Photosynthesis - Ginger Wagoner

Photosynthesis - Ginger Wagoner

Ginger Wagoner is an award winning artist who makes her living as a photographic artist, and, like many artists, loves sharing her talents, teaching others, and helping students find their passion. She is extremely active in our local community.

Through her artistic photography, Ginger dedicates herself to creating soulful, intimate, and meaningful work. In addition to her bread-n-butter work, she is most passionate about her creative work relating to young leadership and pursuing justice. This ranges from promoting global awareness, to protecting women’s rights; from mentoring young Latina empowerment, to protecting battered women; and from supporting lower income schools, to encouraging self-confidence around body image, and so on.

Her awards and recognition include multiple Kodak Gallery Awards, being selected for the Professional Photographers of America’s Loan Collection publication highlighting leading photographers around the country, and receiving the Presidential Award from Professional Photographers of North Carolina.

One of Ginger’s clients sums up: “The great thing about using Ginger for your photography is that you know you’re supporting all the great work that she does in the community. She works with breast cancer survivors, creates portraits of children with life-threatening illnesses and for families who lose a child at birth, volunteers building homes with Habitat, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!”

Ginger’s artist statement reads: “I am a co-conspiring witness. Recording, but not removed. Often intimately intertwined with my subjects who must trust me in order to reveal. My joy is discovering and relaying the beauty and oneness of humanity despite our struggles, self-doubts, and our challenges with regard to diversity—the exquisite diversity of physicality, mentality, spirituality. I adore focusing in on the source of Real-ness. Reflecting back universal soul and creating a pause button for viewers to absorb the lyrical texture of our human nature and relationships.”

In addition to her photographic work, Ginger is zealous about promoting social justice for women, children, different ethnicities, and same-gender couples through other avenues. Together, she and her 15-year-old daughter launched, a site with wearable art calling attention to and raising money for these causes.


  3000 Hanson Dr, Charlotte, NC 28207




Beauty Re-Imagined: A New Perspective through the ...

Program description

      This two part workshop/residency is the photographic version of Twister for re-conceptualizing beauty! In this perspective-shifting photography experience, Part I (up to 90 minutes) will ask students to examine a variety of professional photographic works and select their favorites. Based on their responses they will participate in a group dialogue reflecting on their choices as they learn about and identify essential photography elements such as composition, ratios, contrast, textures, and color, while being challenged around stereotypical notions of beauty. A second examination and selection process will focus on choosing images they do not like and using photographic tools discussed to find a way the image would be beautiful to them. Students get to explore “seeing more,” looking beyond the surface, and broadening their perception of beauty.

        In the second portion of this residency (Part II – also 90 minutes), after a discussion applying the concepts of beauty to people, students will complete a writing exercise exploring an aspect of themselves they think is beautiful, either physically or personality-wise. Then, implementing the photography skills learned in the first portion of the residency, the students will team up in pairs to share in dialogues with each other and photograph this aspect of one another. Finally, students will reconvene to discuss observations of the relationship between photography and beauty. All participants will receive a printed copy of their favorite, self-determined “most beautiful” image within one month of completing this portion of the residency.

*This workshop is also:
• Economical by design to help stretch funds.
• The second half is a great option for schools participating in the Verizon initiative giving schools an opportunity to showcase work generated using the iPads.
• Skills for 21st Century Learning – Creativity and Innovation, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Initiative and Self-Direction, Communication and Collaboration
• Alignment with Curriculum – Visual Art, Social Awareness, Technology

Booking / scheduling contact

Ginger Wagoner


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Literary Arts, Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: American
Program type: Day Trip, Out-of-School-Time, Workshop
Population served: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 9
Subject: English, Language Arts, Literacy, Other, Visual Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

 Please call 704-358-3587 to schedule a program with Ginger Wagoner

Available times:

 Times are flexible. We can discuss the best options considering the photography portion of the residency.

Length of program: A choice of either Part I – a 90 minute class; or Both Part I and Part II (either 2-90 minute classes or one 3hr seminar); This program can be abbreviated to fit shorter class blocks if needed.
Space / technical requirements:

 First Portion: LCD projector or Smartboard.

Second Portion: Prefer to have access to outdoors, school provides digital devices capable of photography (either 1 per student or 1 per pair, or students can use their own) and the staff point person delivers digital images to Photosynthesis for final prints.


 Your facility or classroom; access to outdoor space preferred for Part II of residency.

Fees / Ticketing:

Prices are determined by the number of instruction hours, number of courses on single day, and materials required for the lesson. We will adapt the program to meet your achievement goals.

      • Typical fees for preparation and implementation of Part I is $300 for up to 90-minute blocks
      • If Part I and Part II are desired together as a 3hr program in one day, the fee is $550.
      • Or $600 for both Part I and Part II on two separate days.
      • If multiple programs are booked for the same day, additional fees are as follows:
                 o   Duplicate Part I or Part II courses are $250 per 90-min class;
                 o   Or $500 per additional 3hr program
      • Material fees for the First Portion of the residency run $30 on average. In the Second Portion of residency they run $60 on average.


NC Standard Course of Study:

 5-12.R.7 – Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words. Students will evaluate and select from multiple images and explain why they chose their image using photographic terminology.

5-12.SL.1 – Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly. Students will be asked to work independently to apply interpretations of photographic elements, then participate in groups and dyads to implement the elements in their own photography.

5-12.SL.2 –Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. Students will select images to present and use photographic terms to describe before creating their own images based on a selection of at least one of the concepts.

NC Essential Standards:

V.1 Use the language of visual arts to communicate effectively. In the first class, students will be asked to convey beauty via imagery. In the second portion, students will create their own image to communicate a specific message.

V.2 Apply creative and critical thinking skills to artistic expression. Students will be asked to apply photographic elements to produce their own version of previously taken images. In the second class, they will be challenged to select and apply elements previously discussed to incorporate into their own images.

TT.1 Use technology and other resources for assigned tasks. Session two of this residency makes great use of technology in the classroom as the students create their own images


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

 We will do our absolute best to reschedule with you, but IF complete cancellation is necessary, the school will be responsible for the following:
       •    If cancelled 1-3 weeks prior to the lesson start date, 25% of the total cost + any materials already purchased must be paid.
       •    If cancelled within 1 week of start date, 35% of the total cost + materials already purchased must be paid.
       •    If cancelled with fewer than 24hrs notice, 100% of the total cost + materials must be paid.