How does Gathering Light work?
Gathering Light is a monthly membership community, which means that every month you’ll receive:
1st week of every month:
Reflections on The Creative Path
On the first week of each month, I’ll share a very personal talk about my current projects - including my latest images and process notes. It’s an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of a working artist with over 20 years experience.
These monthly reflections will also cover topics like:
My best suggestions for moving through creative blocks
Rich ideas about seeing deeply and making images that truly matter
What's inspiring me most - and how we can apply new inspiration to our creative work
Thoughtful discussions on making art with intention and authenticity
How to make images that are personal and self-aware, without feeling repetitive or navel-gazey
And so much more
2nd week of every month:
Your Creative Experiment
On the second week of each month, you’ll receive a brand new creative experiment. Whether you want to step beyond your creative comfort zone or you’ve got a million ideas and need some focus, these experiments will be your creative guide.
Some experiments are thematic and some are aesthetic, but they’re all 100% creative, rather than technical or mechanical.
3rd Week of Every Month:
On the third week of the month, you’ll receive a heartfelt interview with a brilliant contemporary photographer. We’ll dive into each artist’s personal process and unique working method, and hear their perspective on what it means to live the creative life.
It’s so helpful to hear established artists talk about things the general photography community doesn’t discuss openly. These conversations are rich explorations of vital creative topics that are often overlooked.
(Personally, I would join Gathering Light for these interviews alone.)
4th Week of Every Month:
Creative Practice Notes
At the end of each month, we do a group check-in with some reflection questions to guide your creative exploration. What do you want to let go? Where were you inspired? Where do you see possibilities for additional discovery? Where did you succeed this month and where did you run into challenges?
Over my 20+ years as a working artist, I’ve found that without these intentional check-ins, our practice can stall or become haphazard and confusing. It's easy to become overwhelmed by creative chaos. Each month, our check-in gives you a framework so your practice is beautifully aligned with your goals.
And of course! The Community!
Immediately after joining, you’ll get access to our one-of-a-kind Gathering Light community space where you can post images, share ideas, and connect with fellow photographers. Expect to find lively discussions, honest (always kind) feedback, and lots of meaningful encouragement. There really is no other community quite like this - it’s beautifully supportive and motivating.
Plus, our community space is truly private (it's not hosted on Facebook), so you can feel entirely secure as you share and grow as an artist.
There are two ways to experience Gathering Light...
The first option is detailed above. The second option includes everything mentioned above and adds a mentoring component. Here’s what that looks like:
Step One: I will review your past photographic work, website (if you have one), and any portfolios or social media sites you’d like to share. (Yes, I will look at ALL of it.)
Step Two: Then, we'll schedule a 60-minute mentoring call. Ask me anything - it's your time to use however you like. I’ll offer detailed feedback and personalized advice on your images and we’ll chat about your photography goals and any creative challenges you’re experiencing.
Mentoring comes with a six-month Gathering Light membership, so we'll have time to really go deep with your work.
Mentoring is a good fit if you are:
Ready to brainstorm that dream project you can’t stop thinking about
Wondering if your "mistakes" are actually pointing to your unique aesthetic
Looking for support and feedback through a long-term project
Struggling with editing a portfolio
Working towards exhibition goals
Curious about the best way to get your work "out there" in the public sphere
Writing your artist’s statement and in need of an experienced eye
Wanting to know once and for all whether your images are good or not
If you have a vision of the kind of artist you could be, and you’d love helpful insights (and a clear roadmap) to make your dream a reality, the mentoring option is here for you.