This course is for creatives.

It is for meaning seekers and memory makers.

For those who thirst for childlike wonder.

It is for legacy keepers and photograph takers.

The goal is to change the way you see - 

seeing through the aperture of the heart instead of just the eyes.

The kind of seeing where dust becomes wings.

and MEANING illuminates the everyday mundane like gold.

“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.”

- Henry David Thoreau

Who this course is for…

  • This course is for souls of ALL CREATIVE SKILL LEVELS. I will be giving technical camera settings in the daily lessons for both iPhones and professional cameras.

    You do not need to have any prior experience with photography to benefit from this course.

I want to make sure this is perfectly clear: this course is not about learning to make perfectly exposed tack-sharp airbrushed pictures…

  • This course is about gaining new perspectives, being pushed outside of your comfort zone and getting to the very root of your creativity. Some of the lessons will involve taking out-of-focus photographs on purpose (as a symbol of perseverance through parts of life that feel fuzzy and unclear). In another lesson we create double exposure images in the spirit of symbolic layering of our emotions and roles. In a favorite lesson of mine we walk through the creation of what I call ‘Visual Anthems’ which involves some short writing prompts weaving a pathway to the making of images that remind us of who we are.

About the Images you see here…

  • The collection of images seen throughout this website is the unveiling of my new collection ‘When Dust Becomes Wings’. I have been creating the images you see here (in addition to the rest of the collection) for the last 3 years. Up until just a few months ago I had kept the collection private, thinking perhaps it would become a gallery exhibit someday. I daydreamed of the images being printed the size of walls in a place where I could walk around with you for hours. I’d tell you every detail of how each photograph came together and the behind the scenes story of the fracture in my heart that needed the image so desperately as means to heal. My camera gave me a way to translate my despair into beauty and light.

  • This collection has sat heavy on my heart and I kept feeling that perhaps there was a way for me to interweave my experience teaching photography with the soul-stirring wisdom gained through the making of these images. I’d much prefer to be together in person, looking you in the eyes and guiding you through my exhibit in a gallery (perhaps someday) but for now, this is my attempt at getting as close as I can. This course is a VERY BIG DEAL to me. It feels like handing over my very soul alongside my decade of expertise.

    How this course came to be…

  • Envisioning and then creating these photographs gave me something to be excited about in a long season of feeling unseen, unworthy and unloved. The project gave me something restorative to dwell on and plan for. It gave me tangible proof of the light all around me that I could not see with my physical eyes.

  • I believe the making of this collection saved my life. I believe that if you take this course seriously and commit to showing up for yourself and for me in this way, I believe it could absolutely transform your life.

  • This online course came out of a longing to give you guidance, encouragement, inspiration, education and the framework to develop a gallery of photographs translating your unique story into a collection of beautiful truth.

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How the course works:

  • The course is broken up into a 4 weeks of learning. Each week has 5 active days and 2 rest days. Each active day’s lesson will begin with the presentation of that day’s selected ‘When Dust Becomes Wings’ image. Accompanying the photograph will be a video/audio recording of why it was meaningful, what happened in the making of it, the symbolism behind it as well as all of the technical photographic camera settings given. Two creative prompts are given daily to deepen your own creative vision and perspective - one short bit of writing to be done immediately following the daily lesson and one photograph to be taken at some point throughout the day. (Expected estimation of time to take the course per day: 15-20 minutes.)

Schedule of Daily Lessons:


- Learning to welcome beauty as a daily practice.

- Creating Visual Anthems.

- Shifting from eye sight to heart sight.

- The Neuroscience of Presence.

- Fear as the indicator you are going in the right direction.

- Leaving your legacy in photographs.


- Returning to the imagination of childhood.

- Engaging all five senses in your every experience.

- Viewing life and art as CRAFT with no finish line and no perfectionism allowed.

- Learning to stop needing the approval of others to believe our art worthy of being made.

- Naming the unspeakable things and why this is deeply important.

- The unplanned miracles in the practice of art-making.


- Creating a mission statement for your art.

- Using photographs as a salve for anxiety and self-doubt.

- The intersection of emotion and light to create engaging portraits.

- Redeeming shame for light using self-portraiture.

- Out-of-focus photographs on purpose as symbols of perseverance.

- Natural Light as the most brilliant teacher.


- Transition & how the struggle brings the strength.

- Artistic expression as visual prayers and tangible meditations.

- Posture & it’s importance - translating the burdens we carry into art.

- Learning how to achieve productive stillness.

- Rewiring negative thought patterns - the power of mindfulness.

- Sharing your gifts with the world.

Investment - there are two options:

The Basic Course: $525

  • Students will have six months of access to the course content for further inspiration and replay.

  • Students are invited to join the Aperture of the Heart Online Community.

The Course + 1-on-1 Mentoring with Joy: $975

  • Limited spots available.

  • This select group of students will be working more closely with Joy throughout the four week course. These students will submit one written and one photographic assignment every Friday to Joy for personal and professional feedback. Joy records an audio message upon receiving the weekly assignment giving specific technical feedback, insight and thoughts on the images. (Meaning, you will have Joy’s personalized feedback via voice messages for safe keeping on four of your writing assignments, four of your most meaningful photographs. Then at the end of the course, you will schedule a…

  • 30 minute FaceTime one-on-one mentoring call with Joy to get feedback on your portfolio as a whole and talk about next steps for future growth as an artist!

  • Students will have six months of access to the course content for further inspiration and replay.

  • Students are invited to join the Aperture of the Heart Online Community.

Info about registering for the Online Course:

To register, please go to the “Register for the Online Course” button in the Menu.

Upon signing up, you will receive access to the course syllabus and online platform as well as a welcome note from Joy.

Lesson 1 will be made available on the course platform on the first day of the course… April 24th! A new lesson will go live each day thereafter.

The course will be happening in real time and ideally I would love every student to stay with the pace of the daily lessons to get the most out of the experience, but there is no pressure. You can work through the lessons at your own pace and will have access to the course content for 6 months.

By the end of the course, you will see your life through new eyes, have created a meaningful collection of work and gained the confidence and tools to move forward with creative vision for your journey.

Refund Policy: Due to the nature of this course, all sales are non-refundable.

You preserve a legacy of HOPE through a camera -

it is your magnifying glass for GRACE.

Beloved, this is the perseverance place –

a devoted pilgrimage taken by the brave & trembling into the deepest channels of the human heart.

Click on the top right of your screen (square/three lines) for the MENU to explore for more info and inspiration!