Through Your Own Lens™
Retreats, Classes, and Workshops

You don’t make a photograph with just a camera; you bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the people you have loved. –Ansel Adams
Through Your Own Lens retreats are the brainchild of Insight Coach Amy Steindler, in collaboration with photographer Kirsten Elstner.   They are primarily life coaching retreats, aimed at enriching the participants’ lives using all the standard tools of life coaching, with one important additional tool–photography.  The metaphorical connections to be made through “visualizing your right life,” “seeing the world in new ways,” “reframing,” and “seeing yourself through your own lens,” are valuable and thought-provoking ways to change your life for the better.
When you  create a visual, photographic representation of how you see the world, you will notice things you’ve never seen before.  This way of seeing and creating lead to the ultimate truth that whatever you focus on in your life is what you’ll see.  Changing your gaze a bit may just lead to an epiphany or two that will enrich you, free you, and help you create the life you want.
Check the Events Page for information on upcoming Through Your Own Lens events.


About Kirsten Elstner

Kirsten Elstner

Kirsten Elstner is an accomplished photographer, and for the last 10 years, has been the Director of VisionWorkshops, a nonprofit organization.  She has been a freelance photographer and teacher since completing her Master of Arts in Photography at Ohio University in 1990. Her work has appeared in Time, Life, and Fortune magazines, as well as others, and she spent five years shooting for the Washington bureau of The New York Times. Kirsten has worked in Bangladesh for the International Red Cross, and as a photographer for Brazil’s largest newspaper, O Globo, in Rio de Janeiro.
Kirsten taught photography at the college level at the International Center of Photography in New York, The Corcoran College of Art and Design, Goucher College, The Art Institute of Boston, and The Massachusetts College of Art. Through VisionWorkshops, Kirsten mentors young people in her community, as well as nationally and internationally as Director of the National Geographic Photo Camp workshops. NG Photo Camp provides dynamic educational workshops for youth from underserved communities worldwide.  Kirsten lives in Annapolis, MD with her husband and two sons.