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Self Discovery Through the Lens

See yourself & your world through fresh eyes 

Online mentoring program with Chris Allen

Self Discovery Through the Lens

Photography can help us see beyond the surface appearance of the world around us to the inner Spirit expressed in the subject or scene.

When we slow down and connect with our own emotions and reaction to what draws our attention, we can even begin to see our own Self reflected back to us in our images.

Self Discovery Through the Lens is an immersive 5-week mentoring experience exploring the magical & empowering quality of photographic image-making to enrich your photographic artistry as well as your personal & professional life.

Within this context, we cover practical topics such as photo file management, post-processing techniques, and creating a cohesive portfolio of images for a project such as a book.

Take one 5-week round, or continue with additional rounds exploring new topics, techniques & ways of seeing that enrich your artistry to advance your photography skills and enjoyment.

“A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.” – Ansel Adams

Who will benefit from this program?

  • Intermediate or advanced photo enthusiasts who want to up their game artistically and technically, and connect more deeply with their inner and outer worlds
  • Artists in any medium who want to enrich and expand their creative work by seeing themselves and the world in fresh ways
  • Writers who want to explore ways that visual story telling can enrich their communication and writing style

Creating a Body of Work

The overall theme for the 5-week mentoring program is to create a body of work around your chosen theme or idea. During each weekly online group meeting, you share your progress in putting together a cohesive, theme-related group of 12-20 images (3-5 images for review each week), and receive feedback on technical and artistic elements of your images and how well they complement each other in relation to your theme.

In support of your body of work project, we cover creative artistry topics as well as file management and post processing worflows using Adobe Lightroom Classic. Chris shares various Lightroom post processing workflows, and participants can provide one photo per week for Chris to process. Each week Chris also provides inspirational images and insights from his own and other photographers’ work to add depth to your own project. See detailed descriptions for each week’s session in the sections below.

“One image is an idea. A body of work is a way of thinking. A collection of singular (5 star) images doesn’t necessarily create a body of work. Five star images prove your competency.

A theme provides a cohesive meaning to a set of images. Themes declare your voice. Themes are what define a body of work.” – John Paul Caponigro

Chris Allen

Instructor

Chris graduated with a BFA degree in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology, and photography remained a background passion through his 30-year career in sales and business development. A personal practice and teaching of meditation along with the study of human consciousness has greatly enriched his personal life, creative photography and career. In 2015 Chris founded an active 1,700 member MeetUp group in Asheville for entrepreneurs; hosting monthly guest presenters to support members in starting and growing their business. Upon retirement from his sales career in 2017, Chris and Bonnie founded Asheville Photo Tours offering guided tours and photography instruction for locals and tourists in the Asheville area.

Testimonials

  • “I truly enjoyed the course I took with Chris. He is a thoughtful, insightful and generous guide and shared so much beautiful work with us for inspiration. Having weekly connection to share creative work and learn from each other was truly a joy. If you’re considering signing up with Chris for an outing, a class, or 1:1 mentoring, jump in! You, and your work, will be better for it.”

     — Erin B.

  • “This series has been great for me in many respects. I read more, got out more and thought more about my photos!” — Susan S.

Week 1: One-on-one session online

Online one-on-one session, 1 hour

  • Explore potential themes for your body of work project
  • Share 3-5 of your photos that might fit your potential theme(s)
  • Q&A on the course structure, weekly topics, timing, etc.
  • Homework:
    1. Prepare a set of images to share in the first group meeting as a potential body of work project
    2. Review research/study material Chris will provide after your session

Week 2: Photo File Management in Adobe Lightroom

Two hours online with up to 10 program participants

  • Participants each share 3-5 images for their potential theme of the body of work project, including one for Chris to process if desired; discussion and suggestions from Chris & participants
  • Photo File Management for Ease of Access & Loss Prevention: using Adobe Lightroom Classic, Chris demonstrates specific approaches for importing & organizing your photos in ways that work for you; making it easier to categorize and access your images and create sets of images for present & future body of work projects
  • Homework:
    1. Set up your chosen file management method and begin organizing your photos in whatever post processing platform you are using. If you already have a method, fine tune and advance it based on insights from the class
    2. Clarify your project theme and write down a short theme statement to share in the next meeting
    3. Gather additional images, both new and existing that fit your theme
    4. Prepare to share your latest project images for discussion and suggestions in the next group meeting

Week 3: Less is More -- Simply Your Images for Greater Impact

Two hours online with up to 10 program participants

  • Participants each share 3-5 images for their potential theme of the body of work project, including one for Chris to process if desired; discussion and suggestions from Chris & participants
  • Less is More: insights for in the field shooting and live post processing examples to simplify your images in post
  • Homework:
    1. Evolve and clarify your project theme as needed
    2. Gather additional images, both new and existing that fit your theme, applying insights from Less is More approach
    3. Prepare to share your latest project images for discussion and suggestions in the next group meeting
    4. Review suggested research/study material

Week 4: Emotional & Esoteric Effects of Color

Two hours online with up to 10 program participants

  • Participants each share 3-5 images for their potential theme of the body of work project, including one for Chris to process if desired; discussion and suggestions from Chris & participants
  • Emotional & Esoteric Effects of Color: discussion on the emotional and esoteric effects of color; working with color in your post processing
  • Homework:
    1. Prepare your draft or final body of work project for discussion and suggestions in the next group meeting

Week 5: Share Your Project Images for Critique & Suggestions

Two hours online with up to 10 program participants

  • Participants each share their draft or final body of work images; discussion and suggestions from Chris & participants
  • Wrap up & next steps in your journey

Next Mentorship Series Timeline

  • Private online meeting: Week of September 14
  • First online group meeting: Tentatively – Thursday, September 24, 7:00 pm ET

NOTE: Upon sign up, you will receive an email with a YouCanBook.me calendar link to schedule your private session.

Program Pricing

Take one 5-week mentoring series or multiple series at reduced rates

  • Five-week series: $149
  • Returning members: $129 per five-week series

At any time during the series, you may add a private coaching session online to cover a focus of your choosing. Cost for a private coaching session is $75/hour. See the Private Coaching page on our website for more details.

Questions?

Call or email Chris:

  • Phone: 828.707.6500
  • Email: info@ashevillephoto.tours