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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 mentoring experience exploring the magical & empowering quality of photographic image-making to enrich your photographic artistry as well as your personal & professional life.

“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

Program Structure

The 5-week mentoring program begins with a 2-hour one-on-one meeting to get acquainted, explore your goals, how the program is structured and make sure it’s right for you. If you are local to or visiting Asheville, the session may be held in person (at your option) to include time outside making photos together.

For those who prefer, or live elsewhere, the first meeting is held online; and includes time to review 3-5 of your favorite photos and discuss new directions in your personal self-empowerment and photography journey.

If within 48 hours, you decide the mentoring program is not right for you, we offer a full refund, no questions asked.

The mentoring series continues with weekly photo and self-discovery assignments; and 2-hour online meetings held once/week with up to 10 program participants.

At any time during the series, you may add a private coaching session online (or in person if you are local) to cover a focus of your choosing i.e. artistic or technical help with your image-making; creating more impactful and personally authentic imagery; getting outside for a photo shoot together; exploring new ways to find your Self in your images or photographic journey, etc. Cost for a private coaching session is $75/hour. See the Private Coaching page on our website for more details on this option.

Who will benefit from this mentoring program?

  • 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
  • Anyone who wants to empower themselves to actualize their personal and professional dreams!

See below for program details…

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.

Week 1 : One-on-one session, two hours

In person option if you are local to or visiting Asheville; online if not

  • Get acquainted & do some shooting together if you are local
  • Explore your orientation to photography & personal self-discovery
  • Share 3-5 of your favorite photographs (your own work)
  • Overview of the course structure, themes, objectives & timing
  • Assignment:
    1. Identify what you wish to create in your life and artistry
    2. Envision ways this can be expressed in your photos
    3. Review suggested research/study material

Week 2 Theme: Metaphor & Sacred Geometry in Photography

Two hours online with up to 10 program participants

  • Thoughts and discussion on the research/study assignment
  • Share images and experiences from photography you’ve done since prior week (~5 minutes)
  • Feedback & discussion on technique, artistry & self-expression for more impact in your photos
  • Presentation from Chris: using metaphor & sacred geometry to inspire conscious image-making; with insights & example photos from other photographers
  • Envision your personal photography challenge for the week ahead
  • Assignment:
    1. Create at least 3-5 photos leveraging the theme of week 2
    2. Review suggested research/study material

Week 3 Theme: Visual Story

Two hours online with up to 10 program participants

  • Thoughts and discussion on the research/study assignment
  • Share images and experiences from photography you’ve done since prior week (~5 minutes)
  • Feedback & discussion on technique, artistry & self-expression for more impact in your photos
  • Presentation from Chris: visual storytelling; with insights & example photos from other photographers
  • Envision your personal photography challenge for the week ahead
  • Assignment:
    1. Create at least 3-5 photos leveraging the theme of week 3
    2. Review suggested research/study material

Week 4 Theme : Finding Yourself in Your Images

Two hours online with up to 10 program participants

  • Thoughts and discussion on the research/study assignment
  • Share images and experiences from photography you’ve done since prior week (~5 minutes)
  • Feedback & discussion on technique, artistry & self-expression for more impact in your photos
  • Presentation from Chris: how images can mirror your emotions, beliefs and inner Spirit; with insights and example photos from other photographers
  • Envision your personal photography challenge for the week ahead
  • Assignment:
    1. Create at least 3-5 photos leveraging the theme of week 4
    2. Review suggested research/study material

Week 5 : Creating a Body of Work

Two hours online with up to 10 program participants

  • Share images and experiences from photography you’ve done since prior week (~5 minutes)
  • Feedback & discussion on technique and artistry to improve your photos
  • Presentation from Chris: planning & selecting images to create a cohesive portfolio; with insights and example photos from other photographers
  • Envision your personal photography project & intentions for the months ahead

Mentoring 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
  • Add private one-on-one sessions: $75/hour

Launch Timeline

  • Week of July 12: Private one-on-one sessions
  • Week of July 20: First online group meeting

NOTE: The date for the first group meeting is tentatively set for Monday July 20, 7-9pm. This date/time may shift depending on availability of those who sign up. Upon sign up, you will receive an email with a YouCanBook.me calendar link to schedule your private meeting for the week of July 12th.

Questions?

Call or email Chris:

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