Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. Instructions for Living Life. Mary Oliver
Back by popular demand! Because several of you missed this class two weeks ago I have decided to offer it again. We will be joined by several members of the 7 Hills Camera Club as well so it should be fun.
Are you passionate about photography? Would you like to develop more right brain, creative approaches to taking photos? Would you like your photos to match your memory of the moment of beauty?
During this intensive workshop I will share with you some of my 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 heart of the approach introduced during this workshop is called Flow-tograpy. I coined the term Flow-tography to describe the sense of deep connection and stillness that is possible when you slow down and truly experience the beauty of life through the lens of your camera.
This is a Zen like practice that connects your mind, body and soul in the peak experience of beauty. In this state of deep connection you can capture the essence of the moment in your own creative way. It is almost impossible to put into words, but you know it when you feel it. Something clicks into place when our inner and outer experience align. The resulting images are fresh, evocative and uniquely yours.
• Five photography basics including how to capture the essence of color and light to make images more evocative. Learn to see with your heart and your photos become a visual poem expressing emotion and telling a story.
• Three walking meditation practices to slow down, be still and drop into the deep connection point between your inner and outer experience of beauty.
• Eight archetypes of beauty such as vitality and simplicity that exist in the world, your photos and in you will be the subjects of our photo assignments.
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, yes!
The deeper your experience of beauty the higher the quality of your photos. In this workshop you will discover simple ways to see the world with fresh eyes and capture the beauty of life like never before.
The workshop will have 4 outcomes:
1. How you can take better photos by focusing on 8 Universal Patterns of Beauty such as vitality and luminosity.
2. How to use simple contemplative practices before you shoot to see more creatively. Stop chasing after the shot and let it come to you.
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 in my art studio at the Boston Center for the Arts. I will introduce you to the simple practices and then we will go out in the South End 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.
We will take a lunch break and you can bring a brown bag, or grab a bite at one of the many great cafe's in the neighborhood.
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.
Location: Boston MA Boston Center for the Arts South End. Closest T Stop Back Bay on the Orange Line or Copley on Green line. 10 minute walk
When: Saturday May 10th
As a special gift when you attend this workshop you will receive a FREE PDF copy of my new book, Flow-tography: The Curious Soul's Guide to Intuitive Photography.
You can see the award winning book trailer on youtube! This will help you understand the approach of this workshop.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMP-thHRHdI book trailer
The day includes private coaching, inspiring slideshows, guided meditations, challenging photo assignments, critiques, and small group discussions.
I also offer a 100% SNAP HAPPY Guarantee. If you are not happy with what you learn during our day together, I will refund your tuition on the spot so there is no risk. RSVP today!
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.
I look forward to seeing you on Saturday May 10th. This workshop will help you get set to take amazing photos in the next few months, as the colors of Spring come to life. Come on out and join us. You will meet some great people and learn some fantastic new ways to approach your photography. The class is limited to 10 so please RSVP now if you want to attend.
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. Time well-spent!