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A 2-day Workshop exploring trauma-sensitive photography for body acceptance.

Get ready to deepen your photography and hold space with clients in a new way. We'll be diving into theories, case studies, getting vulnerable and creating powerful images.

May 19 & 20, 2023

Walpole, MA

$995 usd

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"My first phototherapy session taught me the power of photography as a therapeutic tool.  It's life-changing, an opportunity for growth, and for connection with self and others. Phototherapy is a way to become more yourself."

 

 

 

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DAY 1

Phototherapy's Evolution, working in trauma sensitivity, intentions, language, photo approaches, case study & practical time photographing

DAY 2

The importance of Self Care, editing & post process, case study 2, practical time to photograph and more Q&A

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AFTER

Have a 30 minute virtual 1-1 via zoom with me in the next 6 months to follow up, ask questions, and get help integrating phototherapy into your sessions.

Stay for an optional dinner after day 1 closes to get social, share food, and decompress.

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What Clients Experience

01

ACCEPTANCE.

IT STARTS WITH OUR MARKETING, CONTINUES WITH A CONSULTATION AND THE SESSION, AND MOVES BEYOND THE REVEAL AND IMAGES.

CLIENTS WHO FEEL ACCEPTANCE FROM US, AND HAVE SPACE TO MOVE TOWARDS SELF ACCEPTANCE TOO.

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TRUST.

CREATING A SPACE OF NON-JUDGEMENT IS A STEP TOWARDS BUILDING TRUST WITH CLIENT. 

FROM TRUST COMES A WILLINGNESS TO EXPERIENCE COMFORT, OPENNESS AND VULNERABILTY. FROM THESE PLACES, GROWTH AND HEALING CAN OCCUR.

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MORE.

IT'S DIFFERENT FOR EVERY CLIENT, BUT PHOTOTHERAPY MAKES SPACE FOR GROWTH, EASE, JOY, PRESENCE, EMBODIMENT, EMPOWERMENT, HEALING, ADVENTURE,AND A RANGE OF EMOTIONS AND STATES THAT COME FROM BEING SEEN. 

AGENCY. 

YES, WE'RE THE GUIDES ON THIS EXPERIENCE, BUT CLIENTS ARE ULTIMATELY IN CONTROL OF THEIR BODIES, THE POSING, HOW THEY WANT TO BE SEEN AND THE CONSENT THEY FREELY AND INFORMLY GIVE.

THEIR COMFORT AND SAFETY ARE PRIORITY. 

 

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BOSTON

I used to choose photos that were 'flattering', now I choose photos I find interesting to look at and remind me of how much fun we had.

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PUERTO VALLARTA

Wow, I'm speechless...this was so powerful for me to experience and made my entire trip...so grateful I got to see myself through your eyes.  I will hold onto that experience forever.

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NEW YORK CITY

I felt safe. 

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I've never felt comfortable in front of the camera before, but for the first time, I was.

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What Photographers Experience

01

CONFIDENCE

IT STARTS WITH OUR MARKETING, CONTINUES WITH A CONSULTATION AND THE SESSION, AND MOVES BEYOND THE REVEAL AND IMAGES.

BEING MORE AWARE CREATES OPPORTUNITY FOR A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF YOUR SKILLS AND SHIFTS WHRE WE PLACE VALUE ON OUR WORK.

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TRUST.

IN YOURSELF AND THE WORK. FROM TRUST COMES A WILLINGNESS AND ABILITY TO EXPERIENCE THE DISCOMFORT, OPENNESS AND VULNERABILTY OF CLIENTS - WITHOUT HOLDING ON TO ANY OF IT PERSONALLY.

FROM THESE PLACES, GROWTH AND HEALING CAN OCCUR FOR US TOO.


 

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MORE.

PHOTOTHERAPY MAKES SPACE FOR CREATIVE GROWTH, EASE, JOY, PRESENCE, EMBODIMENT, EMPOWERMENT, HEALING, ADVENTURE, AND SATISFACTION THAT COMES FROM BEING ABLE TO HOLD SPACE FOR OTHERS.

IT'S DIFFERENT FOR EVERYONE. 

AGENCY. 

YES, CLIENTS ARE IN CONTROL OF THEIR BODIES, THE POSING, HOW THEY WANT TO BE SEEN AND THE CONSENT THEY FREELY AND INFORMLY GIVE.WE ALSO HAVE THE SAME AGENCY IN HOLDING OUR BOUNDARIES AS PHOTOGRAPHERS. 

OUR SCOPE AND SAFETY ARE ALSO IMPORTANT. 

 

FAQ

What to wear or bring? 

There's no real rules here, but here are my suggestions: 

Notebooks will be provided, but if you have a special one you want to use, feel free to bring that.

Bring your camera! We'll be practicing what we learn in a non-judgmental space.

When it's your time to be photographed, wear what you feel comfortable in; you do not have to go nude if you don't want to, different things empower different people.

Bring an open mind and willingness to try new things and be present.

What about Covid?

I'm fully vaccinated and boosted and always test 24 hours before a session or event. All participants are required to be vaccinated and boosted.  In the event of illness, your spot can be transferred.

Does everyone have to be photographed?

The short answer is no.  Everyone has full agency to not be photographed.  I would encourage it though. Stretching your edges in a conscious way is a pathway to growth.  Remember, it's less about the image at the end, and more about the experience. To be able to hold space for our clients, it's good practice to be on the other side of that experience. 

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Who Am I?

VISUAL STORYTELLER

I THINK EXCLUSIVELY IN PICTURES. I RELATE TO THE WORLD AND OTHERS THROUGH WHAT I SEE, HOW I SEE IT, AND MY GOAL WITH MY WORK IS TO OFFER A NEW PERSPECTIVE, TO HELP TELL A PART OF SOMEONE'S STORY THE WAY THEY WANT IT TOLD.

MY OWN STORY IS ONLY PARTWAY THROUGH.

BODY IMAGE ADVOCATE

MY JOY IS PHOTOTHERAPY.  I'VE STRUGGLED WITH MY OWN BODY IMAGE AND UNDERSTAND GETTING IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA CAN BE CHALLENGING.

I HAVE A THERAPY BACKGROUND IN MIND-BODY AND AM A CERTIFIED BODY IMAGE BOOTCAMP FACILITATOR.

HUMAN

LIFE ISN'T ABOUT PERFECTION AND NEITHER IS THE BODY, OR ART. WE TRY THINGS, WE PLAY, WE HAVE AN EXPERIENCE AND AN ADVENTURE WHILE WE DO IT. 

I WANT AS MANY PHOTOGRAPHERS AS POSSIBLE TO BE ABLE AND COMFROTABLE HOLDING THIS TYPE OF SPACE FOR AS  MANY CLIENTS AS POSSIBLE.

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Ready to Book your spot?

After reserving your spot, you'll receive an email for payment and the class agreement (that legal stuff on how this class won't make you a therapist and whatnot).  Space in class is only confirmed with payment in full. Payments are non-refundable but are transferrable. 

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