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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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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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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It’s not about art, it’s about personal meanings.

Hi, this is Dorota :). Last week we started the ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS course on photography in coaching. I think that it is a great occasion to collect and share valuable insights from our group sessions with you. Today, it is about listening to the client, not watching their photos 😉

When we use client’s personal photos during a coaching session we do not comment or evaluate them based on artistic criteria. There is a better way to engage with the client. As coaches, we focus on personal meanings and insights from the photos. Not on the aesthetic qualities of the photos. For instance, we do not say that “it is a beautiful photo”. This would focus the client’s attention on what is not related to the coaching topic. Instead, ask about what is important in the photo or what was important in choosing and bringing this photo to the session, or how is it related to the goal of the coaching session.

The role of a coach is to create a safe and inspiring space for self-exploration for the client. Every second when a coach listens creates a second of self-reflection for the client.

That’s why we ask short, good questions and then, become listeners during a coaching session. And there are powerful coaching questions about photos that take people deep and far in their self-reflection. These powerful questions bring real value to the client who can find important answers. This is why people work with good coaches.

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 🙂

If you want to learn photography in coaching, you can join the next upcoming course in January – February 2021. Here is the link: ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS Photography in Coaching

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Nature photography is an expression of spirituality

Have you ever asked yourself why we take so many pictures of beautiful nature? We might resist taking photos. But we do it even if we already had taken similar ones in the past. I have a very human and humanistic view on it. Let me share it now

☀️Taking pictures of stunning nature has something to do with our character strengths. Yes!

☀️It is an expression of spirituality, and spirituality is a power that gives hope and faith in the future, as well as a sense of reconciliation and emotional freedom.

☀️By using spirituality, the more fun, less struggling, less tension, more sense of abundance and beauty in life.

😆Attached a few pictures from a place that delights me for years, where I regain my energy and harmony. And I will always take a picture there because this is how I say that I am delighted, happy and awesome.

What do you think about it?

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What fascinates me in photography is an immediate connection!

Let me invite to a recent talk with Bara Belova from the Czech Republic. Bara is a coach and mentor, and a yoga teacher. She took part in the ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS – Photography in Coaching course in August, 2020. I asked Bara about what fascinates her in photography and how it helps her to work with people in coaching. She shared many inspiring ideas! She also shared with generosity her insights about the course.

I’m grateful for this talk. I’m happy that I can share it with you.

Some inspiring ideas from Bara:

What fascinates me in photography is an immediate connection. Connection to the subconscious. Photography works like GPS for the mind. It allows you to go where it is safe to be. The picture that has so many things, so many stories behind. When I was preparing for the course, I looked at photo albums at home and it was funny to see how quickly I can remember things when I look at old photos. “O! gosh! I have this one. I remember it!” …

I’m a very visual person. I need to see things!

Photos also give you the time to reflect, to think. When a picture is stored in the mind, sometimes, people connect dots after a couple of weeks.

Whenever it is the right time, you connect to the right people and you take the journey. My personal situation brought me to your course right at this moment of time.

Bara joined the Polish taught edition as she can understand Polish very well. We spoke Polish and English during the course. And “we had photography – a connecting language”.

What was also great is the preparation for the course was important: I could answer many of my questions while I was preparing for the course.

A lot of beautiful processes. Great talks.

The answers are just around us. We don’t know. But our subconscious knows that already.

Dears, that you for reading this post and watching the video. Stay inspired. Listen to your inner voice, intuition, wisdom, and soul. Namaste! Dorota

Warsaw, Brno, 10.09.2020

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