Photographing from the Heart

As photographers, we all yearn to make images that are expressions of our deeper selves. Yet we often get stuck in our old patterns of seeing and doing what we already know. Give yourself a powerful gift – come spend a week opening up your creative energy, and connecting with your own visual essence with Dynalite VIP Joyce Tenneson and Kristi Williamson May 6 – May 12 at Maine Media Workshops.

This will be a week to inspire new work and new projects. There will be daily assignments to stimulate your creative potential, as we explore new ways of photographing from your heart.


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Internationally lauded as one of the leading photographers of her generation, Tenneson’s work has been published in books and major magazines worldwide. This volume is her first complete retrospective since she started looking through a viewfinder more than a quarter century ago. As critic Vicki Goldberg states: “Tenneson possesses a unique vision which makes her photographs immediately recognizable. She creates enigmatic and sensuous images that are timeless and haunting. Whether a classically draped nude or a mysterious portrait of a young child and an aged man, her photographs speak to the fragility of life, its poignant beauty – and its pain. The images are deeply affecting, often evoking forgotten memories.” Tenneson is among the most respected photographers of our time. Her work has been shown in exhibitions worldwide and is part of numerous private and museum collections. Her photographs and portraits appear frequently on covers for magazines such as: Time, Life, Newsweek, Premiere, Esquire and The New York Times Magazine. Tenneson is the author of several books including the best seller, Wise Women, which was featured in a six-part Today Show series. She is also the recipient of many awards and in a recent poll conducted by American Photo Magazine readers voted Tenneson among the ten most influential women in the history of photography.

The Intimate Portrait with Joyce Tenneson

There are many elements that go into creating a memorable portrait. Not surprisingly, many of them start with the photographer rather than with the subject. Designed to guide you in developing a style that is consistent with your own personality and interests, this four-day workshop with portrait master Joyce Tenneson explores and demystifies many of the inhibitions photographers typically experience when working on portraits of people.

We work with models, and each other, to create images that go below the surface and penetrate deeply into the subject’s character. Outdoors on location, we make use of the beautiful light of Santa Fe. We also have access to The Workshops portrait studio, where she demonstrates the simple lighting techniques she has used for creating her many memorable portraits.

For anyone looking to improve their creativity as a portrait photographer—from composition to styling to lighting—this workshop will give you the confidence you need to move you forward in the wonderful and exciting world of the portrait.

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Joyce Tenneson, one of the leading photographers of her generation, was ranked in a recent poll of American Photo readers as one of the 10 most influential women in the history of photography. Her work, shown in exhibitions worldwide and part of numerous private and museum collections, has appeared on the covers of Time, Life, Newsweek, Premiere, Esquire, and The New York Times Magazine.

Joyce is the author of 13 books, including the best-selling Wise Women, which was featured in a six-part Today show series. Her most recent book, Joyce Tenneson: A Life in Photography, is a retrospective look at her long career. A sensitive and gifted instructor, she has facilitated the growth of many photographers over the years. This is Joyce’s 19th year teaching at the Workshops. Her web site address is




Joyce Tenneson

“Dynalites are the most compact and efficient lighting systems out there–I use them exclusively. They are so easy to pack and take on location…I can carry all my gear with the help of only one assistant..”

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“As a portrait photographer, I see flowers not as mere decorations, but as distinctive personalities. When I make a human portrait, I try to discover some inner essence that helps crystallize their uniqueness. I photograph flowers with the same respect.”

Joyce Tenneson is one of the most respected photographers of our time and has been described by critics as “one of America’s most interesting portrayers of the human character.” Tenneson believes, “Through a person’s face we can potentially see everything – the history and depth of a person’s life as well as their connection to a universal spirituality.”

Tenneson’s seventh book, Wise Women, a current best seller, celebrates the third phase of the female life cycle.

After completing Wise Women, Tenneson found herself drawn to flowers, a subject that has long held her fascination. Building on her recent experiences, she approached flowers with a new insight: recognizing every phase of their life was fascinating, if we just stopped long enough to really see it. Every day the flowers showed different aspects of their personality as they unfolded, bloomed, and withered on their way from birth to death. Tenneson photographed the blossoms long after they would have been discarded from the vase, discovering extraordinary beauty in their demise. The book, “Flower Portraits, the Life Cycle of Beauty”, is a visual testimony of Tenneson’s latest exploration.

Joyce Tenneson was named “One of the Ten Most Influential Women Photographers in the History of Photography,” in American Photo Magazine’s recent poll. Her work has graced the magazine covers of Time, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Premier, Esquire, and New York Times Magazine. Tenneson’s photographs are exhibited in galleries around the world and are housed in many museums and private collections. She is much in demand as an inspirational lecturer and workshop instructor. Joyce is also the founder of Light Warriors, a mentorship program that helps emerging artists to establish their careers. Tenneson lives and works in New York City.