Laurie Klein Photography
Laurie Klein - A World Renowned Professional Artist, Photographer, Lecturer And Gifted Teacher
When you first meet Laurie Klein you might guess that she is a Creative Healer, but you would never guess her method - Infrared Photography.
She is known today as both a successful photographer with a signature style, and an instructor of healing workshops that celebrate women by helping them re-discover their core purpose, strengths, passions and joys.
Her life long commitment to the art of photography began 41 years ago in high school. “I didn’t really discover my passion, my passion discovered me.” Laurie said.
Turning from just taking pretty pictures, Laurie sought to perfect her craft by attending the photography program at R.I.T. and then getting her M.F.A. from Ohio University.
“At R.I.T I was studying Bio Medical Photographyand I hated it. I had a “D” average in my major. The turning point came when the department head said to me ‘ I will pass you if you do two things, switch into the fine art program and go and study with Ansel Adams’. ‘ That works for me!’ was my answer to him”.
Ansel became one of her heros and mentors. He taught her that discovering one’s own artistic voice was the gateway to becoming a fine artist.
“Her style is unique, combining a wonderful ability for composition and a sensitivity to her subjects that will carry her to the top of her field. I can’t teach the way she sees and feels.”- Ansel Adams
Today, she is recognized mostly for her signature infrared photography. Her work is held in private collections and museums. She is sought after for her exclusive commissions and extraordinary creativity workshops.
After a short marriage, she found herself with two small babies and the responsibility to raise them alone. That was motivation enough to step-up her photography career, so she opened a photography studio. Photography allowed her to plan her work around the needs of her two sons, Kyle and Bryce. “Necessity forced me to start selling my fine art, and to create art that commemorated seminal moments in peoples lives. I began a new phase of my career that I call ‘Life-Journey Photography’. I’ve been fortunate enough to have such loyal clients that I continue to photograph them and their families yearly, as they grow.” said Laurie. Many of her clients have become her good friends.
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Laurie’s unique way of using infrared photography, and the caring, personal way she captured her subject’s innermost emotions almost always became a transformative experience for both photographer and client. Today, she calls that “The Laurie Klein” Experience. As time went on, her boys grew, and she added to her shoots, the wisdom, ritual and spirituality that only 30 years experience can gather.
Sitting on the deck of her lakeside studio, she watches the clouds and their reflection in the water below. She is preparing for another “Bodies in Water” workshop. Nine women, all very accomplished in their own careers, will be coming for “The Laurie Klein Experience.” Laurie will begin with a ritualistic time of self-discovery and sharing. Each will have brought a camera, so that they may photograph one another and be photographed by Laurie.
Laurie conducts a variety of workshops with different themes: Celebrate the Feminine, The Artist Seeing, Jambalaya, Sparkling Water - Creating Visual Journals, The Goddess Athena Playdates, Lets Play Dress Up. For many years Laurie has been mentoring young people in order to give them the encouragement to follow their creative dreams.
Today, you could find Laurie winging her way to destinations across the United States and Europe. “Empowered, successful women hire me to commemorate and celebrate where they are in their lives now. I offer them something special called ‘Be My Muse.’ I develop a trusting environment that allows them to give themselves over completely to a transcendent photographic experience with me. Out of this usually comes a series of fine art portraits or a substantial book for them to enjoy, share and pass on through the generations."
As for the future, “I am so grateful to have the life I do. I wake up every day and spend a little sacred time communing with my mother Source, Goddess in all her guises, asking for her help to empower, heal and guide others with my gifts."
To learn more about Laurie Klein please visit the website: www.laurieklein.com
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