Seriously what do Sedona and Pittsburgh have in Common?

Seriously what do Sedona and Pittsburgh have in Common?

 
The answer to that question is INSPIRATION
 
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” 
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
 
 
 
Recently I was in Arizona, and the majesty of sky and land was breathtaking. I felt like I was in my 20’s again photographing with Ansel Adams. I felt like I was transported back to where I began as a landscape photographer.
 
I have done very little photographing in the past 8 months. Life got really busy. You know how that goes.
 
In Sedona, I photographed everyday. One morning, I got up at 4 a.m. in order to photograph the majestic dreamlike rock formations as the sun’s rays hit them with warmth and gold.
 
While in Sedona, I felt surges of hunger inside, the desire to express and create. Why did I let so much time pass? I stopped myself. I can’t dwell on the past. I needed to be in the present where I felt alive and passionate, returning home with my creative juices. I can’t even begin to tell you how many gigs I shot. I am taking my time with these new images, feeling feelings I am meant to feel. Witnessing what drew me to take the images I made and what seems to repeat itself from image to image.
 
I have noticed the attention to the clouds. I waited and waited for the clouds to be in just the right place at the right time. Definitely something I learned from Ansel.
 
Yes I want to go back with all of you. I have decided to do a workshop there in 2020. Stay tuned, more on that.
 
Sedona was back to my roots, back to what inspired me decades ago to be a photographer.
 
Thank you Arthur Fish for your wonderful words after I posted the above image on facebook.
 
“”In the spirit of your great teacher, but very much your own. Magnificent.”
 
 
 
 
Pittsburgh inspiration came from the next generation of artists.
 
Those of you who have taken workshops with me know October Donoghue. She is a creative tour d’force, a 21 year old who inspires me to be bold and brave with my creativity and teaching. At times she reminds me of a younger me. At other times she reminds me to keep pushing the proverbial envelope as a brazen woman artist.
I took the above image, which I hand colored last year of Toby, and yes she has my hair, or is it I have her hair? If you have the opportunity to mentor a young aspiring artist, seriously think about it. It is a gift for all.
 
Toby will be with us on our Morocco Workshop. BTW we only have one spot open, please see below.
Well there is more inspiration that happened at Toby’s Graduation. Leslie Odom was the speaker at Carnegie Mellon Graduation, and what a speech he made.
I of course was so inspired by him I went ahead and bought his book. His words were universal. How we are responsible for our lives and what a great send off to young people embarking on new paths. I could have listened to him all day. I heard what he said and how it applies to everyone.
 
  • “The work you put in when no one is watching will matter far more than the work you do when the cameras are rolling.” … 
  • “The path to moments of greatness in your life will be paved, in part, with your spectacular failures.” … 
  • “Who are you dreaming for today?”
Leslie Odom
 
 
 
MOROCCO ~ JOIN ME October 20-31 Registration closes June 15
 
 
A place I have never been to before and a dream of mine to go to. Old cities with a set of new eyes. New experiences. I get so excited, maybe I will bring film, maybe I will hand color some of the images, guiding my students on blending the old with the new, or the new with the old.
 
I hope you will join me for this incredible experience of times gone by with a new vision… yours……
 
Time is running out to sign up so let me know if you would like to join me in Morocco.
 
 
 
 
BOSTON IN INFRARED WORKSHOP
 
Still time to sign up for our one day workshop in Boston on June 1st. Perfect workshop for newbies to IR and seasoned IR photographers.
 
 
New Workshops added
 
Join Laurie Klein Photography for a 2019 workshop or tour.
Learn, Grow, Explore!
 
07/13/19 – 07/14/19: Introduction to Hand Coloring
10/09/19 – 10/13/19: Firefly Photography Camp for Women
10/20/19 – 10/31/19: Morocco, Deadline to register June 15
11/16/19 – 11/17/19: Self Exploration Series
 
Mothers Day Gift, From Me To You.

Mothers Day Gift, From Me To You.

 
 
33 years ago I became a mom
Miracle love I hadn’t ever felt
something that didn’t exist a moment before
I was deeply in love
I didn’t want to sleep,
I might miss something
perfection
thrill, joy, wonder and amazement
connection that I had never experienced before
I would do anything for him
protective
no manual came with him
what if I made a mistake?
defining moments in my life
31 years ago
fulfilled
overwhelmed
understanding of my parents more
purpose in life
tiny fingers
circumcision
ears
color of their skin
total dependence on me
nursing
my sons would be my teachers
feelings were intense, deep piercing,
deeper love then I had ever felt
a new awakening for both
miracle of life 
2 perfect and healthy sons who changed my life forever.
They are pieces of art.
 
 
Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother. – Oprah Winfrey
 
 
 
Mothers Day Gifts for you. Or give a gift to someone you love.
Must be purchased by May 13th 2019.
 
10 percent off of 1 month personalized mentorship sessions in person
or on Skype with Laurie. Great opportunity to develop a project you have been wanting to create.
 
Listen closely, can you hear your art speaking to you? It may begin as a whisper. This is the poetry of your heart.
 
 
 
MOROCCO ~ JOIN ME October 20-31 Registration closes June 1
 
 
A place I have never been to before and a dream of mine to go to. Old cities with a set of new eyes. New experiences. I get so excited, maybe I will bring film, maybe I will hand color some of the images, guiding my students on blending the old with the new, or the new with the old.
 
I hope you will join me for this incredible experience of times gone by with a new vision… yours……
 
Time is running out to sign up so let me know if you would like to join me in Morocco.
 
 
 
New Workshops added
 
Join Laurie Klein Photography for a 2019 workshop or tour.
Learn, Grow, Explore!
 
07/13/19 – 07/14/19: Introduction to Hand Coloring
10/09/19 – 10/13/19: Firefly Photography Camp for Women
10/20/19 – 10/31/19: Morocco, Deadline to register June 1
11/16/19 – 11/17/19: Self Exploration Series
 
The Importance of  Expressive Arts

The Importance of Expressive Arts

 
“The arts empower. The arts give a voice to the voiceless. The arts help transform American communities and, as I often say, the result can be a better child, a better town, a better nation and certainly a better world. Let’s champion our arts action heroes, emulate them and make our communities everything we want them to be.” ~ Robert L. Lynch, President, Americans for the Arts
 
 
How much time this week did you spend creating? Making art? Looking at art? Doodling? Taking photos with your Smart Phone? Playing an instrument?
 
What?
 
I can’t hear your answer!
 
What did you just say?
 
When I ask many people this question they quietly whisper an answer that is hardly audible. I ask again and again and then they often say “I didn’t spend any time this week, or last week or for years.”
 
Something is missing gang. We are born to create. We are here on this planet because we were created.
 
We have time to watch hours of tv, why is that more important than giving yourself permission to create? With all the pressures we have these days between politics, and juggling family and careers, we are drowning…. We are overwhelmed and out of balance. Give yourselves permission to do something creative, go see an exhibit, go to a wine bar and paint. I guarantee you will feel better.
 
In the last month I have taught 4 Expressive Arts Workshops. Art heals, it gives voice to our feelings. In our culture we would rather numb out, or distract ourselves. My students included Doctors, Artists, Health Care Professionals and so many other careered professionals. The difference from when they walked into the workshop until the time they went home was palpable. Believe me when I say Art is a verb, there is action, and movement that helps us express ourselves and just feel good.
 
Try it, it will make you feel better, help you cope better and reconnect to that inner child that has so much to say.
 
 
Why I express myself with art.
  • It is my joy of self expression, and how I relate to who I am in the world.
  • It is a way I can be authentic.
  • I am a pleaser in my life but not in my imagery.
  • I photograph to make sense of my life.
  • It grounds me and makes the world alright.
  • I photograph what I am curious about.
  • The stories I want to tell I can’t tell any other way.
  • With the creative process, there are no distractions, I am totally in the moment.
  • It makes me feel good.
 
Questions to ask yourself
  • What are you curious about?
  • What stories do you want to tell that you can’t tell any other way?
  • How can you carve out time for you to nurture your creativity?
  • How many of these bullets resonate with you?
 
Please ask yourself these questions and share your answers with others on my facebook page VIsual Visonaries
 
 
Expressive Arts Workshop UConn Health at Hill-Stead Museum
 
 
 
 
“Sometimes, we need to get out of our head (judgmental selves) and just play and enjoy. This workshop taught me to do that I also learned all about a great photography app to help me be more creative and met some phenomenal women. Great energy, fabulous instructor who led us all on this path.”
Robin Simmons
Robin took my Expressive Arts Workshop at Hill-Stead Museum during ‘Wellness Weekend’ with UConn Health
Image was created by Robin Simmons during our Expressive Arts Workshop
 
 
“This was the second year I attended the Wellness Weekend and Laurie Klein’s photo workshop. I thoroughly enjoyed myself both times and learned how to celebrate the person I am through photography. Laurie not only had terrific professional tips for the group, but also encouraged us to tap into our emotions with some fun mental exercises and then express those feelings in our photos. Thanks for sharing your personal experiences and talents, Laurie!!!”
Mary Ellen Graham
Mary Ellen took my Expressive Arts Workshop at Hill-Stead Museum during ‘Wellness Weekend’ with UConn Health
Image was created by Mary Ellen during our Expressive Arts Workshop
 
 
 
 
 
 
MOROCCO ~ JOIN ME October 20-31
 
 
A place I have never been to before and a dream of mine to go to. Old cities with a set of new eyes. New experiences. I get so excited, maybe I will bring film, maybe I will hand color some of the images, guiding my students on blending the old with the new, or the new with the old.
 
I hope you will join me for this incredible experience of times gone by with a new vision… yours……
 
Time is running out to sign up so let me know if you would like to join me in Morocco.
 
 
 
New Workshops added
 
Join Laurie Klein Photography for a 2019 workshop or tour.
Learn, Grow, Explore!
 
05/04/19 – 05/05/19: Self Exploration Series
06/30/19 – 07/06/19: The Female Form in the Maine Landscape at Maine Media
07/13/19 – 07/14/19: Introduction to Hand Coloring
08/19/19 – 08/23/19: Creative Infrared Photography: Capture to Print at SFPW
08/24/19 – 08/30/19: Laurie Klein and 4UR Ranch
10/09/19 – 10/13/19: Firefly Photography Camp for Women
10/20/19 – 10/31/19: Morocco Only 2 spots left!
11/16/19 – 11/17/19: Self Exploration Series
 
The Creative Process Has its Own Time Zone

The Creative Process Has its Own Time Zone

 
The creative process is on its own time zone
 
“An artist is an explorer.”
Henri Matisse
 
YOUR ROADMAP TO CREATIVITY
 
 
When you explore, often there isn’t a roadmap. There are turns and curves and stop signs and boulders in the road. It is exciting and exasperating. Be an explorer, let your creativity flow. When it stops abruptly, become a witness. It is like birth, you can’t hurry it up. Every creative goes through this many times in their lives. Embrace it, don’t fight it.
 
My roadmap has taken me in a direction I hadn’t anticipated: I am hand coloring again. It has been 10 years. I never thought I would hand color again because the paper I used wasn’t available. Hand coloring makes me feel wonderful. My teaching has been expanded into the Expressive Arts field, working with medical professionals. A new direction for me.
 
I continue to photograph, trusting my creative process which truthfully is wacky, unpredictable and has a life of its own. I hear from my students all the time, “I am stuck.” “I am frustrated.” Going through those stages of limbo is vital to your growth as a creative.
 
 
INSPIRATIONAL STORY
One year ago:
 
SANDY: “I never thought of myself as creative in the world of art. I always wanted to know where my creative process would take me but was afraid to begin and did not want to feel uncomfortable. So I reached out to Laurie for guidance. The first thing she asked was whether I would be willing to do a project. And, that it would require scheduling time to practice. That gave me the license to just start shooting. And, shoot I did! When your creative juices are flowing you become absorbed in the process. The Art then captures the idea that you showed up to shoot. Best quote I heard last year, “don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle!”
 
Sandy began with her heart series called JUST LOVE HIM, which was a project developed from the HEART. It was used initially as a tool for her to change the trajectory of the relationship between her and her son.
 
After our first meeting she began photographing. Hearts were appearing in front of her consistently. She never realized that she had bleeding hearts in her yard. Sandy texted me with this info, and my reply was the universe is talking to you. Listen…..
 
Sandy and I have been working one on one for a year now. What a gift for me to be her guide.
 
After our last session she wrote me this note:
“Unfortunately, I do not think I will be ready to meet in two weeks. I am trying to put a framework/intention around my next project, and it is eluding me! I think I am just trying to hurry. I have done several paintings and am not finding the types of movement I want. I am really not any further than when we met last.”
 
My response: “Totally get it. Creativity is on its own time zone.”
 
Sandy: “I guess I didn’t realize creativity doesn’t always adhere to a schedule! But, I will just keep showing up! I LOVE all the things I have done and people I have met this year! It is me! Finally!”
 
Sandy’s camera of choice: iPhone 7.
 
See more of Sandy Johnson’s images and follow her creative journey on Istagram: Heartcurator
 
 
 
 
 
 
Heart photos by Sandy Johnson
 
 
Sometimes our creative roadmap takes us on backroads in order to get back to the main roads. Just keep moving in the general direction, and be your own witness of your happenings.
 
 
 
” Anytime I feel lost, I pull out a map and stare. I stare until I reminded myself that life is a an adventure, so much to do, to see.” Angelina Jolie
 
 
 
 
 
Embracing the new, which is how life works.
MOROCCO ~ JOIN ME October 20-31
 
 
A place I have never been to before and a dream of mine to go to. Old cities with a set of new eyes. New experiences. I get so excited, maybe I will bring film, maybe I will hand color some of the images, guiding my students on blending the old with the new, or the new with the old.
 
I hope you will join me for this incredible experience of times gone by with a new vision… yours……
 
Time is running out to sign up so let me know if you would like to join me in Morocco.
 
 
 
New Workshops added
 
Join Laurie Klein Photography for a 2019 workshop or tour.
Learn, Grow, Explore!
 
05/04/19 – 05/05/19: Self Exploration Series
06/30/19 – 07/06/19: The Female Form in the Maine Landscape at Maine Media
07/13/19 – 07/14/19: Introduction to Hand Coloring
08/19/19 – 08/23/19: Creative Infrared Photography: Capture to Print at SFPW
08/24/19 – 08/30/19: Laurie Klein and 4UR Ranch
10/09/19 – 10/13/19: Firefly Photography Camp for Women
10/20/19 – 10/31/19: Morocco Only 3 spots left!
11/16/19 – 11/17/19: Self Exploration Series
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Old is New Again

Old is New Again

 
“‘Sooner then later, everything old is new again.” Stephen King
join me in Morocco this fall.
 
Look what is happening with photography.
Things that became obsolete are making a come back.
Is it nostalgia?
 
I wrote an article for Professional Photographers of America years ago about “Film isn’t dead why do we have to fix it?”
 
Today, many people are playing with film again, the roots of photography. It is a great way to deepen the connection to one’s craft.
 
Digital is fast and furious, it captures a moment and then moves on. Film, developing and darkroom are experiential, creating a different commitment. The process happens over time, and during that time, a connection develops. One isn’t better than the other, just different. They both are important ways to express ourselves and connect with others.
 
I have had multiple conversations with Freestyle Photo about the resurgence of analogue photography. Quite exciting! Stay tuned!
 
Many of you know, my first published book was Hand Coloring Black and White Photography. I loved creating one of a kind prints for my brides, family legacy and for collectors of my fine art. Check out my video.
 
Digital Silver Imaging has a silver gelatin paper that that works beautifully with hand coloring. I am working on ahand coloring tutorial with their paper. It is so meditative. I never thought I would have the opportunity to hand color with my style again.
 
Embracing the new, which is how life works.
MOROCCO ~ JOIN ME October 20-31
 
 
A place I have never been to before and a dream of mine to go to. Old cities with a set of new eyes. New experiences. I get so excited, maybe I will bring film, maybe I will hand color some of the images, guiding my students on blending the old with the new, or the new with the old.
 
I hope you will join me for this incredible experience of times gone by with a new vision… yours……
 
Time is running out to sign up so let me know if you would like to join me in Morocco.
 
Hand Coloring is back. WOO HOO!!!! Watch my short 6 min video on Hand Coloring, it might spark something new with your creativity. Click below to watch and be creatively inspired.
 
 
Join Laurie Klein Photography for a 2019 workshop or tour.
Learn, Grow, Explore!
 
04/06/19 – 04/07/19: Introduction to Hand Coloring
05/04/19 – 05/05/19: Self Exploration Series
06/30/19 – 07/06/19: The Female Form in the Maine Landscape at Maine Media
08/19/19 – 08/23/19: Creative Infrared Photography: Capture to Print at SFPW
08/24/19 – 08/30/19: Laurie Klein and 4UR Ranch
10/09/19 – 10/13/19: Firefly Photography Camp for Women
10/20/19 – 10/31/19: Morocco Only 4 spots left!
 
The Snow Fall

The Snow Fall

 
THE SNOW FALL
 
I knew what was going to happen and I knew I had a narrow window.
 
My intention was to go to my favorite park. I felt like I was being called to photograph trees.
 
I had woken up to 6 fresh inches of snow, hanging heavily on the trees and deep, deep blue skies. The contrast was breath taking. I knew the wind would pick up soon and blow the snow off the limbs, so I had to get to my destination asap.
 
I drove towards the park. I got visually distracted and henceforth never made it to the park. I was ok with that. I trusted that I would be brought to where I needed to be. No one was on the roads, people still asleep in their homes. I was living in the iconoclastic New England town. The churches stopped me in my tracks. I parked and said to myself “I will take a few photographs and then move on.” I was clicking away without intention, so caught up in the moment, the feeling, the beauty. I had to reset myself and look around to see what drew me to be here.
 
There it was, the cemetery, the trees laden with snow and the contrasting deep blue sky. The wind starting to build and I witnessed the 6 inch snowfall blowing, swirling, dancing off of the trees like a sandstorm in the sky. It took my breath away.
 
I centered myself and began to make photographs with intention, I could literally feel the dance I was witnessing, felt nature’s expression. I felt like I was on a film set where magic was happening around me. I was totally in the moment, dancing with the snow. I photographed and had this enlightened experience. Then as quickly as it started the wind stopped, things became still and the light changed.
 
The virgin landscape after a snowfall, the gravestones abstractly casting shadows. Peaceful chaos. Nature is chaos, when I photograph I organize chaos with my composition. The trees were speaking to me and I knew that I had reached a place in my life where I can feel all of my feelings, trust my process and make music with my photographs. I felt such a high, so guided, alone, yet a part of a bigger whole. I felt a time warp. Time stood still.
 
 
 
“Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky”
Kahill Gibran
 
 
Hand Coloring is back. WOO HOO!!!! Watch my short 6 min video on Hand Coloring, it might spark something new with your creativity. Click below to watch and be creatively inspired.
 
 
Join Laurie Klein Photography for a 2019 workshop or tour.
Learn, Grow, Explore!
 
04/06/19 – 04/07/19: Introduction to Hand Coloring
05/04/19 – 05/05/19: Self Exploration Series
06/30/19 – 07/06/19: The Female Form in the Maine Landscape at Maine Media
08/19/19 – 08/23/19: Creative Infrared Photography: Capture to Print at SFPW
08/24/19 – 08/30/19: Laurie Klein and 4UR Ranch
10/09/19 – 10/13/19: Firefly Photography Camp for Women
10/20/19 – 10/31/19: Morocco Only 4 spots left!