Ugh! I have to tell you, while I am so excited about learning photography; the vulnerability of being a beginner is killing me! Today I realized that, for the most part, I fill my days doing things I’m already pretty well seasoned at. Writing, running, lifting, and yoga—these are all things that I have been doing for years and years. They are activities I can talk about and perform from a position of authority.
With photography, I’m like a young wobbler attempting to learn to stand. I feel uncoordinated, silly, and self-conscious as I attempt to take shots out in public. This evening, I had an opportunity to take photos at an after-hours work party. What a great opportunity, right? Blah! I felt like an idiot. Mind you, I’ve only read barely half of my camera’s manual so it’s all trial and error at this point. Fortunately, my coworkers are some of my biggest creative supporters, so they put up with my fumbling attempts at capturing their images and were even encouraging.
Well, I’ve bought a book on photography for beginners that should be arriving early next week. Until then, I have my manual, I’ve found some great blogs, and I have some beautiful people to aim and shoot at. All I need is a little more courage.
Here’s the best of today’s multiple shoots.