From the Lens


What if, Simply by Using a Camera,
you were able to:

Break Through Limiting Beliefs?

Transform Your Relationships
with Yourself and Others?

Easily Shift Perspectives
as you
Experience Fun, Freedom and Play?

Sheila Finkelstein shares a love of Nature and shows how to discover more about yourself while having fun.

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A developing awareness of the transformative experiences of students and coaching clients when using cameras and learning to see in new ways, had me create the Interactive Through and From The Lens Photo Course.

I set it up so that you get to fully experience your own power and creativity. As you start observing what does catch your eye and reflect on what’s most intriguing you, you begin to get a new understanding of your own behaviors and, possibly, that of others close to you.

You will experience enhancedCommunication  Creativity – Relationships  Perspectives

The onion photo above is an example of how I, in taking on a simple photo project, easily observed some of my own behavioral patterns. I had set out to peel and photograph a layer a day of an onion. Without thinking, I immediately cut into the onion… exactly the way I usually do the rest of my life… jump in, sometimes without a great deal of thought.

The  noticing had me stop, go back to what I had intended, make further observations and have picture-taking fun for the next 12 days. It resulted in “THE RED ONION STORY: Peeling Away the Layers of an Onion, Analogous to Peeling Away the Layers of Ourselves.” [One of the Bonuses for Course Participants] 


Course Summary:

In this Interactive Through and From the Lens photo course, you will create new openings in your life as you discover and photograph things you’ve never before noticed.

You will likely be surprised and delighted as you explore:

Art Elements – Color, Texture, Line, Shape and Space as seen through the camera lens as well as in life. 

Technical Skills – as requested and needed, and

Class Discussion that opens and expands a variety of perspectives, as does communicating with family and friends between sessions.

More Details:
The Through and From The Lens [TFTL] course takes place in 4 one-hour sessions over 4 weeks using the Zoom Video Conference Program on your computer, iPad or Android tablet, or your iPhone or other Smartphone.

Each week a different Art Element is explored using your eyes and camera. During the week you will photograph and post one or more relevant photos, plus others if you choose, on Flickr or in a private Facebook group.

In the class sessions we:

  • view the photos together;
  • talk about:
    • what others see;
    • the experiences you had; 
    • what you discovered in your world with your new way of seeing; 
    • what you learned about yourself;
    • and how that applies to other areas of our lives.  

You will also see how to take photographs you are proud to share on the walls in your home and/or office, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and/or on your Blog.

AND most importantly you will learn to “See both your inner and outer worlds with New Eyes

Past Participants share Transformations

with Self

Marifran Korb testimonial on Treasure Your Life Now - From The Lens“In Through and From The Lens, not only did I find an alternative to the State of Funk, a whole new world opened up for me. The biggest effect is that I see ‘ordinary’ things in a heightened way. It lightens my day to perceive myself and the world from a never-ending fountain of fresh perspectives.

I use the camera for being more at peace with myself and my world. When I use the camera I feel like I’m in charge and sometimes in life you’re not..  The camera helps me realize that a lot of the time what might be bothering me is the way I am looking at it.” Marifran Korb,


Suzanne Holman“I had the remarkable experience of being in a class with Sheila. I was feeling as though I didn’t have time for something as ‘frivolous’ as photography… a luxurious use of time. Was I ever surprised… How energizing the class was! My creativity seemed to expand in all phases of my business! I found myself looking at everything in my life with new eyes.” Suzanne Holman

with Family

from the lens - Julie Gabrielli photo testimonial

“Sheila’s gentle teaching opened up my inner eye in a way it had never been before.  I rarely (if ever) gave myself the gift of simply looking for its own sake at the simple details of my daily family life.”

Julie continued that she started taking photos of her young son in his darkened room while he slept.
They became “precious records of a rare resting and vulnerable state.The mantra ‘take your camera for a walk’ resulted in her son delighting in going along, “picking flowers and taking over the camera at times… These priceless moments are the true gift of the class. The striking, authentic photographs are simply a by-product.” Julie Gabrielli,


What Will Seeing With New Eyes Do for Me?”

In Through and From The Lens you will:

Achieve Focus and Connect with what’s important to you; experience more freedom in making decisions

Transform Your Relationship 
with yourself and others

Have things easily show up in your life, simply out of setting easy and fun intentions

Be inspired by your own discoveries and accomplishments as well as those of other participants

Have Renewed Energy as you move from the camera to other responsibilities

Feel Excitement as you play with discoveries you make as you newly “see” your world and yourself

Develop and reinforce your Creative Muscles so Solutions to challenges come more easily in ALL areas of your life.

Expand Your Listening with deeper communication in your relationships.


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My Story:

chris-onloom-300hI first began using the camera when I taught art in the public schools, mainly to document events and student work.

It was before digital cameras.
Sam, my patient photographer husband, spent hours in the darkroom developing and printing thousands of the black and white photos. Though not the intent, many of them were published in National Art Education magazines.

Several years after my teaching career was ended, we relocated. Our new home was very close to Wetlands  preserves. Taking daily walks with my camera, I discovered the healing powers of nature. In addition, many more new dimensions opened up.

I purchased an inexpensive digital camera. My picture-taking accelerated and broadened. I started taking thousands of photos of whatever attracted my attention. Seeing the results and then getting acknowledged by others for them, began a whole new expansion of my self-image.

It  also freed me up to move in new directions, expand my computer and Internet knowledge, establish a web presence and sell my work. The joy in what I was seeing, learning and experiencing  became something I wanted others to have also.

The teaching gene was still there. I started sharing in ezines and on the web. As more was demanded, I developed courses where the camera became the tool for people learning to see beyond what they took for granted.  Most of my readers and students started paying attention to what they had never even noticed before.

The Camera as a Key to Freedom
when Feeling Stuck

Taking the pictures of “eye-catchers” became a tool for almost instant transformation in situations of stuckness, frustration, anger and more. Once the photos were downloaded into the computer, I often watched them in slide shows. Here, too, I experienced almost instant relief from stress and anger. 

Watching the transitioning photos was almost as healing as being out in nature. Realizing this led to my setting up a YouTube channel so others could also experience these benefits from short videos I started doing.

This is something you, too, can learn to do easily.

Creating Connections – Shifting Focus

I often find “faces” and other images in trees, rocks, buildings and more. When sharing with others in person, or with the photos, there are usually slight variations in our perceptions.

The experiences enhance mutual pleasure when shown and discussed with family members and friends… even colleagues. The communication is “easy and safe”, since there is no “right” or “wrong”. And that new listening skill being developed becomes transferable.

When practicing my, now, mantra, “Photograph ANYTHING that catches your eye,”  a shift in focus always occurs. The thoughts that batter around in my head disappear to make space for clarity and new or reframed ideas.

More from Past Participants:

from the lens - Irina

“Within one week I started feeling my transformation. My eyes were open and my senses awakened, as I learned… to start taking decent pictures, share them and enjoy the process.

The most important thing is that I found out a new way of relaxation – photography… ”  The course also “gave me new ideas for business projects.Irina Wardas –


Adela Rubio has breakthrougs using her camera

“I got a sense of play. I freed myself from rules and the limiting belief that I sucked at photography. Yet I posted pictures that had 40 something comments on Facebook…. 

Through the assigned “play dates” with my camera  I discovered things that even surprised me… It gave me a sense of accomplishment and confidence that I can take pictures. Now I actually think about things like composition, which is hysterical for me.”   Adela Rubio –


Morgine Jurdan testimonial - From the Lens in Treasure Your Life NowAt the end of the 4th TFTL course in which Morgine participated… “I was caught up in my life, standing still, confused and overwhelmed.  One week into your course, I am again seeing dozens of different viewpoints, being more creative and had a huge breakthrough in my personal life.

Your tools help me relax, energize me and always transform how I experience the world! I also love engaging with other participants. Using my camera is so much more fun now.” Morgine Jurdan,

Blaise Allen Photo“Sheila has a keen eye for what is being processed inside the photographer as well is in the frame. She is kind and creative.

Ansel Adams said ‘A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into.’ Sheila looks deeply, and I am grateful for her insight and generous wisdom.” Blaise Allen, Art Therapist/Poet/Writer/Photographer

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Paralleling Life Experiences: My “Eye-I-Catchers” above were reminders….that though old and rusted, memories want to be preserved. The patience of the dog showed love and the “dog” bark provided fun. Many interpretations are possible for the structure and reflections in motorcycle lamps.

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Other Participant Shares:

Jodi Jodette testimonial on From the Lens course in Treasure Your Life Now
“What a great course. I felt lit up, energized and revitalized. ‘Inspiration’ is the word that comes to me. I saw the whole world anew.  I also loved seeing the world through other people’s eyes.I’ve been taking pictures since I was 9 years old. In this course, I started noticing how my energy shifted when I had a camera in my hand, how excited I got. I was able to focus more. The course assignments gave me a heightened awareness of how to look at things.” Jodi Flesberg Lilly –


from the lens - testimonial Tomar Levine

“As an artist, I’ve been in love with my camera for years. Yet in taking Sheila’s class I experienced a breakthrough. I started taking 20-minute jaunts with my camera, on breaks between appointments.

This quick plunge into looking and seeing is exhilarating, makes me feel more alive and joyful in minutes. I now take my camera with me everywhere for impromptu infusions of energy and inspiration.

Sheila also challenged me to expand my habits of seeing with her creative assignments. I realized I’d fallen into ruts of the familiar. Her class had me engage with the world more intimately and with constant curiosity. Using my camera is the quickest way I know of stepping out of my everyday consciousness into the freshness of the here and now.” Tomar Levine,


from the lens - Lynn Ward testimonial“Your class was one of the beautiful things I did for myself last year. I still brighten up to think of getting my camera out. Now when I’m stuck or need a change of pace, I take a photography break. 

It’s amazing how much playing with colors and shapes and new ways of looking at the world energizes me. Sheila also gave me a lot more confidence about my photography and made it easy to learn how to share it.” Lynn Ward


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from the lens - golden sunrise in Delray Beach

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Paralleling Life ExperiencesEnjoying the Mysteries of Reflections in windows of a Department Store; seeing Reality mixed with Fantasy, as well as the Art in Reflections. Exploring seeing life from different angles, photographing people. Awakening to the Light in the day and life; being open to the Spiraling Surprises.

Special Bonuses

 1- Time Sensitive – 30-Minute Phone Consultation – Coaching session with Sheila on looking at your photos to further understand what you might learn from them, applicable to issues you may be dealing with in your life. Alternatively, this time may be used to discuss technical aspects of using your camera and the web. (This offer is good for up to 90 days after course completion, or June 2016) – Value: $90 2 – Guide – How to Use Zoom to Video Record and Connect with Family, Friends and Business Associates – Share your photos and videos – Value: $17 3 – Kickstart Guide to Using Evernote – Organize notes, track your progress, record and more… syncs with all of your device. Value: $47  4 – MIAMI REFLECTIONS Video, with music. More than 150 photos in downtown Miami, mainly of window reflections that appear as abstract paintings. Use for inspiration and or relaxation. Downloadable MP4 or viewable on the web. – Value: $27

 5 – Downloadable Recording of my Interview with Rufina James, author of MASTER YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA –
You will learn “The secret (and never-before-discussed) techniques for unlocking nature’s beauty in your photographs.” 

You will also learn how to capture the essence of your subject; the three critical rules to developing your “inner eye”; how to take powerful and meaningful photos; how a Quantum Physics discovery can radically change the way you take photographs and add joy to your life; why utilizing your right brain opens up powerful new perspectives – Value: $27

 6 – Access to over 150 of my photos of CHIHULY GLASS ART from an Exhibit at Fairchild Gardens in Miami, FL. This is on a password protected page for your viewing pleasure only. Experience how Dale Chihuly, famous glass artist, interpreted spaces in Nature, then created and incorporated glass sculptures to accent and/or blend in. – Value: $17  7 – Downloadable Recording of my Interview with Dewitt Jones, internationally acclaimed NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC photographer and keynote speaker – Hear a master of creativity discuss celebrating life, seeing, creativity, going beyond boundaries and much more. – Value: Priceless 8 The Red Onion Story: Peeling Away the Layers of an Onion, Analogous to Peeling Away the Layers of Ourselves.” My photographs and words describing my experiences of peeling a red onion, the processes and the parallels to other life behaviors. At the conclusion of the story, there are “Self-Reflecting Queries” giving you the opportunity to look directly at your own life in a unique, alternative way. – Value: $17  9 – Video Recordings of all Classes 10 – Additional PDF Guidelines as needed as course progresses


from the lens - Sheila Finkelstein, Relationship Coach/Photographer/Artist/Writer

Sheila Finkelstein Photographer, Writer, Relationship Coach

Minimal technical “knowledge” or expertise is required. The connections with what’s important to you occur as you look through your viewfinder and focus on your subject.

In addition to an expanded view of your world as a result of this program, with a few camera pointers, as well as basic design tips, you will be creating memorable photos.

You will have the freedom to also take countless pictures and see how they relate to your life and way of being


Unleash Your Creativity

Get Connected with Fresh Perspectives

Transform Your Relationship with
Yourself and Others

Enroll Now

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Through and From The Lens Course

4 Participatory Internet Video sessions;
Private Facebook group for questions and for photo and sharing of other experiences;
Audio and Video Recordings of all sessions.

Additional Bonuses – valued at over $200
Option to attend either night or day session, if you have a conflict on one or more of the dates.

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