The conference ‘vibe’


Courage comes in many forms. Hugs in place of handshakes, tears instead of tissues, and smiles showcasing strength.

It’s when your goosebumps are felt by every person in the room, in a unison-embracing moment of knowing you’re exactly where you need to be.

Real Life is often described as indescribable or life changing. There is no other conference built on the intention of sisterhood that lives what it preaches, stands shoulder-to-shoulder being the space where women uphold their peers and champion each other’s voices.

It’s honesty. It’s when a speaker shares a secret fear in front of everyone. That bravery encourages attendees to grab a microphone, speak in a warbled voice, and share their own struggles with a room of strangers.

It’s fellowship that connects beyond the monikers photographer, storyteller, woman, non-binary human.

When you willingly show up in your pajamas for a group pep-talk, sign up to share a meal with strangers, spend time searching for a new face to call friend, you allow yourself to break down your own barriers and invite camaraderie into your personal sphere.

This brave space chooses sisterhood as its ethos. Resiliency as its message. Hope as its memento.

You can learn more about our guiding principles and the Real Life Mission - Five Pillars. Now let’s dig into it.


The learning


We have an amazing line up of Speakers this year. Here are a few concepts they will be covering.

Creativity and Inspiration
Harnessing joy in your work and life. Seeing the significance in imperfection and failures in life AND art. Discovering where your best ideas come from and how to stop feeling stuck.

Tools to make your photography business sustainable. Presenting your work in a saturated market.

Social Advocacy
Using your business and your work to serve others. Identifying your passions and turning that into real change.


The fun


An important focus of the experience is providing time to unwind and connect. 

Group Meal aka “Dine Around” (Optional)
The first night you will be paired with a group of attendees led by one of our speakers or community leaders. All you have to do is sign up and tell us a bit about the food you like and look forward to an evening of wonderful discussion.

Late Night PJ Session
The second night we host a ‘come as you are’ PJ speaker panel session. Ask questions and share stories in a fun and relaxed space.

Final Night Party
From Karaoke to an 80s night, year after year we’ve made this an evening to remember. For now the details are a surprise, but we promise it will be amazing.


The food


It might seem odd to include a whole section devoted to food, but we spend a lot of time on this element. Our host city Portland, Oregon was named the "Best Foodie City" in the United States of America by Wallet Hub. Rated #4 most vegan-friendly city world-wide by Happy Cow. Sweet tooth? The famed VooDoo Doughnuts is in walking distance from the conference venue ❤

We include snacks, beverages and two lunches to ensure you have time to do what you’ve intended, connect with others at the conference.

Healthy + Tasty
You’ve most likely experienced that energy dip at an event because all you had were cookies and pop to pick you up. It's our goal to ensure that the food we feed you helps elevate your energy and drive your creativity. Healthy can be delicious! 

Allergies & Dietary Restrictions
Is this you? No need to worry, we’ve got you covered! Our Portland chefs thrive with no gluten, no dairy, nut free, vegetarian, vegan requests.


"What an incredible group of women you all are. I feel so honoured to have connected with so many of you. Thank you all for being so vulnerable and so real."

— Jennifer Moher     
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