Photography and Beauty. The importance of Beauty in life.

I’ve been reflecting a lot about the importance of Beauty in life in recent days. I found out that Beauty offers calm, serenity. Beauty is like a healer for a mind lost in a daily hustle. When I go out to the park every day, and I’m out in nature, meeting trees and birds, being immersed in the fresh air and experiencing a perfect harmony of the surroundings, I feel almost divine. As I was touching to perfection without an effort.

Also, some of my clients brought the topic of Beauty to our sessions in the last weeks. They spoke about Beauty being important for them to feel happy in life. During a deeper reflection on personal values, Beauty appeared as supporting a sense of meaning in life.

Beauty is connected to our spirituality, transcendence, ability to feel connected to the universe and bigger meaning. It is also connected to the need for Excellence.

Many of my clients take photos. Taking photos of Beauty provides them with moments of joy and hope. They say that they feel connected to their soul thanks to photography.

So maybe the importance of Beauty explains why so many people take photos of nature, nice arrangements at home, or selfies when they feel awesome.

Finally, appreciation of Beauty is about recognizing it in yourself and others.

A photo taken at sunset a few days ago while walking along a river. The beauty around helped me to be present in a moment, head empty without any thoughts or concerns.

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AHA™ – photos that inspire!

Let me announce “AHA™ – photos that inspire.

My new tool with original photos and coaching questions. AHA™ is the original collection of photographs and coaching questions about photos that I have created and make it possible for other people to use them. It includes 48 inspiring photos that evoke emotions, stimulate deep reflection, facilitate you to tell your story. 12 powerful question cards that initiate valuable conversations. A practical introductory guide. AHA™ is a powerfulelegant, and easy-to-use tool that takes communication to an entirely new level as everyone who sees a photo creates their own associations.

Photographs trigger open, insightful, and honest dialogue. The choice of the photographs in this deck has been made in terms of positive work. Their task is to open our minds to what is essential in life to pursue personal satisfaction, health, happiness, and self-realization: “It is about dreams, relationships, feelings, motivations, faith in the future, self-confidence, identity, values, living in the environment.” The images illustrate mindfulness, leaning towards the sun, optimism, searching for sense, appreciation of beautiful moments in life, the awe of the world, and admiration for humanity’s best sides. All photos capture genuine moments and fragments of reality.

Sometimes it is hard to dream. Sometimes it is hard to say what we feel. Sometimes it is difficult to shift our perceptions from lack to abundance. AHA™ helps to refocus our attention and look at what we DO have. Once we can see it in a concrete form, e.g. visualize our dreams, it becomes easier to use or develop what we have. AHA™ was designed to help people refocus in this way. It is very important because we can use our strengths and resources only when we see them in us. For instance, the ability to regulate our emotions, to be human, to hope, dream, undertake actions, be brave, wise, fair… Everything is in us 😊

And if you are interested in learning more about AHA™, contact me directly or check on my website. Link to AHA on my website

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Orientation meeting on Photography in Coaching course

So last Monday I had a great pleasure and honor to host more than 50 passionate people from all over the world on the Orientation meeting about the Photography in Coaching Course ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS.

I would like to express my gratitude and respect to all of you who devoted your time for this meeting and co-created it by sharing the space, bringing positive energy, showing curiosity in the topic of photography in coaching, asking excellent questions, and also – sharing insights and own answers.

Here below I’m showing couple of slides from the orientation:

A variety and richness of goals that participants set for themselves at the beginning of the course. Coaching skills, Photo in coaching skills and knowledge, Self-understanding and Self-development, Exchange and knowing each other in the international environment.
Feelings of gratitude, enrichment, new perspectives, self-integration. Really amazing!
It is a very special course – accredited by the ICF, devoted to the personal photos, not ready deck photos, developing coaching skills and photography in coaching skills based on the personal journey.
Starting soon!!!

Coaching is about going in the direction you wish to go. It is about taking actions and following a way that includes your vision, values and strengths. Your personal photos are landmarks and good stars on this way home.

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Key ingredients of the Photography in Coaching course!

Yesterday we celebrated the end of the October-November edition of the ONE IMAGE MANY WORDS Photography in Coaching course.

Just to wrap up, these are the ingredient of the course:

This course is about coaching, not therapy. It is also about photography in coaching, not photo-therapy techniques.

All you learn in it, like silence and listening, not interpreting nor advising to the client, formulating and asking powerful coaching questions, or clean coaching questions for session summary, using STOP-START review as well as the specific use of clients’ photos is used in COACHING.

Coaching is focused on assisting and helping clients make changes in life they wish for themselves faster and easier. It is about people future and future starts now, the moment they stop and reflect on what they need and want.

To live as they want, people don’t need to understand the „why” about their past-present. They need to understand the „why and how” about their future-present. And this is when coaching helps perfectly.

In this course you will learn coaching skills, coaching tools, coaching processes with clients’ photos, coaching attitude and the power of coaching.

And of course, the power of photography in coaching.

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The power of the Self-Portrait in the Future

What a extraordinary activity to take your Self Portrait in the Future! The last module of the Photography in Coaching course was dedicated to the Self-Portrait in The Future.

The Self-Portrait in the future is a powerful process that invites you to imagine yourself in the future and live it now..

By arranging and taking a portrait in the future they already move into their future and dreams take physical appearances.

The future already happens. You are already there. You can see it, take a picture of it and look at it.

It is a real experience. The only thing you need to do is to start living it right now.

Self-portraits are a way to look at oneself from the outside in. The process of making a self-portrait, which includes posing and snapping the picture, is a way of getting to know oneself, to make contact, to express oneself. It’s a pursuit, examination and attempts to understand what we’re made of. It’s the start of a continuous internal dialogue, an approach to uncovering one’s secrets and getting friendly with oneself.

A self-portrait doesn’t merely consist of reproducing one’s appearance. It will never be objective in that regard. It is, rather, a representation of our ideas on how we’d like to what we’re about.

I hope you found this insight useful. If yes, you can leave your comment under this post. Thank you for reading this article and stay in touch! There will be more.

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There is so much to “read” about a relationship from a photo

Last week we spoke about photos in relationship coaching. There is so much to “read” about a relationship from a photo. Just observe carefully with your eyes and sense through your body what happens in the photo. Observe how people are placed in the photo and against each other, what they bodies show, what is the situation. You can notice and feel characteristics of a relationship quite quickly. As Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, the initiator of the Body Mind Centering said:

The mind is like the wind and the body like the sand: if you want to see how the wind is blowing, you can look at the sand.

The observation and sensing skills are very useful in order to formulate right coaching questions about this relationship.

A very good starting points to develop these skills is to understand and practice 5 level of image analysis. These 5 levels are: factual, narrative, stylistic, emotional and comparative.

When you are aware of them and able to spot them, it is easier to:

  1. Be able to differentiate What is in the photo from what you see in the photo as well as the meaning you give to what you see, in other words, the content of the photo versus your projection.
  2. To know how to say what you see, feel, and hear without making a suggestion to the client but keeping it clear that these are your observations or associations.

I hope you found this insight useful. If yes, you can leave your comment under this post. Thank you for reading this article and stay in touch! There will be more.

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Taking pictures is a source of positive emotions.

Yesterday, we had a beautiful module on photography and creative writing called The Photo-Poem. I’m very moved by the pictures and their meanings that participants created. There were two chairs on the street ready to offer a moment of pause and an encounter of two people. There was a toy calling to do simple but creative things in life. There was a book calling for giving oneself time to do what they dream of.

Spirituality, appreciation of beauty, and hope have been my medicine all my life. They help me today to live through these difficult times. I’m going to the park every morning at 7 am to walk, meditate and watch.

Taking photos is my mindulness practice.

Mindfulness practice is a practice of peacefulness. It improves mental health. It can be yoga or meditation. Photography works the same way because it puts you in a state of awareness of the outside world and your own thoughts, thus:

immediately reduces stress,

stops the race of thoughts,

with longer practice, it also improves memory and concentration.

Taking photos is also a source of positive emotions. It brings satisfaction, a sense of accomplishment, because by taking pictures a person stays in contact with themselves, goes out to the world, exceeds the limits of confinement in their own thoughts and, as a result, expresses something from themselves in a creative way.

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The experience of the Life Photo Album can transform our self-perception, raise a sense of strengths, abundance and gratitude.

Hi, this is Dorota :). Again, this week I collect and share valuable insights from our group sessions in the ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS course on photography in coaching with you.

Yesterday, we looked at the Life Photo Album made from a selection of 20-30 personal photos as a record of our resources. We discovered:

Character Strengths that we have – such as courage, wisdom, humanity, spirituality, and many others,

Experiences that we can use as case studies to become self-confident about our future goals,

Relationships that support us, ensure belonging, are sources of love

Positive impact on others that we have and how we serve them in life,

Sources of gratitude in life,

Doors to a sense of abundance in life.

It is a completely new way of looking at our photos and comprehending what they truly can mean for us. Those photos collected throughout our lives, stored in parents house, or on a computer.

Usually, our first reaction is to look at old photos as memory of something that happened in the past. But in coaching and especially in the Life Photo Album coaching process we contemplate photos to find elements of who we were in the past and you we are now that we can accept and treat as our strengths, and enablers of self-acceptance and growth.

We can use this process of the Life Photo Album in life coaching, career coaching, relationship coaching, when a person is losing self-esteem, self-confidence, parallel to psychometric tests, when we need to uplift spirits, gain new energy for growth., motivate.

I hope you found this insight useful. If yes, you can leave your comment under this post, please. Thank you for reading this article and stay in touch! There will be more 

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We can find inspirations for the future in our own photos

Hi, this is Dorota :). Again, this week I follow the idea to collect and share valuable insights from our group sessions in the ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS course on photography in coaching with you. I think it is a great idea to learn from recent experience.

Today, it is about finding inspirations in your own photos. This insight was born during our session on ‘The Most Important Photo’. The point is to choose one photo that you consider ‘the most important’ for you. And then, the coaching session is based on the self-exploration inspired by this photo.

The task to choose ‘the most important photo’ triggers lots of reflections and questions about how to choose such a photo, what does it mean ‘most important’, what is ‘most important’, what criteria to use…

As always, working with clients’ personal photos in coaching that involved choosing pictures before the session, creates additional spaces where people can learn and deepen their self-awareness. I’m fascinated by how the preparatory work is useful and insightful for us.

And this is why I include them in the process and there always happens a lot before even we started our work together.

Anyway, coming back to the initial insight, when we contemplate ‘the most important photo’ that was chosen from our personal photo-album, or a personal collections of photos, we find inspirations for our future in our own past. We learn from that photo something that we can use today to become a change we wish. Memories from the past can be a great source of knowledge that we can use today to make choices and take decisions about us that will shape our live today. And each day, today, tomorrow, next days… is our future.

It’s cool to find inspirations in our own biographies, isn’t it? To learn that we have knowledge, experience, and other resources available here and now! For many of my clients, it makes a good difference to discover something useful in their own photos.

I hope you found this insight useful. If yes, you can leave your comment under this post, please. Thank you for reading this article and stay in touch! There will be more 

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