Teaching is in my blood, and it’s something that I love. I am available, with enough advance notice, to speak on the subjects of imagery, art, and composition, as well as on weddings in general. When speaking to young people, one of my favorite subjects to promote is the concept of seeking apprenticeship in a field they find engaging, with an eye toward a career outside the traditional job paths, including the idea of self-employment. I believe that such ideas are under-represented in our culture today.
I do, from time to time, offer weekly or one-time classes on the fundamentals of photography and composition. My aim in these sessions is to de-mystify the camera, while unlocking that miraculously capable invention’s potential in your hands.
Lately, I have been fielding unsolicited requests to share my critical eye and the insight I have gained from challenging mentors to help peers look objectively at their work and their websites. While I claim no authoritative stance on such matters, I am happy to provide a somewhat objective and detached view from the outside. Finding creatives who are willing to honestly assess our work without platitudes is invaluable in today’s culture of timidly polite or casually exuberant praise found in so many online communities. It is possible to give and take constructive feedback gracefully. But it’s never without some discomfort, I’m the first to admit.
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