Visual Storytelling Academy
Create Your Authentic Online Presence
with photographer and writing teacher Melisine Alegre
A Three Week Intensive Live Course
Starting June 7, 2020
Are you showing up as your best and brightest self online?
Does your online presence reflect who you are right now?
More than ever before, people are engaging online with record usage on Google, Facebook, Instagram and beyond.
Sometimes that can feel out of control.
But here’s the secret: you get to control how you want to show up.
You have an unprecedented opportunity to present yourself, your voice, and your image in a way that feels more aligned and reflects your deep inner self.
It is an exciting time for creative self-expression.
Your words and images can make a huge difference, and build a strong and beautiful online presence for years to come.
And I can help.
It's like therapy,
but cheaper and more fun!
Heather Robertson Bartos - Doctor and Author
In the Visual Storytelling Academy,
You will feel empowered and energized with your writing process and creating visual stories with your phone . You can take amazing photos with just your phone!
For many students, a key focus is on writing and photographing the authentic self, stepping in front of the camera.
You Will Learn:
How to Create Vibrant, Soulful Writing and Artistic Photos with your phone
and have fun while doing it!
Create Your Unique Voice and Storytelling
Foundational Photography Techniques
Use photography to fuel personal growth
Media Strategy for Marketing and Messaging
for websites, social media, speaking, etc.
Photography and Art Inspiration
It really is a WONDERFUL course!
A beautiful cocoon of sparkly creativity.
Kara DeGering Gallagher- Author
I am a pro photographer and Gateless writing teacher who helps clients creatively express their soulful and genuine selves.
I help clients feel seen first within themselves, then in their writing and images. My website is melisinestudio.com.
My intention is for you to develop skills to feel confident showing who you are and making memorable images.
We will go beyond typical writing and photography classes, utilizing my extensive experience with coaching, healing, art therapy, mindset, and personal growth work.
Melisine has a magical way of putting you at ease and energizing you.
I’m usually shy, but Melisine made me feel like I could breathe, and breathe beautifully. She guided me when I didn't know what to do; cheered me on; and made me feel like I could do anything.
We created photos that look the way I imagined: bright, beautiful, strong, and timeless. I’m proud to use them for my business!
Christie Chisholm - Writer
In Visual Storytelling Academy,
You will experience:
- 3 Weekly Gateless Writing Salons, with Mini Photography Salons
A soulful writing group experience. We will start with a check in, then dive into an inspirational prompt, writing, sharing, and positive encouragement. Each week, your writing can inspire your photography. You can choose a favorite photo from the week to be presented and reviewed with Gateless feedback during check in part of the following week’s salon. As always, the Gateless process will uncover your singular genius, and find the soul and storytelling that can bring your work alive. Wednesdays 6 - 8:30 pm EST. June 3, June 10, June 17.
- 2 Photography Trainings with a focus on Creative Techniques and Media Strategy
Live group calls with Q&A. We will focus on how to take your images and visual storytelling to the next level with creative ideas and assignments, as well as media and marketing strategies. We will continue to build on photography as a journey of self discovery and growth, integrating best practices from cutting edge coaching and mindset methods. I can help you work through challenges whether they be with photography techniques, or with your mindset, thoughts, and emotions around photos and visibility. We will also draw upon my extensive experience crafting creative self portraits, to help you understand creative and fun ways to explore photographing yourself and creating images to illuminate your experiences. (I do creative self portraits professionally for my clients including luxury hotels worldwide.) These trainings will be recorded and posted in the Facebook group. Mondays 6 - 8 pm EST. June 8, June 15.
- 3 Private Creative Coaching Sessions with Melisine as your mentor
You have the option to have one private coaching session during each week of the course. The sessions are one-on-one with me, 30 minutes each. You get all of my expertise, personalized for you and your vision.
- 5 professional, custom edited and retouched images, with step-by-step how-to videos just for you
Learn advanced editing techniques specifically for your images. You can submit up to 20 of your images to be professionally edited, with step by step videos. I will edit your photos and record a video of the editing process so you can see each step. Then I send the images and video back to you.
- Private Facebook group
Safe, positive community in which you can grow and share your creations.
Melisine made the whole process so simple.
She helped every step of the way.
Her guidance and expertise were so valuable!
The results speak for themselves! I couldn't be happier!
Courtney Rolls - Therapist
In 10 minutes, Melisine and I created 200 pictures of me that I liked.
That is more than all the photos that I like of me in my whole life combined.
Ivonne Senn - Coach and Author
Top brands trust Melisine to present their image to the world. I have trusted her to help me tell stories in new ways—through my writing and photography.
Melisine encouraged me to dig deeper into the meaning and perceptions I make of photos and has helped me see a new, alternative narrative to the stories I tell myself. This has helped me connect more meaningfully.
Catherine Hormats - Psychotherapist
What is Gateless Writing?
The Gateless Writing method creates a certain magic, a profound growth in your confidence and creative energy. The process works for writers and non-writers alike and provides incredible transformation in a short amount of time.
A Gateless Salon is a two-hour writing experience that starts with soulful, guided meditation or question to activate your creativity and intuition.
We write together for 25 minutes. You have the option to read aloud, then receive and give positive feedback.
Receiving encouraging, loving feedback builds your confidence as a writer and communicator. You will see the power and energy of your work. We silence the part of the brain associated with criticism, and focus on strengths. This is a critique free zone, and a supportive, safe community.
Giving feedback with a positive lens helps you realize what you love about other people’s work, and what ideas, techniques, and craft can inspire your writing and communications.
We create a safe space for you to be fully seen and heard in your deepest truths.
This is the fast track to create writing and photos that are inspired, energized, and powerful.
This is a wonderful class! I had trouble connecting images of me to the creative and invigorating work I do. Melisine showed me how to bridge that gap!
Melisine does a terrific job of creating supportive community and of helping us SEE ourselves and our work.
Amy Lynch - Keynote Speaker and Author
Before, I looked at my creativity with a critical eye and lens. I felt blocked and stressed.
Here the lens is positivity and compassion, seeing value in everything I create: “What do I like? What am I enjoying? What is strong?”
With this process, as long as its authentic and aligned, I feel good sharing with the world.
Now it is easy to keep creating! My creative floodgates are open!
Aarti Gurnani Awatramani - Health Coach
Melisine is one of those rare finds, a photographer of extraordinary talent who infuses each image with a quality of light that allows for unprecedented beauty. Because she has worked for such high end brands, she knows how to both stage and position the coveted shots you have always wanted that can move your business and your brand to the next level.
She focuses on a different beauty than you are used to, finding your inner power and ethereal light in an extraordinary process of listening and reflection. She brings out the beauty and light in every single situation! And every person!
I LOVED this course!! We had so much fun.
I recommend this class to anyone who is afraid to show up online, or who wants to love it or who wants to take photos but "doesn't know how" or who wants to find a creative release, have a blast and remember the power of what art really is.
Suzanne Kingsbury, founder of Gateless Writing, Inc.
Express your most vibrant self!
More Praise for Visual Storytelling Academy
Before the Academy, I was randomly taking photos and now I am diving deeper into a clear focus of my vision through visual storytelling.
The Academy's safe and nurturing space gave me the confidence I needed to launch new projects.
Lucia Kloster - Reiki Master
I’ve grown so much in 4 weeks. I wish I found this years ago!
I highly recommend this course to unblock your creativity, grow personally, develop your visual/photography style, and receive the love and warmth of a supportive group of women.
Aarti Gurnani Awatramani
I developed confidence and skills to capture the spirit and essence of who I am, and what I have to offer. It is truly a journey of self discovery!I loved every minute of it.
Elaine Fletcher Chapman - Poet
What you can do with just you and your camera.
You can be your own best photographer.
The investment for Visual Storytelling Academy is $750.
Consider the lifetime value of learning how to take your own photos and being able to design your own online presence, website, and social media.
This is much less than the price of ONE photoshoot or editing session with Melisine, and the skills and benefits you will gain will last far longer than one session.