Q: What is the AKP Retreat?
A: The AKP Retreat is an educational workshop for photographers hosted by Ashton Kelley Photography and other creatives known as the "AKP SQUAD."
Q: Why would I sign up?
A: We believe in the importance of bettering your education as a photographer AS WELL AS keeping yourself motivated, inspired, and healthy. This event is to enhance your skills as a photographer, but also to leave you feeling invincible doing the thing you love.
Q: When and where is it?
A: Dates and locations vary throughout the year. Our next event is in
October. It will be in Baltimore, MD and we never visit the same city twice.
Q: How experienced do you need to be to attend?
A: While we recommend attendees be comfortable shooting in manual,
there are no restrictions for attending based on experience.
Q: Do you need to be a professional photographer?
A: We have just as much for someone who wants to get creative and social as we do for those looking to better their business. All are welcome!
Q: I'm a very seasoned photographer. Is this for me?
A: Each event showcases new teachers, content, and trends. Remember you are investing not just in potential education, but a motivational experience.
Q: Is there a local-commuter option?
A: Unfortunately, no. We find the most amazing things happen when everyone remains together for the entire experience. In keeping with our vision, we encourage you to come sit with us for the whole weekend... even if it's local!
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Each event will differentiate in price point as travel fees for locations can vary. Previous events have been as low as $675 and as high as $1,350.
Q: Are payment plans available?
A: Yes! An initial retainer is due to book, but payment plans can be customized per your personal needs.
Q: What is included in the registration fee?
A: The AKP Retreat is an all-inclusive workshop. We take care of lodging, catering, class supplies, organizing a beautiful styled shoot, curating social activities, and more. Once you arrive at the door, we have you covered!
Q: What if I'm not a "bubbly extrovert type" all the time?
A: Don't worry.. none of us are! Once you arrive, you'll see that everyone is just as real, nervous, but excited about the adventure.
Q: How do we get to know everyone else who is going?
A: Once registration for an event opens, we will begin a private online forum for guests. This gives you the chance to mingle with Ashton, the AKP Squad, and other attendees.
Q: Where will we be staying?
A: The AKP Retreat will always take place in a "home away from home." An estate, mansion, or large vacation home will be provided for all guests to ensure we can all remain connected.
Q: If we travel by air, how do we get from the airport to the venue?
A: We recommend networking with other attendees to share an UBER, LYFT, or local car service.
Q: Once we arrive, will we need a car during the weekend?
A: No! Most events happen strictly within the event home itself, offering local charm within walking distance.
Q: What are sleeping arrangements like?
A: Pricing is determined by location, size of the venue, and capacity for attendees. To minimize costs, each person in the house (including the AKP Squad) will bunk together.
Q: Can I request a bunkmate?
A: Of course! It is extremely common that people sign up with a friend.
Q: What if I don't know anyone who is attending?
A: That's OK! Part of going out of your comfort zone is meeting new people. We have a great way of introducing you to new best friends!
Q: What if I don't know anyone and I don't want to share a bed?
A: While most beds are Queen or King, we understand you might just need your own space. Much like an airplane, you can "purchase the seat next to you" to ensure the bed is all yours.
Q: If I upgrade, do I get my own room?
A: No. In our previous experience, most vacation homes provide multiple beds in a single room. As each space signifies a chance to attend, we value every opportunity we can offer to someone to travel with us.
Q: I see meals are included. What if I have allergies or restrictions?
A: We take up a survey close to the event and all allergies and restrictions are taken into consideration.
Q: Do I need to bring food?
A: The event is formally catered. Main meals will be taken care of, but we like to urge guests to bring any comfort items they might not have access to.
Q: Will there be additional fees while we are there?
A: Ideally, no! We do our best to provide everything you need. Should there be an additional paid activity, you would have been made aware before sign up.
Q: What gear should I bring?
A: We recommend bringing your go-to gear. If something specific is suggested, we will make a formal note of it before you depart.
Q: Will I need a computer?
A: We typically suggest that you bring one, though this is not required.
Q: What will we learn at the AKP Retreat?
A: Themes for education are ever-changing as our industry does. Reference your specific Retreat's itinerary for guidance.
Q: How many styled shoots will there be?
A: There will be at least one very elaborate styled wedding shoot.
Q: Do all AKP Retreats include editing guidance?
A: Some events have formal editing clinics while others may simply have collaborative "editing circles." Confirm with your specific Retreat schedule.
Q: How should I dress?
A: Bring a mix of comfortable clothing and things you feel stylish in. Your more casual clothes will suit educational lectures, while your dressier items will look great during social activities. Be sure to check the weather the week before you leave to ensure you pack appropriately!
Q: Will we have time for new headshots?
A: There are always pockets of time carved out for headshot swaps.
Q: When is the final payment due?
A: Final payments are typically due within one or two months of the event.
Q: Are there late fees if I don't make the final due date?
A: Yes. A late fee of $20 per day applies.
Q: What is the cancellation policy?
A: Laid out in full in the attendee contract, the cancellation policy states due to the nature and financial commitment of these events, participants understands their investment is non-refundable and non-transferable to another event. The attendee is responsible for the final balance or finding a replacement attendee to take over their contract.