Let’s start a movement together! I’ve never started a movement before, but I think it could be fun :). What if people began each day with a dose of creativity and presence? What would happen if people began sharing their moment of zen? What if other Angelenos were inspired by our collective vision? That’s what #GoodMorningLA is about. 

Meditation and Yoga are great but there’s another way to find your center and exercise your creative muscles. See, Compose, Click. Whether your picture is mundane or a masterpiece, it matters not. #GoodMorningLA is bigger than making pictures. Learning to See has made my life richer in so many ways beyond photography. I literally see the world differently than most people. There’s beauty in the jar of broccoli sprouts on my kitchen counter. I appreciate the way the light dapples the daisies as I walk my dog in the morning. I notice things. That's the Gift of Seeing and I want you and everyone else in this blessed world to have it too! 

Ready to join the #GoodMorningLA movement? Getting involved is easy:

  1. Using a phone camera for this exercise will make life easier, but create your image with whatever camera you want. Just know this has nothing to do with f-stops or Photoshop. It’s about practicing Seeing.  If you want to be a better photographer, this will help. I promise. 
  2. Love what you saw? Share it with the world and help others to see the light too. Upload your image to Instagram with the hashtag #GoodMorningLA for a chance to be featured! 
  3. If you're not already a member of our Meetup group, Art of Seeing Photography Adventures, Join Us, and come out for one of our early morning photowalks once in a while.

But you don’t need to leave your living room to participate in this movement. Your child, your dog, the blender you use to make your morning smoothie.  They're all fair game. Take a moment to pay attention. Notice the light and shadows, and intentionally compose your image. Click and post. You just did yourself and the city a favor. 

Images from our first #GoodMorningLA Meetup


Why am I doing this? Yes, I want to share the gift of seeing, but I’ve been practicing Seeing for a while. Why now? Something happened recently and now words and ideas and creativity are pouring out of me like a fountain, like a river, like an ocean. I can’t stop it. But that's another story.

Can my iPhone make the world a better place? I don't know, but I’m going to find out. Join me. 

If you don't live in LA, too bad, you’re out of luck. Just kidding, of course :-). Nothing would make me happier than drowning in posts with the #GoodMorningYourCity hashtag. But I won't know about it unless you tag #GoodMorningLA or my personal instagram @artofseeingphotography, so please do.

If you want even more tips for developing your creative vision, check out my blog, or better yet, come to one of my Seeing 101 talks. If there’s not one scheduled in your area, let’s create an event together!

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Thanks and Good Morning,