Creating art isn’t about the final product. It’s about journey. And when the journey includes playing with toys, well, you cant keep it to yourself.
I know the impact that toy photography has had on my well-being and imagination, allowing me to tap into hard-to-reach emotions, encouraging much needed silliness and, especially honing my storytelling skills. Humans are natural-born storytellers, whether the stories are original or recreations of time worn tales. We connect with others through story.
My workshops take you on a journey of self discovery, empowering you not only with technical skills but also storytelling methods and approaches to play. There’s a workshop for everyone, whether you’re a hobbyist or serious photographer.
Come on! Let’s get serious and play.
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All my workshops are photography based, except for Independent Projects. Over the years I’ve developed a loose structure that works well to support each person’s individual journey within the group setting.
Toy photography is our creative break! I endeavor to make the weekly challenges fun, interesting and a place to expand your creative photographic toolbox.
While any of my workshops can be taken independent of the others, they do build on each other. With each workshop you will add new ideas to think about, while adding layers of meaning to your photography. Much like a juggler you will learn to bring many skills and ideas to your toy photography. My goal is always to leave you with plenty of ideas to create down the road as well as ideas to think about.
This series of three six session workshops explores different techniques, ideas and creative inspiration through various challenges. These workshops are all about exploration, trying in-camera special effects and strengthening your photo skills. What a great way to explore all aspects of toy photography and get a taste of visual storytelling.
Idea Factory II begins January 23rd, 2025 (subject to change). More information can be found here.
Idea Factory III will be offered again in 2025. Sign up for my newsletter to be the first to know when I offer this workshop next.
You may have heard of the “rule of thirds” and leading lines, but in this workshop we will move beyond these rules and explore six others. From color to viewpoint, we will explore ways to add variety to your photo compositions. By using toys to understand the basics, your photography skills will increase no matter what your subject.
These six challenges will really stretch your understanding of layers and symbolism. We will layer toys with different forms of mythology and common symbols like animals and flowers. This is where we explore deeper storytelling opportunities with toys.
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While Myths, Metaphors and Symbols focuses on storytelling, Archetypes focuses our attention on the characters in your story. It is up to you to decide if the archetypes you explore are related to your own life story or your favorite character. Both paths will lay a solid foundation for anyone who is interested in exploring visual storytelling.
This is where we put all the skills you’ve developed together. In this six week workshop we will examine the basic elements of storytelling: character development, context, conflict, climax and closure. During our conversations we will explore character archetypes, 2-sentence stories, the hero’s journey, story arcs, transformation and so much more.
The Six Image Narrative workshop is designed to strengthen your curatorial and storytelling skills. In this workshop you will create 12-18 images and edit them into a cohesive series around a single subject, idea, character, style or linear story. When you’ve completed this workshop you will have a better idea how to create a compelling visual narrative. A skill that will transfer to a variety of visual projects.