Mindful Photography Guide

Form a deeper relationship with the present and enhance your well-being, whether you're exploring outside your back door or traveling the world.

Get your camera out!

It's time to intimately connect with the world around you.

Are you ready to explore life more deeply, from a place of being fully present?

Mindful photography is all about the joy of experiencing the moment, through photography.

Mindful Photography


Get out of your head and into the world around you by exploring with your phone or camera.


Be in the present moment and appreciate life as it unfolds in front of your eyes.

be well

Cultivate gratitude, joy, and better well-being by noticing the details all around you.

- Headspace

In today's fast-paced world, many of us are looking for ways to slow down the pace, become less stressed and experience better well-being.

The camera is an ideal tool to help us become more aware of our experiences.

For me, it's been an engaging way to get out of my daily routine and enjoy my travel experiences. Over the years, I've come to value my alone time wandering around and taking in the good.

Mindful photography is a way to experience the world through the lens, with an eye towards meaning and beauty.

“Mindfulness is the ability to be present, to rest in the here and now, fully engaged with whatever we’re doing in the moment.”

What is Mindful Photography?

Mindful photography is a blend of mindfulness and photography. It's the quality of being fully present and experiencing the world with the lens.

It's an approach to photography that is more about the journey than the destination. Instead of focusing on the technical aspect of capturing photos, you focus on the process. Making it less about getting the right shot and more about engaging with the moment and feeling more present.

Mindful photography is taking time to align your eyes with your mind and heart to better appreciate the world around you.

It's a way to find more satisfaction in the process of creating photography and leads to more joy and meaning. 

With mindful photography, you use your camera as a tool to learn to be present.

Mindfulness is the art of paying attention. It's an important part of self-care and there are many ways to bring it to our daily lives.

With photography being an activity so many people love, integrating it with mindfulness into one practice, makes perfect sense.

Mindful photography is an ideal tool for cultivating well-being because it's easy to practice anywhere. It's a slow & considered way of capturing the moment.

Mindful photography is also a way to relate to the present moment with joy & gratitude. By slowing down and savoring something that uplifts you like photography, it brings more joy to the experience.

Sometimes it's easy to take photographs without thinking. Yet, approached with intention, a camera can hold the key for reconnecting with the present.


Mindful photography is a fun & accessible tool for well-being.

The Health Benefits of


photography allows us to focus on what brings us joy, improving mental health.

exploring the world on foot is a good form of exercise.

Mindful photography helps us to slow down, promoting relaxation.


Photography engages our interests and leads to the state of flow.

- minor white

“Be still with yourself until the object of your attention affirms your presence.”

Mindful Photography Tips

Photography and mindfulness work well together, one compliments the other.

Photography is a mindful way to slow down and be with the world you live in. While mindfulness is a way to enhance exploring with your camera in hand.

Combined, it's a great way to get off the autopilot mode that is modern life and notice what is around you.

These ideas will encourage you to intentionally explore, remove yourself from the everyday noise of life and relax your mind & body.

If you're looking to experience more meaning & gratitude and enjoy taking photos, here's how to get started.

PS: Don't forget to turn your cell phone off or put it on airplane mode. That way you can fully experience the moments in front of you.

Be Intentional, Start with Deep Breaths

Slow Down 

Be Present & Use Your Senses To Explore

See Things For What They Are

Appreciate The Beauty In Everything

Focus On The Process, Not The Camera

- Karin Van Mierlo

“Mindful photography gets you in an active state, takes you out of your head, and encourages you to connect to the world.”

Mindful Photography Ideas

Here are three simple practices to try in your backyard or on your next travel adventure.

Choose one color. Slowly walk around an area (yard, park or neighborhood) for 10 minutes noticing that color. Get up close and personal with that color.  After you've explored, create 5 mindful photos that capture your color.

Practicing gratitude makes us more mindful and happy. So, why not combine your mindful photography with some gratitude by documenting the things, people or moments that you are grateful for. Set aside a block of time or take a few photos every day over a period of a week. Then review your photos & make a collage. Being on the lookout for things we appreciate serves as a reminder to stop & fully appreciate the moments we capture as well as the subjects  we choose.

This is my mindful photography exercise of choice and my favorite way to explore when traveling. Pick a place and spend a dedicated chunk of time wandering with no agenda. Simply sink into your adventure and let it unfold with ease. 

What do you think?

Is mindful photography a practice that might bring you joy or transform how you experience the world?

"The greatest voyage of our lifetimes is not in the seeking of new landscapes but in the seeing with new eyes."

Mindful photography is an amazing tool for well-being. No matter how or when you practice, it will deepen your relationship with yourself and the world around you. Making it time well spent. Below are more free resources for your journey, happy shooting!


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