California Dreamin'–Take 1 (NAPCP Retreat!)

Wow!  Exhilarated.  Exhausted. And definitely playing a whole lot of catch up after 2 weeks of what my friends are referring to as my ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ trip.  Ha.  (What an awesome book, right?) SO much to say but I think I need to just sit back, reflect a bit and take it all in. (and, of course, edit, place orders, schedule sessions…promise!)  But I feel as though I just have to chat up at least some of the super fun, super useful bits from this fantastic journey.
That said, let me start at the beginning of my 2-week adventure  with the promise of more details to follow soon.  Napa=gorgeous, calming and the home of the 1st Annual National Association of  Professional Child Photographer’s Retreat!   3-days of lectures, vendors, shooting clinics but above all else…a great, great place to meet and idea-share with like-minded, passionate photographers!  (Parents:  if you are not familiar with NAPCP–it is a great resource on many topics, including choosing a child photographer, creating true heirlooms with your images and how to prepare for a successful session.  –It also provides detailed contact information on talented photographers in your area!)   I learned a ton, have come up with some great new ideas that wil begin to trickle out to all of you soon.  (including beautiful, new canvas collections, updated websites, fully-designed library bound session albums, birthday party ‘photo booths/fashion shoots’…just to give you a few ‘teasers..:-)
We are still trying to get back on track this week as we had so many session right before the trip but please know we will get everything back up-and-running to ‘full-speed’ soon.  (we are even getting some more ‘help’ around here to free us up to shoot more!)  And until the next post… here are a few of our favorite images from the shooting clinic in the Meritage vineyard…


  1. stacy filicko says:

    I love the use of natural light. It truly is gorgeous!

  2. alice park says:

    You captured some amazing shots, Cassandra! I know the parents will love these…
    I’m so glad we had the opportunity to hang out at the Retreat. You are an amazing person.

  3. Camille says:

    Love these Cass….so glad you were able to take this trip and broaden your horizons ; )

  4. Michelle says:

    Loving these shots- at least you had sunny days for awesome photos (a strange overcast has been looming- weird for summer). Absolutely stunning though and sounds like the retreat was loaded with info!

  5. Joelle says:

    Beautiful photos, love the light and the blues in the tree!

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