I am so excited to share this dream of mine with you! Growing up in Texas, I’ve seen and experienced first hand just how diverse and beautiful Texas can be. But meeting people from other places outside of Texas made me realize: most people truly think Texas is just desert, Wild West, cow pastures, and yee-haws. It got me thinking about how much people truly miss out on by not knowing how truly diverse Texas’ geography is, and everything is has to offer! While there ARE of course deserts and cow pastures, there is also SO MUCH MORE. Oceans and beaches, rivers, swamps, mountains, canyons, rolling hills and open plains, cityscapes, forests - Texas is so much more than its stereotype. I wanted to give people - specifically photographers - a chance to come and experience Texas for themselves and open themselves up to a huge, new (and probably unexpected) space to create in.

Howdy, y'all! and welcome to

Couples SHoots


Elopement shoots






10 total shoots

It’s a content retreat intentionally designed for photographers to come and be inspired, get creative, and experience everything Texas has to offer. Attendees will get to photograph 10 different styled shoots, have experiences unique to the region of Texas their retreat is being hosted in, and form friendships with other creatives that will last a lifetime. So basically - treat yourself to a little business-minded getaway trip, come to Texas, bring your camera, take awesome pics, meet amazing people, eat delicious food, make some super fun memories, and grow your business with your incredible new content! It's an awesome way to make new connections in a new place, give yourself some fresh content for your socials and portfolio, take personal creative freedom during every shoot without the pressures of satisfying a paying client, and give yourself room to grow and feel refreshed + inspired from it all!

What is the
Deep in the Heart Retreat?

As a photographer, I know how it is sometimes. You go, go, go, and you get caught up in the busy-ness of being a business owner. It can be pretty nonstop as a photographer, and sometimes it gets challenging to make time for yourself to slow down and allow yourself room to feel inspired, take risks, and step out of your comfort zone to get back into your creative mindset. It's hard to do that when you're shooting for paying clients, because ultimately you've got that pressure of trying to make it perfect for THEM. But what if the roles were reversed, and you gave yourself space to make it perfect for YOU? To step back, slow down, breathe, and let yourself experiment with creativity in a variety of ways, without the added pressure of trying to please anyone other than yourself. As a creative, you NEED and DESERVE that freedom and opportunity. Your business deserves to be poured into in a way that is also fulfilling and inspiring to you - and that's exactly the purpose of this retreat. All the heavy lifting is done for you with styling, model calls, location scouting, etc. All you have to do is show up, put on your creative hat, and make some magic. 

If you're ready to give yourself room to grow creatively, this is for you.

Curious as to what we've got in the works for the shoots? Check out the inspo for each one here! 

Vision Boards

OCtober 10-14, 2022
East TExas

Overview of our week






- arrive + meet everybody
- welcome dinner

- breakfast
- morning shoots
- vineyard tour + wine tasting
- hang out, nap, edit
- evening shoots
- dinner
- editing + hanging out

- breakfast
- sponsor intros + lessons
- guest speaker education
- lake day + hang out
- lunch + Q&A time
- evening shoots
- dinner
- editing + hanging out

- breakfast
- morning shoots
- out to eat lunch + shops
- evening shoots
- lakeside picnic dinner
- hot tub + s'mores, last hang

- breakfast
- say goodbyes

I am so excited that you're on board and see the vision - it's going to be AMAZING! Keep scrolling to read a few more things, and then click the button below to apply! Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. I can't wait to connect + create with you!

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Our home for the week


Hi! I'm Alison Bien. (My last name rhymes with nine - I know, you probably thought it was bean or something, I'm used to it! Haha.) I love hanging out with my pups, exploring new places with my husband Jordon, binge-watching way too many TV shows and documentaries while I edit, and singing way too loud in the car. I eat entirely too much fast food, I single-handedly keep Amazon and UPS in business, I taught elementary school for 6+ years, and I've been a photographer for 10 years - since my first year of college! I've learned so much through my own experiences over those years, and now that I've quit my job as an elementary teacher, I'm pouring 110% into this passion of mine... starting with a dream that was inspired by one of my favorite photographers, Beba Vowels - this retreat. Her retreats were where I found the most creative freedom in the last few years, where I felt safe to explore and experiment and grow and learn, and I am so excited to be able to host my own retreat to give you that very same opportunity in my home state of Texas. 

Meet your host, Alison