Sacred Photo Journey for Mermaids & Sea Goddesses
in Cape May, NJ
Experience the healing power of a one of a kind personalized photo journey
& retreat weekend !
August 13-15 & September 10-12,2021
Najia is THE ideal guide to help maximize the rejuvenating effects of your Cape May Retreat. With her help, you minimize the stressful, disoriented feelings of 'needing a vacation from your vacation
.........Najia worked with me personally to release my self-doubt on the ocean breeze (on my personal photo shoot), feed my soul with healthful, homemade vegan dishes, indulge my inner child with Cape May Shore foodie favorites, and nurture my authentic self with local Cape May art, sacred dance, and her lifestyle mentorship sessions all while expertly guiding me around the lovely little seaside town.
~ Lola (the Coy Bond) from Maryland .
What is a sacred photo journey?
A sacred photo ritual journey is a way of combining the power of myth, female archetypes, holistic lifestyle, mentoring, spiritual cleansing practices in nature in preparation for a healing photo shoot. The synergy of all these elements together in a "Goddess Guidance " weekend allow the photos to be so much more than the product of a mere photo shoot. It is a magic empowering experience for the women who come. They were surprised how much they transformed through the experience. Many use the photos as powerful tools to affirm the direction in their lives they want to go, heal past trauma, or connect with Divine feminine energy. It is a very emotional experience in a safe supportive environment.
What do I wear?
Najia has worked in the NYC and Philly fashion photo industry for decades as a fashion stylist. She has a prop closet full of mermaid costumes, hundreds of accessories to choose from and flowing white goddess attire as see in her retreat memories Najia will arrange for a pre-shoot virtual 2 hour Zoom meeting and fashion show for all the mermaids in attendance to help supplement your own mermaid and sea goddess fantasy clothing and accessories you may already have.
You will have an opportunity to get acquainted over a delicious mezza around 7pm Friday night at the Chalfonte Hotel. In this meeting you will discuss the transformation your soul needs through this photo journey. The night before the shoot, usually Saturday night, all styling and make-up direction will be packed up and ready for the photo session
I take the worst photos and never feel pretty. Can I really look beautiful?
Najia is an expert at getting her clients to relax .She has special breathing and movement techniques. She is very patient and wants you to have the best experience and feel beautiful. She has a special chakra technique lesson that you can register for ahead of time that has helped so many light up. It's a healing technique that not only benefits the photo but the rest of your life. There is also a mini lesson on breath, centering, chakra alignment and posture included.
When is the photo session? What if the weather is bad?
It is is usually at sunrise on Sunday. Special arrangements can be made for a sunset shoot but cost a little extra. Monday morning is a back up day .Najia has taken photos in stormy, rainy, windy weather. The most stunning dramatic photos came from those days. It is surprising that the only problem was her props were swept into the sea. This is why she prefers the waterproof IOS devices compared to DSLR cameras
How many people will be there ?
These are semi-private services. I only take on a maximum of 5 people per weekend for the photo session unless you are staying over Sunday night I can take on more people if you are bringing a special group.
Do I have to stay at the same hotel?
Najia's realm of magic happens at the Chalfonte. This Cape May gem is just 3 blocks from the beach and right in the center of town amid the splendor of old world Victorian charm. They provide free porch concerts, umbrella and chairs and some refreshments for guests.It will certainly be more convenient if you stay at the same place but if you already have a shore home, or other accommodations that you prefer then please do what is best for you to feel comfortable. Just remember our activity and lesson schedule has to be flexible due to weather and our photo shoot is at sunrise. We head out to the beach BEFORE the sun rises on Sunday.
Do I have to do all the activities?
You are free take it as you feel. I provide experiences, props and products throughout that all enhances your feminine beauty of body mind and spirit so that you have this amazing sacred photo memory .You may enjoy some quiet retreat time on your own to journal or revisit some of your favorite shops and tourist attractions.
2021Special Pricing for Mermaid Mentoring & Photos
$500 paid 1 month before retreat 2021
$800 after due date
Cost includes :
* 2 hr Zoom Costume Preparation meeting
* 1.5 hr in person feminine archetype consultation Friday 7pm at Chalfonte (includes vegan appetizers & elixirs)
* Hand crafted Mermaid Miracle serum & plant -based holistic products to prepare your skin and mind for the photos
* Mini lesson on Saturday morning at the beach to find your "sacred symbol" for your photo journey
* Mini Lesson Saturday afternoon on breath, movement and posture to help you look your best for the Photo Session
* Saturday Night personalized "goddess lifestyle" shopping tour of downtown
or if it rains then we go Saturday afternoon for"goddess lifestyle" shopping tour of West Cape May
* 10 -15 minute SUNRISE on Sunday photo session using IOS device (done in 3-4 minute rotating increments for best lighting and relaxation)
* Use of special mermaid tails, sea goddess or blue genie costumes and props available at no extra cost (Najia normally charges for this)
* Photo-styling based on 30 plus years of Najia's experience as a fashion-stylist in NYC/Phila
* 1 artist's choice digital enhanced photo for personal use only.
Sunset instead of sunrise sessions are $200 extra must be done on Sunday evening
DSLR camera instead of IOS camera, $400 must be done on Monday morning
Artistic photo -illustrations are extra .
Additional photos at a special rate of $100 per photo
Special retouching is offered at $100 per hour
Strict no refund policy. Possible date change may be available if you change far enough in advance. Najia will do her best to accommodate you and may give you partial credit toward a future event if a date change is not possible .