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




Seeing Through the Eyes of the “Other”: Gainin...

Program description

This diversity-embracing photography workshop/residency utilizes photography as the scaffolding to explore diversity and to embrace authenticity and social awareness! In Part I of this experience, the group will explore lighting techniques and styles. Next, working in teams, students will interview a partner (to whom they are not particularly close) with specific questions around bullying, emotions, and different perspectives. Each will take notes, and reflect the other’s perspective back to them. A group sharing and discussion will follow on what it feels like to see through the eyes of the other.

During Part II of the residency, the students will reconnect with their partner and as a larger group they will all design, implement and participate in a group photo. Students will consider the photography elements explored during the first half of the residency to orchestrate the creation of the image and instruct me in how to create the photograph as they all pose in “Mannequin Challenge” style in response to the question “What do you look like when you see through the eyes of the ‘Other’?” Finally, participants will divide back into the dyads and plan and photograph their partner’s eyes (using newly learned photography elements) as they express any emotion they choose. Each team will edit their images based on outlined goals and images will be uploaded for a final art piece.

A completed collage with all images will be delivered to the school within one month of the delivery of all digital images for the school to showcase this work.

*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, Media, Multi-discipline, Multi-media, Storytelling, 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:

 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 devices (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 Second portion 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 $10 on average. In the Second Portion of residency they run $85 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 utilize written directions and lights to explore photographic styles of lighting, later using the new knowledge to light their subjects for their final images.
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 together to explore photographic lighting techniques, then participate in dyads to explore diverse perspectives, finally using the new tools and perspectives to impact 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 be asked to summarize a partner’s responses to specific questions, even feeding the answers back to them to confirm they have sufficiently captured the summary.

NC Essential Standards:

V.1 Use the language of visual arts to communicate effectively. Students will have the opportunity to be on both sides of the camera to communicate their emotions and perspectives through photography.
V.2 Apply creative and critical thinking skills to artistic expression. As both subjects and photographers, students will have the chance to consider the technical aspect of lighting as well as the idea they want to communicate through their art.

TT.1 Use technology and other resources for assigned tasks. This residency makes great use of technology in the classroom as the students create their own images for the final art project.


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

 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.