Class Review - Photo Psychology

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{hive-workshops} hosted a really cool class, taught by Johnna Brynn, called Photo Psychology, on February 24th, 2015.  How cool do you ask???  Well, lets start with our instructor, Johnna.  To quote one of her past students...

“Johnna is incredibly honest and open. She has such a gift in her background in psychology; her wisdom goes above and beyond her skills as a beautiful photographer. Johnna is able to identify and nurture the spirit of the individual artist, and that is something quite unique that makes her “teaching” different from anything else anyone can offer.
— -Marina Locke, Australia
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Johnna  resides in Sarasota Florida.  She is an international photographer, therapist, and is presently in her 4th year of pursuing a PhD in psychology. After six years of being in social services and experiencing burn out, she began traveling the world and her camera exploded with creativity. She returned to America wanting to mix her passion of helping others and using photography. She began a non-profit in 2008 called Star Shooter: Phototherapy for Kids, which equips children to express themselves using photography. Johnna then started, Johnna Brynn Photography in March 2009 offering portrait, wedding, and commercial services. Johnna returned to school in 2012 to start a PhD with a dissertation focusing on how photography can help sexually abused victims recover from trauma. She currently is a part-time therapist in the Sexual Abuse Treatment program at the Child Protection Center in Sarasota, Florida , and conducts therapeutic photography groups with teens using Polaroid cameras.  Johnna's passion has grown to not only helping trauma victims, but also helping photographers and social service professionals make a difference in others using photography. 

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Class started with all of the "Creatives"  cozied up with some fresh baked cookies, hot coffee and friendly hugs.  Then we all sat down with an eagerness to hear what exactly... IS ... Photo Psychology!?  We were immediately put at ease with Johnnas beeautiful smile, warm personality and humble spirit.  She also gave each one of us a plastic egg full of Silly Puddy to keep our hands busy while our minds focused on her words.  Some of the "Creatives"  showed some true puddy talent ;) .

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hive workshops photography class kansas city johnna brynn

After I introduced Johnna, she told us her story which was authentic and truly inspirational.  She continued to teach us how to increase our personal creativity and solidify our photographic style by putting our inspirations to action.  She spoke on how to relate to our clients which would allow us to capture more "natural emotions".  One of the many ways she has found success is by giving her clients a questionnaire they fill out which will give her incite into their likes, dislikes and personal style.  She talked about how the psychology of renewing yourself plays into the work we do as photographers, stopping ourselves from getting into a photo-funk. She spoke on how we can have a deeper connection with our clients and ultimately tell their life-story while enriching their experience and increasing our ability to capture their true personality and emotion.

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 She taught us how to CONNECT with a hands-on activity of taking portraits of each other with Polaroid Cameras (that she bought off Craigslist "vintage") and Polaroid 600-type film given to our "Creatives"  by The Impossible Film Project, very cool!  Johnna gave away both the Polaroid cameras and several boxes of film.  The winners were stoked!
 

hive workshops photography kansas city johnna brynn
hive workshops photography kansas city johnna brynn
hive workshops photography kansas city johnna brynn
hive workshops photography kansas city johnna brynn

Just a quick shout out to Ashley Elwell of " three three photography" She took all the images from this workshop.  She is not only a great photographer & friend of mine but also of Johnna's and {hive's}.  You can check out her awesome talent on her website:  http://www.threethreephotography.com/  Love ya girl!

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One of my favorite things Johnna showed us was an old Chinese word for "CRISIS" - the two sino-characters that represent "danger" and "opportunity" which brings "change".  This was really profound.

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Johnna also spoke about her work with a non-profit she started called Star Shooter: Phototherapy for Kids, which equips children to express themselves using photography.  This really touched the hearts of some of our "Creatives".  If you would like to find out more about Star Shooter.

 Go HERE..      https://www.facebook.com/starshooterforkids and HERE... http://starshooterblog.org/

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{hive-Workshops}  was thrilled to have another successful workshop where we could all CONNECT....GROW...& THRIVE... with each other!  Thank you to all our AWESOME SPONSORS!!

Every Creative walked away with an amazing gift from our sponsors, so cool!  Click on the links below to connect with this awesome companies.

MADERA ALBUMSSHIFT FIT,  ZENFOLIO,  VSCO film presets,  Impossible Project,  H&H Color Lab,  

Freedom Quest International,  Pixieset.com  

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