Using Metaphor and Emotion in Flower Photography

with Kathleen Clemons

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Course Description

Bleeding heart, wilting violet, a rose by any other name, lily of the valley, a hothouse flower, forget-me-not, fresh as a daisy, a late bloomer, primrose path, a bed of roses, to gild the lily, wallflower, a rose among thorns, and a wildflower. For centuries flowers have been used as a metaphor to convey meaning and emotion. They represent growth, change, tenderness, passion, and the beauty that can be found in even the most challenging circumstances. 

Join fine-art photographer Kathleen Clemons for this new online workshop that explores the myriad ways our images of flowers can convey meaning and evolve emotion. From the delicate violet to the bold sunflower, flowers can be used as symbols to convey a wide range of human experiences. Discover the power of expressing love, joy, sorrow, or any other feeling by using the beauty and symbolism of flowers in your photographs.

Take your flower photography to the next level by adding the elements of emotion and metaphor. This added dimension elevates your imagery from the forgettable to the memorable. 

Each of Kathleen’s weekly online group meetings includes a presentation, an assignment and image discussion of the assignment photos. She shows how in-camera and post processing techniques can be strategically applied to create more artistic imagery. Throughout our time together, we explore the joy of using metaphor to add an emotional intensity to our photographs of flowers. 

Additional Information

Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs
What You Should Know:

Working knowledge of digital workflow on your laptop computer and manual mode on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera. Participants must be able to download, select, and transfer images to their own jump drive for class each day.


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For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for one month after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after one month to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.

Fine Art, Nature & Landscape
Kathleen Clemons

Kathleen Clemons is an award-winning photographer, teacher, speaker, author and workshop leader from the coast of Maine. Primarily a nature photographer who specializes in photographing flowers, Kathleen is known for her creative use of natural light and unique, artistic photographs.

Lensbaby named her the “Georgia O’Keeffe of Lensbaby Flower Photography” and her work is represented worldwide by Getty Images and several other agencies.

Kathleen teaches online classes as well as many location workshops and seminars. Kathleen also filmed instructional classes for Craftsy, CreativeLive, and Lensbaby University and is the author of the e-book All About Textures.

With a background in education and a passion for both photography and teaching, Kathleen loves to teach others how to improve their photography skills and to see beyond the obvious.

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