Transformational photography e-courses & retreats
for people who want to go deeper than tools & technique.
You want to develop your skills as a photographer, but not at the expense of making art that is deeply personal and meaningful…
Instead of creative hesitation or the fear of other people’s judgments, you want to LOVE every single second you spend with your camera…
You want to make images that are uniquely yours, instead of robotically following rules or commercial trends…
You can FEEL the creative potential stirring inside you, and you’re ready to let it shine…
You know photography is so much deeper than megapixels and f-stops, and you’d love to collaborate with someone who really gets that…
Hi, I’m Laura
I created Light Atlas for one reason: I'm passionate about helping photographers become visionary artists.
I believe you have a unique creative voice
(yes, you do!).
I believe photography can be a powerful tool for insight and healing.
I believe there’s a big difference between photographing beautiful things and making beautiful photographs.
I draw from a 20+ year career as a photographer, curator, juror, arts director, and educator to help you improve your photography in meaningful new ways.
The Light Atlas courses are here to help you clear creative blocks and bring forward your most skillful, authentic, and wholehearted work. I want to help you feel joy and possibility every time you touch your camera.
Each of my offerings goes deeper than mere mechanics - into the heart of making your creative process brilliantly, joyfully alive. Choose the option that speaks to you and let’s make something beautiful together!
ZEN OCEAN, ZEN LIGHT:
A COASTAL RETREAT
Join me for an intimate five-day retreat at my home on the stunning north Oregon coast. There will be beach bonfires, dune walks, old-growth hikes, fog, sunshine, sunsets over the waves, and deep conversations about growing as an artist.
September 22nd - 26th.
THE VISIONARY PORTFOLIO
Do your photographs seem all over the place? Do you want to create a more cohesive aesthetic? Would you like to see your work exhibited in a gallery, published in a book, or beautifully presented online? If you answered yes to any of those questions, this is the course for you. The Visionary Portfolio is a 6-week e-course that will take you beyond haphazard image-making to create a unified body of work that reflects your true artistic voice.
Next Session: Begins July 30th
CANDELA: FINDING INSPIRATION THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY
Has your intuition been whispering (or shouting) that photography is about more than the nuts and bolts? This e-course will show you that amazing photographs aren't just about the gear and technique - they're about everything you bring to the table as an artist. This course gives you the tools to illuminate your passions, perspectives, emotions, history, and experience - and turn it all into works of art. The path of a true artist? It starts here.
EXHIBITION MASTERCLASS: BRAVELY SHOWCASING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS
Does the thought of walking into an exhibit of your photographs light you up? This multimedia e-course will help you bypass the most common mistakes and inaccurate assumptions that first-time exhibitors make. Exhibition Masterclass pulls back the curtain on the world of galleries, juried competitions, and everything it takes to exhibit your photographs.
THE ART OF WELLBEING
Does it feel like you’re just scratching the surface with your photography? Do you sense that it could be a powerful tool for wellbeing, healing, and personal insight - but you’re not entirely sure how to make that happen? The Art of Wellbeing offers you a selection of photography practices that connect the heart, mind, and lens. You’ll learn how to use your life experience to make images that are deeply meaningful and transformative. Each prompt is conceptually rich enough to be the basis for its own portfolio.
TRAVELING LIGHT: THE SPIRIT OF TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY
Travel is about discovery, adventure, and fulfilling your dreams. It’s about so much more than plane tickets and famous landmarks. Do your images reflect the true energy and spirit of travel? Do you feel called to make more unique, expressive images? Traveling Light is a one-week e-course for photographers who want to make insightful and deeply personal images during their travels - whether you’re going on a weekend road trip or an international extravaganza. You'll get helpful feedback on your images throughout the course.
Registration opens again on June 18th.
Are you ready to go deeper with your photography? Are you stuck on creative or technical questions? Instead of pushing through by yourself, mentoring is your chance to receive personalized feedback, hard-won lessons, and creative insight. My mentoring is based on my twenty years as a curator, photographer, gallerist, portfolio reviewer, educator, and juror. I offer three categories of mentoring - scroll through to see which one is best for you.
— Upcoming e-Courses —
LIGHT ATLAS: THE PATH TO WHOLEHEARTED SEEING
Can we change the way we see? Is it possible to learn how to observe form and space, meaning and emotion, layers and light, the way visionary artists do? After 20+ years teaching and practicing photography, I believe the answer is yes. Light Atlas is about evolving your way of seeing - and transforming your images into art in the process.
Next Session: TBA
MEDITATIONS ON GRATITUDE
Emotionally exhausted? Drained by the news cycle? Creatively blank and a little bit blah? Meditations on Gratitude is a 6-week e-course about using photography to cultivate a daily gratitude practice. The class is all about slowing down, seeing more deeply, and honoring the experiences that make life beautiful. It's a lovely opportunity to reinvigorate your artistic vision while creating images that inspire happiness and hope.
Next Session: TBA