Art Therapist in Training, Blogging, Graduate School, Marketing, Photography, Photojournalism, Product

Anatomy of a Growing Professional

Happy Tuesday everyone! I have much exciting news for Breanna’s Creations and for myself, Breanna Cox, as a professional.  How do these things help the professional community in New Mexico? How do these things help my clients?  These things will shine a light on my skills and will improve my skills.  I am here to serve you

Elected Member of the New Mexico Art Therapy Association

  • I am pleased and honored to be elected as a student member on the Directors Board of the New Mexico Art Therapy Association.
  • This is exciting for my professional life and I will get to rub elbows with Art Therapists who are already in the field; working with clients. Plus this is outside of school of course.  However, I am on the 3-year plan in Grad School so I have enough time to balance both.
  • Happy to contribute my Journalism and Photography skills to the Art Therapy community. Plus I’ll be able to get leadership skills as well!

 

New Business Cards!

  • As I said in this post, I have multiple professional identities! This is a good problem right?
  • I’m not sure if business cards are still used, but they are definitely good to have when necessary.
  • With this design, I wanted something different than the standard horizontal 3-piece layout.  Hopefully, this will be unique and stick for the people that get one.  After all, I’m unique!

 

New Camera Equipment!! The Canon 6D Mark II is here!!

  • I posted an unboxing video in my last blog post. I am new to video, and to …ahem…unboxing.  Comment below and let me know what you think!
  • The Canon 6D Mark II is a big step up from my 40D.  It is a full frame and I hope to capture the moments and images that need to be seen. Please send any tips! I am open to learning from other Canon shooters.
  • Of course, I took advantage of a Cyber Monday deal at Adorama. The price was $1699, and it came with a ton of accessories, and the Canon Pixma printer. Wow!  Since then, the price has gone to $2049. (that’s before the shipping cost)  For those of you looking at camera equipment, it is an investment – look and compare deals!
  • Plus – the $350 Rebate thru Canon. Let’s hope I can do this paperwork right and get that rebate. Does anybody have tips on that process please?

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Art, Art Therapist in Training, Blogging, Graduate School, Papercrafting, Photography

~Taps Mic~ Is this thing on? (My struggle with audience/niche.)

I am struggling with niche and audience.  Well, if you are reading this – you are my audience.  I appreciate you! You probably stumbled on my blog via WordPress land or from my Twitter profile.  Nonetheless, I still need to define who my audience is and how I can grow my audience. Perhaps you can help me?

First –

  • I’m a graduate student just entering the field of Art Therapy/Counseling.  So I could brand myself as a graduate student.  Or I would like to start building my professional image as an Art Therapist (who is currently in school.) So is my audience other graduate students who might share the same experience?  Or is my audience the Art Therapy community?  See the dilemma?
  • Also, I’m a photojournalist – albeit on hiatus currently, but I still have skills and it is my artistic forte.  Every art therapist will have an artist identity.  In the real world, I would like to have clients who might need portraits done. How do said clients find me and why would they hire an Art Therapy grad student? Oh wait, this grad student is a professional photographer!
  • Then there is papercrafting.  I make cards, occasionally scrapbook, and dabble in mixed media.  Oh yeah, and I am a Fun Stampers Journey Coach (#10520).  I have been wanting to show cards on this blog and even easy how-tos that have helped me.  However, is there a need for folks to see my papercrafting?  I hope so!

 

More thoughts to come on this…

Thanks for any thoughts or insights…Good night all!

Art Therapist in Training, Existentialism, Graduate School, Theory

What is the meaning of life? Is it bacon?

What is the meaning of life? Each one of us define this in a different way. Perhaps this is why Existential therapy can make an impact for clients who are struggling with what they are doing in life. No, not the “doings” and many people get caught up in all the go-go-go, but lose sight of what they really want to do.

As we discussed Existentialism in class and then we made a responsive art work, I felt like existentialism is the type of philosophy that could be discussed for days. I felt a longing to know what is the real impact? Why should I care, and can I see myself using this concept and type of therapy in my future practice? Of course, in order to answer these questions for myself (and this paper); I had to do some further studying in the reading and my own self-reflection.

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Art, Art Therapist in Training, Graduate School

Making art for different reasons

How can I make art in a different way that what I have done?

As we went around the room and named reasons why we make art, my 3 main reasons are as a form of a reflection, a gift, or also to tell a story. It was rather eye-opening to hear of other classmates’ ideas and reasons to make art. This is somewhat of a representation of future clients – we will have a variety of clients with different needs and wants for art making. I will of course do my utmost effort to address a client’s need or want towards their art making.

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