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Frequently Asked Questions

How can mindfulness and photography be related?

Mindfulness photography is about being fully present in the moment, using your camera as a tool to explore the world with a fresh perspective. It’s a practice that helps you cultivate awareness, appreciation, and creativity. In addition, mindfulness practice has been shown to enhance creativity. It can help us develop a deeper presence, not just with a camera in hand, but in our daily life.

 

Do I need to be an experienced photographer to benefit?

No, CMP serves all skill levels in mindfulness, meditation and photography. Whether you’re a beginner or have experience, our offerings are designed to help enhance your mindfulness practice through photography as well as enhance your photography by practicing a mindful approach.

What types of workshops and classes does CMP offer?

CMP offers a variety of classes, workshops and retreats that focus on different aspects of mindfulness photography, from basic principles to more advanced techniques. One-to-one sessions are available as well. Check out our offerings page for the current schedule.

Are there any age restrictions for participating in CMP programs?

Yes and no. Our programs are carefully crafted to be age-appropriate. While all ages, in general, can benefit from practicing mindfulness photography, not all workshops are designed for all ages.

Each workshop description will note what ages may enroll. It is important to only sign up for those offerings that are suitable for the age of the student. This is why you are asked for the birthday and year of the student.

What equipment do I need to get started with mindfulness photography?

You can start with any camera you are comfortable using, whether it’s a smartphone, DSLR – digital single lens reflex, or a camera that uses film (as for using film, though, it’ll depend on what type of event it is.

This should help clarify:

2-hour Walk: digital and film are both great

Half-day Workshop: digital and  film are both great

Weekend Workshop: digital is preferred to facilitate sharing of photos at the close of the weekend.

Weekly Class: Digital and film can both work well, but, if you’d rather use film, you’ll need to have access to a darkroom for developing and printing (scans are okay, too). You could also use a photo lab that can turn around your order in time to share in the next class. (Please note that The Center for Mindfulness Photography does not have a darkroom.)

Multi-day Retreat: Digital, for ease of sharing photos.

Can mindfulness photography help reduce stress and anxiety?

Yes, mindfulness photography can help to reduce stress and anxiety by promoting relaxation, presence, and a deeper connection with the world around you.

How can I stay updated on CMP's latest news and events?

To stay informed about the latest news, workshops, and events, you can subscribe to our newsletter (at the bottom of our website), follow us on social media, and regularly visit our website.

Will there be instruction about how to use my camera?

No, these workshops and classes are not for learning about how to use your equipment. So, it’s best to ¬†bring a camera that you’re already comfortable using. Although the teacher will address any questions as best she can, learning to use your camera is not included in the CMP program.

CURRENT CLASSES, WORKSHOPS AND RETREATS

Led by seasoned photographer and mindfulness practitioner, Amy Thompson, the center provides a nurturing environment to cultivate a deeper connection with the present moment and the surrounding world.

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