Creative Director Renae Davidson takes portrait photographs in the LightHouse Fitness Studio.

Stride Into Valentine’s Day with Professional Photos and a New Workshop from LightHouse

This February, LightHouse is feelin’ the love! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and even if your “new year, new me” mantra isn’t quite sticking, we want to give you the shine and swagger you deserve.

On Thursday, February 9, we’ll open up a pop-up portrait studio at the LightHouse for those interested in adding a fresh new photo to their personal or professional profiles. The studio will be open prior to our World of Sex workshop, which is led this month by Life Coach Jan McClain and LightHouse’s Laura Millar. This month’s theme is all about confidence, so what better time to join us for a candid chat  about dating, intimacy and social situations in general. And if you want, you can leave with some professional photos that you (and others) will love.

Love is Blind: Update Your Dating Profile Pic with a Free Photoshoot at LightHouse

Ready for your close-up? Come hang out at our pop-up portrait studio, listen to some good tunes and get a few new snaps that you’re proud to share. Wear what makes you feel comfortable and beautiful — our photographer Renae will do the rest!

When: Thursday, February 9, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

Who: Adults who are blind or have low vision

Where: LightHouse Headquarters, 1155 Market St., 10th Floor, tell reception you’re here to have your photo taken in the fitness studio.

Cost: Free!

RSVP: Contact Renae Davidson at jdavidson@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7370 to set up an appointment.

 

World of Sex: Navigating Social Situations with Ease

Does the idea of navigating the dating world scare you? Do you shrink when you think about putting yourself “out there” at a social event or party? Do you sometimes stay home even though you wish you had gone out? Managing your social life can feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Want some tools on how to do it? Or want to share what’s holding you back? Let’s talk!

Join us at our “World of Sex” workshop with Certified Life Coach and NLP Master Practitioner Jan McClain. This workshop aims to have individuals work towards confidence and security, by instilling a safe place for open conversation about issues and barriers he/she/they may be facing.

When: February 9th from 6 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Who: Adults who are blind or have low vision

Where: LightHouse Headquarters, 1155 Market St, 10th floor

Cost: Free!

RSVP: Participants must RSVP Laura Millar lmillar@lighthouse-sf.org or call 415-694-7345.

Through an approach that uses humor and normalizes the often-stigmatizing feelings about social situations, Jan helps people establish common ground, no matter who they are. For this February’s workshop, Jan promises “body-centered techniques” for feeling at ease, regardless of the situation. “It’s a chance to try things out,” she says, “to see what works and what doesn’t.”  Her goal is for participants to walk away with confidence and an eagerness to try new things in social situations.

This workshop provides a safe space for people who are blind or low vision to share their experience navigating social situations as blind individuals, and to explore areas where they might be holding themselves back. Then, Jan will provide participants with concrete tools for feeling good and calming anxiety.

“These discussions are not typically held,” says Laura Millar, our Sexual Health Services Program Coordinator, “so this takes things a level deeper and allows us a space to be honest, curious and ultimately well-informed.”