MEDITATIONS ON GRATITUDE
Next Session: July 31st - September 8th
Meditations on Gratitude is an online course about using photography to cultivate a daily practice of gratitude. The course is an opportunity to stretch creative muscles, reinvigorate tired vision, and create images that inspire happiness and hope.
Gratitude has been called an antidote to suffering. If we take time each day to consider what we are grateful for, it can open up new space for joy in our lives. One thing is certain - when we photograph what we love, we infuse the creative practice with more meaning and power. This e-course is a lively, inspirational journey for new and experienced photographers alike. There are so many things to be grateful for! Join me as we explore what it means to live a more grateful life.
Watch a short video about the making of one gratitude-filled image.
See a slideshow of lovely student images from the course.
WHAT DOES THE COURSE INCLUDE?
Meditations on Gratitude includes inspirational readings, audio talks, creative meditations, interviews, and a healthy dose of encouraging feedback and support. The online classroom is a great, safe space for posting comments and receiving feedback on images and ideas. By the end of the course, you'll be able to surround yourself with images of all the things you are grateful for. The course is highly interactive, and you'll be cheered on and supported every day by Laura and the lively community of fellow students. It's such a fun way to learn and grow as an artist.
If you choose the mentoring option when you register, the course will also include a phone/Skype call with Laura and a review of your past photographic work, your website (if you happen to have one), or any portfolios or extra images you'd like to share. Mentoring is a nice opportunity to chat about personal goals and challenges and to map out next steps with more guidance and support. Mentorship sessions are jam packed with ideas, detailed feedback, and actionable, personalized advice.
WHAT IS THE EXPERIENCE LIKE?
Meditations on Gratitude is designed to fit easily into your busy schedule. Three days a week, you’ll receive a photo prompt that encourages you to seek out moments of gratitude on a specific subject. Unlike a traditional classroom experience, Meditations on Gratitude lessons can be taken at any hour of the day or night, whenever it suits you best. You can take the course at 3am in your pajamas, if you like! You can always repeat a lesson if you need to, and there is no such thing as falling behind. You'll have access to all the lessons for at least a year after the course ends. You'll likely need about two hours each week to complete the material. Laura will be your guide throughout the course, supporting you with encouraging feedback and advice. If you choose the mentoring option when you register, the course will also include a phone/Skype call with Laura and an in-depth review of your past photographic work, your website (if you happen to have one), or any portfolios or extra images you'd like to share. Mentoring is a nice opportunity to chat about personal goals and challenges and to map out next steps with more guidance and support.
WHAT KIND OF CAMERA DO I NEED?
All cameras are welcome! You don’t need anything fancy to take this course. In fact, the simpler, the better! DSLRs, point-and-shoots, camera phones, pinhole cameras – I have a strict equipment nondiscrimination policy. Film shooters must be able to scan images to share in the online classroom.
HOW GOOD DO I NEED TO BE?
Since Meditations on Gratitude is a conceptual photography course (as opposed to a technical class), thoughtful photographers at any level may join. Students should be comfortable with basic camera operations, and must know how to upload images to their computers. We’re here to learn – if you feel you have something to learn about the creative process, you’re in the right spot.