Spotlight on the students of...EMBRACING YOUR INNER ARTIST with Deb Schwedhelm

After 10 years of teaching ‘Embracing Your Inner Artist’ (to include an earlier version of the course), I am absolutely still in love with teaching this class. Nurturing, encouraging, educating, pushing, supporting the students from day one through day 21 — it makes my heart so happy. My students leave excited and motivated and so do I. If I’m being completely honest, I love teaching as much as I love photography. I believe I was meant to be a photographer AND a teacher and photography gifted me the path to both. Anyways, enough about me. Today, I want to share with you a few students, from my May 2018 Embracing Your Inner Artist class, who blew my socks off. 

For one of the assignments, the students are encouraged to try something new, something that will push them and challenge their current photography skills.

© Beth Rooney
© Beth Rooney
  Beth Rooney  came into class with a degree in photography, having interned for Lauren Greenfield, and covered the 2007-08 presidential race. To say that I was a bit intimidated is an understatement but I knew that I had to just do my thing and she wowed me in class with her talents.  At the conclusion of our three weeks together, Beth shared that she doesn’t feel lost with her style anymore and that the class recharged her and showed her how to enjoy photography again.  For the assignment, Beth photographed a discarded ice sculpture that was left in a church parking lot. Can you believe the images that she was able to make by photographing a melting ice sculpture? Amazing, right?!  And here is her image that was made at a stoplight, through a car window.

Beth Rooney came into class with a degree in photography, having interned for Lauren Greenfield, and covered the 2007-08 presidential race. To say that I was a bit intimidated is an understatement but I knew that I had to just do my thing and she wowed me in class with her talents.  At the conclusion of our three weeks together, Beth shared that she doesn’t feel lost with her style anymore and that the class recharged her and showed her how to enjoy photography again.  For the assignment, Beth photographed a discarded ice sculpture that was left in a church parking lot. Can you believe the images that she was able to make by photographing a melting ice sculpture? Amazing, right?!

And here is her image that was made at a stoplight, through a car window.

© Beth Rooney
  Marina Locke  pushed herself and photographed this incredible double exposure.

Marina Locke pushed herself and photographed this incredible double exposure.

  Lisa Tullet  photographed through a hole in a leaf (yes, a leaf!) to make these two amazing photographs.

Lisa Tullet photographed through a hole in a leaf (yes, a leaf!) to make these two amazing photographs.

  Jamie Sampson  attempted panning for the first time and got this killer image of her husband biking with the dog. It’s not easy to get panning right and look how awesome she did.

Jamie Sampson attempted panning for the first time and got this killer image of her husband biking with the dog. It’s not easy to get panning right and look how awesome she did.

Last but not least...

© Sung-Hee Seewald
© Sung-Hee Seewald
© Sung-Hee Seewald
© Sung-Hee Seewald
 I wanted to share Sung-Hee Seewald, who came into the May class after being a previous student in  Project Development + Fine Art .  Sung-Hee blew me away when she shared her new project on women and female diversity. You can visit her  entire body of work on her website  but here’s a small sampling of the brave work she is currently making.

I wanted to share Sung-Hee Seewald, who came into the May class after being a previous student in Project Development + Fine Art.  Sung-Hee blew me away when she shared her new project on women and female diversity. You can visit her entire body of work on her website but here’s a small sampling of the brave work she is currently making.

Deb Schwedhelm | instructor of Embracing Your Inner Artist 

The next run of this class will be in September. There are still some silent seats left if you would like to participate. This class will help you get to the heart of who you are as an artist, drown out the noise and feel free to BE YOU! Head HERE to grab a seat.