A luxury experience giving family photographers the tools to ground themselves in meaningful practices so their businesses and lives can soar.

Tell me more!

want to thrive

Grow a business, and a life,
where you can thrive.

Your business might look successful on the outside, but how do you feel?

Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to hustle All. The. Time in order to have a successful business.

You can be financially successful while also holding firm to the boundaries that allow you time and space to breathe.

It may seem like a dream to have a thriving business while coming from a place of ease, rest and gratitude.

 But I promise you it is possible. 
Let me show you how.

i want to know more

You feel stuck and confused about taking your business to the next level 

Your business feels stale and you don't know how to make a change

You feel like the work you are creating looks like everyone else's

You feel like you are spread too thin in both life and business 

How would you like to work towards having a business that
fills your cup, instead of depletes you?

You are getting clients but you feel overwhelmed, overworked and underpaid

Yes! tell me more

You leaned into self-care as a priority instead of an afterthought

You were able to serve your clients and community with your business and art

You knew how to say No and only take on clients that fit your creative dream

You had a clear vision and path to the business of your dreams 

heart and business.

This Sounds Dreamy

As an educator and a photographer myself,
I saw a hole in the industry. No one teaches photographers how to

That's why I created Root to Rise

In 4 months together, you will learn how to develop a successful business that is unique to you while putting your priorities first.

You will experience deep, intentional education, an intimate community, explosive growth and a luxury, in-person retreat.

At the end of 4 months, you will walk away with a crystal clear vision of the future of your business AND a plan of action for how to get there.

You will have fresh lifestyle family imagery to help market your business for the emotive images you are craving. 

Self-care won't seem selfish or frivolous anymore and you will lean into taking time off and caring for yourself in a deep and intentional way.

You will be part of a tight-knit group of supporters, cheerleaders and women invested in you and your future.

The Mastermind & Retreat is about both

Because they go hand in hand.

build a better life that leads to a better business.

Part Mastermind // Part Retreat


mallory shelton

I enjoyed having accountability with setting goals and working towards them! Breaking down those goals in bite size pieces and accomplishing them successfully was incredible. We walked through our photography businesses together weekly and supported each other along the way. Sabrina encourages each of us individually in just the specific way we need. 

It has truly changed my business

kristen howell

I loved taking the time weekly to think about the bigger stuff in my business... I get caught up in the shooting and editing too often. Plus the retreat was so fun, helpful,  relaxing and I learned so much! But I didn't leave exhausted, I left refreshed and with new friendships.

I gained clarity in my business


Where Business Success Meets Personal Growth

Believe it or not, it is possible to...

Create work you are consistently proud of and only work with ideal clients

tell me about the mastermind

Hit that elusive 6-figure mark while taking time for yourself weekly

Have a thriving business and shoot fewer sessions than last year

Build a business that is unique and stands out from the crowd


Say No to opportunities that don't serve you to make time for what matters

Say No to weekend sessions so you can build personal relationships

Stop shooting too many sessions and feel more balanced

Stop taking the shots "they" want and focus on the images you crave

I’ve been photographing families for almost 12 years and I have a background in business. I have poured that business knowledge into building the photography business of my dreams.

But like you, I hit a point where what I felt on the inside didn't match what success looked like on the outside.

I was drowning. I was burned out. I was depressed. I was in a bad place.

After a LOT of work on myself and my business, I came out the other side. I am here, still successful and still standing after all these years and in a better place than I ever imagined.

I see this same scenario all day every day. As women, we pour into our businesses and our family until we are completely depleted and stuck.

Let me teach you how to balance your business and your well-being so that you can level-up your business and your life.

sara mcmillian

Learning from Sabrina was the best gift I gave myself. She is a real, honest, and wonderful mentor. One of my biggest takeaways was raising my prices because I have a whole new confidence and understanding of my worth and value. Root to Rise was hands down the best investment of my year.

I have a new understanding of my worth and value.


The theme of month one is Successful Start  and we will learn how to set goals, priorities and boundaries that will start your year off with intention. This month we will learn from Colie James and do a deep dive that will be the perfect start to 2022. Month one will also include a teaching from me, a Q&A call and a book club meeting all focused around the monthly theme.

OMG! I'm So in!

Monthly Book Club Reading (books are included!)

1 Guest speaker each month

Monthly Themes to really move the needle

Weekly Zoom Calls for 4 months

Month One

The theme of month two is Mindset and Abundance. We will learn how to gain confidence and beat imposter syndrome through mindset work. This month we will learn from XXX and do a deep dive into money mindset and abundance. Month two will also include a teaching session from me, a Q&A call and a book club meeting all focused around the monthly theme.

Month two

The theme of month three is Business Sustainability. We will learn about vision, burnout and getting help. This month we will learn from photographer and copywriter, Rachel Greiman, and do a deep dive into overcoming seasons of deep burnout. Month three will also include a teaching session from me, a Q&A call and a book club meeting all focused around the monthly theme.

Month three

The theme of month four is Business with Heart and we will learn how to put everything together to build a business that works for you and your life. This month we will learn from photographer and marketing guru, Annemie Tonken doing a deep dive into marketing from the heart. Month four will also include a teaching session from me, a Q&A call and a book club meeting all focused around the monthly theme.

Month four

mastermind details

Pretty amazing swag!

Private Facebook Group (hello community!)

Weekly Voxer Hours access to Sabrina

New for 2023! You will get access to all 4 guest speaker presentations from RTR last year as bonus content!


erica grandin

I realized that my business can be exactly what I want it to be. It doesn't have to look like anyone else's business. I can make all my own rules, boundaries, and goals that fit into what I need in my life right now. Plus, I loved the instant community of amazing women and the highlight was definitely the in-person retreat!

An amazing community of women

kellie llewellyn

I made so many positive changes in my business during the mastermind including finally offering  Travel Sessions (a long time dream of mine)! Anything Sabrina teaches is a MUST have. The accountability & guidance she offers is priceless. 

The accountability and guidance are priceless

  • 4 pm on Thursday, March 30 is Retreat kickoff!
  • Day one includes a chef prepared dinner, drinks, community building and setting the intention for retreat weekend.

i'm ready, sign me up!

Dream Casting and creating action plans

Portfolio Reviews

1 Outdoor Family Session led by Christine Dammann

2 In-Home Lifestyle Family Sessions led by Sabrina

Day One

  • We will start the day with a lesson on how to run an in-home family session. 
  • Mid-morning we will photograph a real family in-home
  • After lunch we will do portfolio reviews and create a plan of action for how to get to those images you are dreaming of
  • This evening we will shoot an outdoor BEACHFRONT family session led by Christine Dammann
  • After the session we will have dinner on the town while learning from Christine all about creativity and capturing connection.

Day two

  • We will have an early morning private yoga class
  • Mid-morning we will photograph another in-home family session
  • After lunch we will take some time to rest and reflect on property
  • The evening will bring another chef-prepared meal and time for open Q&A

day three

  • Group headshots around the property and wrap up
  • Retreat ends at 10 am on Sunday,    April 2

day four

retreat details

Lots. Of. Fellowship.


Private Yoga Session

All Meals and Lodging are INCLUDED!

March 30- April 2, 2023
san diego, ca

(Travel to the location is your only added expense!)

Lots of new images for your portfolio

Check out this incredible venue!

Photographer, Systems expert and Dubsado Guru, Colie will be the Mastermind guest speaker for January.

A sneak peek into just a few of the guest educator team for Root to Rise 2023!

"Systems and boundaries for the new year"

Colie James

Photographer and copywriting expert, Rachel will be the Mastermind guest speaker for March.

"overcoming deep overwhelm & burnout"

Rachel Greiman

Photographer, Podcaster and Business Extraordinaire, Annemie will be the Mastermind guest speaker for April.

"marketing from the heart"

annemie tonken

✔️ 4 months of weekly learning in Mastermind
✔️ Facebook group for live Q&A and support
✔️ 3-day in-person retreat in San Diego, CA
✔️ 5 Guest Teachers
✔️ Voxer office hours every week
✔️BONUS: Replays of the 2022 Guest Educators
✔️ BONUS: 1-on-1 Call with me!
✔️BONUS: Free access to, The Organized Photographer

join now $4,000

one payment of


Pay In Full

get started $2,000

most flexible

2 monthly payments of


Payment Plan

get a free 1-on-1 call!

✔️ 4 months of weekly learning in Mastermind
✔️ Facebook group for live Q&A and support
✔️ 3-day in-person retreat in San Diego, CA
✔️ 5 Guest Teachers
✔️ Voxer office hours every week
✔️BONUS: Replays of the 2022 Guest Educators

best value

natasha sewell

Sabrina has created an experience like no other. I’ve grown as a photographer and a human. I’m walking away with skills I never expected to gain from Root to Rise. I feel more confident and better grounded. 

An experience like no other.


4 Core Components of Root to Rise

I want you to be completely confident in your choice to join me on this journey, but if you still have questions, lets get you some answers.

Review the FAQ's down below and then, if you still have questions, send me an email and let's chat about whether Root to Rise is a good fit for you.

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Don't sit on this because
there are only 11 spots!

best value!

✔️ 4 months of weekly learning in Mastermind
✔️ Facebook group for live Q&A and support
✔️ 3-day in-person retreat in San Diego, CA
✔️ 5 Guest Teachers
✔️ Voxer office hours every week
✔️BONUS: Replays of the 2022 Guest Educators
✔️BONUS: 1-on-1 Call with me!
✔️BONUS: Free access to, The Organized Photographer

join now $4,000

one payment of


Pay In Full

get started $2,000

most flexible

2 monthly payments of


Payment Plan

get a free 1-on-1 call!

✔️ 4 months of weekly learning in Mastermind
✔️ Facebook group for live Q&A and support
✔️ 3-day in-person retreat in San Diego, CA
✔️ 5 Guest Teachers
✔️ Voxer office hours every week
✔️BONUS: Replays of the 2022 Guest Educators



When does Root to Rise start

No. 1

Technically, not until January 3, 2023 BUT, I have you covered!

As soon as you join, a few things will happen. 1. You will be added to the Root to Rise private Facebook group so that the community building can begin.

2. If you choose the full pay option, you will get immediate access to the entire Organized Photographer course (for FREE!) so you can work through it and get your business in order first.

3. Another bonus if you choose to do the full pay option, you will be able to schedule your free 1-on-1 call with Sabrina. You can totally schedule that for this year and use it as a jumping off point.

Plus, I am pretty sure there will be some other good things happening before January 3rd. Trust me, making the commitment to yourself and your business now will give you such piece-of-mind, knowing that 2023 will be filled with incredible growth.

What is the weekly time commitment?

No. 2

Honestly, this will vary from person to person. The only "official" commitment will be a 60-75 minute zoom call every week. There is the additional opportunity to participate in voxer office hours should you need them. We will be reading one book per month together (of course you can choose the audio version) if that is a better fit. There won't be official homework assignments, but you will definitely find work that needs to be done both personally and in your business.

What are Voxer hours?

No. 3

Voxer is a fabulous app. I am literally obsessed and have daily conversations with my bff through it.

The app is completely free and allows you to send long (up to 15 min) messages directly to someone. I will hold "office hours" weekly where people can pop in and ask me questions and get immediate feedback. These conversations are private and won't be shared with the entire group (unless we decide together that they would benefit).

Of course, if this doesn't sound like your jam, you can totally skip it as it is not required to participate in Root to Rise.

Will I need to invest in anything else to complete this program successfully?

No. 4

The only definite additional expense you will have is getting yourself to San Diego, CA for the in-person retreat. All your monthly reading materials are included. In addition to all the lodging, food and yoga at the retreat. 

There might be a few things that you are "talked into" getting for yourself or your business, because women are good at sharing their love for things. BUT, there is nothing set in stone. 

Do I have to commit to both the Mastermind and the in-person Retreat? Can I just do one or the other?

No. 5

Yes, that is the plan. Imagine spending a couple months having weekly chats and daily interaction with a small group of women and THEN we get to finally hang out IN PERSON. Yes, it is  epic.

And that is exactly how it feels. By the time the retreat rolls round, we are all so comfortable with each other that it makes the experience that much more incredible.

Yes, this experience is meant to be a package deal. Of course, I understand that there might be an extenuating circumstance here and there. If you feel like this might be you, please reach out to me personally and we can talk.

Will I get my own room at the retreat?

No. 6

You will definitely get your own bed, but probably not your own room. The room layouts  include:

Bedroom 1: 1 King
Bedroom 2: Twin Bunks and Trundle (3 beds)
Bedroom 3: 1 Queen
Bedroom 4: 1 King
Bedroom 5: 1 King
Bedroom 6: 1 Queen
Bedroom 7: 1 King and Twin Daybed
Bedroom 8: 1 King
Bedroom 9: 2 Twin Bunks w/Trundles (6 beds)

Bedroom assignments will be made in order of joining. If you want to attend with a friend and request to be in the same room, just let me know and I will do my best to accommodate.


Sleep is SUPER important to me that is why I made sure that all sleeping arrangements are true beds, not futons, air mattresses or sleeper sofas.

How do I know if this is the right investment for me?

No. 7

Do any of these apply to you?
  • You have been in business for at least a year or two.
  • You are struggling to balance life and business.
  • You don't think being an entrepreneur is all it is cracked up to be.
  • You aren't creating art that makes your heart happy.
  • You are ready to put in the time and work your business and life needs.
  • You want to create a business that looks and feels like you and not everyone else.
If so, then Root to Rise is for you.

How is this experience different than The Organized Photographer Course?

No. 8

The Organized Photographer is an online, 6 week course that focuses on different business and marketing principles each week. In TOP, there is one zoom call per month and nothing more.

Root to Rise is a 19-week, completely immersive experience. It includes weekly calls, guest speakers, reading 4 books together, an in-person retreat, shooting live sessions together, portfolio reviews and so much more.

The materials covered in Root to Rise are meant to help you level-up your business. They are not intended for beginners. 

This is a big investment. How do I know it is the right one for my business?

No. 9

You are right, it is a big investment. And I get it, that can feel very scary. I have been there before.

In my experience, the more I have invested in something for my business, the higher the return on investment was for me. The very first time I spent thousands of dollars on an educational experience was the year that changed the trajectory of my business. Literally. And after 11 years, that statement still holds true.
When I drop a few hundred dollars on something, I get a little out of it but when I make a bigger investment, I go all in and drastic changes are made.

Still have questions?

No. 10

I'm happy to answer any questions you may have so you can determine if this experience is right for you! Email me at sabrina@sabrinagebhardt.com and I'll get back to you asap.

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