Connie Reider is an accomplished professional photographer in the Washington D.C. area, specializing in portraiture. For over 25 years, she has been using her camera to express her personal vision of the world around her. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995, Connie used her camera and journaling to help herself to heal. She discovered that the cancer experience had a profoundly positive effect on her life, which she documents in her book, IN SHADOW and LIGHT... LOOKING for the GIFTS of CANCER.
Connie co-founded the F. Holland Day Center for Healing and Creativity; for the past several years, she served as the Creative Director leading week-long healing retreats for women with cancer. Connie also leads international photo-journeys where participants can open their visual eye along with their spiritual soul to find inspiration, spontaneity, and emotion in people and in places.
In 2007, Connie created INscape, The Healing Art of Photography. This rich and supportive 2 day program is offered at cancer wellness centers across the country. INscape is based on the belief that when photography is guided by the heart, it connects the life lessons metaphorically represented in nature with the landscapes of our inner lives. The resulting “self portraits” reveal a wealth of insightful information, giving a deeper understanding of the participant’s unique journey with cancer and life itself.
Connie lives in Annapolis, Maryland with her Portuguese Water Dog, Splash.