you are in charge of your image making

This is your photo, it is what you see and want to create - you are in charge of your image making and then he waited for my son to direct him.   That was the advice photographer Ben Hood gave my 13 year old son at World Wide Instament.  Yes, my heart was over-filled with gratitude for those words. 

Last month my son sweetly agreed to accompany me to the West Palm Beach Instameet hosted by Ben and Rebekah Hood of Kalima Photography and SubCulture Coffee.  I can’t say enough awesome things about them (and the iced latte).  Needless to say I was the oldest in the crowd and we did not know anyone there yet felt completely comfortable and welcomed by them and their friends.  A few days after the event my son said to me "Mom, I want you to take a picture of me here" as he held out his hand to see the quality of light and began discussing the shadows.  So thank you Ben for inspiring my son to notice the light around him, just the other day he mentioned he wants his own film camera.

You can follow them on instagram @benisrad and @kallimap and take a class from them here.


Above film images taken on Canon AE1-P, Ektar 100 - dev by The Find Lab.

My son created the following images on his iPhone 5c.  - #wpbinstameet #wwim11

just a hobbyist

I have been repeating those words for years, prefacing my photography with them - maybe even hiding behind them. Does the word ‘just’ lower the expectation of the viewer or have I been using it as a safeguard to sharing an imperfect image? Neither is my truth, yet until recently I let it define me.

Since I was just a hobbyist, I was on the fence about enrolling in a class to build a website.  What would be the purpose for a non-professional?  After a few emails with Sharon, I knew I had to just go for it and I am so grateful I did.

When I read the first lesson of Un-branding with Sharon McKeeman of The Define School, I knew it was going to be a special experience.  Sharon generously shared her knowledge and personal journey.  Her feedback was encouraging and genuine. The most surprising part of the six weeks was finding inspiration in my own images and recognizing them as art.   

My truth is that I am passionate about this hobby; that I have gone from being my worst critic to falling in love with those same images that were far from perfect; and although I shoot for myself I would love for you to connect with my images and words.  I may not draw, sculpt or paint, but my art is the images I create with my camera.

I am a passionate hobbyist.  I am an artist.