The Creative Academy

May 4 - 5, 2023

Studio Rise Co. & MD Photography present

Ready to take your photography and videography business and skills to the next level?! WE ARE! Studio Rise Co & MD Photography have planned and designed a one-of-a-kind experience curated for photographers and videographers alike. This will be an INSANE educational workshop with styled shoots focused on weddings, couples, and self-love. Trust us, you won't want to miss out on this!


Introducing Your Hosts...

My love for filmmaking started from an editing class I took in high school where I would often edit short films in iMovie for my skater friends. After high school, I focused on pursuing my education and career in sports medicine and exercise science but would still edit slideshows for family & friends here and there. Fast forward to 2018; I was at home, researching travel tips and planning my trip to India when I came across a short film on YouTube about Sadhu life in India. I rewatched this short film over and over again, studying every shot & frame...I was obsessed. This was the catalyst moment in my life, I had this surge of inspiration to create. By the end of 2019, I bought my first camera, said goodbye to my sports medicine career, enrolled into the film program at the University of Hawai'i and the rest is history. Since then, my path as a filmmaker has led me to small and large scale productions such as American Idol, Cooking Hawaiian Style, local commercials, events, music videos, weddings, directing lifestyle content and the creation of STUDIO RISE. From my skill set, a personal favorite is color theory and shooting with artificial light in low-light settings. My goals in life are to travel the world, document and share life stories through film and most importantly, support other aspiring filmmakers along their creative journey. 

Kris Bamba

Weddings, Elopements, Couples, Events, Music Videos, Travel

Cinematographer | Founder of Studio Rise Co. + Rise in Love

All my life, I thought I wanted to be a lawyer. Why? I'm not sure...but I still ended up going to college for 4 years in Los Angeles, CA & received a BA in Political Science (yay...). Don't get me wrong, I'm so grateful for that experience and everything I learned during that time, but I realized that I wasn't pursuing this career for me, but for the approval of those around me. So I came back home to Hawai'i to figure things out and I'm so glad I did because my life has forever changed for the better in so many ways. In June of 2021, my photography journey "officially" started! I was working a full-time corporate desk job and had a used DSLR camera sitting on a shelf at home. My friend had asked me to take her cousin's grad photos and I flat out said no because I had no idea what I was doing. Eventually, I agreed and that's when everything changed for me. I officially fell in love with photography & the whole process that comes with it. From making people feel comfortable in front of the camera to editing techniques - I was eager to grow my skills and see where I could go with it. When I started to take photography seriously and learned as much as I could through workshops, styled shoots, and mentorships, I was able to step away from my full-time job in December of 2021 and become a full-time entrepreneur & photographer! Within my first full year of business, I shot over 40 weddings & elopements, captured countless moments for couples, families and individuals, hosted styled shoots + a Content Retreat to Utah, and generated a 6 figure income for the first time ever in my life. My goal in this workshop is to share absolutely EVERYTHING I've learned with YOU! I'm holding nothing back 😉 I want to see you succeed, however that may look for you!

Megan David

Weddings, Elopements, Couples

Photographer | Founder of MD Photography

Hey guys! I'm Megan - a photographer obsessed with capturing moments for the madly in love.

Aloha! I'm Kris Bamba - a filmmaker passionate about the art of visual storytelling. 

important dates!

March 9

10:00 AM HST - Instagram live (@the_creativeacademy) with Kris & Megan to answer any questions you have about the workshop!

April 1

10:00 AM HST - Tickets will go LIVE on this website

May 4-5

The Creative Academy

May 4

Venue: Royal Hawaiian Golf Club

  • Basic Camera Settings
  • Story Telling / Posing
  • Editing
  • Workflow
  • Client Experience
  • Weddings & Elopement
  • How-To's
  • and more! 

PLUS 2  Wedding Styled Shoots!

day 1 of the creative academy

styled shoot Mood boards for day 1

May 5

Venue: Aloha Paradise Studio Honolulu (NEW STUDIO!)

  • Getting Set Up as a Business
  • What It Means to be an "Entrepreneur"
  • Finances
  • Pricing
  • Permits
  • Branding
  • Finding Your Niche
  • Outsourcing
  • and more!

2 Styled Shoots - Studio Boudoir + Edgy Downtown Elopement

Vendor Mixer will be at Olay's Thai Lao Cuisine!


styled shoot Mood boards for day 2

A mixer you don't want to miss out on! Networking is so KEY to moving forward in your business. It truly makes a difference when you have a community to support and root for you in all seasons of your business! We're inviting several amazing vendor friends of ours to celebrate and get to know YOU! Feel free to bring your partner, kids, or a couple friends to enjoy good food & company at the mixer with us. 

✓ 2 day workshop (May 4 - 5, 2023)

✓ 4 styled shoots at exclusive venues!

✓ Vendor Mixer networking event

✓ Meals

✓ Swag Bag & more! 

Your ticket will include...

Payment plans are available upon request

Investment: $1,000


Please complete the application form below to reserve your spot for The Creative Academy Workshop! 

WOOHOO! We're so glad you're here! Take a moment to take it all in because this is the moment that you're about to level up your video & photo skills like never before 🔥 Please complete this form to attend the Creative Academy on May 4-5, 2023. After completing this form, we will contact you within 24 hours to let you know if you were able to snag a spot! We'll chat about next steps from there ✨
Thanks for completing a form! Spots will be issued on a first come, first serve basis. I will be in touch with you via email within 48 hours with an update. Good luck!!

"The best investment you can make is an investment into yourself..."

Investing in yourself is the best investment you'll ever make. Taking the time and resources to sharpen your skills, learn how to scale your business, and build up your portfolio will take you to a whole other level that you never knew was possible. We will never regret the investments we made in the beginning of our journeys, and that we continue to invest in, such as content days and educational workshops. They've all provided us with the skills, confidence and ideal clientele that we have today and we've made back that investment back tenfold! Bottom line...YOU'RE WORTH IT! Stop holding yourself back and start leveling up your craft! See for yourself - here are a few reviews from previous attendees:

Testimonials from Previous Retreat Attendees!

I loved loved loved the education portion with India. Thank you so much for setting that up! I also loved getting to explore all these gorgeous Utah locations & practice shooting in very different light from Hawaii. I definitely feel properly prepared for my move. My favorite was definitely the little Sahara session.

I would recommend because you truly went above & BEYOND to make sure everyone had a great retreat experience. You’re the sweetest & can’t wait to see what you create next!

Carly Anderson 

I want to start off by saying thank you Megan for hosting such an incredible retreat. The sessions created in Utah have really kick started and elevated my business. I made friends in the photography community that I wasn’t able to find in my local area and I’m so grateful that I attended your Utah workshop.  From the florals, outfits and models you can tell so much effort went into the details to make each session was perfect. We were given so many educational resources along the way too that I’m soooo grateful for. If anyone has the opportunity to attend a workshop, content retreat or any styled shoot hosted by you Megan they should consider themself sooo lucky because I can tell that you have put in so much work and heart into each project!! ❤️ 10/10 and I’d recommend for anyone to attend anything you put together in the future! 

Des Mireles


The “Breakthrough Content Retreat” went above & beyond anything I could have expected. I had to step out of my comfort zone in so many different ways. Yes my business benefited from attendinging but there was a lot of personal growth involved as well. I knew I was going to get some amazing content but what I didn’t know is that I’d be leaving with a new sense of self worth. It truly was like a breakthrough! I cannot thank Megan enough for the amount of thought, love & care that went into this retreat. 

Shalane Trayler


I can't stress how supported and empowered I felt as I was surrounded by so many other amazing people who were not only great photographers, but also hard working entrepreneurs and caring friends. I constantly got hyped by the other attendees and Megan and my creative energy was recharged. This is not to mention I took some of the best portrait photos of my life, had so much amazing "mainland" food and gained the knowledge to truly uplevel my photography business. I don't think I have ever been more motivated and inspired to continue pursuing my dream career.

Keoni Ocalvey


I really enjoyed meeting new people and networking with those I never exchanged words to but have crossed paths with on the island. What a great way to build community and bounce ideas off of each other. What I absolutely cherished was when I was able to confide in many photographers and their journey's after India Earl's presentation. I questioned my worth, but being part of this group helped me realize what my actual worth was. Thanks, Megan <3

San Nguyen-Tran

I loved the retreat so much! My favorite part was being able to share so much knowledge with different creatives, I think no matter where we are in our career we all had such important information to share with each other and were able to learn together. I would 10000% recommend this to every creative no matter if they are starting out, or 10 years in. It’s such a fun experience and after the retreat you’ll feel full of knowledge and ready to take on everything . 
I can’t wait for the next one 

Maria Pena


The highlights from this retreat were all the laughs shared and bonds created. It was so nice to sit with other photographers and edit and talk and learn from one another. My favorite styled shoot was the salt flats because it was something unique to the location and something we can't recreate in Hawai'i. 100% it was worth every penny! Wonderfully planned sessions, intimate enough that we all got to shoot and share posing ideas but full enough that we could take creative breaks and get inspiration from others.

Danielle Wills



Any beginner creative (videographer and/or photographer)! If you just purchased your very first camera and are confused on where to even start, then this workshop is for YOU! OR If you're somewhat experienced in using your gear but wanting to level up your skills and get a taste of the wedding industry, then this workshop is for YOU! 

May 4 - 5, 2023

Workshop tickets are all-inclusive! In other words, your ticket covers you for both days of the workshop and trust us, YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS A THING! From the highly detailed education to the jaw-dropping styled shoots, it's going to launch you into the next level of your photography journey. If you're still unable to attend one of the days, no problem! But currently, tickets include both days and it's at the discretion of the attendee if they'd like to skip a day even if their ticket allows access to both. Also, the styled shoots are only reserved for those attending the workshop. Prorated ticket costs for just the styled shoot portions are not available at this time. But we'll be sure to announce availability if there's anything left! 

Yes! It will be a hands-on workshop and we'll be walking you through basic camera settings. But if you don't have a camera yet, no problem. Camera body & lens rentals are available from the ProCamera Hawaii store in Aiea! Checkout their website & store for more information.

NO! Come as you are! We accept anyone & everyone!

Absolutely! You have 2 payment options: 1) Pay in full and 2) 50% deposit now + 50% remainder due on April 29, 2023. If you need a different payment plan that works better for you, just reach out to us via email at and we'd be happy to accommodate you.

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