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In this group, we take it slow! Rather than rushing around taking thousands of photos, we learn to stand still, be present and see the beauty of the moment right before our eyes. Then we discover the most astonishing photos are not taken by us, but given to us. Photography offers a path to mindfulness and can be a form of meditation that connects you to the beauty of daily life. In this moment, we feel revitalized, refreshed, and awake!

Do you love to just get so into taking photos you loose track of time? Or perhaps you would just enjoy learning how to take better photos? Either way, you will feel a deep sense of satisfaction and pleasure when you create photos using this method.

You should join this group if you would enjoy exploring photography as a contemplative practice that connects you to the mystical, magical moments of beauty in daily life. Discover how to develop a good eye by taking photos while you are in the "zone" or flow state. Some simple mindful, meditation practices will be introduced.

We will explore 8 secret universal patterns of beauty such as luminosity and vitality as lenses through which to see creatively and be connected to a subject. We will have lots of fun as we go with the flow!

There are many different types of photography: landscape, portrait, night, each requiring basic photography knowledge and some special skills. Mindful photography is another type of photography you can add to your life purely for pleasure. The special skills required are focused more on your inner stance of stillness and quiet. Simple meditation practices are used to get grounded and centered before you click the shutter. That way you connect to the heart of the moment. Join us and find out more.

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Flowtography: The Secret Power of Beauty From Experience to Image

Greetings Photographers! I wanted to update you on a change for this program I have decided to change it to a semi private session with only 4 participants. There are 2 spots open as of now. I am cautiously getting back into offering in person sessions with masks and social distancing. The weather this time of year is so beautiful for photography I want to offer a way for us to get out and enjoy it safely. The secret to creating great photos is not what you think, but what you feel. They come from being and seeing in different way. Over the past 25 years I have learned how to do this and I am now happy to share what I have discovered so you can do this too. During this introductory program the 8 Universal Archetypes of Beauty such as vitality, (lively energy) luminosity, (light and shadow) and simplicity (minimalist calm) will be revealed. You will discover an intuitive approach that helps you get clear about which universal type of Beauty makes you feel most alive and how to photograph this in your own way. In time this becomes your own unique visual voice. There will be a consistent quality to your images. This takes some time to emerge but why not start now to recognize your style of expression. The Flow-tography method helps you take your photos from like to LOVE. You experience an immediate flash of recognition as your inner and outer life experience connect and you click the shutter. It all starts from an inner stance of stillness and results in an image that will be a joy forever. It has little to do with camera settings and everything to to with creative seeing and being.Suzanne Merritt Signature ProgramFlow-tography offers a way to see more deeply. Go beyond the obvious to the more subtle, intimate visual qualities of your life. It is not just about "getting the shot", it is about experiencing the moments of life that make us feel awake, alive and creative. All it requires is our full attention and slowing down to be still, from the inside out. You need to compose your self before you compose the shot. Have you ever experienced a moment when time stood still, there was an intensity and clarity outside of ordinary experience? And in that moment did you see something that made you stop in your tracks, that took your breath away? And then were you amazed to realize it was just a blade of grass, or a leaf falling from a tree? You were in the zone, or what is know as the Flow State. Over the past 25 years I have develop some simple practices that will help you enter this state by choice rather than by chance and to create images that express the essence of this experience while you are in it. In this introductory session I will cover the basics of this approach. Then we will PLAY with some of the practices for connecting to beauty in nature in the Flow. You will discover the 8 universal archetypes of beauty such as luminosity, simplicity and vitality that make you feel more alive and connected to life. Discover how to photography your personal favorite type of beauty using the visual elements of color, light and texture. I will introduce 3 Flow-tography techniques you can use right away. We will take photosso you can experiment with this contemplative method immediately and feel the difference between taking a snapshot, and creating a photograph. The images created through this process feel very different. Some of the outcomes of this method: • Learn to be more present, centered and connected before you shoot • See more deeply and capture the beauty of nature with a fresh eye • Rediscover your creative self and your unique style of photography • The experience is like a mini retreat. You leave feeling relaxed and revitalized You can see more about this method at www.curioussoulphotos.com (http://www.curioussoulphotos.com/) Award winning Flow-tography book by Suzanne Merritt available on iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/flow-tography-better-photos/id499049037?mt=11&uo=4

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