As a full time teacher, I devote myself to mentoring children; helping them become life long learners and citizens of the world. My focus is not to judge what they do or do not know, or how they learn best. My job is to make concepts and ideas available to them so they may become successful children. They see progress they make without comparing themselves to others. Mentoring and teaching a child to see the best in themselves is my passion. Knowing how important it is to have a mentor, I knew that it was vital to accept lessons from those more knowledgeable when it came to growing as a photographer.
I have been so fortunate to have such great mentors who have supported me in the budding years of my business. As someone who has been a student for many years, and as someone who has yet to leave the classroom, I understand how important it is to have someone knowledgable and willing to share strategies and ideas. The openness that my mentors have had with me has undoubtedly made me into a better photographer, and I continue to grow from their tutelage.
Often in this profession, it can be challenging to start swimming in a new pond without getting bit by the bigger fish. It is a tough business to crack, and an even tougher one to find acceptance, sometimes. I often say with every new concept, the more you know about something, the more you realize all that you don’t know. As my knowledge base regarding photography builds, I begin to see how much more there is to learn! This is where having a mentor is invaluable. I had the pleasure of learning about newborn photography and posing from Leslie Campbell. If you haven’t seen her work, you MUST check her out. She has been doing newborn photography for years and is amazing!
Recently I was able to work with Donya from Donya J Photography. We photographed a lovely wedding at the Tower Room-a location I had never been to before. Working with an experienced wedding photographer was such a great adventure. Being able to ask questions throughout the day, and receive feedback and tips while shooting was so helpful. I hope to become as natural of a photographer and she clearly is. Plus, the day was a blast! Not only did I work with an inspiring colleague, but I spent the day with someone who has a great personality! Having a calm, high-spirited couple for a bride & groom on top of all this was icing on the cake-no pun intended. I can’t wait to work with Donya again, and to continue photographing a couple’s special day!