Sunday, November 22, 2009

Amanda Nemec - Photography 'Teacher'

Look at me! Don't I look like I'm saying something smart here? More then likely I'm not actually saying anything of consequence, but at least I LOOK like I'm saying something brilliant. :-)

(taken by my 'student' Alyssa Olson, who I also share a cube with at work)

We had a GREAT time in the workshop yesterday! My students came ready to learn, and their spouses came ready to be photographed. I figured this way, we'd all learn, AND everyone would get some good photos of themselves. Here's a few I took along the way:

I'd love to do this again sometime. I like that it wasn't really anything formal. I came with a few talking points, but they came with lots of questions. Then I broke them off into groups and had them practice on each other. I saw a few lightbulbs going off yesterday, so I think everyone got something out of it.

Oh, and they bought me beer and a chimichanga as 'payment'. Sweet!

Today I did 2 photo sessions already, and they couldn't have been more different! The first was a family I've known forever, in fact I grew up living across the street from them. Their girls are all grown up with families of their own, and this large group was a challenge at 9am when the light was really giving me problems. Darn that Arizona sun! I'd give up my favorite lens for an occasional cloudy day! This session was a tad nerve-wracking because John, the dad, is a great photographer and I was so honored they asked me to take their family photo. But also, Janet, the mom, was a dear friend of my mother's. I'm so lucky that so many of my mom's friends keep in touch, and Janet is just such a special part of my life...

Right after that I met with this little family. Funny, small world story here. This mom's mother babysat me when I was in preschool and elementary school. This was the house I got sent to in the hopes I'd rub on Lori and her sister Lisa when they had the chickenpox so I'd get it. Didn't work! But, Lori's a MOM now, which makes me feel super old. And her hubby Josh was friends with my brother in high school.

Thanks everyone from my workshop for making it so fun, and thanks to both of my great families today for braving the frequent location changes in the search of scarce AZ shade.


Blogger Josh and Lori Heilner said...

love the pictures!

4:01 PM  
Anonymous FireMom said...

Great shots and accompanying stories!! :)

7:36 PM  
Blogger African Kelli said...

This is such a great post! What fun! And the portraits are all so very good. Brava!

7:35 AM  
Anonymous SunnyInspiration said...

You got some great shots! :)

2:07 PM  

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