So a young lady who I have not seen since she was probably 8 called me to ask if she could job shadow me. Where did the time go?? Her name is Tara and I have known most of her family all of my life. Good people! Because I once taught at Neshannock High School, I had quite a few students interested in Job Shadowing. I wasn't sure I would like the idea of having students in my home for several hours, so I tried to schedule those that were interested on shoot days.
That proves difficult sometimes because there is a lot more to the photo gig other than taking pictures. I wish it were different but hey, it's the price we pay. Anyway...what was I saying? Oh ya, so Tara contacted me about job shadowing, so I decided it would be fine since she had never been a student of mine and well...I know her family.
We went through her questions she had to ask me for school and I showed her the general ropes of what I do in a day. Contracts, answer emails, order prints, edit some images, my work flow in Lightroom, my fine edits in Photoshop. Then I pulled out my cameras and showed her a few settings and had her photograph a candle, plant and Melvin :)
I showed her my little studio and thought, why don't we snap a few photos and you can edit them in Photoshop. Who doesn't love hamming it up in front of a camera and then learning something new? So it's just what we did. First we used these tin cans I had around. Thought it might be neat to combine multiple photos of her and include me in the middle. The child is a teenager and well, we all know most teenagers talk a lot. So she was game.....this is what we came up with together:
Then we went back into the studio and took a few more portraits. This time, I took several of her and she incorporated them into one image. She had fun learning how to use actions and some merging tools. Fun + Learning = YAY!
I gave her an A! She did excellent and was very willing to learn!
Thanks Tara! Good luck in your future in Photography!