Today, I bring you a giveaway from SouleMama Sponsor, NOW YOU Workshops. In the words of the creators Meredith Winn and Kristin Zecchinelli:
"NOW YOU Workshops focuses on turning the camera lens inward as we explore the everyday beauty of self portraits. The global NOW YOU community is a soft place to land at the end of a long day. It’s a place where photography and women can meet in the middle of 7 different continents.
Take a moment to view this gallery of images which provides a glimpse into the beauty born from our NOW YOU eCourses. This is the power of photography when you point the camera at yourself."
SouleMama: Tell us about your background. what path led you to the work you do today?
Meredith: I am a freelance writer and photographer. Blending the beauty of creative art and creative nonfiction is my passion. My inspiration comes from living close to the earth, parenting mindfully, and exploring my sense of self with the life I have created. My photography is a reflection on art, nature, family, and womanhood. It is through self portraiture, by documenting the beauty and truth of human existence, that I reflect on my own humanity. I learn by doing. I am a self-taught photographer and I love teaching others what I know.
Kristin: I came to photography quite by accident when moving my small family to Maine a few years ago. I began a blog where I documented our days to share with faraway friends and family. From this simple space grew a passion of exploring life through my lens. I realized by being behind the camera each day, I was missing from the images and events of our days. This was the catalyst which had me turn my lens inward to seek the proof of me in it all.
Beginning the self portraiture journey helped us discover the empowerment we find through photography. Now we often find ourselves reaching for a camera as a form of self care. Seeing to be seen. Seeing to reflect the beauty we feel inside. We are all women, mothers, sisters, daughters, sharing this human experience. We all struggle, grieve, fear, celebrate, love, dream, hope and mourn. We have great joy and also great pain. We embrace all of these pieces of self.
SouleMama: What inspired you to start your business?
NOW YOU: As mothers, women, and artists we are focused on documenting the everyday beauty of our lives, our homes, and our families. As photographers, we are good at seeing the beauty of the world around us. We discovered that women were missing from their family photos. We recognized this need for all women, and NOW YOU Workshops was born. Now is the time to honor ourselves by finding our place in it. What do we want to remember? What is our place in the chaos? What is our place in the joy?
SouleMama: What's the offering that you are most excited about in your shop/class right now?
NOW YOU : Right now we are very excited about our newest eCourse. 52 of YOU is a year long gathering of creative women. This eCourse was born out of desire, companionship, global community, and shared inspiration. This project is our third in a series of self portraiture classes provided online. By having a year long project to gather around, we can keep the focus on you with a less intense yet day to day journey.
SouleMama: Favorite inspiration/quote:
NOW YOU: As “Women are the primary resource of the planet. They give birth, we come from them. They are mothers, they are visionaries, they are the future. If we can figure out how to make women feel safe and honor women, it would be parallel or equal to honoring life itself.” - Eve Ensler
~ one spot in our brand new eCourse, NOW YOU :: 52 of YOU.
This yearlong eCourse is not just for photographers, it's for all women. You’ll receive insightful prompts to guide you on your journey and inspiration to keep the focus on you through 52 weeks of selfportraits. This yearlong project is designed for those women already on the path of self exploration and those newly curious about self exploration.
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To enter today's giveaway, please leave a comment (one entry per person, please) in today's post. I'll close comments by 8:00am EST on Saturday, and announce the winner, chosen via Random Number Generator, shortly after. Comments closed! The winner is...
This course sounds like a fabulous way to start out 2013!! Thank you for the opportunity to have a chance at a spot in this course!!!
Posted by: Ann
Thank you, NOW YOU Workshops!