New found confidence after a little schooling.

Yesterday was a darn good day.  It raised my spirits and my confidence a notch.  I met with a friend that I had not seen or caught up with in quite some time.  That length of time in between us getting together must never happen again. I realized yesterday how much I miss her, we always have great conversations, I always enjoy her company.  She is a wonderful person, her family is amazing.  I love her outlook on life and she always makes me smile.  Yesterday I went over to catch up and also get a 101 in normal English on my camera, settings and terms.

We spent the first couple of hours catching up and I got to meet her 7 month old son for the first time.  See how long it has been?  Geesh, I’m a bad friend.  Her son is absolutely adorable and I secretly wanted to kidnap him for a couple of hours or until he pooped.   😉

She is a fantastic photographer herself with a successful photography business so I looked to her for some schooling.  We started talking about photography and my 101.  She started off by telling me my pictures are good, I stopped her immediately and told her I don’t want her to blow smoke up my tooshie.  If I’m bad tell me, I don’t want to be the girl on the American Idol auditions who had someone, who is obviously tone deaf, tell them they are good and then make an ass out of myself.  Tell me if I am wasting my time or if my pictures are bad, I can take it…just tell me.  She smiled and said no your pictures are good, you either have an eye for it or you don’t and you do.  That made me smile REAL BIG!   🙂   I was giddy like a kid!  She went on to say there are so many people out there that will tag themselves as a photographer even though their pictures are bad…real bad, and these people are getting paid for it.  Unbelievable but yet gives me hope.  I do not tag myself as a photographer, hell I’m still learning, I don’t have that right yet.  It is just a hobby right at the moment and something that I just love to do.  But to hear her tell me I am good raised my confidence a couple of notches.  I value her opinion greatly.  I want her advice, I want her constructive criticism on my photos.  I want to be good at what I do and I’ll admit I’m anal when it comes to certain things and wanting perfection, so I am always up for constructive criticism, I thrive on it.  We spent the next hour and a half going over terms, settings and my camera.  I had an idea already of what it all meant from studying and doing my own research but having someone, especially a friend, explain it to you in normal everyday language it was like heaven.  I got it, I get it, I understand, it all makes sense now.  To have her take my camera into her own hands and show me what this or that number meant, show me examples of different settings with her taking the pictures, the difference that you will get with doing this or that was amazing.  She also went over the main ‘rules’ of photography with me and that they can be thrown out the window at any time along with editing tips and tricks.  It was awesome.  I hope she knows how much I appreciate her time that she gave me yesterday.

A little after I got home from her house she had gone on facebook to look again at my photos and critique them.  The good points of my photos and where I should go back and edit here and there, what she would have done etc.  That is Fabulous!  I ate it up.  Bring on more!  I can’t wait to get crackin on my next picture project!  I am excited in a new way and on completely different level. I feel a different confidence now when I hold my camera and I can’t image how that will change yet again after implementing my new found knowledge.  I can’t wait!

I’m pumped.


About Jamie

Taking my time through this A-Mazing thing called my life. I'm the owner and photographer at The Adore Girls here in Nashville TN. Life is what you make of it and I am making mine...AMAZING!

Posted on March 11, 2011, in life, Me and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. when they poo you always give them back!

  2. That’s awesome you found a heightened sense of excitement for your photography!

  3. Can’t wait to see everything u got!!

  4. It’s amazing how your work can improve when your confidence does. If your pictures are great already, just imagine what you can do now!

  5. You haven’t made it until someone tells you that you stink and should give up. learn. Don’t be afraid to fail and make mistakes. That’s all part of the fun.

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