So, you’re wondering where I went last week where I had to be unplugged? Check it out:


I traveled to the most beautiful chateau where I was able to visit the spa, enjoy wine straight from the vineyards, partake in delicious meals, sink into a luxurious bed at night, and learn from the most amazing children’s photographers. It’s like a dream come true! I attended Learnfest — a workshop created and instructed by four of the country’s top photographers: Lena Hyde, Tamara Lackey, Laura Novak, and Audrey Woulard. I loved learning from each of these talented ladies, as well as the other 59 participants I was able to spend time with while there. Truly outstanding!!! (the first photo was taken by Katie Williams, one of my many new photographer friends — the others I took while taking a mini hike)


This is an intensive workshop where the focus is on classroom instruction and discussion. So, it was a nice break to get out for a mini session each day we were there to practice what we had been learning. The photo on the top left is Audrey teaching, and then on the right is Tamara demonstrating her shooting style. One of my favorite things about the workshop is how unique the four instructors are from each other. Life lesson: there are a zillion ways to do just one thing and if you get creative enough, they can all work. Love that! The bottom photo of me photographing side-by-side with Tamara was taken by my new friend Gwendolyn Waite who I met while there. Thanks for sharing Gwen! Funny to see what I look like while taking pictures.

I can’t tell you how refreshing it was to learn about photography, talk about photography, take pages (and I mean pages) of notes about photography, but to only pick up my camera a few times. It was so good for me to focus on my art, my style, and my business. How often can you take three days and nights to do that? So, while I was of course super happy to come home to my family, I admit I could have partaken in one more visit to the spa, one more walk on the scenic grounds or a few more sips of the vineyard’s delicious wines. Yes, it was that wonderful!

Now I’m back at home and ready to use all that inspiration, energy, and learning into my everyday sessions. Things are booking fast for the spring, so get ready for lots of sneak peek blog posts!


  1. Ann Uhlman says:

    What a fantastic experience! Thanks for sharing your adventure with us. It looks amazing.

  2. Fantastic photos Carolyn! I’m so glad to have met you at Learnfest! Your photography is so bright and cheery – just like you!!!

  3. Candace Sheets says:

    What a great summary of the Learnfest experience! I love your blog and branding Carolyn. It was great to meet you at Learnfest.

  4. cindy chen says:

    Love this post! Your images are beautiful. I really enjoyed meeting you at Learnfest and am looking forward to continuting our friendship. 🙂 Have a great weekend and looking forward to seeing your sneak peeks!

  5. Oh Carolyn, I’m so glad you got to go to Learnfest!!! Audrey has long been an inspiration to me… sounds like it was fantastic! Have a GREAT year! Blessings!


  6. Vanessa says:

    These are awesome!
    I love seeing everyones pictures!

  7. Jen says:

    Looks amazing Carolyn! So sorry to have missed it! Glad you enjoyed.

  8. Rachel says:

    I loved finally getting to meet you (in person). Love the images! Let’s keep in touch!!

  9. Melissa says:

    Great to meet you FINALLY! You are such a doll. One of these days I will catch you on the phone 🙂

  10. Rachel Olsen says:

    Love the photos! I may have to steal a few (with your permission of course!) when my new blog finally launches! It was so wonderful to be at Learnfest with you! Can’t wait to see you again at a HS reunion or another photog gathering!

  11. Jane Combs says:

    Wow. Amazing looking place. They need to hold one in Cincinnati, although I’m not sure you could find something quite as spectacular. Thanks for sharing!

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