“Meditations on Gratitude was life changing. It’s a lovely mix of photography and Zen. Laura is so knowledgeable about both subjects so it was the perfect mix. I also appreciate her quiet enthusiasm and support.” — Deborah Saul



March 26th - May 4th  2018

Meditations on Gratitude is an online course about using photography to cultivate a daily practice of gratitude. The course is an opportunity to stretch creative muscles, reinvigorate tired vision, and create images that inspire happiness and hope. Gratitude has been called an antidote to suffering. If we take time each day to consider what we are grateful for, it can open up new space for joy in our lives. One thing is certain - when we photograph what we love, we infuse the creative practice with more meaning and power. This e-course is a lively, inspirational journey for new and experienced photographers alike. 



Meditations on Gratitude includes inspirational readings, audio talks, creative meditations, interviews, a lovely community of fellow gratitude seekers, and daily feedback and support. By the end of the course, you'll be able to surround yourself with images of all the things you are grateful for.


“Meditations on Gratitude is like being led by a guide to walk through the museum of your own life
and recognize the art, right there. I’d take that journey over and over and probably find new gems every time.”
— Renee Taylor


You want to connect your photography to something deeper. You resonate with the idea that photography can be a rich personal practice that leads to insight and growth. You want to live your life from a place of gratitude instead of taking it all for granted. You'd love to use your photography to actively cultivate gratitude on a daily basis. You want to bring focus to your photography, instead of shooting randomly without any guiding direction. You're intrigued by the idea of photography as a mindfulness practice. You know it would bring joy to your life to take this journey with daily guidance and a supportive community of likeminded artists. 



Meditations on Gratitude is designed to fit easily into your busy schedule. Three days a week, you’ll receive a photo prompt that encourages you to seek out moments of gratitude on a specific subject. The online classroom is a great, safe space for posting images and comments. Unlike a traditional classroom experience, Meditations on Gratitude lessons can be taken at any hour of the day or night, whenever it suits you best. You can take the course at 3am in your pajamas, if you like! You can always repeat a lesson if you need to, and there is no such thing as falling behind. You'll have access to all the lessons for at least a year after the course ends. 



If you need to leave the class for any reason, your registration is transferrable to another session of the same class or any one-on-one mentoring package but it is not refundable. Because you'll get 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 transferrable to a different class. 



All cameras are welcome! You don’t need anything fancy to take this course. In fact, the simpler, the better! DSLRs, point-and-shoots, camera phones, pinhole cameras made from oatmeal boxes – I have a strict equipment nondiscrimination policy. Film shooters must be able to scan images to share in the online classroom.



Since Meditations on Gratitude is a conceptual photography course (as opposed to a technical class), photographers at any level may join. In general, students should be comfortable with basic camera operations, and should know how to upload images to their computers. 



Because Meditations on Gratitude is about the creative process, you can photograph in any style or genre. Fine-art, documentary, journalism, street, still life, multimedia, alternative process, digital manipulation, black and white, brilliant color - it's all heartily welcomed.


If you choose the mentoring option when you register, the course will also include a phone/Skype call with me and a review of your past photographic work, your website (if you happen to have one), or any portfolios or extra images you'd like to share. Mentoring is a nice opportunity to chat about personal goals and challenges and to map out next steps with more guidance and support. Mentoring sessions are jam packed with ideas, detailed feedback, and actionable, personalized advice.


"I have such gratitude for all you have shared with us Laura. I have learned so much in each of your classes and can't wait for the next one. I have broadened my appreciation and understanding of fine art photography. I have made new friends. I am more accepting of myself as a photographer. I think what you do (and that you are so willing to share it) has taught me more than I could have hoped for." — Connie Gardener Rosenthal

“It was all so wonderful! The activities were thought provoking, insightful, and they encouraged and enhanced my creativity. Laura’s teaching skillfully and mindfully guided us through activities to enhance our appreciation of ourselves, our lives, and what is truly important. Laura and the group provided supportive and insightful feedback and sharing my photos and stories was always comfortable. I would take this course again and again! Did not want it to end! The course was terrific.”
— Tiffany Couch

“I enjoyed this course immensely! It is not the typical “exercise in gratitude” where you write down a few things every day for which you are grateful. This class is far more substantive with interesting interviews and slideshows that really make you ponder gratitude. It helped me figure out what I’m grateful for and WHY I’m grateful, as well.”
— Lisa Waddell

“Taking this course felt like going on a journey, one that made me mind every step and contemplate every step. On this journey, I looked back and reflected on the past. In the end, I gained more courage to move forward. This course will help you connect what you do as a photographer with your attitude towards life.”
— Ning Fan

“Meditations on Gratitude is a personalized online photography course about deepening your photography practice through slowing down, listening to your heart, and learning to be grateful for the realness of life. Each lesson is a little private retreat on a different topic...and each assignment opens up a path to explore photographically. Laura is a fantastic teacher and guide. She shares herself and her own work very generously and is very supportive of each student.”
— Evy Huppert

“I really enjoyed the assignments - they made me think in ways that I hadn’t thought before. I really enjoyed the opportunity to be more grateful and less thought-driven in my photography. I had so many perception shifts while taking this class, it has helped slow me down and be more present when I am photographing.”
— Natalie Beck

“My favorite part of the course was the general concept of combining an artistic skill (photography) with a life skill (gratitude). Also, I enjoyed the opportunity to learn from other students’ posts, as well as the instructor’s and her endlessly positive voice. Laura, I can’t thank you enough for this amazing experience. I’m not sure which I enjoyed more - the photography lessons or developing the life skills of a grateful attitude. It doesn’t really matter, because the combination of the two is perfect. I really loved taking this class, and look forward to continuing to apply gratitude to my photography, and to my day!”
— Judith Bender


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