Navigating the Relationship Landscape

Photo-Coaching Book 2

Non-Fiction - Relationships
117 Pages
Reviewed on 09/28/2018
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Author Biography

An introvert herself, Gabriela has always been intuitive and curious. She learned logical thinking at an early stage, paving the path for the technical professions (engineering, IT, QA) during the first part of her career. With an MBA under her belt, she ended up making a full circle by turning toward Organizational & Relationship Systems Coaching, which puts her intuition to good use.
By applying coaching to herself, and through a daily meditation practice, Gabriela's intuition has sharpened her intuition and her creativity has increased, leading also to artistic expressions.
She is passionate about writing, self-improvement, and walking a path of heart. She finds strength in nature and loves intuitive painting, nature photography, outdoor activities, visiting sacred places, and . . . wearing that turquoise ski jacket! :-)

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Navigating the Relationship Landscape: Photo-Coaching, Book 2 is a nonfiction self-help book about relationships written by Gabriela Casineanu. Casineanu is a certified Professional Coach who found that photographs can be helpful in facilitating the coaching process. Using “speaking” photographs helps her provide her clients with starting points when they are having trouble articulating issues. In her first book, she presented photographs designed to help readers practice self-reflection as a means to understanding who they are and enriching their lives. This book uses her theory for understanding and improving relationships. We all have relationships: family, friends, coworkers, bosses and even those vendors or service people we come into contact with on a daily basis. Casineanu discusses how we interact with relationships in different ways. She provides readers with a collection of photographs and accompanying questions that will help increase their understanding of the dynamics of each relationship and show ways to improve and facilitate growth in the relationship.

Navigating the Relationship Landscape: Photo-Coaching, Book 2 is an inspirational guide to understanding how one interacts with others. The images Casineanu uses in this book are beautifully photographed and presented, and they work quite well as launching sites for relationship work. I especially liked her emphasis on nature photography, particularly her ocean and maritime images, and I found her chapter detailing the “essential pillars of any great relationship” and its accompanying image of wooden pilings to be very evocative and meaningful. I also liked the interactive feeling this book gives readers with its spaces that allow it to be used as a workbook or journal. Navigating the Relationship Landscape: Photo-Coaching, Book 2 is most highly recommended.

Evelyn Sinclair

I read this book on relationships and loved it. It is so simple and yet so profound. I shall return to it often in the future for help in a variety of different relationships. I liked the innovative style of linking beautiful photography with minimal script. As a former professional psychologist, both in education and in employment, I do feel this book is to be treasured in many situations because of its potential for everyone and anyone.


What a precious collection of important questions one needs to ask the person in the mirror!
Grab a cup of coffee, a notepad, and a pen and cozy up in your favorite armchair with this book. Then think about the one relationship in your life that hurts the most. The one that you were never able to mend, no matter how hard you tried. Open the book and give it another chance! You might succeed this time, thanks to one book. This book.
I would recommend it to anyone troubled by insomnia over a relationship. It's like having a coach in the comfort of your home, asking the questions you need to answer in order to find your own solutions.

Andreea Munteanu

Get in action - Practical approach to mending relationships
I have read Martha (Beck), Brene (Brown), and Marianne (Williamson) in my attempt to improve my relationships, including the one with myself. With all the admiration I have for those ladies, I found myself overwhelmed when it came time to practice.

I appreciate the author's wisdom to filter the scientific research and present us a practical approach to mending relationships. Moreover, the inviting smile in the dedication followed by honestly stating what not to expect, and the details on how to use the tools of visualization and self-reflection.

Reading this book I felt the author's permission to be as curious as the Big Magic fans. I enjoyed the open-minded and straightforward words for their resemblance to the Buddhist monks’ astuteness. With what I have learned in this book, I feel ready to face the questions I kept hiding from and get into action. Thank you!

Elizabeth (Liz) Lim

A Beautiful Guide To Improving All Of Our Relationships
The author has given us a book full of beautiful photos and thought-provoking questions to explore our relationships. The questions guide the readers to creating better relationships, and at the same time also guide them to a fuller awareness of themselves and their participation in those relationships. A gentle guide to exploration and growth that can be used over and over to improve all of our relationships.

Claudiu Murgan

I've really enjoyed the read
When I started reading this book I was not familiar with the Photo-Coaching concept, but by the end of it I found it appealing and easier to relate to the feelings generated by those images. The method can be applied to both personal and business relationship with certain adjustments.

Rebecca C.

A beautifully designed tool for gaining insight and clarity about any kind of relationship
This book is a wonderful tool for gaining clarity about relationship issues.
It contains a series of photos designed to help you reflect on specific aspects of a relationship. Reflecting on the photos helps cut through the noise and confusion inside one's own mind, and get right to the heart of the matter: how can we get along best with those we love?
Here's how I use the book (and Gabriela Casineanu's other wonderful photo coaching books as well):
I jot down my responses to each image, in terms of what that image brings to mind. Then I put my notes together, highlight the parts that stand out, and put those highlighted parts together. The result is a clear, succinct message to myself, showing what to focus on in order to help any type of relationship be the best that it can be.
It's hard to think of any other method that can provide this level of clarity and insight in such a short time. It's a beautifully designed, efficient, and helpful tool that you can use over and over to reach a deeper understanding of the people you care about and want to relate to at your highest and best.

Ryan Schoof

This is the visual GPS to your happiness...
There’s great depth to Navigating the Relationship Landscape that bares great fruit. The author’s questions through each chapter gives a realistic approach to the obstacles we all face in our relationships. Although she never provides any personal examples of navigating her own relationship landscape, she gives us amazing visuals to reach her readers. In Chapter 19, she discusses Environment which plays a pivotal role in grounding us where we do (and don’t) belong.

The author’s message is solid throughout this read: To have greater relationships, you must adapt to that which is around you after you first grow within you.

This is a no-brainer if you’re questioning whether or not to purchase this. Answer: Yes. Your visual mind will thank you for it.

I look forward to future work from Gabriela.

Judson Somerville MD

A great tool to reach your subconscious to improve yourself
A completely new to me, approach to self growth in an effort to improve relationships. This is meant to be used by those in a serious life partner relationship but I believe it can and will help you with all your relationships. Beautiful pictures and to the point writing allow you to focus on the issue(s) each picture covers. Thus your not bogged down in readings page after page but free to use your imagination which face it, if you want your relationships to work it’s up to your creativeness and ability to come up with solutions. This book helps you develop those skills. We all can use help and this book is a great and unique addition to our development.

Virginia Ritterbusch

NAVIGATING THE RELATIONSHIP LANDSCAPE presents a collection of photographs combined with a set of questions that foster self-exploration. Or as the author describes the concept, self-coaching—posing questions to oneself that lead to solutions or an awareness within yourself that opens a pathway for relationship resolution. The main premise is that we must have a relationship and understanding of ourselves before we can successfully navigate the dynamics of all the other relationships we traverse throughout life.


A refreshing look on relationships
This was such a refreshing book to read and it came at the right time. There is so much wisdom shared on how to navigate relationships especially if it’s not going the way you would have liked. The photo coaching style made it very easy to read the book and take in the lessons that I can apply immediately in my life. If there is any relationship(s) in your life that you have some conflict or you want to improve the communication, get this book! You won’t regret it.


A unique way to explore ways to grow and nurture your relationships
I wasn't familiar with the concept of photo coaching, and now I'm in love with it! Gabriela Casineanu does a fantastic job taking you through the key areas of any relationship so you can find the right answers FOR YOU deep inside. The beautiful photos within the book are also very inspiring and uplifting. Five stars!