Taking a step away from the everyday routine is always something I’ve tried to do at least once a year. My husband and I have always valued our own space, our own hobbies and every year we like to have a weekend away with our friends, him mountain biking in remote parts of Scotland or Wales and me with my photography tribe, the Shooting Sisters. Valuing each other as individuals as well as a couple is what I think has helped our marriage feel so fresh and exciting.
The Shooting Sisters group was formed via a Facebook group over five years ago and has been going strong ever since, we’ve tried to meet up once a year at least and this weekend we gathered together at Blackdown Forest near Micheldever. It’s always been tricky finding a location that suits people as the Shooting Sisters are scattered across the country from Norwich to Bristol, Stone to Herne Bay but when we do meet up it’s always such an uplifting experience.
This weekend we spent enjoying the calm of the forest, photographed the stars in the middle of the night, shared notes from all the epic workshops that between us we’ve attended, all the time catching up whilst enjoying the hot tub and later venturing out to enter the campsite quiz evening. We came 2nd – out of only two teams!. With the chance to read magazines (something that is an alien luxury to me since having my twins) and industry books on marketing, blogging and photographic inspiration I find these retreats such a rewarding and business refocusing experience. We each came away with a commitment to our business and clarity of our individual focus for the next six months so it was a beneficial experience in many ways.
With talk of Cyprus for our next retreat I’m genuinely thankful to have this tribe of girls as my friends. What started out as photography chat five years ago has now developed into something far greater. Until next time.