A portrait is a reflection of the self

A portrait is a reflection of the self

One of the training participants is Lars Neumann. Lars is a photographer and he works on personality in the portrait. Below I shared the link to some of his works: https://www.mylightphoto.de/mylightgallery/. Lars noticed that taking someone’s portrait is not only about photography and art but also the interpersonal development for both, the photographer and the person being photographed. Being a coach, I can add that the portrait and especially, a self-portrait is a very powerful technique in Photography in Coaching. It is especially useful in working on one’s values, identity and vision of the future. In my book I wrote that: “The portrait is an age-old topic of discussion. We’ve all had our portrait taken, in one way or another. Kings, queens, aristocrats and celebrities have all had their portrait done, like a painting or a photograph. To have one’s portrait taken often presupposes that it will be charismatic, representing a paragon or idealized vision of oneself. A person settled in their environment, within their role of wife, mother, artist, soldier or dancer. This is where I’d like to propose a different perspective on portraiture. In other words, a portrait that is a reflection of the self and helps a person understand him or herself. A portrait as a medium that allows us to look at ourselves through someone else’s eyes.” – “ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS. Photography in personal development, healing and education, Notes from a personal journey.” (Kindle edition, Amazon.com).

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A portrait is a reflection of the self

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I can’t put it in the right words but I took a few pictures…

Imagine a client comes to you and sais: I can’t put it in the right words but since you use photography in coaching, I took a few pictures after our last session to show how I progressed. I’m sure you will understand. This happened to me yesterday! ☺️ I was very impressed by what she showed to me. And I decided to write about it because it can be inspiring to you. At the end of our session three weeks ago, I suggested to my client to start observing time. Her life challenge is to be able to pause, to stop feeling constantly on a hurry. Yesterday, she came to the session and first, she opened her coaching diary (I usually ask my clients to have a coaching diary during the process). I saw several photos inside, that represented plants and bread. What is on these photos? – I asked. By the way, this is an example of a good coaching question about a client’s photo. “I planted flowers at home and baked bread.” “What was important in it for you?” – I asked another question. “I always dreamed about having flowers at home but never had time for it. The same about the bread. – there was a time, I used to make my own bread but with time, I forgot about it. In the last weeks, I observed flowers and took the time to bake my own bread.” “How do you feel about it now?” – I asked again. “I have satisfaction. And I feel joy and calm.” I hope you will find it useful and inspiring about using photos in coaching! Do Raniszewska

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The image is an essential element of how we experience the world.

The image is an essential element of how we experience the world.

Hello😀! It is Sunday morning in Warsaw where I am now. Let’s open this day with a beautiful quote from Aaron Siskind, an American photographer who said: “Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.

I have to tell you – it is a very true sentence! I often witness how photos remind us, and my clients about things we forgot, but once we see them right in front of our eyes, memories come back! And we can return to our most important moments.

And how about you – do you keep photos you made time ago? If yes, why keeping photos is important to you? 

Do Raniszewska

The image is an essential element of how we experience the world.

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What is your most important photo of this year and why?

Today, I offered myself a moment of pause and watched the photos I’ve taken this year. These were the photos from my holiday and work, showing unforgettable moments with my son, friends, places that inspired me. I posed myself a question: What are the most precious photos of this year? I chose five which you can see below. Then, I asked myself another question – Which was the most important picture of this year and why? Ane what is important to me in this photo?

The most important photo is the one with my son. I took it in Summer when we went on a one day trip together to a beautiful nature reserve that he loves very much. I saw him outside, far from home and city where we live. I saw how he was able to navigate in nature, take decisions, be fully engaged. I saw that he became an adult. I was fascinated by how wonderful he looked, strong, beautiful. And I realise how tiny I am on his side, his mother. I still keep the image of his little body when he was born in my heart. The picture is now on my desk, and I watch it every moment with love. This is the most important picture of the year for me.

“The image is an essential element of how I experience the world. From birth onwards, I see and observe the world. When a child is as young as one year, one-and-a-half, two, he or she begins to draw, using drawing as a form of expression. Creating. Composing answers using lines, circles, triangles, tangled lines. Painting his or her own thoughts, reactions, observations. Parents show their children picture books or family albums. They take pictures of the child on occasions both minor and major, the fleeting highs of family life, each new step the child takes, accomplishments, amusing situations. This is how memories are made. Until the day this child, sitting with his friends from school or with his or her own children, takes out an album, opens up a folder of pictures on a computer and… begins to remember a multitude of little stories and events. And a legend is born… And becomes someone. Someone with a history. A prankster. The hero of a certain tale. An album is a form of proof. And the moment any self-doubt begins to set in, these photographs are a reminder of what that he lived through, what was created in the past and the path that was travelled. Possibly, it can play a part in raising someone up after a fall or to make the decision to change one’s life. Or, simply, to share this valuable souvenir with one’s grandchildren.” – this is an excerpt from my book ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS. Photography in personal development, healing, and education. Notes from a personal journey that you can find on Amazon.com

I don’t want to put the picture with my son on my blog because it is too personal. Besides, it is an image of him, with his face and body so I decided to not to publish it publically. You can see the other five most important photos, however. Each of them tells a story of a trip or inspiration. Each of them is a record of my life and my values.

And you? What is your most important photo of the year? Choose and take a moment to reflect on why it is so valuable. Stay open to surprises!

If you want to learn more about the use of photography to inspire people to authenticity, vulnerability and courage, join my 3-day course on “Photography in Coaching and Personal Development” that is an accredited program by ICF – International Coach Federation and is worth 18,5 CCEU – LINK to the event on Facebook 🙂

Mary Christmas and Happy New Year! Dorota Raniszewska

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people are like trees, You can tell about yourself through photographs of trees.

You can tell about yourself through photographs of trees.

In October I am on a morning walk in the park every day. I take pictures of trees. The tree gives a sense of rest and security. It inspires me. It symbolizes life, strength, persistence and family. And the silhouettes of trees are like people. They express emotions. This leaning ‘feels’ differently than the soaring, which reaches the sky. Old massive oak raises other sensations and snow-white, slender birch the other. You can tell about yourself through photographs of trees. Man is like a tree, ingrown to the ground and crowned towards the sky. The more grounded it is, the higher it grows. I need roots – values to make the right decisions. I need a trunk – a fracture proof spine. And the entire network of relationships – the branches by which it exists. We are a combination of everything we receive from others and give to others.

people are like trees, You can tell about yourself through photographs of trees.

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Photography in Coaching Course - Inspire Your Clients to Authenticity, Unblock Thoughts & Emotions

Photography in Coaching Course – Inspire Your Clients to Authenticity, Unblock Thoughts & Emotions

Is your professional GOAL to always become A BETTER COACH?

What creative tools and techniques do you use to make the coaching stand out as memorable? What results are possible when you introduce new stimuli into your work? How do you break the ice, get out of a rut, shift perspective and create aha moments?

Look, PHOTOGRAPHY IS THE LANGUAGE OF TODAY. The human brain is engaged by visuals. Research shows that when our brain detects images, dopamine is produced which increases interest and engagement. And photos make it easier for people to communicate and to express thoughts in a free, non-judgmental way. Simply, because it is easier to say something about what you see than about what you can’t see YET. And because they provide metaphors. Photos catalyze coaching communication. But there is another important fact about photos in coaching: In coaching, clients’ snapshots can serve as records of clients’ resources and as ways to better understand the self. Ever since personal camera became widely available, people used it to create records of themselves and their lives in photographs. Personal photographs mirror, materialize and document the experiences of human life: biography, relationships, dreams, accomplishments.

An OPTION that you have to become a better coach is to use photo-based tools and techniques during the coaching sessions.

I’ve been using photos and clients’ snapshots for a couple of years already and I know that they are very helpful in enhancing self-reflection and deeper insight, finding new perspectives, giving the voice to intuition, the raise of emotions and lead to engagement, aha moments.

Photography in Coaching Course - Inspire Your Clients to Authenticity, Unblock Thoughts & Emotions

In 2016, I have designed a 3-day course for coaches and supervisors about using photography in coaching and personal development. I’ve been offering this course since then in Poland, my home country, and there are already hundreds of coaches how benefited learnt from me. Also, in 2019 I published on Amazon my BOOK entitled ‘ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS. Photography in personal development, healing and education. Notes from a personal journey’. The book is in English and you can get your copy on Amazon.com.

On 18-20 March 2020, I invite you to Warsaw, Poland to join my unique, inspiring, hands-on course “Photography in coaching and personal development”. It is going to be the second edition taught in English! LINK to the course description.

Below are some feedback quotes from the participants from Europe:

High quality, variety of topics, profound, authentic, practical. It enlarged and deepened my insights on a personal and professional level. Powerful. Very good balance between theory and practice. Training location like home. Food very healthy, made with love. I would absolutely recommend to anyone who wants to expand their perspectives and deepen their insights. This training is a gift, personally and professionally. Dorota is a very special woman – warm, creative, intelligent, so much in contact with herself. I’m inspired by her as a person. Nikole Woltmann, Germany

Very good variety of themes, good balance of input and practice. Very convenient. Lot’s of material that is perfect for further studies. Very comfortable location. Delicious food. Yes, yes, yes. Great workshop, lots of learnings and wonderful atmosphere. One of the best workshops I ever attended. Dorota is a great inspiration and very empathetic. Sina Niemeyer, Germany

Very dense, a lot, great ideas and strategies. Beautifully designed. Trustful, non-judgmental atmosphere. Dorota does her work absolutely great and fantastic. Location perfect!!! Even if you do not want to become a coach, it’s a great learning experience not only for you professionally but also for your private life and relationships. Kelly Snoeck, Belgium

What: ‘Photography in Coaching’, a 3-day course

When: 18-20 March 2020, Warsaw, Poland

More information: photo-in-coaching.com

Contact details:

e-mail: dorota@obrazwcoachingu.pl

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About Dorota Raniszewska

Dorota Raniszewska, is a life and motivation coach who made her mission to inspire people to fulfil their dreams and dare to self-realize. She developed her coaching practice with the use of photography and clients’ personal snapshots. She teaches coaches and supervisors the use of photos in coaching. In 2019 she published on Amazon her book entitled ‘ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS. Photography in personal development, healing and education. Notes from a personal journey’. She is also a certified Points of You® Trainer and a licensed Motivational Maps™ consultant. She graduated from Professional Coaching at Kozminski University in Warsaw.

dorota@obrazwcoachingu.pl

photo-in-coaching.com

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PHOTOGRAPHY - ART THAT SUPPORTS DEVELOPMENT AND LEADERSHIP

Art for business. Photography for business, coaching and leadership development.

Hi, for the Polish reading people: The book ‘Art for business. Supporting creativity in the organization” initiated by the Warsaw School of Economics, one of the most prestigious universities in Poland, finally appeared this week. It is a wonderful publication representing various fields of art application and knowledge. I have the great pleasure to be its co-author, author of the chapter entitled:

PHOTOGRAPHY – ART THAT SUPPORTS DEVELOPMENT AND LEADERSHIP.

More about the book: https://ksiegarnia.pwn.pl/Sztuka-dla-biznesu,801402900,p.html

PHOTOGRAPHY - ART THAT SUPPORTS DEVELOPMENT AND LEADERSHIP

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