OK, let me get this straight.
You’ve done photography workshops.
They were all fine and dandy, but you’re still hungry for something… more.

You’re itching to connect your photographic technique with the artistic, expressive voice inside.
You want that something “extra” to shine through.
A heart & soul connection that can be seen, heard and felt in your work.
In any work, photography & beyond. (After all… life is art!)
 It’s eluded you so far.
But it’s there. You can feel it in your bones. It’s why you keep searching.
You want what you create to sing out in your one, true voice.
You want to photograph, create art, to LIVE from there.
I get it. On every level.

Know what?

Find your photographic voice.

With me.

In France.

This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for 1:1 time with me in The French Riviera in the glorious month of June. 
You’ll be treated to daily photo walks in medieval villages, in a famous town by the sea and in a village nestled in the hills above the Mediterranean and enjoy delicious meals that nurture mind, body and soul.
It's a gathering of like-minded people with a powerful focus;
to discover the land, the people and the food of the South of France…  
through the lens of their deepest and  truest photographic "voice."

"I felt warm, I felt invited and like I could just be me…
 which in turn made me feel like I could relax,
 open up and believe that I could find my voice." -- Debra Tufts

Life is your art.
An open, aware heart is your camera.
A oneness with your world is your film.
-- Ansel Adams
This is photography on a whole new level.

You know how to take pictures. Now… learn how to make photographic art that tells the story of YOU and of your unique experience in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Create signature photographic work.

We start quietly. Learn focusing techniques that let you go deep. Make the connection to that core place within you that simply knows… where to look, what to include in a composition, when to press the shutter.

It knows what it loves,
what makes it’s heart sing,
it’s where your true vision lies,
it has no doubt.

It’s what you’ve been longing to connect with, but had no idea how to go about it.

Yeah, we go there.
This photography event is for those who want to spend time with me in FRANCE,
allowing the place itself to help call in your true artist’s voice.

The one that will sing itself into everything you create; you photography, art, business and life.
You don’t need to be a pro or super experienced.

All you need is your open heart and mind – and the camera you’re most comfortable with.

 After all, we don’t want gear to get in the way of allowing the energy and light of France to work its magic!

Know what my other favorite Ansel Adams quote is? 
"The single most important component of a camera
is the twelve inches behind it!"
--Ansel Adams
Each day...

We begin with a French style breakfast and coffee, visiting with a small group of like-minded artists like yourself.

On the very first day,  you'll learn new tools for awareness and creativity,  
deepening your sense of storytelling and your ability to see photographically
from a place of authenticity and truth.
 We then take that connection out into the world,
anchoring it into practical experience through daily photowalks, in a new place every day.
First, close to home, free of distractions, with a sense of artful calm.

 Then we broaden out into different parts of Cannes.
We'll visit its harbor, the old town, the street scenes.
So much to see and photograph!
We’ll look at it all together, discovering the moments
that light you up like a Christmas tree!  

What will tell your story best?
Intimate scenes? The grand views?
Maybe you'll discover people... night shooting... abstracts.
You might find that you love macro... cityscapes... architecture... low light.
Or even surprise yourself by falling in love with with motion blur.

Know what's cool?
In a small group setting like this, the personal time,
attention and feedback you crave is all part of the flow

On other days, we might jump on a train to visit the charming medieval town of Antibes... 
stroll through Grasse, the perfume capital of the world, or the breathtaking Villefranche sur Mer, nestled by brilliant blue waters.  All the while... 
You’ll be anchored to a place inside where your true Vision lies. 
It guides you to the moments that matter most.   


This is for people seeking their own creative magic! 

You don't have to be a pro photographer or super experienced. 
This is not about the gear! It's about what you DO with it.
It's about learning to recognize - beyond a shadow of a doubt -
the right moment to press the shutter.

You'll walk away with a system
to approach any new photographic situation with confidence,

knowing exactly how to hone in on the money shot. 

In the end:  you’ll walk away with set of photographs that will speak of your experience,
in your unique, artistic voice.

 Finding your voice is a game-changer. So is this place. 
When I first came here, something amazing happened. 
My photography changed. My being changed.
Even my beliefs about what is possible changed. 


Interested?  CONTACT ME! 

This retreat is kept purposely small, so don't wait!


 - Lodging in a private villa in the gorgeous French Riviera; 5 single and 2 twin share rooms.
(first come, first choice!)

- Photography instruction in a small group setting with Karen Hutton, exploring local French culture and learning to tell the story of your experience through the lens, with emotion and in YOUR unique artistic voice.

- Discussion  & daily photo walks with time for feedback, photo critiques, rest, relaxation and to visit, ask questions and photograph.

- Time for shopping and exploring.

- You'll also experience foods in local towns and villages, for a wonderful culinary experience of regional fare. Delicious food, yummy wines!


This retreat is designed for all levels; the only requirement is that you have a working knowledge of whatever camera you bring. Mobile phone cameras are welcome! It’s not about the gear… it’s about the vision and the voice behind the lens.

The Artists Voice Package Includes: 
5 Nights Accommodation

One French Cuisine dining experience as a group at a local restaurant

Villa kitchen stocked with French fare breakfasts, fresh fruit and bread for snacking

Small intimate group, 1:1 time with Karen Hutton, 

Daily photo walks in a new town each day with feedback, photo critiques,
and guidance from Karen.

Time for shopping, exploring, rest & relaxation.

Private Room Accommodation: $4299
Shared Room Accommodation: $3899

Reserve your spot now! 

"The whole process made us more focused in ourselves,
 able to find our ground and discover where and how we want to be....
and not just as photographers!" -- Lauri Novak 


You in? Got questions?

Send me a message and I’ll be in touch to answer questions,  explain the juicy details and help you register.

Registrations accepted in the order received. 

The Artist's Voice Photography Retreat
June 10-15, 2018


"I feel like I'm coming back a different photographer... A serious introspective look into the soul,
and how you bring that out in your photography.."  -- Mike Roberts