Photography courses for people who want to go deeper than tools and 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 instinctively sense that photography can be a form of self care - a tool for real insight about your life…
You can FEEL the creative potential stirring inside you, and you’re ready to let it shine…
You want to make images that are uniquely yours, instead of robotically following rules or commercial trends…
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, catharsis, and gratitude every time you touch your camera. Each of these 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!
Bring clarity and momentum to your photography in 2019! Gathering Light is one full year of weekly lessons, creative prompts, and meaningful conversations about the heart and soul of photography. Gathering Light helps you create space in your everyday life to honor your creative journey. It’s a soulful commitment to your art, your evolving vision, your creative goals.
Registration is open until 1/31.
EASTERN TIBET PHOTO RETREAT
The Eastern Tibet Photo Retreat is designed for an intimate group of photographers who want to explore a remarkable part of the world - while also deepening their relationship with their art. Over ten days, we’ll explore stunning terrain, connect with local Tibetans, and deepen our appreciation of the landscape and unique culture on “The Roof of The World.” And, we’ll photograph it all!
June 4th - 14th 2019
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.
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: Starts February 4th!
PORTFOLIO REVIEW BOOT CAMP
Attending a portfolio review event? Thinking about it? This e-course is an in-depth look at everything you need to do to knock your next review out of the park. Participating in a review is the best way to make connections with the photography professionals who are poised to promote your work. Boot Camp includes helpful essays, audio lectures, and interviews with seasoned review professionals from the museum, gallery, publishing, and media worlds. You’ll also get direct feedback and advice on your preparation details, so you can feel confident you’re making the right choices. This class is a collaboration with Photolucida.
Next Session: January 28th – February 2nd 2019
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.
Begin today. Just in time for your next trip!
Are you ready to go deeper with your photography? Are you stuck on creative or technical questions? Instead of trudging through the creative process 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.
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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
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: TBA