It's been on my mind a lot lately. I'm not really the type of person to put myself out there. I'm usually content with just doing my thing and following my passion with photography. It's mostly been a personal thing for most of my life. One day I met my wife, and it kind of changed from there.
When I met my wife, she asked me for a few tips on how to take better photos. I showed her a few things and helped her practice. We would take a look at the photos she took, discuss all the things we loved about them, and then talk about what she needed to improve on. She loved it, and has really embraced photography. I have come to love her style and eye for detail.
My wife has really been encouraging me to share this with others. Inspired by Omi's workshops and dinner developments, my wife really felt that I have a lot to share. I never put much stock into it. The first thought that comes to mind, "Would anyone really want to learn anything from me?", "Do I have anything to offer?", and "Am I good enough?". I guess these are all natural questions that we may all ask ourselves at some time or another.
Well, I've recently had a lot of inquiries from other photographers who want to come along and "shadow". I've allowed a few, but not all. Like I said, I'm more of a "private" photographer, but I'm always willing to share. As I thought about it, I realized how helpful it would have been to me to have had someone "show me the ropes". I shot my first wedding when I was 16. No real idea of what I was doing, but it turned out fine, and the clients were happy. How much easier would it have been to have someone tell me about things I need to do and watch out for.
Since I have been thinking about it, I've decided that I will put myself out there. If there is enough interest, I have some great ideas for a group photo shoot. In my mind, it's more than just a "teach". We're all artists, and have something to add. We can all learn from each other, and have a great time.
I have in mind to do a half day event. Having shot a ton of weddings in the past few years, obviously that's my specialty. I like the challenge of a wedding, but I'll get to that in a different post. I would love to share my knowledge of wedding photography, but I also want a few different scenarios. Engagements, Bridals, Fashion, Children, Family Photos, all of it. I have some models available, but first, I need to know if there is any interest. There are a lot of photographers out there. Even if it's not your desired profession, and you just want to learn how to take better photos of your kids and family. Maybe you want to learn how to use this nice camera you just bought.
My vision would be to have a group that comes together to learn and share, rather than just come and listen to me. I love learning situations and gaining more knowledge from others experiences, and perspectives. The price of this "Group Shoot" is still to be determined. The cost would be minimal. Just need to compensate the models. It's not something I'm looking to make money from. At least not at this point. I guess we'll just have to wait and see how much interest there is.
Here is the question, "Anyone interested?"! Please post if you are. If there isn't much interest, than I'll continue doing what I do, but if there is... there is a lot do be done, and a lot to be learned by all!! I'm also open to suggestions and any ideas.