Portrait of Sand and Sea, January 2019 a Photography Workshop

$ 313.00$ 1,610.00


Date and Location: January 25-28, 2019 Destin, FL

Escape for an unforgettable, creative, long weekend a the beach in this 3-Day Photography Workshop and Creative Retreat with Me Ra and Brian. Receive hands-on instruction as you learn how to photograph landscape, seascape, the Milky Way and even a family portrait shoot on the beach!  Morning sessions will be spent on creative exercises to deepen your confidence and vision for the new year, as well as lessons on editing.  Then grab your camera for afternoon and night shooting!  Choose a bed based on your desire for privacy and budget.  Relax with a personal chef cooking for you!  Be strengthened among a community of sisters.  And we promise, you will leave this weekend laughing more than you bargained for.  That is our signature ingredient to EVERY workshop experience!


Photography Workshop and Creative Retreat with White Sand, Sun and Sea!

Escape for a long, fun, creative weekend in the NEW 3-Day Photography Workshop and join celebrity photographer, Me Ra Koh, and her husband, Brian Tausend (award winning photographer and cinematographer) for an unforgettable way to start 2019. This is 3-Day Photography Workshop and Creative Retreat in the Sun, White Sand and Clear Sea of Destin, Florida!

Learn How to Take Photos Like This!

Let’s Head to the Beach!

Pack your flip flops, sunglasses, journal, beach towel, tripod and camera gear!  We’re headed to a place known for having the softest, whitest sand beaches with the most clear, turquoise waters.  We’re headed to beautiful Destin,Florida!

This is our perfect solution to those of you who can’t come (yet) on a Portrait of Thailand but want to go somewhere beautiful when the weather is dreary in January.

Start 2019 prioritizing you! Fill up your creative spirit in January 2019, clarify vision for what you want to aim for, and you will see how this little bit of intention will make all the difference in your coming year!  Just click here to read what our attendees said about Portrait of a Winter Wonderland in Sundance last January.

We’re researching best times of day for outdoor shootings excursions, but here’s what you can expect!

FRIDAY: After a beautiful drive to Destin, Florida, arrive in time to get settled, unpack your camera and gather around the table for our first group dinner.  Get to know your fellow slumber party friends with a magical first night by the fire!  Dinner included.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Each day will leave you feeling full and refreshed.

This is a tentative schedule of what to expect throughout the days.


We’ll start each morning with a walk on the beach.  Can someone say “Ahhhhhhhhhhhh…”.  Doesn’t that sound heavenly?

Then dive into morning lessons on creativity, editing, and how to cultivate confidence and vision for 2019.


In the afternoon, we’ll do something different each day.  One day, we’re going to do a focused family portrait shoot on the beach.  Let’s tackle magical light on the beach together with portraits!  The next day we’ll focus on capturing gorgeous landscape and seascape with light, dragging your shutter, and shooting for a specific vision of what you’ll want to edit.


For night owls, pack up your tripod and flashlight and head to the beach with Brian for epic astrophotography of the Milky Way over the sea!

MONDAY: Everyone says their goodbyes and heads into 2019 STRONG!

Even though we can’t guarantee the weather, we guarantee lots of laughter, hands-on learning, and you leaving with more creative confidence!



Our Portrait of a Winter Wonderland was so fun and successful, but you also had the greatest feedback!  Based on your feedback, we’ve found a GORGEOUS home steps away from the ocean that offers a handful of luxury sleeping options.

Choose the bed/bathroom arrangements that best suits your needs and budget!

No Bed Needed: You’re Local

Twin Bunk Bed with Shared Bathroom: No Extra Charge

Queen Bunk Bed with Shared Bathroom: $105 (Essentially pay only $35 a night for an AWE-mazing queen bed.)

King Bed with Private Bathroom: $210 (Pay $70 extra per night for the privacy you need.)

First Come, First Serve


That’s what a team of us went searching for when trying to find the perfect lodging for this retreat. I wanted everyone to have a comfy bed, enough bathrooms, great room area with a fireplace, and sleep under one roof.

We’ve got so many options with this beach house!  We have bedrooms with Queen over Queen Bunk beds, Twin Bunk Beds, and King Beds with Private Bathrooms!  No one is going to sleep on a pull out sofa bed or air mattress!  LOL!  Everyone gets their own bed! And I LOVE the feeling of us all being under one roof! It will make for much better, richer conversation and bonding as a group.


This long weekend photography workshop and creative retreat is for those who want an inspiring, travel weekend escape!  Every level of photography is welcome.  This trip is also for those who can’t come away with us to Thailand, Italy or Greece for nine days.  Or it’s for those who can come and don’t want to wait a whole year until the next Portrait of the World Workshop and Tour!  This long weekend is your ticket of escape!  We heard your request for something within the Americas that starts on Friday and ends on Sunday (but we hope you stay till Monday morning!).  Get ready for the weekend of your life!

How is This Workshop Different?

We are doing Portrait of Sand and Sea and Portrait of a Winter Wonderland on alternating years in January.  They are unlike any other photography workshop we offer.  We head to white sand beaches and clear waters or the snow, capped mountains to be together.  We know how vital it is for photographers to have community, sisterhood, and be filled up so they can keep giving and creating.  The whole weekend is designed to fill you up.

Instead of eating out, we’ll be bringing in a personal chef.  There is an element of exhale in our gathering together.  Discovery and digging into our creative wells is our focus.  There is shooting time, play time and down time.  You will learn more about photography, editing, and the business of it all.  But this is a retreat that is meant to fill you up for the new year through the coming together of kindred spirits who become life long friends.

What is the Investment?

Our Confidence Grads get a special rate of $1249 as a perk to attending our 2-Day CONFIDENCE Workshop.  We encourage you to take the CONFIDENCE Workshop so that every trip with us or on your own is beyond satisfying because you understand your camera better than ever!

For non-Confidence Grads, the workshop investment is $1400 pp.  Check out all that is included.  This is the part we’re REALLY excited about!

What is Included?

We searched high and low in the US and Canada for a lodging option that would be incredibly reasonable and meet the different needs of the group for privacy and budgets.  Destin, Florida didn’t disappoint!  The investment you make in this weekend allows you to customize your bed choice and not worry about any meals (unless you decide to grab lunch in town which may be fun too!).  Scroll down to see the gorgeous rooms and choose your favorite!

Personal Chef Included

We’re hiring a personal chef to cook our meals so we can maximize our time together for talking shop, nurturing creative confidence in you, and giggling into the wee hours of the night.  This is the ultimate slumber party with a photography twist!

What is Not Included?

Airfare and transportation are not included.  However, Brian and I are going to do our best to coordinate with the group so we can carpool.  We’ll be sending more details on transportation options to everyone as the date approaches.

What to Bring?

Appropriate beach clothes (think layers), your camera gear, laptop for editing, sunglasses, beach towel, sunscreen, flip flops, and a few more fun items that we’ll email you about as the date approaches!  We’ve already got a few surprises in the works!  ?

What if I’m a Newbie at Photography?

This (crazy fun) long weekend workshop/retreat is designed for ALL levels of photography. Me Ra and Brian have been teaching photography workshops and traveling for two decades. Me Ra is one of the select, original Sony Artisans of Imagery since 2007, inspiring both beginners and pros. Brian is an award winning, published photographer, cinematographer and teacher.  They’re so EXCITED to mentor you with lots of a hands-on teaching!

Whether you are a newbie who simply loves travel and taking photos or a pro wanting a creative refresh, Me Ra and Brian will take you to new levels with your camera proficiency and creativity while exploring the breathtaking winter wonderland of Utah.

And you may laugh more than you ever bargained for!




Glad you asked!  To read reviews from past travel workshop attendees, click any one of these destinations;




New Orleans

Winter Wonderland.  


Airfare and Transportation to and from the airport is not included.  But we’ll do our best to arrange carpooling to/from the airport.  And we’ll carpool once you arrive!


You can pay in full or sign up for 4 automatic monthly payments. We divide payments over four months. We will run your cc on file around the same time each month.  It’s that easy!

If you run into any issues with registering for the payment plan, don’t hesitate to email us at info@fioria.us. Our team will get you set up right away.

For some reason if you should need to cancel, we will apply your payment(s) as credit to a future CONFIDENCE or online workshop within 24 months of your original workshop up to 45 days before the workshop weekend.

If you need to cancel within the 45 days leading up to the workshop, we will do our best to fill your spot and apply your payment(s) to a future workshop within the next 24 months. But we can’t guarantee this. If we can’t fill your spot  within the 45 days, your workshop payment(s) will be forfeit.

*This is the policy for all our online and in-person workshops, excluding our travel Portrait of the World international workshops.




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