Self Portraiture as Medicine:: A 10-week course in Self Portraits that Heal.
This is an online ecourse created for those thirsting to awaken and empower themselves through transformative creativity.
We are all recovering from something.
You are not alone. Separation is a lie. Learn to use your creative voice to reconnect to self, to your authentic voice, to others and to the work you’re meant to create and put out into the world.
You’re here on this planet to share your unique gifts. You hold onto beliefs ( known or buried ) that block you from opening to that possibility. Beliefs of non-enough, too much, too late, you have nothing to share of value, you can’t figure it out, self doubt gets in the way and you wait for proof that never comes, someone to help you believe in yourself, but you have so much so-called evidence of past failed attempts at expressing yourself inside your fullness that you feel somewhat broken. And yet.. There is a sense that there’s something more. There is. A lot more.
I’ve created this space because I’ve been there..and I know that we all have and that this work can help set you free. I got sober when I was 18 from a crystal meth addiction. I was extremely uncomfortable being in the world. I went to art school and learned about conceptual photography and would hang out in my dorm room and take photos of myself because I was too insecure and anxious to be around other people. I had to face myself and not numb out. I decided to take the discomfort and try to find a way to create something visual out of something I had a hard time articulating with words. And with this practice I found my voice.
This is visual poetry. Alchemy. Taking the internal dialogue that no longer serves you and turning it into gold. Being with yourself and your feelings about yourself and facing it in a sacred, safe and loving way and learning how to show up fully. Creating beauty with the beauty of you being. Even if you don’t quite see the beauty just yet.
This is not therapy, but it’s theraputic. This is about creative expression, exploration of emotions and what’s happening in your life that you would like to study closer inside an artistic practice. We don’t process the stories, the pain, the past inside this course. Why? Because I don’t believe you are your past, your stories or your pain and I won’t hold space for it inside this container. We all need ways to work it out of ourselves. Your art is the voice that will speak for you as you work on giving us a title for the work or leaving things untitled and sharing so we understand the subject you were exploring. Processing on a deeper level needs to happen outside the group with a professional licensed to do such work. If you need suggestions I have many to offer. You deserve to clear out the clutter from the past so you can show up fully inside a truer you.
During the 10 weeks of this online course you'll be offered ways to express yourself ... with yourself as subject, muse, presence and person. Through weekly videos, I'll be sharing about my own journey with Self Portraiture and how I've faced myself during my most vulnerable times with only my camera and my being. You will learn how I create self portraits as a way to look, process and move through situations and emotions that matter the most. Through this process you'll be learning to trust yourself, listen to your intuition and grow as an artist. the video content is like having me in your living room.
The difference between selfies and self portraits.
How to set up your camera the way I do and a variety of other ways it can be done.
How to respond to life through self portraiture.
How to use objects and your wardrobe as symbols and metaphors to help you tell a story within your images.
How to navigate and find the internal landscape that you can draw from to make your self portraits.
How to face yourself while making this vulnerable work. How to make it easier.
The difference between body::being::figure:: within a self portrait.
How to create a dream-like quality and feel that is a part of your signature style.
How to find your own style and how to create consistency within your process.
I'll share my process of creating my images with you from start to finish.
You'll experience the power of self portraits. The process will become your medicine. You do not need to call yourself a photographer to take this course. It doesn't matter what camera you have. The best camera is the one you have. Your phone is great for this. All you need is curiosity and willingness to try something new or expand on what you've already started to do with self-portraiture.
I'd love for you to take this invitation to transform your being through self portraits.
Who this is for:
People who want to learn how to use self portraiture as a portal to the truth of who they really are.
You’re a beginner in photography, but you know how your camera ( or your iphone ) works.
You’re a photographer ready to take your work to the next level.
You’re willing to receive the support and do the work that will take you past your edges.
You’re open to considering the spiritual aspects inside the practice and process of photography.
You are male, female, gender binary or whatever that appropriate term is, gay, bi, queer, trans, all sexual orientations, colors, preferences, in recovery from drugs and alcohol or not, open, compassionate, non-judgy.
You’ve started or have been on a journey of your own personal development and spiritual growth in some way.
You’re ready to dive in and make your work.
The idea of expansion turns you on.
You are not ready for this course if:
You aren’t ready to take your work to the next level.
You aren’t willing to show up for yourself consistently.
You’re not willing to take direction and feedback from the instructor and be a learner.
You want to heavily process your past or present inside this group rather than making your work and speaking through your images.
You’re whiny, compain-y and judg-y.
You don’t want to expand your capacity to create beautiful images.
You don’t want to fall more in love with your life and with yourself.
You'll receive a new email with video content delivered every Monday for the 10 weeks of the course. We will meet weekly on Wednesdays on Zoom as a class. Each person sends in their work for the week and I share the work inside this video classroom so we can all see what you’re working on and I can give you feedback. Everyone gets a turn sharing their work with the group. If you want more 1:1 time with me you can add private 1:1 sessions during the duration of the course for an additional fee. Mentoring sessions can help guide you and give feedback on your work and provide added support at any point during the course. You'll receive a link that offers you the opportunity to work with me 1:1. Community and connection will happen inside the zoom calls.
( For those who have taken the course before and want to revisit the materials, we are no longer providing a Facebook Group for this course as has been done in the past. )
Self portraiture as medicine runs once a year in the Spring.
This 10 week mastery course is $1200.00 ( That’s $120 per week inside the 10 week course ). Payment plans are available.
Space is limited to 12 people to allow more time for individuals to share their work and get feedback every week.
I’ll be opening early bird registration with an early bird rate. Sign up for my newsletter to find out when the doors open.
Have questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
**I do not give refunds. Please take care in deciding whether or not this course is right for you before signing up**