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Six creative photography practices that
connect the heart, mind, and lens.

 


THE ART OF WELLBEING

 

At its best, photography is a deeply personal practice. It’s a way to explore the depths of your heart, to offer yourself nourishment and tenderness, to create beauty that fills you up and makes your life more meaningful. 

If you're tired of bland photo prompts that focus purely on technique, and you're craving a more emotional and intuitive creative experience - you’re going to love The Art of Wellbeing.

This is a deep dive beyond gear and eye candy - to the very heart of creativity.


 

This is self care through art.
Personal healing through photography.



 

The Art of Wellbeing is a selection of photography practices created by photographer, curator, and photo juror, Laura Valenti. Each practice prompt fuses photography and personal growth.

This is about using your life experience, your accumulated wisdom, to make images that are deeply significant and meaningful.

Each practice is delivered through an audio recording filled with rich discussion, ideas, and questions to spark insight and visual exploration. The collection is completely self-paced and self-study.

Let each practice be your focus for a week, a month, or more - each one is conceptually deep enough to be the basis for its own portfolio.

The six practice themes are:

 

1. THRESHOLDS

What does it look like to conceptualize your life’s biggest transitions and threshold experiences? This practice is about metamorphosis.

 

2. SANCTUARY

The singular comfort that comes when you’re in your happy place, or with your happy person - how do you photograph that? This practice is about the visual representation of safety and trust.

 

3. SENSES

How can you photograph coming back to your breath? Or the smell of cinnamon? This practice explores how to ground yourself in your body and create images that reflect your sensory experiences.

 

4. JOY

How does a photographer create images that capture the essence of joy and laughter? This practice goes there.

 

5. CATHARSIS

What do images of catharsis look like? This practice explores how to convey the depth of release and relief in your life’s most cathartic moments.

 

6. FEELINGS

Instead of broad generalities, what does it take to make images about very specific emotional experiences? This practice is about making photographs that feel.


 

 

I love The Art of Wellbeing! Once again Laura exceeds expectations with her thought-provoking insights and wisdom. She elegantly crafts lessons that transcend photography to become “real life” lessons. As I listen to her offerings, I can reach deeper into my process of making photos, rather than being stuck in my head. As a behavioral health therapist, I often use photography as a therapeutic tool. Laura’s classes have helped me be a better therapist and mentor by teaching me new ways to “see” the world. Laura’s joyful spirit and gentle guidance is very nurturing; I feel like I’m sitting down to enjoy a meaningful conversation and cup of tea with a wise friend. Laura is fabulous!
— Tiffany Couch

 


What exactly is included?


Immediately after your purchase, you’ll receive: 

  • Six audio prompts (ranging from 10-20 minutes each)

  • The Art of Wellbeing Workbook (a downloadable PDF)
     

Purchase The Art of Wellbeing as a gift of creative self care for yourself. Or, join with a friend to share the experience with a fellow photographer.

Block out a weekend to dive into all the practices at once, or slowly make your way through one at a time.

It’s entirely up to you.


 

 
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There are two ways to experience The Art of Wellbeing...

 

The first option is detailed above. It's entirely self study. The second option includes everything mentioned above and adds a mentoring component. Here’s what that looks like:
 

Step 1: I will review your past photographic work, your website (if you have one), and any portfolios or other images you want to share. (Yes, I will look at ALL of it.)
 

Step 2: We'll schedule a 60-minute mentoring call. Ask me anything - it’s your time to use however you like. I’ll offer feedback, aesthetic observations, and practical suggestions for how you can reflect your most treasured life lessons and personal transitions in your images. If you’ve heard the advice “Put the photographer in the photograph” but you’re not sure how to do that without taking a selfie, the mentoring option will give you clarity, detailed advice, and guidance on your next steps.

The mentoring option is ideal for people who value detailed feedback, personalized advice, and additional insight to make their images more poignant and powerful.



 

Laura, you are really a wonderful, inspiring, uplifting teacher. I have never come away from one of your classes not feeling really good about myself and my photography and more importantly, learning something that will ultimately help me improve my craft.
— Cathy Panebianco
 
 
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Why I created The Art of Wellbeing

I spent many years directing the programming at a photography school. 95% of our classes were technical. Those classes are important, but the creative process is so much deeper than that.

After 25+ years as a working artist, I’ve come to think of photography as an insight practice. The art we make can open doors to deeper reflection and wisdom - and it can fill our lives with more meaning and beauty.

My photographs have helped me through difficult periods in life - they’ve been a powerful creative antidote to some of my darkest days. Looking back, I can honestly say my work as an artist has made me a stronger person - and I love helping my students use their art to transform their lives.

 

 


 

Align who you are with the art you make.

 

  • If you’re curious about what might happen when you bring your body, heart, and mind into your artistic process, this is for you.

  • If you feel like you're just scratching the surface with your images and you want guidance to help you go deeper, this is for you.

  • If you have trouble making time for your photography and you need extra creative support to make it happen, this is for you.

  • If you're longing to make more heartfelt and authentic images, then yes - The Art of Wellbeing is for you.
     

 

 

I love your classes so much. You have an amazing positive energy that can transcend cyberspace. Thank you for being a gifted teacher and creating a safe environment to thrive.
— Jill Velinos

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions
 

How much time do I need to put in?

Art of Wellbeing is entirely self paced. So, you can take as much time as you need to savor each lesson fully. 

 

What kind of camera do I need?

All cameras are welcome! You don’t need anything fancy to take this course. In fact, the simpler, the better! DSLRs, point-and-shoots, smartphones, pinhole cameras made from oatmeal boxes – I have a strict equipment nondiscrimination policy. If it makes you happy to shoot with it, you've got the right gear for this class.

 

What's your refund policy?

Because you'll get immediate access to the class and all the class resources (and because you'll get to keep your access for a full year), your registration isn't refundable. 

 

Is this a good class for beginners? 

Since Art of Wellbeing is a conceptual photography course (not a technical class), photographers at every level are welcome. In fact, because of this course’s emphasis on personal insight and experience, even true beginners will benefit greatly from the course. 

 

If I'm an advanced photographer, will this course be a good fit?

Our central focus in Art of Wellbeing is using photography as a tool for healing, insight, and growth. So, even advanced photographers will feel at home in this course.