1) What is Mindful Photography, exactly?
Good question! This course comprises 3 parts – Photography, Mindfulness and the combination of both: Mindful Photography.
Firstly, we will talk about Photography. Basics, tips, and tricks that beginners can use to improve their skills and make more advanced images.
Then we will get into the
Mindfulness part. Mindfulness is a practice, a meditation form, but the term
encompasses a much broader notion, becoming more of a lifestyle. Mindfulness
does not require experience, mystic tools, a special place, a specific time, or
any high demands. You can practice mindfulness just about anywhere, anytime,
while eating, walking… and photographing!
The most common myth I see about meditation is that you are supposed to “not think”, or have an empty mind while practicing mindfulness. Not at all. You will think, your mind will wander. But the point is to be aware of those thoughts, sensations, and feelings without judgment, as they unfold. Mindfulness embraces the importance of “being in the now” – notice all that happens, while it happens.
We are always on the go. Let’s learn to stay. Being mindful is important to make us truly appreciate and be thankful for all we have in our lives. We are constantly remembering the past and worrying about the future, thus forgetting to enjoy the valuable gift life gives us – properly called “the present”.
The potential mental and health benefits of mindfulness, such as stress reduction, better sleep, and improved productivity have been widely reported by scientific studies. Although it is not for everyone, many people around the world have enjoyed the wellness benefits of a mindful practice.
Now combining Mindfulness & Photography…
It is a very interesting approach for those who like Photography – professionals, non-professionals, enthusiasts.
Mindful Photography refers to using Photography as a valuable tool to practice Mindfulness. The goal is to help you focus (yes, I had to do that) on the present moment, by using your camera as an anchor. You will not be upset if what you expected to shoot is not there. Or how many likes it will get on social media. You will be present and aware of whatever reality brings. No expectations, no disappointment, no judging. And you will be surprised by how that state of awareness will make you feel good and – bonus – produce great photos.
2) Can anyone meditate or practice mindfulness? Is it safe for everybody?
No. It is safe and beneficial for many, but people with certain health conditions – such as bipolar disorder, depression, high anxiety, panic disorder and others issues – are advised not to meditate, because meditation might bring awareness to situations that may cause discomfort, or even trigger unwanted feelings and thoughts.
AND ANYONE WHO FEELS THAT MEDITATION IS HAVING ANY KIND OF NEGATIVE EFFECT SHOULD STOP MEDITATING IMMEDIATELY.
In my Mindful Photography course, individuals must fill out a form to help them evaluate if the practice is safe for them. With certain conditions, I won’t even make the course available. But anyway, it is their full responsibility to start a meditation practice, and the best way to do so is discussing with their doctor if it is safe.
DISCLAIMER: PLEASE NOTE THAT MEDITATION IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR TRADITIONAL TREATMENTS. ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT STARTING A MEDITATION PRACTICE. I AM NOT A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER AND I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR EVALUATING IF THE STUDENT SHOULD MEDITATE OR NOT, OR FOR THEIR DECISION. IT IS THEIR FULL RESPONSIBILITY – OR OF THEIR LEGAL GUARDIANS.
My primary concern is the wellness and safety of all the students who take my courses.
3) What if I don’t like the course?
Bummer, but no worries. Within 30 days of purchase, if you feel that my Mindful Photography Course is not for you, let me know and you will get a full refund. I understand.
4) What kind of equipment do I need? Fancy?
Expensive gear? Not at all. Any DSLR or mirrorless camera is fine, required only because we talk about manual mode. No flash, filters or editing tools mandatory for either one of the courses. We won’t be covering editing, just focusing on you and your camera.
6) Is the Mindful Photography course a religious or spiritual thing?
No. Unless you want it to be. The course is made without any religious attachment, and tailored to anyone – believer or not. If you are a spiritual person, you will probably feel more connected to your beliefs, besides the potential personal benefits. If not, enjoy the practice for your overall well-being.
7) Will I receive a Certificate at the end of the course?
Once you complete a course and all its practices, you will receive a digital Certificate of Completion. Please note that this is just an acknowledgment that the student successfully completed the course. Luisa Wholley is not an accredited, registered school and does not provide certification, accreditation or any similar official qualification.
8) Do you translate to and from English-Portuguese?
9) Where can I buy your digital images?
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