yoga classes, meals away from a computer screen), and where we will find inspiration and refresh our minds. Where we will arrive alone, and we will walk away a community.

the Next Level vision

speakers + instructors

Jessica Peddicord

sarah erickson

Natalie franke hayes

Natalie Franke Hayes is a photographer, educator, speaker, and Founder of the Rising Tide Society. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Visual Studies and a concentration in Visual Neuroscience and the Psychology of Seeing. Natalie lives in San Francisco, California with her high school sweetheart and serves as the Head of Community for HoneyBook.

Jessica Peddicord of Simply Jessica Marie is an artist for sweethearts, and an educator for fellow watercolor artists. She has a heart for both creating thoughtful, keepsake-worthy custom paintings that her clients will cherish for years to come, and for teaching budding watercolor artists to build creative confidence and excitedly grow their own flourishing artistic businesses. When she's not painting, you can find Jessica sipping a frozen margarita with her hubby Zack and their adorable puppy Oscar at their favorite local dog park in Dallas, Texas.

Hello, sweet friends! I'm Sarah: a designer and calligrapher in a long-term love affair with letterform. I craft heirloom wedding invitations for couples, and thoughtful brand designs for creatives. There's nothing I love more than a gorgeous ink flourish, but antique churches and my ever-growing collection of plant babies certainly come close! I can't wait to connect with you in person and share in a dose of creativity and community together.

Laylee emadi smith

Laylee Emadi is a photographer and educator with a heart for serving others. She believes in people first, heart over hustle, and comfort over couture. Since she started her business, Laylee has served the creative industry with authentic encouragement, tell-it-like-it-is honesty, and a wide open heart. She's a connector, a cat mom, and a bloody mary enthusiast who can't wait to get better acquainted over a cup of coffee with you.

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partners + sponsors

kindred presets

sarah ann design

simply jessica marie

zpro films

May Designs


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