Notice: Meeting Location has changed to Boston.
A one day workshop
for members of Worcester Alliance of Photographers
& Seven Hills Camera Club
Create Images That Have Impact, Tell a Story, & Capture Beauty
Why do you take photos? Do you want to discover a powerful technique for capturing the beauty that surrounds us? During this workshop Suzanne will share with us some of her most powerful exercises for seeing with a fresh eye, and creating images with impact. This non technical approach will help you take better pictures in just one day. The Flow-tography approach is related to Miksang or “good eye” methodology and includes mindfulness practices for slowing down to experience the beauty of life through photography. Be prepared to slow down, be still, and really see in a fresh way. Notice color, light, texture, motion, and many other details that combine to create powerful images.
Bring your camera. There will be several practice sessions during the day.
When: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Instructor: Suzanne R. Merritt, former Polaroid Corporation creativity expert. Suzanne is an accomplished artist, photographer, and author of Flow-tography, with a Masters Degree in Aesthetic Education. She is also the organizer of the Take Better Pictures Meetup in Boston with over 600 members.
9:30 Welcome and introduction to the Flow-tography method.
Flow-tography Practice 1. Stop- Center - Start
Entering the Flow state at will
11:30 Introduction to Visual Language
Slide presentation and lecture
12:00 Visual Language Photo Excursion in the backyard 12:30 Picnic Lunch and discussion of morning insights 1:00 Flow-tography Practice 2. Scan - Select - Stick
1:30 Slide presentation of 8 Universal Patterns of Beauty and discussion
2:30 Beauty Quest Photo excursion to neighborhood parks
4:00 Viewing and discussing photos of the day
5:00 Close of program
• Eight archetypes of beauty such as vitality and simplicity that exist in the world, your photos and in you.
• Five photography visual languages including how to capture and express the essence of color and light to make images more evocative. Learn to see with your heart and your photos become a visual poem.
• Three walking meditation practices to slow down, be still and drop into the deep connection point between your inner and outer experience of beauty.
The Flow-tography Workshop reveals the secret power of beauty as a source of creative energy and wellbeing. This contemplative practice offers a way to cultivate your relationship with the mystical in daily life. After 10 minutes of mindfulness, your creative self will wake up and start taking amazing photos. You will feel this shift and be able to make it at will. Once you know now to enter the flow state or "zone" your photos will be fresh and creative.
Whether you are just starting out or have been taking photos for years, you will benefit from this fresh approach to looking through the lens.
Don't be surprised if after attending this program you see your photos with a new sense of awe and wonder. You may even be thinking, wow did I take that photo? The answer will be yes,yes!
1. How you can take better photos by connecting to 8 Universal Patterns of Beauty such as vitality and luminosity.
2. How to use simple contemplative practices before you shoot to see more creatively.
3. How to use walking meditation while on a photo shoot to improve the quality of your photos immediately by slowing down.
4. How to take stunning photos that match your experience of the moment of beauty. You will receive specific pointers and feedback on your work.
We will start the workshop inside where Suzanne will introduce us to the simple mindfulness practices and view example slides. Then we will go out in the neighborhood to apply what we have learned right away. You will receive personal coaching and instruction so you will be confident that you can use these techniques easily in the future.
After lunch we will go through a series of fun exercises designed to really shift the way you see the world and help you see with fresh eyes. Then we will go on a beauty quest photo excursion to apply what we have just learned.
As a special gift when you attend this workshop you will receive a FREE PDF copy of the book: Flow-tography
You can see the award winning book trailer on youtube! This will help you understand the approach of this workshop.
Testimonials from former Flow-tography Workshop participants:
Suzanne's ideas about photography are revelations to me. I came hoping to learn more about my picture taking and on reflection found I was learning more about myself. Suzanne creates an environment that encourages collaboration. It brought out much of my best and I will be spending a long time reviewing and gaining more. BRAVO!
I really enjoyed this workshop. It allows you to feel the experience and beauty of what brings the picture to you. Instead of chasing after it. The lesson is a much needed one not only in photography but a life lesson.
To me, Suzanne's concept of Flow-tography is about seeing with your inner soul the beauty around us. Open yourself up to this and you will start to see what's around you in a way you have not experienced before.
Suzanne's ideas about taking pictures really resonated with me. As a result I ended the day with a really high percentage of pics that I love - even with subjects I don't usually feel confident with. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to create photos with a more meaningful/emotional impact and get a break from the sometimes intimidating technical aspects of photography. A day well-spent!