A High School Workshop
In May I was invited by the art teacher of a local high school to do a repeating photography workshop.
I taught and demonstrated to 6+ classes with the help of my wonderful friend and stylist turned model, Shea.
It was one of the hottest days thus far this year complete with full sun and not a whisper of cloud cover.
I loved it!
Getting to teach something that means so much to me, that has changed my life and the lives of those I've photographed, was a dream come true.
I focused on the basics of what I really love about photography, what I feel makes me a unique photographer- Connection, connection, connection.
"Talk to Shea. Tell her what you'd like her to do. Focus on making her feel comfortable and confident," I said, over and over again.
"Oh! I like this! This looks really good!" a bright eyed and surprised student would say as they looked at the image they just created.
"That's awesome!" I said. "Now tell Shea. She needs to hear that, she needs to know. You've got to connect with her."
Much like all the good things in life, being a portrait photographer isn't about me.
It's not about me getting validation and having others make me feel good enough . . .
It's about me knowing I'm good enough to make someone else feel valuable and worthy.
I have found it's like that with all my important callings in this life- sister, wife, mother, friend, neighbor.
Connecting with people, letting them know I value them simply because they showed up, not expecting them to make me feel good, not putting a price on the time I spend with them, but just being thankful they are there and letting them know it.
I believe that matters . . . because that mindset has changed me.
And that's what I wanted to teach.
Because Shea was such a HUGE part of the day, being posed repeatedly for over 6 hours yet still full of encouragement and smiles, here are the few yet beautiful images we created during our demonstrations.
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