the idea

Moon Childs Retreat

the perfect one-day retreat for wedding photographers who want to add great photos to their portfolio!

so nice to have you here

we wanted to create an opportunity
for fellow wedding photographers

we know the world has been hecktic, to say the least lately and most of our plans and project for 2020 – including for the most the weddings – have been postponed to 2021. This means that for us photographers and vendors of the wedding industry, this is a tough year. But we decided that we would not let 2020 bring us down, and on the contrary, from an idea of community, we decided to give the opportunity to other photographers, friends, to continue building their portfolio.

So if you are based in Rome, closeby, or Italy and want to travel closer to the Eternal City, let’s go!
Read more below and send us your request to book your spot for the first moon childs retreat!

mark your calendars for Sunday, october 18, 2020!

what this is

This retreat is a half day styled shoot that we planned with talented creatives to bring you the experience of a real elopement.

who is this for

All wedding and elopement photographers of all levels. Knowledge of DSLR or mirrorless cameras is required.

will you teach us?

We do not aim to teach, but to provide you with an awesome styled shoot to create amazing content for your portfolio.
Obviously though, we will help you if you need to. We also look forward to building friendships and relationships between you and us and between all of you. Think of this as a group of photographer friends hanging out for fun, and cool content of course.

when and where

The first moonchilds retreat will take place on October 18, 2020. That is a Sunday!

The location is near Latina (LT), around 80km south from Rome: a private villa with amazing garden and nature!

how many spots are available?

The maximum availability is 10 spots, we want everyone to be able to shoot all the photos they want and not be too crowded around the couples.


The cost for participating is 220€, to be paid before the retreat via PayPal or cash on the day of the retreat.
There is an early bird price which is discounted to 200€!

when and where

first retreat: norma (lt) lazio area

for our first retreat we wanted to stay close to our home, to the places we most love and know

We have a wonderful private villa with a huge garden (and a couple dogs that will not bother us) in Norma – latina, lazio area. The view arriving is amazing, make sure you do not miss it from the car!

Moonchilds retreat - october 18, 2020 - moodboard

who we are

meet your hosts


Ideator of this project, I am a wedding and elopement photographer near Rome. I love the countryside, nature and creating amazing memories with fun and adventurous people.

Alice Santella photography


Alice is a wedding photographer originally from Tuscany. She now lives in Rome.

where our name comes from

We choose to call our retreat "moon childs" because we both feel a connection to the moon and are intrigued by all astronomy related things.
A Moon Child is a unique and a curious soul who is often in a daze, his or her mind is always out of this world. this is what we want to convey.

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frequently asked questions

“There are always answers. We just have to be smart enough.”

the retreat will be held taking actions and keeping all the safety measures possible and that are required by law and recommended by all health institutions. We will wear masks, social distance and make everything in our power to all stay safe. in case of a second lockdown of course, which we really hope will not happen, we will find a solution and refund everyone who will not be able to attend. safety and health are our priorities.

the price includes the couple, the flowers, the settings and everything necessary to the photoshoot. And a little welcome drink 🙂
it does not include any transportation to the photoshoot location, overnight stay or food. you shall provide for these yourself. we can give you recommendations and connect you with fellow photographers to organize the best way possible.

Unfortunately the booked spots can not be refunded (for other cases than above mentioned). You can sell it to a fellow photographer though so it does not get lost. We look forward to meeting you 🙂

we are not really scared about the weather, usually Italy has  pretty cool weather even in October. If the weather was bad (but not like a tornado!) we still will held the retreat, we have a Plan B!  In case of a huge meteo event that would really make the event unable to be held, we will find a new date that fits everyone and hopefully be able to move the retreat. But wouldn’t it be fun to shoot with some awesome wind, for example?

Yes of course! We are planning on starting these retreats in 2020 so we can turn over the year (possibly worst of the history) with great photos and a lot of fun. In a few weeks we will start planning the next one. Retreats will be absolutely back in 2021. We are planning on having at least 1 per season, especially in those periods of the year when our season is a bit calmer. What do you think?

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