one gorgeous day a few weeks ago, my 12 year old daughter asked if I’d take her to St. Augustine to take pictures so she could learn how to use the camera..
what?? uh.. this is the day I didn’t even know I was waiting for!!! I was so excited.. I love spending one-on-one time with my kids – and DUDE.. she wants to do something that I LOVE… walking around taking pictures of old stuff!!! I had to ditch my 3 other kids, so I texted my Mother in Law – who thankfully lives 45 minutes away from us now – and dropped the other kids off.. Abby and I headed down to St. Augustine.
i teach people how to use their cameras all the time.. I taught classes when we lived in Wichita at the local rec center for a couple years.. i love it.. but.. i am NOT good at teaching MY kids.. so I decided to just teach her how I do the people who sign up for my classes.. I gave her a camera.. and we started walking.. i even gave her my FAVORITE lens.. the 24-70 L 2.8… sigh.. i love that lens.. especially for what we were doing that day..
y’all.. i knew in that moment I’d reached a level in parenting I feared I never reach.. my 12 year old was carrying around MY favorite lens.. i was putting my KID before me.. well.. almost.. i didn’t give her the good camera body… damn it.. so close..
then we walked.. she saw things she wanted to take a picture of, we stopped.. i’d ask her what she liked about the pic, she’d tell me.. ask her what she didn’t like.. and I would show her how to try to adjust things.. and then she would.. and then i would challenge her to do something else with the element we were working… and she would..
like.. for instance..
she spied this little beauty peeking out over the top of a wall…
that was her first pic.. and well, it wasn’t good.. i watched her face as she looked at the back.. i said, “can i see?” she showed me.. and i said.. “cool, what do you like about it.. “.. there wasn’t a lot.. and she thought she just wasn’t good at taking pics.. and started to walk on.. so i asked her what she was hoping it would look like.. she’d wanted to showcase the flower (obviously).. so I showed her how to use the focal point selection – how to lock in the focus.. and recompose the image.. and then she took a couple more..
and then told her to get some of the wall in the image – and center the flower..
she nailed it!
and then.. now JUST the wall in focus..
she was hooked then! i just followed her around.. watched her face as she looked at what she’d shot..
and smiled when she would adjust her position to get a different angle
she felt like she was getting an idea of the focal point.. THEN she took a picture of this door.. because the door was awesome..
the light was getting really warm – late in the day.. golden hour kinda sun..
and my proud momma ears heard her say “hm.. that door doesn’t quite look like the right color”…
GUYS.. there are so many photographers that CHARGE PEOPLE MONEY.. that don’t realize their white balance is off..
i wanted to cry.. big proud mom tears.. but i pushed through.. and we had a fun discussion about white balance.. and girl got this..
the real color of the door..
she took these too.. practicing her Depth of Field.. and messing with the White Balance
and then saw these..
and then i edited them.. and I’m going to print them for her.. because – they are so cool!
i’m going to send her a bill for my awesome mentoring and editing skillz..