The Mindful Approach

with ardelle neubert

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Are you ready to be pushed to think about your work in a new way?
The mindful photographic approach will empower you to be intentional with the images you make, creating stronger, deeper, more meaningful imagery.
Photographers have the power to express and communicate messages through their work, leaving lasting impressions with viewers. When we become more mindful of what we want to say and practice until we have the ability to say those things is when spectacular things happen, vision develops and we create art.
In this advanced four week workshop, you will work on techniques to identify photographic elements, learn how to use those elements to create a stronger frame, break through creative boundaries, create images that express who you are and what you intend to say through your work, all leading to a gained confidence in yourself as an artist.

4 weeks


daily shooting encouraged


4 hours of work per week


this course has prerequisites


To get the most out of this workshop, you should have a solid understanding of manual mode and comfort with your camera in addition to an understanding of compositional techniques.



Ardelle Neubert is a lifestyle and fine art photographer. She lives in Calgary, AB, Canada with her husband and their two boys. She carries her camera everyone, capturing the real life moments of love, laughter, daily activities and adventures in her life.
Ardelle is an international award winning photographer who’s work has been featured in a variety of publications including Click Magazine, Real Life Magazine, Photo Life Magazine, and several photography blogs. She is also a contributor to Offset and Stocksy. When she isn’t keeping up with a calendar full of her boys’ sports and activities, she loves being anywhere near the water.

Her portfolio is available here www.ardelleneubert.com.

The following photographers also participate in discussions and provide assignment critiques as teaching assistants:

A number of course alumni are invited to engage in discussion, share insight with students, and provide feedback and encouragement throughout the course.


Intermediate, Advanced

• Introduction: Intro video – get to know your instructor
• Week 1: PDF Lesson + 2 Image Discussions on-screen videos
• Week 2: PDF Lesson + Shooting Video
• Week 3: PDF Lesson + 2 In-depth Photograph Study Videos
• Week 4: PDF Lesson + Edit Video, *Bonus Video Discussing My Underwater Housing
• Instructor-Led Online Meeting each week
• Personal weekly assignment critique by Instructor

Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students receive instructor and TA critiques of the posted assignment each week and have lifetime access to a Workshop Alumni forum for continued peer discussion after the course concludes.

Study Along students will have access to all materials and will be able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum and receive access to their own private subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments.

Welcome & Preassignment

Week One

Reading:Creating stronger images using six photographic elements
Assignment: Photographic Elements

Week Two

Reading: Becoming a thinking photographer; Thinking through and image, making decisions about your images, ways to manipulate the elements in a frame to create unique images

Assignment: Communicating a Mood

Week Three

Reading: Shooting with intent. Expression through your work. Your vision. Breaking down barriers. Fulfillment.

Assignment: Visual Storytelling

Week Four

Reading: What’s next? Develop focus, inspiration, creativity, experimentation, motivation.

Assignment: Creative constraints

The CMU workshop is a 100% online classroom experience. Once you sign up, you have access to a course forum that is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.

Each week students receive a set of course materials– these materials generally include a PDF and/or videos. Throughout the week, instructors and TAs are present in the forum every day to answer questions and offer encouragement. Students receive an assignment each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and class discussion throughout the week.

Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students post their assignments in the forum and receive instructor and TA critiques each week. They also have lifetime access to a Workshop Alumni forum for continued peer discussion after the course concludes.

Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum. They also receive access to their own private Study Along subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.

Whether you are a Full Participation student or a Study Along student, the course materials are yours to keep.


  • I was looking for a class to really push me creatively. I had spent the last 3 years of my photography journey learning all of the technical skills and trying to find my voice but nothing had really clicked to that point. I still felt my images were lacking heart + impact. Ardelle’s class was a game changer for my photography journey. All of the things that I had learned over the past three years (lighting, composition, connection, etc.) suddenly came together. It was like a single thread sewing the pieces of a patchwork quilt together. She pushes you to look at things is a different light and really be intentional about all of your choices before you click the shutter. I would absolutely retake this class again if Click Photo School offered full participation alumni seats. I feel that this is a class you can take at different points in your photography journey and have different take aways at each level. Also, I had been kicking around the idea of applying for Click Pro for about 6 months. Ardelle encouraged a few of us to take the plunge. I did and was accepted on my first try! I have no doubt that her class was key in helping make that goal a reality.

  • Stacey Smith says:

    The Mindful Approach is one of the best classes on Clickin Moms! It is a gift that you can give yourself no matter where you are on your photography journey. I had my eye on this class for a while and I am kicking myself for not taking it earlier. I was excited each week to devour the beautiful and informational PDF’s. I was nervous taking the class FP and working full time, but the weekly assignments and exercises are manageable and meaningful. Ardelle is a wonderful teacher that supports her class with thoughtful discussions, videos, detailed critiques and weekly online meetings (my favorite!). I have definitely seen improvement in my photography by practicing the concepts and techniques that I have learned through this class. Thank you Ardelle! Do yourself a favor and sign up for the next run – you won’t regret it!

  • Jennifer Boutilier says:

    This is one of those rare classes that I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone, at almost any point in their journey. The PDFs were rich with information (and Ardelle’s amazing photography) and the videos were so helpful in backing up that information. I have walked away from this class more intentional and mindful of how I approach taking photographs, and am literally ‘seeing’ the elements we discussed in the first two weeks everywhere I look. The assignments, both in daily shooting and the weekly submissions, made me slow down and really think before pushing the shutter, and I created some new favourite images during our four week run. Ardelle is such an involved instructor, challenging us with daily thoughts in relation to the materials, and providing prompt feedback on the assignments. I would highly recommend it!

  • Chloe says:

    I completed her workshop earlier this year and it was my first ever class from CM. I was mesmerized by her devoted heart to help us grow and find our own unique voices in photography. This course will make you push your limit to be more creative by trying new techniques and by thinking out of the box. Ardelle was always present to answer our questions and her feedbacks to our photos were so genuinley thoughtful and incredibly helpful so we could actually improve in many ways to create stronger images. I’m so grateful that I started my journey in CM with her amazing workshop.

  • Lori McLellan says:

    I just completed the last run of Ardelle’s class, the Mindful Approach, and really was disappointed when the 4 weeks was up. This class will make you slow down and be more observant and mindful when you are shooting, it will have you consider different ways to make a photograph and it will teach you what elements and decisions make better images. Ardelle does a fantastic job of supporting her materials with videos, links to other information, daily questions in the forum to reinforce the readings and weekly online meetings to discuss the weekly materials. She is present and involved the entire 4 weeks, encouraging and positive, and feedback is detailed and thorough. I would not hesitate to tell you to sign up for this class the next time it is offered! You will not regret it. This class is easily one of my favourites I’ve taken at CM.

  • Melissa McCann says:

    The Mindful Approach is a the kind of class that will seriously change the way you shoot. While I knew the basic rules of composition, Ardelle’s class took me a step beyond. I finally have a good understanding when I look at an image I love of why I love it so. I think being able to really understand what elements of composition make a great image has helped me seek out these elements in my own shooting. I am slowing down more and really thinking about what I want before I hit the button. It is a challenging class but so worth the effort. I feel like I have grown as a photographer and am excited to continue to use the tools I learned in the class to improve my images. Ardelle is a fantastic instructor. Her PDF is so informative and well organized not to mention filled with beautiful images. I will treasure it. Her videos are incredibly helpful and she even had weekly meetings so we could directly ask her questions. I learned a great deal from her critiques of my assignments and the TAs were extremely thoughtful as well. If you are debating whether to take this class – TAKE IT. You will not regret it.

  • The Mindful Approach was such an eye-opening class. The PDF was so full of information but organized in such a way that none of it was overwhelming. I not only learned new concepts, but also went more in-depth with familiar concepts that gave me a new outlook on them. I would definitely recommend this class to anyone. I did Study-Along, but the Full Participation class was so engaged and I learned a lot from watching their interactions with each other and Ardelle. Overall, awesome class!

  • I was fortunate to take this course in its first run. And what a fabulous class it was! Ardelle put 150% into the course. The pdfs are absolutely beautiful and filled with so much information. Week 1 alone was mind blowing! Everything just clicked after it, and we still had 3 weeks to go. Ardelle is super responsive to questions and helps you along throughout the class. Her reviews are super thorough, and what is wonderful is that she tells not only where you might need improvement (which is expect d), but what you did right and why and what effect it has on the image. I can’t recommend this class enough. If you’re at any level in your photography journey, this class is for you. It will push you to the next level, help things click naturally, and encourage creativity like never before. Take this class. You won’t regret it!

  • Shereen says:

    I have just completed the spring 2017 run of The Mindful Approach and I am so sad that it is over. Ardelle is a wonderful and supportive instructor. The pdf’s each week were jam-packed with information and practical activities for participants to work on throughout the week, not to mention the gorgeous images that Ardelle creates. On top of all of the wonderful information that Ardelle provides, she fosters a warm and supportive learning environment both through the forums and the weekly online meetings. Finally, the critiques that Ardelle provided were clear, detailed, and offered practical advice to make the image stronger.

    I walked away from this workshop looking at the world differently. I understand the concept of pre-visualization, and I am better at looking at images and really vocalising why I like them. These are only two of the many skills that I have picked up during the workshop.

    If you want to create stronger images, then I highly recommend this workshop.

  • Nicole says:

    I took The Mindful Approach during its first run last fall, and let me just say I am so glad that I did! When I first read the class description it peaked my interest but I was unsure of whether to take it since there were no reviews of the class. (Obviously) Luckily, for anyone reading this you are not in the same position. Ardelle has an amazing way of making you really take your time and think about what you are including in your photo. After taking this class I can say that I really am more mindful of what is in the frame. She encourages daily shooting and was always available to answer questions. She provided lengthy and thorough feedback to weekly assignments. I think that this class would be beneficial to anyone with a passion for photography, no matter where you are in that journey. Thank you Ardelle!

  • Susan Bahen says:

    This is a must-take!! The Mindful Approach was such an incredible workshop experience and I am so happy to have been a part of the inaugural run. Ardelle put her heart and soul into this workshop. Her assignment critiques were so thorough as were those of her amazing TAs. Don’t be intimidated that this is an advanced level class, but think of it as a class that will push you to the next level. I would suggest that you have a solid grasp of the basics of composition so you can better apply the concepts taught in the class to you work.

  • Olga Levien says:

    I just finished first run of this amazing workshop with Ardelle and really enjoyed every single moment of it in amazing company of talented ladies and great instructor {shame to say I never heard Ardelle’s name and never seen her work, but when I look at workshop description I decided its “must do” and exactly what I need at this moment. When I seen pre-assignment introductions I felt Im in the right place with thoughtful and mindful people around.
    Materials of workshop just amazing – great structured, understandable, motivating, inspiring, creating a constrains and making you think and shoot outside the box with creative approach. PDF’s, videos and our online meetings every week was so inspiring, I will miss it! {for me this workshop stand on the same level as Composition and Creativity by Sarah what I took last year as SA}.
    Im sure this class materials set for a long run. Only continuous shooting, practice, thinking about all element in the frame and creativity can bring a success and progress.
    Im really appreciate all time in the workshop and look forward to continue connecting with everyone in Alumni group.
    I highly recommend this workshop to everyone no matter where you in your photography journey, it will set you on the right track with ability to work on finding your Voice and Vision.

  • Eileen says:

    I knew the minute I saw this workshop was going to be offered that I would want to take it. I enjoyed every minute of this class. Ardelle pushes you to understand your vision and to take your photography to the next level. She really forces you to think about the choices you make when creating an image. Ardelle was very present during the run and answered questions quickly and throughly. She encouraged us to shoot daily and to be active in the forum. I also appreciated her thoughtful critiques. She encouraged us to push ourselves and create images that are true to our vision. Ardelle’s work is very beautiful and inspiring as well. Going forward, I know I will take the concepts we learned in this workshop and use them daily in my photography. Thank you, Ardelle!!

  • Jo says:

    Ardelle Neubert has created the most incredible experience in her phenomenal workshop “The Mindful Approach”. When I first saw the workshop listed, I really wanted to join but was nervous that I wouldn’t keep up with the advanced group of photographers that had enrolled. Ardelle helped me to take that leap and I will be forever grateful! Learning from Ardelle has given me the knowledge to observe and read an image, understanding which elements make an image strong and how those elements can be utilised to create stronger images. Although the elements are studied comprehensively, you will have complete freedom with how you choose to use those elements in your own individual approach to photography. There is no formula to learn, no hard and fast rules – this workshop will allow you to explore new techniques and concepts in your own unique way, gaining a better understanding of your own approach to photography.

    Ardelle’s materials have been compiled so thoughtfully, with such detailed information, guidance and inspiration. Ardelle’s images are simply spectacular and she uses the images to demonstrate the concepts so perfectly. The learning environment is so varied with pdf’s, videos, and bonus online meetings where you can chat directly with Ardelle and your classmates. Ardelle fosters such a warm and engaging community within the workshop and the interaction between classmates is invaluable. Learning in such a supportive environment has strengthened the work of all participants and it has been a truly special experience.

    If you are ready to learn a new visual vocabulary, make stronger images and engage in this inspiring setting, this workshop is for you! You are in for such a treat! This workshop is amazing and I highly recommend it!

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