The Artist's Voice:
Lake Tahoe/Truckee
October 6-11, 2019​​​

What is "The Artist's Voice"?  
It's a photography retreat. 
It's an awesome adventure. 
It's how we roll, baby. 

I know that YOU, my friend, are itching for a way to connect photographic technique with your artistic, expressive voice inside - and deftly weave it into the pixels of your images.

You crave that leap from "Pretty darn good"  to "OMG!!" photos. You want to tell stories with your images; share a  feeling, an emotion, transport people with your art. 
You want it to be fun. Delicious.  A whole-body experience worth singing about.  

You know it’s in there somewhere.  You can feel it in your bones. 
​​​​​​​And you can’t. Stop. Thinking. About it. 
It’s why you keep looking. Searching. What’s more… 

The time is NOW! An artistic adventure of a lifetime beckons... 


 Here’s how:

I schedule a personal conversation with each attendee before they even sign up: it gets us off on the right foot!

(It’s also part of the "secret sauce" that creates this utterly unique brand of photo retreat/adventure.)

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What are "The Artist's Voice Retreats" all about?

"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

This is photography on a whole new level.


How to "SEE" photographically in new and unique ways...
Techniques for working with - not fighting - both outer conditions and your own expectations... 
A tried 'n true process to FOCUS yourself when everything conspires to distract you... 
How to TELL THE STORY of your entire experience, from the intimate to the grand landscape... 
all based upon your own unique artistic voice. Your SOUL'S VOICE.

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.

Now you will.  

You don’t need to be a pro or super experienced.
You DO need an open mind, an adventurer's spirit and the camera/tripod you’re most comfortable with.

To breathe the same air as the angels,
you must go to Tahoe.
-- Mark Twain


This retreat is designed for all levels! ​​​​​
REQUIRED: you must have a working knowledge of the camera you bring.
This event is not about learning new gear. It's about learning what you can create with it.

Tripods are highly recommended.

The Artists Voice Package Includes: 

5 Nights' Accommodation at Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee, CA. 

​Welcome orientation and wine/cheese reception the first evening

Breakfasts and picnic lunches each day

One group dinner, where you'll enjoy the fresh-sourced foods that Truckee has become known for. 

1:1 time with Karen Hutton in a small, intimate group setting

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

One hike: a short loop of the Pacific Crest Trail. It's a moderate 1.6 mile hike that starts at about 7200 ft, with a 531 ft. of elevation gain. We'll be photographing along the way, thus will take it slow.
Transportation to and from the hotel to our photo locations during the retreat. 
(Full location details available to participants.) 

Private room cost per person: $3895

The Artists Voice Package DOES NOT Include:

Air transportation
Transportation to/from airport
Car rental
Meals/food beyond what is described
Beverages or personal expenses

Love for The Artist's Voice

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

This retreat is for you if… 

:  You know how to photograph, but you feel like your images are crying out for a “certain something”. Maybe 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 you already have a “voice” – at least you understand the concept - but want your images to more consistently  express that voice, tell stronger stories, over a wider range of subject matter AND you want an incredible adventure to remember! (No, you're not too "wanty"... you can have all those things!)
:  You are an awe-seeking, soul-inspired photographer jonesing to leap into a whole new level of creativity; feeling excited and confident about your photography, inspiring others with the images you create. And you want all of that whilst hanging out with a group of like-minded people who loves this stuff too – and has a “BRING IT” attitude. Aww yeah Baby... you've found your people!!
This retreat is NOT for you if…
:   You are not physically fit enough or able to engage in and enjoy the activities planned. (If you're not sure, let's schedule a chat to see what the options are!)

:  You're obsessed only with "getting the shot", aren't interested in broadening your focus - or digging deeper. Then... well...  this is sooo not for you.

:  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.)
Reserve Your Spot Now!
Can't wait to breathe in some fresh Sierra Nevada mountain air?  Let's schedule a chat!  We speak with each participant prior to signing up.  

Simply send us your name and email - and we'll  be in touch shortly to set up a time!
"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 

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

WAY blew out all expectations & then alot more on top.

I'd say if you really want to get more enjoyment out of your hobby or pro photography, you must take this amazing retreat with Karen! And may I add... Patty and KHutt make THE best team - every need covered and awesome surprises to boot.  
​​​​​​​-- Tom Buerghi

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

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. -- Barb Cochran

Sometimes I overthink shots. Your approach taught me to appreciate right where I am in the moment. This helped me calm my thoughts about theory and the technical aspect of my shot and instead focus on form, movement and flow in my frame.

From now on, regardless of what or where I am photographing, I am going to ground myself before looking through the view finder.
I now know that this will make me much more aware of my surroundings and will lead to much better images in the end. 

BTW:  Partnering with Patty was a great fit! She went above and beyond to make our stay such a wonderful experience.  
​​​​​​​-- Elizabeth Gray

"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

This was not a tourist excursion. We visited beautiful, inspiring locations that were not on the typical tourist map! I am in a place in my photography where it is ok for me to pay attention to what others are shooting and why; but it is also imperative that I find what makes me tick, as well. Because of Karen's approach, I was able to find the right balance for me.

To anyone reading this, I can only say:  Go! Get inspired by beautiful people with a profound message.

To Karen: thanks for the life-changing experience and for inspiring me to do more!
--Dottie Larson

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

"I spent 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 boardwalk 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 inspires 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

October not prime time for you?
Then join me for another upcoming photo adventure!

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