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.
"A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about
what is being photographed in the deepest sense,
and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety."
--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.   

Is this event right for me? Am I right for it?

This retreat is right for you if… 

:  You already know how to photograph, but feel like your images lack a “certain something”. Meaning: they don’t stand out, they fall short of what you were seeing when you took the shot – or worse yet, are simply the visual equivalent of elevator music.
:  You are a photographer who feels she already has a “voice” – or at least understands the concept – but is wondering how to make her images express that voice more consistently, over a wider range of subject matter.
:  You are a photographer wanting to continue down your creative path with a sense of renewed & refreshed thoughts and ideas. You might even want a bit of a boot out of your comfort zone!
:  You embrace the notion that gear isn’t everything; it’s meant to serve you and not the other way around.
:  You dream of feeling excited and confident about your photography, of inspiring others with the images you create, of hanging out with a group of like-minded people who all loves this stuff as much as you do – and have a “BRING IT” attitude.
This retreat is NOT right for you if…
:  You're obsessed with "getting the shot" at all costs and aren't interested in broadening your focus.
… then yeahhh, this is so not for you.
:  You go to these events so you can teach others in the workshop and pump your own event … noooooooo!
:  You believe that gear, settings and technique are the main event in photography and feelings/emotion/vision makes you want to fling yourself off a cliff. (While gear and post-processing are always part of the conversation, they are not the main event of this experience.)
:  You have a camera, but don’t know how to use it 'at all' – or you need tons of help. Hey that’s OK! This workshop doesn’t cover that… but I’m happy to recommend some who do.   Contact me!

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.

Cost: $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?
I speak to every participant personally prior to signing up!

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


Love for "The Artists' Voice'"...

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

"Usually when I get back from a trip I feel stressed, tired, need to recoup and get back to reality. This time I was completely relaxed and it was easy; no stress and no post trip depression. Just amazing memories, photographs, new tools and a renewed outlook on life. Thank you!" — Lauri Novak

"On a personal level, I needed something positive to force a turnabout in my life. 
My artistic goal was to channel my vulnerabilities into a new way of seeing and creating with my camera.

The retreat accomplished both goals and I gained some valuable friends in the process and so much more. 

My favorite images all had something in common: a memorizing feeling that captivated me when I set sight on it. Those images were truly special (my best). It was as if my personal feelings were somehow imbedded into the metadata of those images.  Karen gave me the tools to learn to use  find 'my voice’ and to create with that voice.

I have always loved Karen's art and to get to learn from her, was the best." 
-- Barb Cochran

"Having met Karen and knowing who she drew me in first. I love what Karen speaks about in her own work. I like that her work comes from a place of centered knowing.  The best part: I absolutely found the next level of my artistic voice!"
— Elle Bruce

"I spend 8 glorious days on the French Riviera with Karen Hutton. 
'Finding Your Artistic Voice' is more then what the title suggests, it is learning who you really are,
what speaks to you as an artist, learning to articulate it as your voice. The inner radiant fire. 

I made some amazing friends, danced along the board walk in Cannes,
laughed until I cried and found myself in so many ways." 
-- Jennifer Walton

Playing during the Retreat included: trying to capture what I felt and what I love through my lens, learning photo blurring, doing a little dance, singing a little song, drinking a little Prosecco ;) 

Through all of this, I reclaimed parts of me and found pure joy and freedom in just being me again. This was all possible because each of you were willing to fully show up and be vulnerable and open as well...and together we created connection...a connection, I believe, that inspired us to step more fully into ourselves. 

I can't think of a better way to foster creativity than through the beauty of connection--with one's self, one's environment, and others. 

These moments will stay with me forever. ❤️​​​​​​​ --
Robin Rolley