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Trying Something New

I am no stranger to trying something new…

Once upon a time, after I had been teaching in the classroom for about seven years, I decided  to take a break, and pursue something else–something I had always wanted to do. Here I was, a now-experienced teacher, with a Master’s degree in education, walking away from the classroom to do something crazy. I wanted to go to cosmetology school. So I did.

Long story short, cosmetology didn’t end up being what I needed it to be.  I love doing hair. And I’m not too bad at it, either. But once I found myself working in salons, I realized that the environment just wasn’t a good fit for me. And I don’t, for a moment, regret the decision to try cosmetology.  But, back to the classroom I went.

I thrive in situations where I can be creative.  A few years back, I told my husband how I had always wanted to try photography. In high school, they had darkroom photography classes. I wanted to take a class so badly, but it just wasn’t within my reach at the time. Since then, I have considered buying a camera, and learning the process. But I never did. I was just too afraid that I would be bad at it. That it would be too hard for me.

Trying my camera out at the pumpkin patch.

Trying something new: exploring photography

This year, for Mother’s Day, my husband surprised me (shocked me, really) with a Nikon DSLR camera. He wanted me to pursue photography, because he knows it is something I have always wanted to do. A month later, I received an email. It was a reminder, letting me know that I had been enrolled in  photography composition class at the end of June–Part II of my Mother’s Day gift. I was nervous, but so excited.

Last week, I attended the first of three sessions of a DSLR course, that will take me through all of the buttons and settings on my camera,  how to use and manipulate light,  composition, position, etc. to create the images we want to create.  As I sat in the class on that first Saturday, it felt pretty surreal. Here I was, 7 months pregnant,  37 years old, with an opportunity to do something I have wanted to do for decades.

I feel inspired. Maybe I have found a hobby where I can finally master something!

One thing I want to note, as well: if you are interested in learning photography, and the complexity of your camera, take a face to face class. I enrolled in, and completed, two different online courses, and I learned very little in comparison to what I learned in just one three hour class. After two weeks, I have a better understanding of the technical aspects of my camera, and photography in general. It isn’t just about pointing, and shooting. There is a method to creating beautiful balanced pictures. And boy does it take work.

I am so grateful to my husband for really encouraging me (and equipping me) to give this a try. And I am so excited to see if I am any good! And bless my husband and son, who will be tortured by my camera for the foreseeable future.

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