I belong to a local Meetup group called the South West Florida Shutterbugs and in two weeks we will be six months old as a group. In that six months we have offered learning opportunities, trips both local and out of area and have met some really cool people. Recently, we have initiated a mentor/mentee program and I have decided it’s time to take my skills to another level by working with an incredible portrait photographer. This will stretch my knowledge and also take me out of my comfort zone. I’ve already worked with him on a few shoots and he makes what he does look so effortless. I know this will make me better, especially when it comes to using off camera flash.
Now, for the next part, I will be mentoring a more beginner photographer. I really appreciate what has been taught to me and I want to give back. When I started shooting I had no one to guide me and I learned on my own. I learned that concerts and events were sometimes a crap shoot depending on the lighting, but now I go into them full of confidence in my own skills. This mentoring will hopefully allow another beginner to feel more confident with their camera without having to learn it all on their own.
If you are in the South West Florida area and want to join a top-notch photography group, feel free to check out Meetup.com. Happy shooting.
As a photographer sometimes it’s not easy for others to understand why I get up at 5am on a weekend to go out and try to get that perfect shot. Non photographers will never truly understand the passion we have for achieving greatness. I’m really fortunate because I belong to a Meetup group of those like-minded individuals. We have so much fun when we are together and we so enjoy our passion in life. Yesterday was no exception. We met at 7:15am for a great breakfast and then a trip a bit north to the Marie Selby Gardens; a place most had never been. We arrived when it opened and ended up leaving when it closed; not realizing how long we were actually there. This was a botanical garden full of beautiful surprises. The photos we got were simply breathtaking and we all agreed it was the most relaxing day we’ve had in a while.
]’m so glad I have great friends to hang out with on a regular basis; yes it’s true I love spending time by myself and I do this often by going camping, this is my personal renewal time, it’s not because I’m anti-social or miserable or any other rhetoric that anyone thinks. I love people, I love being around friends and family as often as I can, but I also enjoy down time where I don’t have to be accountable for anything or anyone except myself. However, days like yesterday renew my spirit as much as being on my own does, because I’m with great people. People who are tolerant and have true hearts of gold and are truly happy deep within themselves.
My life over the past few years has blossomed into this amazing dream of doing what I love, and being with people I adore. I’ve gotten to this place by my own hard work and dedication to my craft. Next week I will continue my adventure by being in the photography pit of a full weekend festival, again sharing my passion with many incredible photographers doing what we love.
There isn’t any negative in my world and I don’t allow it to permeate very far if it happens to enter. I am happy and living my life the way I want with the people I choose. My passion for my craft runs deep and there isn’t anything that can change that. I love being a photographer, I love people and I love that I get to live a full and happy life!