I’m very excited and happy to invite you for a free webinar on Photography in Coaching. 🚀Date and time: 9 July, at 4 pm CEST time. Agenda: 🔴 What it is really “photography in coaching” 🔴 A unique value created by clients’ photographs in coaching 🔴 Examples of techniques with clients’ photos in coaching 🔴 Examples from my real-life practice
😀 About me: I’m Dorota Do Raniszewska 😀. I’m an Accredited Coach and Mentor – EMCC Senior Practitioner. I’ve been developing my practice of photography in personal growth since more than 10 years already and my experience includes coaching, team facilitation, personal growth programs, teacher education. My course on photography in coaching is approved by the ICF for 18.5 CEE. I’m the author of a unique book in this field “ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS. Photography in personal development, healing and education. Notes from a personal journey”, available on Amazon.
Hope to see you on 9 July with full energy for this inspiring meeting 👌, Dorota Raniszewska
Photography plays a very special role in a human connection nowadays. It allows an invisible touch.
I recommend this short article. An excerpt: “I have become closer to family and neighbors because of the photographs, which document our time of physical distancing while keeping our communal caring for each other. The change in theme to still-life photos provides me with the chance to illustrate items that have meaning in our domestic life.”
Did you know that watching family photos together can increase pride and respect in the family?
Welcome to the fifth part of the “Peace and Joy at Home – The Power of Photography” article. Today, I share about watching family photos together. On a deeper level, it is about 🌱story-telling based on personal photos to build respect and a sense of uniqueness ☀️
🌱 Watching family photos together seems to be a simple topic and yet unique. Why?
🌱 Through the mean of our photos, we can take family members back in time to the moments when we were living in different circumstances and realities.
🌱 And authentic stories typically raise curiosity.
How to do it?
🌱 Bring your photos, sit with children and start telling stories and memories that are “hidden” in pictures. Often, one photo is enough to reveal a long story.
🌱 They take people in, engage, teach. We become SOMEONE with a story to tell.
🌱 Watching life photo albums is to see our biographies – and a sense of uniqueness, pride and respect is born.
I hope that my series about “Peace and Joy at Home – The Power of Photography” was inspiring for you.
Welcome to the fourth part of the “Peace and Joy at Home – The Power of Photography” article. Today, I share about keeping a photo-diary in order to regain a sense of meaning and direction. 🌱 Photography can be a way to regain a sense of meaning and direction – this is, to achieve something valuable over time. It is about keeping a photo-journal with the idea to implement a task in a consistent way over a period of time. 🌱 As a reward, you discover that you can focus on something you had decided to do and accomplish it. 🌱 If you keep a photo diary for 21 days, you get a real chance to experience having more focus in your life. 🌱 To do this, you need small but daily steps. Do it on ease, with no pressure.
How to do it? 🌱Choose the topic of a photo-journal that will be valuable to you in the near future. For example, if you need to learn to take care of yourself, you can look after each morning with a special look and take a picture of yourself. With each photo, write how you feel when you see yourself and what you like. Imagine how you will feel after 21 days with such a series of photos and affirmations about you! 🌱Another idea on the same subject is a beautifully composed and served meal. 🌱Still another topic, for example, if you are looking for more to appreciate everyday life, take photos of the weather outside and describe what the weather is like, how the air smells, how birds sing.
How to use it at home with your family? 🌱Appoint home editors or journalists, if you prefer on various topics: cooking, portraits of family members, the advent of spring. And so on.
I hope you find this inspiration useful. Next week, I will write about story-telling based on personal photos to build respect and a sense of uniqueness.
Welcome to the third part of the “Peace and Joy at Home – The Power of Photography” article. Today, I share about photography is fun, brings moments of joy in the family and helps to develop creative skills.☀️ 🌱 Like all people, you also have the ability to create. You can awaken and develop it. Photography provides you with many ways to discover your creativity, strengthen your trust in your abilities, and enjoy being creative. Just for pleasure, without “I must”, “I can”, allowing yourself to be an amateur. It’s also a way to take advantage of discovering beauty. How to do it and where to start? 🌱 Invite your family to play together in “Photo Shapes”. 🌱 Set a topic and suggest that we all have 10 minutes to take a series of photos on a selected topic. For example, the topic could be “little”, “purple”, “crazy” and so on. 🌱 You don’t have to leave one room to get a set of interesting ideas and frames. 🌱 When everyone takes pictures, let them choose the one that they find the most interesting or the best. And then you can read and admire the ingenuity of everyone. 🌱 It’s important not to rate or compare photos. What counts is the unique idea and participation in the fun.
I hope you find this inspiration useful. Next week, I will write about photo-diaries are a source of positive emotions, introduce routine and continuity.
Welcome to the second part of the “Peace and Joy at Home – The Power of Photography” article. Today, I share about how photography helps stop the race of thoughts and gain inner peace.☀️
🌱Imagine you are entering a meadow. Start noticing flowers, grasses, trees, dandelions, sun, shadows, cobwebs, colors. On the right there is a tall tree. Green bush is on your left. A bird flies by. You hear crickets chirping. You smell the meadow. You approach the dandelion close by, the light shining through the crown. It’s a magic moment. And you just photograph. 🌱And now come back to the awareness that you are reading this article and answer the question:
🌱Did you imagine this meadow and taking pictures in your imagination, and in the same time were thinking about what else to do today or what to cook for dinner?
Probably not! Because taking pictures absorbs the mind and every detail, every time you start running like a butterfly, it draws your attention fully. You are then in a state of flow. This is exactly what happens in mindfulness practice.
🌱Mindfulness practice improves mental health. These are usually yoga and meditation. It turns out that photography works the same way because it puts you in a state of awareness of the outside world and your own thoughts, thus immediately reduce stress, stops the race of thoughts. With longer practice, it also improves memory and concentration. The practice of mindfulness is a practice of peacefulness.
🌱Taking photos is also a regular 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.
🌱How can you start to practice peace of mind through photography?
All you have to do is spend twenty minutes to half an hour every day at home or outside. You can have one topic for some time and then change it. For example ‘light’. ‘Sunlight’ is a great topic if you need to regain joy, energy, a good mood or reduce depression. When you photograph your mind is absorbed enough watching and creating that it frees you for a moment from anxiety, and turns on a sense of harmony and purpose.
I hope you find this inspiration useful. Next week, I will write about photography as fun, which gives the family moments of joy and develops creative skills.
I hope you find this inspiration useful. Next week, I will write about photography as fun, which gives the family moments of joy and develops creative skills.
🍀 Yeas, family photos can help to strengthen the sense of security and self-esteem in children and adolescents.🍀
Recall your parents’ home. Probably on the shelves or on the dresser, there are family photos, e.g. from holidays spent together. Why do your parents keep these pictures on display? To have you close to themselves, to feel your presence at home. These photos bring back the nice moments that they want to remember. They show the continuity of the biography. They remind you of the uniqueness of your own life. They show the value of shared experiences. And that gives you a sense of meaning. What do family photos “say” from the wall? They say only good things that we naturally want to hear about ourselves. Such as I love you, our family is important. 🍀Therefore, they are valuable in building a sense of security and self-esteem in children. Hanged on the wall, they inform that the family is united and unique and that children are an important part of it. It is worth hanging a family photo in a children’s room so that children before falling asleep and after waking up see it as the first information that they are not alone, but together with the loved ones. 🍀Such information means for the child’s brain the safety of being in a family. They also allow us to cultivate a sense of value, uniqueness and sense. They are a way to celebrate family life. 🍀How to choose photos and who should do it? The easiest way would be to do it yourself. But there is a better way – involve children. Invite each family member to choose a few photos from your vacation, holidays or everyday life that they especially like. Together you can decide on their composition and place where they will be exposed. Maybe you will do one common collage, or everyone will find their own photo corner at home. 🍀I hope you find this inspiration useful. ☀️
Next week, I will write about photography as a practice of mindfulness, which helps to stop the race of thoughts and restore inner peace. Do Raniszewska
How to use our photos to give yourself moments of peace, joy, relaxation for the brain, and to support children and family in building emotional harmony? Starting from tomorrow, I invite you to read about the positive effects of photography on our mind. I will share practices that have a positive impact on our mind and relationships at home in times of uncertainty, fear, sadness, and staying at home: 🌱family photos at home to support a sense of security and self-esteem, 🌱photography as a practice of mindfulness, which restores inner peace, 🌱photo-diaries, which are a regular source of positive emotions, introduce routine and continuity, 🌱photography as fun, which gives the family moments of joy and develops creative skills, 🌱story-telling based on personal photos to build respect and a sense of uniqueness. These are elements of my personal development practice for many years which I would like to share it with you in the coming weeks. You will receive five inspirations for the coming days and weeks, and maybe for longer. See you again tomorrow, Dorota Raniszewska
Dears, photography is a way to calm yourself and return to a state of internal harmony by focusing your mind on observing the world around you, creating images, framing, moving … Notice that when you are busy taking pictures, you don’t think about the future. Your mind is busy and you are now and here. So take a walk outside or inside, move slowly and mindfully, stop here and there, breath, enjoy the sunshine or the rain, light and shadows, create, feel gratitude for the moment. Positive emotions and the state of flow are healing. The level of cortisol drops down while doing art.
Wishing you all the best! Dorota Raniszewska – Coach
“I’ve run three times since the last session, I have it in the picture and it encourages me.” – one of the clients in life coaching.
How important can image and photography have for coaching if words are very important in coaching? The “Wonderful Ear” coach is the one who is present, consciously listens, hears. He hears words, breaths, sighs. He can hear silence. He listens to the customer. And he asks powerful questions.
Next to him sits a client who looks into his soul, listens to himself. The great value of coaching is that a person can listen to themselves and be heard.
But there are many pictures deep inside his soul. Because our long-term memory saves a lot of information in the form of image — and because our language uses the image as a metaphor to explain complicated or abstract concepts, feelings and emotions, the client often sees images when he thinks and looks for answers.
For example, a coach asks: Who are you, then? And the client replies that he floats like a bird on the wings of freedom, or that he boldly follows his path.
And just like the questions, the echo, the expressed feelings of the coach stimulate the client’s thinking, so do the photographs provide material for the thinking process. When I use clients’ personal photos in coaching, they work on their illustrated resources, materialized memories.
The visual channel of perception and communication is correlated with the need for tangible facts to recognize that I achieve something, that something really happened, or that I am right. It also allows you to better explain complex issues, because it reflects the relationship between their elements.
During the coaching session, the client can listen to himself and — thanks to photographs — he can see images illustrating his thoughts and feelings.
What does his independence, closeness or courage look like, for example? Contemplating a photo and telling about it holds a person in deepening insight and broadening perspective. This develops the inner feelings of the topic and increases the chance to get emotionally closer to your desire.
What’s more, when a client finds the effect of their own aspirations in a photo during a session, it means for the brain that the implementation is already happening. It is not only in the imagination, but also in current experience. In this way, the use of photography strengthens the motivation to act.
Using photographs in coaching, I ask questions to them. Powerful questions for photos, such as:
What is important in this picture?
To make this picture perfect, what will you change on it?
I will give an example of one of the last sessions with the client.
The goal of the session was to believe in yourself. It was in a specific context. She stated that at the beginning of the session she believes in herself at 50%, and she would like to believe in herself at 70% as a result of the session.
At some point, as she has already mentioned a number of things that she knows and believes about, such as being hard-working and systematic, I suggested that she look at her profile picture:
What is important to you in this photo? I asked.
She said that what is important in this photo is that she took it herself when she wanted to, and that in this photo she is in a car that she drives. This was not visible, but it was the most important thing. Then we touched the point, which was independence. And this independence, in which she had no faith, was already in the picture, she could tell about it, set an example when she experiences it. She realized this, though at first in disbelief. Tears appeared in her eyes. We talked about the values she wants to live and the goal she pursues.
Profile pictures are placed quite consciously, and behind each such picture is a decision, something we know about ourselves, feel or want to be present. That is why they are a great source of knowledge about ourselves: what we want, how we want to live, what is important to us, who we want to be. They are excellent in career coaching or leadership. The inspiring thing is that in the profile picture we see something tangible about ourselves. And this can be a big find. A portrait is an invitation to become what we want to be.
Customers’ own photos — those from their lives, as well as portrait and profile pictures — are useful in working on identity, authenticity, public, hidden and authentic self, life change and development direction. They let you realize your strengths, powers, resources and achievements. “I can see how much I have already achieved and that I am heading in a specific direction. It’s encouraging. ” – words of a client with whom I recently worked on the album of life.
What is important about taking pictures? That we store or destroy them? We show them to children, send them to family from holidays? … What is important in that we take a selfie on a mountain top or on the ocean shore? What’s important is that our LinkedIn profile “must” have a “good” profile picture? What is important about taking hundreds of photos of our newborn babies?
I think taking pictures is a largely modern way to talk about your life, and that’s what we just need. Through a moment to stop the moment. Once the chroniclers wrote the chronicles. Famous figures write down memories and diaries. And we all photograph every day.
I think that as long as photography accompanies people in everyday life, it makes sense to use it in development and coaching processes. Because there are our moments of reflection, sensitivity, and important information.
That’s why I support multi-session coaching processes by taking photos and writing a coaching journal. And that’s why I would like to mention the pictures that are created between sessions when the client is actively experimenting with the change.
One of the clients wanted to control her constant haste. The rush she had in her head still made her feel tense and it was difficult for her to focus on more demanding activities. I suggested that she watch the time. It was one of her tasks between sessions. I didn’t say how to do it, she was just supposed to watch time.
For the next session she brought photos in which there was sourdough for bread and plants in a pot. To watch the time, she planted flowers and bred sourdough. She photographed the effects of her work and stuck the photos into a coaching journal. I was really delighted and touched by the work she did.
I asked what she had learned through this. She said that now she knows that she can stop and accomplish something in the long run – decide, focus on it and be consistent. In that she took pictures, I can see her commitment, dedication and celebration. And something more. There is something poetic about it because photography stops time. And she just caught it, stopped it, watching her.
“Do not run too fast through life, because the best things happen to us when we least expect them.” – Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Dorota Raniszewska, email@example.com, photo-in-coaching.com, coach, author of the book “ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS” available on Amazon.com