Learn the Life-Enriching Practice of Photography

Without exception, Having a creative habit changes your life for the better. 

Photography has changed me and my experience of  life in profound ways. It can do the same for you, and I can help. If you just want to learn the basics of how to use your camera and take better vacation pictures, that's fine and I'd be happy to assist with that, but join me for a moment in considering something bigger. Fact is, having a creative habit as part of your daily life is a profoundly positive and beneficial thing. I don't care if you're a teacher or investment banker, a neurosurgeon or  a garbage collector, a CEO or a convenience-store clerk: if you practice something creative, the best thing you often end up creating is a better, more fulfilling life. 

For the last twenty years, photography has been my constant companion and teacher. I have learned and grown more through maintaining this habit than through any other mechanism. It is so much more than an expressive medium: it is a vehicle for life. Of course, there are any number of creative habits out there which can enrich and enhance your journey through life, and I thoroughly encourage you to explore them with sincerity and enthusiasm. Write, paint, sing, graff, dance, sculpt, etc. I say try it all. However, here we're going to focus on photography because that's where my passion lies and it's what I'm most qualified to share with others. This really is about sharing, too.

Photography has given me tools for living, and I'd like to share those tools with you.

Before we get to how or why, though, let's examine a linguistic hangup that is entirely too common.

Creative: a loaded word in the 21st century

Many people don't like the word creative or variations thereof. If I had a dollar for every time I've heard someone claim that they weren't creative, couldn't be creative, or that creativity was something only certain people have, I could go out and buy a new camera. The idea that creativity is something given to only a select few is both generally assumed to be true by the public at large and completely false. 

Attention

Arrest attention immediately with a startling statement, a probing question or moving story.

 

Need

Create interest by making the audience aware of a need, or question of self-interest.

 

Satisfaction

Show how the need can be met or satisfied.  You can implant conviction by proving that you have the answer to all known objections.

  1. Cost Objections
  2. Time Objections

 

Visualization

Dramatically picture the benefits to be gained by accepting the satisfaction.  This will create a Desire if you appeal to impelling motives and emotions.

 

Action

Ask for a definite decision or action.