I received an email last week, asking if I would consider mentoring a 13 year old girl for her junior high project. She wants to be a photographer, and the assignment was to spend 10 hours with a "mentor". Of course I said yes!
Claire came downtown to spend the afternoon with me at work. My day job is software testing. And an important lesson about being a professional photographer is that sometimes you need to have a day job.
I was able to bring Claire along to a paid photo shoot (a really fun 40th bday party at a great venue.) I gave her my spare camera to take pics and she got some good shots!
My final "lesson" was to show her that to be a good portrait photographer, you need to learn to be comfortable being photographed.
So I have these pink feather angel wings that I've been wanting to use in a photo shoot. They are a little small, so they look funny on an adult. I was asking some friends who are short/thin to pose, but then I met Claire, and those wings were meant for her!