Tenure

photography and acceptance

August 28th – September 8th, $79

We hold on to so many things; our past, our fears and our judgements of self. We hold onto them, not because they are good, but because in their familiarity, they provide a false sense of comfort. While holding onto these feelings are understandable, they take up that precious space within ourselves and stifle who we are, what we desire and what we can become creatively. What if we began to replace those misleading thoughts, through the photos we make, with those that bring us closer to our truest voice? What if, instead, we let our tenure of worth grow stronger for our passions, our expressions and our love of self?

On this 10-day journey, guided by Spanki Mills and Henry Lohmeyer—thoughtfully leading you through their own processes and expressions—their doubts and fears and how their use of photography helps them through the journey. 

Each photo that we take is about what we're processing, what we're feeling, what we're being. If you can concede to this notion and completely believe that each photo you take is about your own personal journey, what’s in you, then anything you see becomes a photo worth taking, a feeling worth expressing. 

This 10-day course, Tenure, will lead you, push you and we hope change you. We will walk you through the steps with daily information and prompts, encouraging you to own your voice. While light on technique, we will be concentrating more on transparency, expression and that often illusive space of vulnerability. We’ll come together in a private Facebook group and on Instagram, sharing through the hashtag #tenurecourse—which will give us a togetherness and support. I’ll be there as well to provide supportive feedback—I’m in it with you.

Our hope is that this course will touch and lead you to a place that gives you that truest vision for your own photography and self.

Through photography and the photos we take—that quiet place that allows us needed pause in connection, we have time to heal and to know that there’s not a moment in our lives when embracing our frailties and all the thoughts that linger in those deep recesses do not bring us closer to whole. Through vulnerability we can learn the ability to love the imperfections in all we see and most of all, in my own self. 

IF YOU ARE READY TO ENGAGE WITH YOUR VULNERABLE EDGE, IF YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT USING PHOTOGRAPHY TO DELVE INTO YOURSELF, IF YOU WANT TO LEARN TO GAIN TENURE IN YOURSELF THROUGH THE PHOTOS YOU MAKE, REGISTER NOW AND JOIN US. FOR TEN DAYS WE WILL BE SHARING THE INSIDE STORY OF OUR OWN PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS, THERE WILL BE A NEW PHOTO PROMPT EVERY DAY, WE’LL ENCOURAGE AND BUILD AS A COMMUNITY, AND GROWTH, SO MUCH GROWTH, FOR JUST $79. IT ALL STARTS AUGUST 28TH. WE SINCERELY HOPE YOU COME ALONG.

Us

Spanki Mills Spanki spent many years hiding behind the mask of perfection. Hidden from self behind “safety”, neglecting her inner creative voice, she realized she created a huge disconnect between her work and the souls she was photographing. Missing the true meaning of photography. With time and a lot of painful self discovery, she began navigating her way through this photography journey. Deciding to capture the world a little less perfect and more as raw, just as she feels it. Stripping away at the layers of protection, she finally allowed herself to become exposed and gave herself permission for her work to tell a story. 

 

Henry Lohmeyer uses his lens to capture the edges of vulnerability, where heart meets soul and the courage to be seen is the only thing left waiting. A seasoned photographer, Henry’s learned his craft by wandering the streets of St. Louis, Los Angeles, NYC and most recently Paris, France for three months, where the stories of men arriving from Afghanistan and elsewhere illuminates for all of us just how fragile it is, this notion we hold of “home.”