Teaching is a profession I was never interested in but was always told I'd be good at. Every time someone told me I was good at something, I thought long and hard about whether I'd like it because it was always hard for me to see my own gifts. In fact, I even mentored with a 1st grade teacher for a semester my senior year of high school just to see if I would enjoy it. The crazy thing is, I loved it. I don't think I could do it every single day but working individually with those precious kids, helping the ones that struggled a little more to learn their letters was something that made me feel so special. I was teaching them but they were in fact teaching me -- teaching me that I loved to help others learn.
With photography, there are so many opportunities to help others learn. I'm obviously still learning too so I'm no expert but when I get the chance to show someone the basics about a DSLR or share a little bit about what I have learned about light, I feel so honored. Teaching is no easy task, especially with photography because it's art and everyone does it differently. Sometimes it's hard to explain why I do something because for me, it's like second nature now, but I had the chance this past week to challenge myself a bit. Lisa asked me if I'd be willing to have a coaching session with her since she had just bought a Canon 7D and of course I said yes!! We spent a couple hours walking around downtown Staunton and I modeled for her in a little grassy alley that quite possibly could have been someone's backyard. Ooops. When you're with me, sometimes I disregard no trespassing signs. Haha! But we had so much fun and I'm incredibly proud of what Lisa learned in such a short period of time! I was mostly modeling for the day so Lisa could get practice but this is one of the shots I got of Lisa when we first started. :)