I’m often asked by other moms how I learned to use my camera. The answer is somewhat long, but I’ll try to make it brief.
I started out by reading books and doing research online. I thought, “I have an engineering degree…I’ve got this!” And, I was able to figure out the science behind it all. But, knowing how to use the camera wasn’t good enough for me. I was lacking that something special.
As luck would have it, I found out that a local photographer was going to start teaching moms how to use their camera. Perfect! Sign me up! I can’t say enough good things about Liz Labianca. Her mentoring made everything click for me (pun not intended). She is an amazing teacher and has an incredible passion for photography. Anyone who has the chance to learn from her should jump on it.
After that, its been a whirlwind of a journey. I’ve taken online courses from Clickin Moms, Milky Way, Chic Critique, Chubby Cheek Photography, Plural Site, and others that I’m surely forgetting. I’ve done in person editing mentoring with Missy Mayo who is a genius at organization and efficiency. I’ve also made several friends along this journey that are always willing to share and lend a helping hand. Oh, and never underestimate the power of youtube and photography blogs. There is a plethora of information there.
Other than that…I practice. I shoot a lot. All the time really. I’m always learning and striving to get better.