I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a teacher. My mom was a teacher, my grandma was a teacher, my uncle was a teacher….. well, I grew up around a lot of teachers – it’s only natural. I used to play teacher in my room and even had a school set up in my mom’s garage when I was growing up. Whom was I teaching? Well, they looked a lot like cabbage patch kids, barbies and my little ponies but they listened well.
I have also over the past few years done lots of learning. Learning through various schools including college including nursing school. After I graduated I had hoped that I was DONE with learning. I knew it all, RIGHT? WRONG! I learn constantly at my nursing job but over the years I have gotten more comfortable in knowing that I do know a lot and that I started teaching at my nursing job.
Ever the girl looking for a challenge – I decided 4 years into my nursing career that I wanted to learn something new. Thus, I embarked on learning my fancy new camera. I thought I was hot stuff with my new digital camera. I rocked auto like it had never been rocked before. It was great! I finally had a fast camera and I could get pictures of my puppies. Then I realized that I knew nothing other than auto. So I studied and studied and I LEARNED what my camera was judging to get those settings and I started learning photography. Geez, I know here I am 6 years later and I am still finding myself and learning. And I know that I will ALWAYS keep learning and getting better and better.
All that being said, over the past year I have felt comfortable enough to teach the basics of camera settings as well as composition and exposure to others. I am by no means an expert but I do feel that I have learned A LOT over the past many years that I can pass my knowledge to others. Annie has been the teacher of these classes over the years mostly because I learned a lot from her and I never felt comfortable enough to teach anyone. With her exit from the company with the exception of only second shooting weddings with me – the time had come. And it wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. I was a little nervous to teach this class mostly because I know the information but what if I can’t explain it so that someone else can understand.
Well, I met Paul who got this class as a gift from his wife for his first father’s day. He is a father even though him and his wife are expecting their first child later this year and I am so happy that I get to photograph the newborn session when little one arrives. We met at the Raleigh Rose Garden – I knew this would be the perfect place. The harsh afternoon sun would give me some great teaching points as well as the roses would be excellent guides as to this is how you place yourself in relation to the subject in sunny conditions.
I had a great time with Paul that afternoon and he made my first teaching experience painless. If I didn’t make any sense at all, he never let on to it and the images that I saw on the back of his camera were great so I think he did learn a few things. The key to these types of classes is practice – and I hope to get a good update of his practice at the newborn session in a few months. I will keep you updated on that.
In the meantime, enjoy some of my favorites from the examples that I shot during the class to explain composition and exposure and what a better subject than some of the prettiest roses in the city!