Beauty of Brimfield Fall Workshop Sept. 7 2017 Tuition $325.

This September once again I am going to take a small group to theBrimfield Antique Market in Sturbridge Village. If you are ready to take your camera off auto and on an adventure, this day is for you. Reserve your space today. The date of the Fall day trip to Brimfield is September 7 2016. One week prior to the trip we will meet for a optional pre field trip session to practice camera settings and prepare for the trip. You are welcome to join for this.

Then one week after the field trip we will meet for a follow up session to critique our photos from the trip. In this 3 part series you will learn how to prepare for a photo field trip, shoot stunning photos on location, and critique photos to make them stronger. Dates for the pre and post sessions will be agreed upon by the group once the class is full.

Brimfield is a treasure trove of photo opportunities. You can choose to focus on the people, the place, or the things you see. It is like a giant visual feast of color, action and fun. Collect some of the most fascinating photos of your life during this one day workshop. You just never know what you will see.

There is a definite art to photographing the Brimfield Flea Market! I have been photographing Brimfield for over 20 years. For the fourth time will be sharing my secrets and taking a small group of you on a photo field trip to Brimfield located in Sturbridge MA.

  • Are you a lover of vintage flea markets and antiques? 
  • Are you a person who enjoys being surrounded by fascinating people in a festival like setting?
  • Are you curious about how to better photos of the unexpected moments of life? 

Brimfield is BIG. 20 fields, 6,000 dealers, 50,000 visitors. This can be overwhelming. That is why it is great to go with a guide like me. I will help you find your way and take some of the most curious, fascinating, and unexpected photos of your life.

"Under Suzanne's excellent tutelage, we were able to focus on the well thought out photo assignments she provided. Suzanne located the very best vendors for us to visit. " Lisa W. 

The subjects: textures, people, dogs, collectables, textiles,  glass, sliver, artwork, and that is just one field! It is almost impossible for me to describe what you will see, because honestly, it is never the same twice. 

The photography skills you will focus on are:

  1. How to use composition to simplify the scene and create a dynamic image.
  2. How to focus on the visual design elements of color, line, texture shape and color.
  3. How to take your camera off the auto setting for clear, properly exposed photos.
  4. How to create photo essay with a series of images that add up to tell a story.

The week prior to Brimfield, we will meet in my art studio at the Boston Center for the Arts in the South End for orientation. I will help you prepare for our day by covering the basic lay of the land, what to wear, what to bring, etc... and we will take some practice shots using objects in my studio from previous Brimfield excursions. My art studio is like a mini Brimfield full of fun antiques and collectables. We will get organized and practice basic camera settings.

Session One: 2 hour pre field trip orientation and photo practice at my studio, Boston Center for the Arts. We will cover best camera settings for shooting in the tents and for different subjects. All levels are welcome. You can shoot on auto or venture into the off auto world with some basic technical tips and guidance from me. This is optional if it fits with your schedule. Or can be done by phone.

Session Two The entire day at Brimfield with the fabulous group and with me as your photo guide. I will be providing photo tips, instructions and assignments all day. Some creative photo topics we will cover include composition, lighting, cutting out clutter, story telling, photographing people and pets and macro settings. I will share with you how to avoid the three biggest mistakes photographers make when shooting flea markets. You will also receive individual coaching during the day to help you with the specific type of photos you want to take. You may want to travel down the night before and stay in a hotel. Or we can arrange car pool groups if you want to go on the 7th.

Session Three  4 hour follow up critique class: After the trip we will get together to critique your photos and enjoy the slide show on the big screen. This way you will learn from each other and enjoy seeing the best photos of the day together. I will offer simple editing tips during the session as we critique your photos to make them even better. I will provide the popcorn, you provide the "refreshments" and the photos.The dates for the pre and post events will be set once we have the group of 12.

(This workshop is well suited for intermediate and advanced amateurs. You should also be in good physical condition able to walk on uneven fields.)

 

Beauty of Brimfield Summer Workshop Series July 13th 2017 $325

This summer once again I am going to take a small group to the Summer Brimfield Antique Market in Sturbridge Village. If you are ready to take your camera off auto and on an adventure, this day is for you. Reserve your space today. The date of the Summer day trip to Brimfield is July 13th 2017. One week prior to the trip we will meet for a pre field trip session to practice camera settings and prepare for the trip.

Then two weeks after the field trip we will meet for a follow up session to critique our photos from the trip. In this 3 part series you will learn how to prepare for a photo field trip, shoot stunning photos on location, and critique photos to make them stronger. Dates for the pre and post sessions will be agreed upon by the group once the class is full.

Brimfield is a treasure trove of photo opportunities. You can choose to focus on the people, the place, or the things you see. It is like a giant visual feast of color, action and fun. Collect some of the most fascinating photos of your life during this one day workshop. You just never know what you will see.

There is a definite art to photographing the Brimfield Flea Market! I have been photographing Brimfield for over 20 years. For the fourth time will be sharing my secrets and taking a small group of you on a photo field trip to Brimfield located in Sturbridge MA.

  • Are you a lover of vintage flea markets and antiques? 
  • Are you a person who enjoys being surrounded by fascinating people in a festival like setting?
  • Are you curious about how to better photos of the unexpected moments of life? 

Brimfield is BIG. 20 fields, 6,000 dealers, 50,000 visitors. This can be overwhelming. That is why it is great to go with a guide like me. I will help you find your way and take some of the most curious, fascinating, and unexpected photos of your life.

"Under Suzanne's excellent tutelage, we were able to focus on the well thought out photo assignments she provided. Suzanne located the very best vendors for us to visit. " Lisa W. 

The subjects: textures, people, dogs, collectables, textiles,  glass, sliver, artwork, and that is just one field! It is almost impossible for me to describe what you will see, because honestly, it is never the same twice. 

The photography skills you will focus on are:

  1. How to use composition to simplify the scene and create a dynamic image.
  2. How to focus on the visual design elements of color, line, texture shape and color.
  3. How to take your camera off the auto setting for clear, properly exposed photos.
  4. How to create photo essay with a series of images that add up to tell a story.

The week prior to Brimfield, we will meet in my art studio at the Boston Center for the Arts in the South End for orientation. I will help you prepare for our day by covering the basic lay of the land, what to wear, what to bring, etc... and we will take some practice shots using objects in my studio from previous Brimfield excursions. My art studio is like a mini Brimfield full of fun antiques and collectables. We will get organized and practice basic camera settings.

Session One: 2 hour pre field trip orientation and photo practice at my studio, Boston Center for the Arts. We will cover best camera settings for shooting in the tents and for different subjects. All levels are welcome. You can shoot on auto or venture into the off auto world with some basic technical tips and guidance from me.

Session Two The entire day at Brimfield with the fabulous group and with me as your photo guide. I will be providing photo tips, instructions and assignments all day. Some creative photo topics we will cover include composition, lighting, cutting out clutter, story telling, photographing people and pets and macro settings. I will share with you how to avoid the three biggest mistakes photographers make when shooting flea markets. You will also receive individual coaching during the day to help you with the specific type of photos you want to take. You may want to travel down the night before and stay in a hotel. Or we can arrange car pool groups if you want to go on the 13th.

Session Three  4 hour follow up critique class: Two weeks after the trip we will get together to critique your photos and enjoy the slide show on the big screen. This way you will learn from each other and enjoy seeing the best photos of the day together. I will offer simple editing tips during the session as we critique your photos to make them even better. I will provide the popcorn, you provide the "refreshments" and the photos.The dates for the pre and post events will be set once we have the group of 12.

(This workshop is well suited for intermediate and advanced amateurs. You should also be in good physical condition able to walk on uneven fields.)

 

Street Photography Harvard Square April 1st 2017 Tution $125.00

Street photography is almost a spiritual process for many because it is so personal and so akin to a kind of photographic enlightenment.  I see things: moments just reveal themselves because I have put my self in the right situation for it to happen." Nick Turpin.

In this workhopswe will focus our attention on the art of street photography. There are many definitions trying to pin down what exactly street photography is. It may or may not have people in it, may or may not be candid, may or may not be in public place... on and on.

 

But what does seem to be true is that it shows some evidence of presence of people in an urban setting and it touches our soul. It makes us laugh, cry, or feel amused at how a glimpse of a moment of ordinary life can touch our hearts. Street photography offers us the opportunity to create meaningful images that tell a story. Are you ready to get started?

Another great technique is to shoot through glass or to work with reflections. This creates a more artistic feeling. I will set up several exercises to help you achieve this.

 To SEE is very much about the moment. Being present, curious and creative are key skills we will work on.  Timing is everything when it come to street photography and chance favors the prepared photographer. This workshop will help you understand where to stand, how to anticipate the action and what camera settings work best for catching the action. But mostly it will help you see creatively and notice what others miss.

"Let’s focus on making memorable photographs. Photographs that stir us emotionally, that make us think about humanity, society around us, the people we interact on a daily basis, the small beauties of life that we pass up for granted, others who are suffering, and the hopes and dreams of everyday individuals." Eric Kim

 

Some of the topics I will cover in the workshop will be:

Ethical issues of what is and is not ok when it comes to photographing strangers.

• Timing and positioning so you increase the chances of getting the lucky shot.

• Composition of subjects within the frame and in relationship to each other.

• How to use elements of color, light, texture, and motion to evoke emotion and tell a story.

• How to simplify the shot so you capture the essence of the moment.

• Some basic camera operation tips will be offered if you need them to freeze the action and catch the moment.

How to get permission for the photo with out destroying the candid feeling.

This special workshop on street photography will introduce you to a step by step method for gaining confidence in photographing people. This is a essential skill for travel photographers, family photographers, and anyone interested in capturing the ordinary moments of life in a way that tells a story.

We will start at Harvard Square where there are plenty of people to practice on.  People will be busy shopping, eating, and watching street performers so they will never notice you are photographing them for your class assignments. We will move on to a second location for the afternoon.

How the workshop is structured:

We will meet together at the Harvard Square where I will give a short introduction to the topic of street photography and show you sample photos.

You will be given specific photo assignments designed to build your skills step by step. I will provide handout cards so you can practice the assignments again after the class.

At the end class there will be social time where we will take a look at the photos of the day and give each other constructive critique. I highly recommend you plan on joining us for this part of the workshop.

Please RSVP right away to hold your spot in this class. The tuition for the workshop is $125 I look forward to seeing you.

P.S. This class is appropriate for all levels so if you have just joined the group, this would be a perfect place to start. You can leave your camera on Auto if the is where you are at the moment. If it has been a while since you took this class, good time to repeat. I will have some new assignments for you if this is your second time around.

You do need a camera rather than an iPhone for this one but not a tripod. You will meet like minded people who love photography and you will learn some new skills at the same time. What a great way to spend the day!

April 8th 2017 9:30- 4:30 Flow-tography:Introduction to Mindful Photography Location Boston Charles River Tuition $125.

April 08, 2017

The Flow-tography method helps you take your photos from like to love. You experiencean immediate flash of recognition as your inner and outer life experience connect and you click the shutter. It all starts from an inner stance of stillness and results in an image that will be a joy forever.  Suzanne Merritt

You are invited to discover a playful path to mindfulness through photography. Flow-tography offers a way to see more deeply. Go beyond the obvious to the more subtle, intimate visual qualities of your life.  It is not just about "getting the shot", it is about experiencing the moments of life that make us feel awake, alive and creative. All it requires is our full attention and slowing down to be still, from the inside out. You need to compose your self before you compose the shot.

Have you ever experienced a moment when time stood still, there was an intensity and clarity outside of ordinary experience? And in that moment did you see something that made you stop in your tracks, that took your breath away? And then were you amazed to realize it was just a blade of grass, or a leaf falling from a tree? You were in the zone, or what is know as the Flow State.

Over the past 20 years I have develop some simple practices that will help you enter this state by choice rather than by chance and to create images that express the essence of this experience while you are in it. Sounds impossible? Join us to discover how easy it really is. It is all about being and seeing.

In this introductory session I will cover the basics of this approach. Then we will PLAY with some of the practices for connecting to beauty in nature in the Flow.

I will introduce 3 Flow-tography techniques you can use right away.  We will take photos along the Charles River so you can experiment with this contemplative method immediately and feel the difference between taking a snapshot, and creating a photograph. The images created through this process feel very different. They are like getting a glimpse of a secret world the exists around us all the time but only reveals its self to those who are paying attention.

Some of the outcomes of this method:

• Learn to be more present, centered and connected before you shoot

• See more deeply and capture the beauty of nature with a fresh eye

• Rediscover your creative self and your unique style of photography

• The experience is like a mini retreat. You leave feeling relaxed and revitalized

This workshop if for you if:

• You are curious about meditation but feel your mind is to restless to sit still.

• You want to create images that evoke a deeper feeling and connection.

• You would enjoy slowing down and simply being present to the beauty of life.

• You want to take your photos from like to LOVE.

All levels welcome for this introductory program.

Suzanne

Take Your Photos From Like To Love With Flow-Tography Feb. 18. Oakland CA Tuition $125

Be awake, alive & in the flow. Join master photographer Suzanne Merritt, developer of the Flow-tography method for a day-long introductory workshop.Take your photos from like to LOVE
 

Image By paulettetraverso.com Bay Area photographer and co-host of event.
Take this opportunity to have fun and be playful while taking your photography skills to a deeper level. Master photographer Suzanne Merritt is visiting the bay area from Boston and will be teaching a day long workshop on Flow-tography, the method that she developed to teach a non technical mindful approach to photography. We will start at the museum and depending upon the weather may also shoot at Lake Merritt and or Chinatown.
“In this introductory session I’ll introduce you to three Flow-tography techniques you can use immediately. Then we will PLAY with some of the practices for connecting to your experiences of beauty. You’ll begin to experiment with this contemplative method and feel the difference between taking a snapshot, and creating a photograph.
The images you’ll create through this process feel very different. They capture the seemingly hidden world that exists around us but is only revealed when we learn to go beyond the surface to the more subtle, intimate visual qualities of your life. It’s not just about making images, Flow-tography is about experiencing and photographing the moments of your life that make you feel awake, alive and creative by accessing the “flow”.


shadows of people walking Image By Suzanne Merritt Founder of Curious Soul Photo School
“Over the past 25 years through the study of aesthetics, taking photographs, meditation, and teaching creativity, I have developed some simple yet powerful practices that will help you enter a “flow” state by choice rather than by chance. This will liberate you to create images that express the essence of your experience. Sounds intriguing? Join me to discover the satisfaction and joy of this technique.”

 Photo By Suzanne Merritt "Weeds"
Suzanne Merritt, master photographer and creator of the Flow-tography method Founder of The Curious Soul Photo School Boston and the Polaroid Corporation’s Creativity Lab. Suzanne has taught over 200 workshops in Flow-tography in the last 2 years in Asia, the United States, and Europe. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn this accessible method of being and seeing directly from her.
During the day:
Explore and photograph experiences of beauty that make you feel alive
Discover how to use visual design elements of color, texture and light to express what you feel
Learn to see more deeply with a fresh intuitive eye to find unexpected beauty
• discover OR rekindle your creative self and your unique point of view through photography
• learn about 8 universal archetypes of beauty and how they show up in your photos
• discover what type of photographer your are using the lenses of beauty
• practice the essential Flow-tography method of starting from stillness, becoming present, connecting to the moment, and then capturing the image after the scene captures you
• feel relaxed and revitalized as you go at your own pace
• take away the fundamentals of Flow-tography that will impact your photography and possibly your day to day life
You'll have FUN learning from Suzanne and meeting other like minded photographers. We will go slow, take our time and enjoy the day. This class is open to all levels. If you have been meaning to get back into photography, this would be a great way to begin.

Time:
We’ll start promptly at 10:00 am at the Oakland Museum.
10:00 - 11:00 Introduction to The Flow-tography Method of Being in Seeing
11:00 11:15 break
11:15 - 12:15 Round One Photography Session individual instruction
12:15 -1:15 Lunch break and discussion
1:15-2:15 Introduction to Flow-tography 8 Patterns of Beauty
2:15-3:30 Round Two Photography Session individual instruction
3:30-4:00 review, questions, critique next steps to stay in the flow
Optional Social time following the class. Plan on some extra time if you would like to stay for this.
What’s not included:
entrance to the museum (if we have rain we will go inside)
lunch (bring your own if you like)
FAQs
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You can contact Suzanne directly suzanne@curioussoulphotos.com
What's the refund policy?
If the workshop is canceled for any reason you will receive a full refund.
You can transfer your tuition to a friend if you are unable to make it .

Testimonials from former Flow-tography Workshop participants:
"Suzanne's ideas about photography are revelations to me. I came hoping to learn more about my picture taking and on reflection found I was learning more about myself. Suzanne creates an environment that encourages collaboration. It brought out much of my best and I will be spending a long time reviewing and gaining more. BRAVO! " Barry W.


"I really enjoyed this workshop. It allows you to feel the experience and beauty of what brings the picture to you. Instead of chasing after it. The lesson is a much needed one not only in photography but a life lesson." Kim M.


"To me, Suzanne's concept of Flow-tography is about seeing with your inner soul the beauty around us. Open yourself up to this and you will start to see what's around you in a way you have not experienced before."Lisa W.


"Suzanne's ideas about taking pictures really resonated with me. As a result I ended the day with a really high percentage of pics that I love - even with subjects I don't usually feel confident with. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to create photos with a more meaningful/emotional impact and get a break from the sometimes intimidating technical aspects of photography. Time well-spent!" Nancy M

 

Semi Private Workshop: Fall 4 Part Series Introduction to Flow-tography Fall Series Dates: October 4-11-18-25 5:30-8:30 pm

You are invited to discover a playful path to mindfulness through photography. Flow-tography offers a way to experience more joy and happiness in life. It is not just about "getting the shot", it is about experiencing the moments of life that make us feel awake, alive and creative. All it requires is our full attention and slowing down to be still, from the inside out.  Over the past 20 years I have developed a method for combining mindfulness and photography in a step by step system that is easy for anyone to use. I will share the basics of Flow-tography with you during this series.

Slow down, take fewer photos, enjoy the moment.

Slow down, take fewer photos, enjoy the moment.

Are you curious about how to take photos that match your memory of a moment of beauty in your life? Are you interested in learning more about mindfulness? In this 4 part series you will discover how to improve the quality of your photos by slowing down to really see and and be present. The results are an increased sense of inner stillness, and a

In this introduction to the Flow-tography method, you will discover simple, mindful practices that can immediately improve the quality of your photography. You will discover why it is important to compose yourself before you focus on composing your photos.

  • Spend less time "fixing" your photos in post processing by taking better quality images on the spot.
  • Take fewer photos. Spend less time deleting disappointing photos and more time enjoying the moment. 
  • Get to know your camera settings so you can easily take photos that are in focus and properly exposed.
  • Discover how easy it is to use your breath as a tool for creating a feeling of calm and inner stillness while taking pictures.
  •  Learn to be more present, centered and connected before you shoot
  • See more deeply and capture the beauty of nature with a fresh eye
  • Rediscover your creative self and your unique style of photography from the inside out

In this introductory series, I will cover the basics of this approach 20 years in the making. Then we will PLAY with some of the practices for connecting to beauty in nature and urban settings through photography. I will introduce 4 mindful meditation techniques you can use right away.  There will be short photograph assignments between sessions so you can experiment with this contemplative method immediately and feel the difference between taking a snapshot, and creating a photograph.

Fall Series Dates:  October 4-11-18-25 Tuesdays 5:30-8:30 pm

Tuition: $250.00 for the series of 4 sessions.

Location: Sessions will be conducted in various locations in downtown Boston including my artist studio at the Boston Center for the Arts 539 Tremont Street Boston MA

Curriculum Outline: Each session will include content from the three skill areas that make up the Flow-tography method. See = Seeing Creatively to develop your own style translating your experience of beauty into an equivalent photo. Be = Deepening your sense of connection between inner and outer experience through mindful practices Do = Technical camera knowledge necessary to execute your creative vision.

Session One   See: clarify your creative vision Be: slow down to be fully present Do: Basic camera settings, buttons and menus

Session Two   See: close up and macro exercises for noticing details Be: Expanding awareness of inner and outer states of flow Do: Using Scene and Mode settings

Session Three  See: Introduction to creative visual language Be: deepening connection to your subject Do: Introduction to ISO - Aperture - Shutter Speed

Session Four See: Seeing with heart/mind to find the pulse of the subject Be: dropping expectations and being open to unexpected images Do: simple edits to amplify the essence.

Purchase your program ticket click here.