This mindful photography workshop will introduce you to mindful photography and the new world it reveals. There are extraordinary and exquisite gifts in the everyday ordinary things that surround us.
Mindful photography is all about trusting your self, your senses, and your vision when you take a photograph. And that trust will spill over into other areas of your life, enriching it and improving your wellbeing.
Anyone can practice mindful photography, regardless of income or social status or whatever worries fill your mind.
All that is required is some sort of camera — the simpler the better. You don’t want to be distracted by the controls on your camera, and you don’t want to be messing with settings when you are practicing mindful photography.
Furthermore, mindful photography can be practiced anywhere, wherever you are, whether you are inside your home or in a gorgeous park, on a busy city street or in the middle of a field of corn.
Why practice mindful photography? It is first and foremost fun and relaxing. It’s a creative act that will open your heart and soul to the world around you and perhaps shift your perspective, change your state of mind. And it’s a way to befriend yourself, to tease out who you are, to develop self-trust and self-knowledge.
Life is unfolding in every precious moment.
Everything we see is a miracle of time and space, and we — miracles ourselves — are witnesses to it. It can be so hard to remember this when our minds are filled with our to-do lists and our inner critics.
And so I offer the following mindful photography workshop and workbook to get you started with mindful photography so that you too can reap the rich rewards it offers.
Mindful Photography Workshop
The video below is a condensed version of an hour long workshop I hosted for Ness Labs, a wonderful group I belong to. My video editing skills are minimal, but I was able to shorten the workshop to 30 minutes.
1. Mindful Photography Workshop Video
NOTE: At the two minute mark, pause this video and watch this 1 minute video on Selective Attention. Then return to the workshop!
2. Workshop Workbook
Click here to download the Mindful Photowalk workbook mentioned in the workshop.
3. Facebook Group
Join my new Facebook group for mindful photographers! It will be a warm supportive place to connect with others and grow as mindful photographers.
Click here to join.
4. Additional Resources
My two favorite books about mindful photography are:
“The Soul of the Camera” by David duChemin. This book is an inspiring guide about tapping into your inner self to create meaningful photographs.
“Zen Camera” by David Ulrich. This lovely book was the first book I read about mindful photography, and it helped me connect the work I was doing personally (self-compassion, mindfulness) to the work I was doing professionally (photography).
5. Get in Touch
Please let me know if you have any comments or questions about this workshop! I’d love to hear from you.
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