Online class in English

Capture the energy of life

142 page PDF

to help you connect with your intuition and emotions

Become a more mindful photographer. Trust your unique perception, connect with the world around you, broaden your perception and create unique and interesting photos.

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About the class

There is no one else with your unique perception of the world and your personal reasons to document it, no one who selects the same visual elements to enhance their vision. When you become aware of what these are and are able to keep this channel open, connecting with your inner truth and the world around you, the rest will follow easily. Then you will be able to take unique and interesting photos.

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Material Included

142 page PDF
Over 20 exercises to broaden your perception
Insight into street photography
How to connect with children
Video with me shooting in Barcelona
How to look for interesting scenes

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Form follows function
Mindfulness and your senses
The energy of a place, The elements
Reflections and Shadows
The ordinary — your life
New or unexpected
Embrace the mess
Details, Music, Emotion
Anticipation, Chance and Serendipity
Light and shadow, Color and emotion, Movement
Composition, Complexity and visual layers
Editing in Lightroom



Authentic, raw, energizing. Swoon! I am blown away by Sonja’s workshop. You have a chance to dive in into magical journey with an incredible artist! - Justyna E Butler


Sonja Stich’s class ‘Capture the Energy of Life’ left me speechless! Never before have I experienced a workshop like this. It is so easy to put the weight of the worth of our photography in things that are merely tools that allows us to speak through. Sonja teaches you how to tap into something deeper; a mindfulness and openness that will allow you to be receptive to capturing time with true emotion and a deeper connection that will take your images to new heights. Truly this is the most complete workshop I have seen! - Kelly Jacobi


Sonja takes photography from looking through the viewfinder to a complete, full body experience. Never before have I encountered photography described this way or been asked to break down my world like this. Taking her suggestions, lessons, and exercises can only change my work for the better. She walks you through each step of taking a photo and looking at the world around with new eyes – taking in every single piece of the environment and how you interact with it to help you form a complete, well composition photograph that will absolutely encapsulate the energy in that moment. - Daphne Laput


“Sonja’s workshop is a soul-stirring photography education. I wish she had written this earlier, as I honestly believe that both my photography journey and changing identity as a mother would have been even more enlightened by her words and images. Sonja connects mindfulness with artistic observation to inspire us to delve into all our senses and create images that reflect our ‘why’. Each page of this workshop brings me closer to my own heart, through the variety of her beautiful images, thought-provoking quotes, and her art-educated background that shines through in her teaching. This class is not simply inspiring, it’s also incredibly informative. - Amy Shire



"For Sonja, practicing mindfulness in her daily life helps her to take better photos and practicing mindfulness while taking photos brings her deeper satisfaction in her daily life. To help others be more mindful in taking photos as well, Sonja created the workshop “Capture the Energy of Life - Connecting with your Intuition and Emotion” at Beyond the Wanderlust.

Here, Sonja offers five tips covered in her extensive workshop.

1. Know your subject matter
For Sonja, the core decision in photography is what the subject matter will be. What is it that captured your attention and that you want to express with this photo? If you don’t know the subject matter, other decisions, such as where to point the camera, where to position yourself, choice of angle, settings, etc. will be little better than random. Trust your feelings when it comes to choosing a subject, whether it is a child at a table or just his little hand holding a fork. Composition, depth of field, shutter speed, and framing will unfold effortlessly when you know your subject matter. For Sonja, trusting her inner voice as to the final image she wants to create allows her to craft her photos more precisely."

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