THE VISIONARY PORTFOLIO
Next Session: TBA
e-Course + Mentoring: $350
The Visionary Portfolio is an online course designed to help photographers boldly forge ahead, clear away stumbling blocks, and take significant new steps in building a personal portfolio. Portfolio creation can be a deeply enriching process, but it can also feel a bit daunting; it’s hard to know just where to start. The Visionary Portfolio is an opportunity to dive into the heart of the matter and bring more direction and focus to your work. The course includes a mix of creative and practical advice and a healthy dose of encouragement and personal guidance. You’ll learn to find a portfolio theme that reflects your passions and skills, to make images that feel more unified and less haphazard, and to make meaningful progress with your creative goals. The course also includes an honest look at the world of exhibitions and competitions. Building a portfolio doesn’t have to feel like charting deep water into unknown territory. It can be a rich opportunity for artistic discovery and growth. Join me on the journey!
- Laura Valenti
WHAT DOES THE COURSE INCLUDE?
The Visionary Portfolio e-course includes inspirational readings, audio slideshows, lectures, and weekly photography projects designed to motivate and encourage your next creative steps. 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?
The Visionary Portfolio is designed to fit easily into your busy schedule. Four days a week, you'll get a healthy dose of photo inspiration in your inbox, and you'll have one photography project to complete each week at your own pace. Unlike a traditional classroom experience, Visionary Portfolio 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. The online classroom is also a great, safe space for posting comments and receiving feedback on images and ideas. Laura will be your guide throughout the course, supporting you with encouraging feedback and advice.
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 The Visionary Portfolio 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 are ready to take the next steps in your portfolio-building practice, you’re in the right spot.