After meeting and mingling, we will gather in the warm sunlight by the pond. Leave your cameras in the car (for now!) and meet us down by the pond with your mat or blanket for our first part of this unique class – meditation. We’ll introduce ourselves and then begin with guided morning meditation by Certified Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Maureen Dinkins.
Maureen has been teaching yoga since 2004 and believes it is an integral part of health and physical fitness. Through deep movements, stretches, binds and strengthening; in conjunction with synchronized breathing, a well-defined yoga practice will allow the body to recover quicker from workouts, injuries, and a stressed-out mind.
Through the years of yoga practice and encounters with teachers in America and abroad, Maureen was lead to add mediation to her daily wellness routines. For more than 2 decades, she has continued to practice meditation in conjunction with her daily yoga asanas.
“Yoga is movement of the body, for the purpose of quieting the mind chatter. Meditation is listening to the still mind to connect to one’s spirit on a deeper level.
The benefits of meditation can go from subtle to dramatic. With regular practice of this physical and mental “tranquility”, a quiet roar of self-confidence and purpose arise, bringing a sense of clarity to life and the world around us.”
After guiding us through simple but powerful breathing techniques and a morning meditation, we will stretch our legs and take a meditative walk around the lake and gardens. During this walking meditation, you will begin to notice all the beautiful scenery that you may feel the urge to photograph. But no cameras yet!
The goal is to stay in a meditative state and become aware of your surroundings and what you makes you curious. You can wander and walk wherever you’re meditation takes you. We will gather again after 10-15 minutes to discuss our experiences. After we identify the different aspects of our surrounds that we were attracted too, it’s time to take photos.
You’ll grab your cameras, then wander around for another meditative walk through the park, capturing all the new perspectives you want.
As we explore this old, authentic Florida habitat, we’ll reveal in-the-moment lighting tips, interesting compositional techniques, and how to anticipate photo opportunities based on movement, perspective, and light. Danielle will share 3-5 new visual storytelling tricks that you can try to capture your stories.
In the end, we’ll share how each experience felt different, allowing us all to understand the relationship between breath, body, and mind. You will leave feeling a new sense of peace and joy as you gain new perspectives and literally see life through a new lens.
- All ages welcome. No experience required.
- All camera types are welcome. (phones too!)
- Charged camera battery
- Memory space to shoot
- Mat, blanket, or towel (for sitting meditation)
- Hat, Sunscreen, Sunglasses
- Your Imagination (not optional!)
- Learn from a pro w/ 15+ years of experience
- Fun, engaging & interactive classes
- Small groups of 10 or less
- Easy, practical presentation to follow
- No confusing technical jargon
- Hands-on practice with your camera
- 1-on-1 guidance from a patient professional
- Quick bite-size learning lessons + demos
- No need for multiple classes to understand your camera
- All ages, backgrounds, and styles are welcome
- Camera Rentals Available during class!
- Access to the Private Student Facebook Group
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Hi, I’m Danielle, the optimistic, outgoing gal always smiling behind the camera. I love to photograph and share mission-driven stories that are creating an environmentally and socially sustainable future for all life on this planet. Currently, home is sunny Orlando, Florida. However, I’m mildly obsessed with adventure and love to shoot, teach, and explore anywhere my camera will take me.
From the coastlines, wild west, inner cities, and farmlands of America, to the colorful cultures, ancient architecture, and lush landscapes of Europe and Asia, I’ve only begun to discover what’s out there and I am in awe of it all. Throughout my 15+ years experiencing this world behind the camera, photography has transformed my entire outlook on life and in the process, it has taught me the best lesson we could ever learn, which is this:
All we have is this moment.
That’s why in 2014, I created Live Wonderful. To Live Wonderful means to live in wonder, fully. To be in awe of the magic that is life. To be present to this moment, right here and now, always. Because that’s where true creative consciousness lives, in the present moment. In the open space between our thoughts.
When we learn to harness the power of our own creativity, the power of our individual perspectives and diverse stories of life, we can begin to create our world with more intention, more purpose, more passion, and more truth. I believe, we are all conscious storytellers and creative human beings. Let’s make a difference, one conscious, mission-driven story at a time. x Danielle