// A Flourish Fellowship Course //
The Artist Within with Sara Garcia
February 20th - March 1st, 2018
A journey into self portraiture
As both human beings and artists we tend to be our own harshest critiques. Creating art that both celebrates our favorite traits and shines a light on our fears and doubts can be extremely liberating and healing. Self-Portraiture is much more than a “selfie”. Through vulnerability and courage, self-portraits reveal so many pieces of our unique story.
In this new Flourish course, Sara will take you through her approach to self-portraiture and guide you in discovering your voice and tapping into the artist that lies within.
Sara will discuss how she uses light, movement, and body language to make creative self portraits, revealing the beautiful pieces of who we are. She will teach the techniques she uses to create self-portraits, mastering focus, utilizing both ambient and artificial light, and exploring concepts that help you tell the most personal of stories; the ones we cannot explain with words.
Come behind the scenes on a self-portrait session with Sara, see how she sets up her shots and ‘models’ in front of the camera. In editing video that follows, she will share her post-processing workflow.
Whether you are new to self-portraiture or want dig deeper into the art, this course will explore vulnerability and the celebration of you.
The course curriculum:
Lesson 1: FINDING YOUR WHY in Self Portraiture. What draws you to the art of self portraiture? What inspires you to get on the other side of the camera? We will explore and discuss self-portrait concepts and create inspiration boards to ignite our own unique visions and artistic perspectives of self portraiture.
Lesson 2: THE ARTIST’S TOOLS. We will explore methods and techniques of getting in the frame both with and without your children and loved ones. There are tools and tricks I will introduce that will make it easier and more intuitive to getting in the frame. We will explore ways of becoming more expressive and comfortable in front of the camera. I will guide you in editing your images and creating the final product.
Lesson 3: BEYOND THE PORTRAIT. Making ourselves accountable is half the battle when we are exploring the art of self-portraiture. Committing to a self-portrait project can be a wonderful way to continue to practice and be inspired in all of our creative work. We will discuss how to continue to create for ourselves because we’re worth it!
The downloadable material (that's yours to keep):
- A PDF including all lessons, discussions and images from the course.
- 2 videos of Sara shooting self-portraits
- 2 editing videos
- A second PDF including a list of gear and resources that Sara uses for self-portraiture
- 4 Assignments so you can put your new found skills to practice with one receiving feedback from Sara
- A recorded Q & A video from questions received during the course duration.
Feeler – Diet Coke and Podcast Lover – Adventure and Light Seeker I am a mama to two incredible and energetic boys, wife to a patient and extremely supportive man, dreamer and visual storyteller. I’m extremely passionate about creating photographs that tell a unique story and document authentic emotion. To me the most beautiful photographs are the ones that capture life unscripted. I seek to find any kind of interesting light, and uninhibited expression. I believe there is always something truly magical within us to photograph and unveil.
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