Top photo (the composite) by Tim. Rest of the photos by me.
On Saturday I gathered in Tim and Kesh's gorgeous house on a hill, along with 10 other amateur photographers, to learn how to take photos. Photos of people. Throughout the day Tim taught us about emotional shooting, editing photos, culling, and how to shoot on manual. Essentially, he was teaching us all to be brave and get our cameras off of that pesky 'auto' button once and for all!
Armed with this new knowledge, we drove to a nearby cliff overlooking the sea for a live shoot. The name of the town where Tim and Kesh live is an Aboriginal word for windy, and windy it was. I was the model, so one by one, everyone took my portrait. Me, I just tried my best not to blow away.
My biggest revelation of the day, however, had nothing to do with photography. Being in Tim and Kesh's home, listening to the two of them describe the path towards Tim becoming a professional photographer, I was inspired more than I can say. Tim mentioned more than once that he didn't use to take great photos. But he took thousands of pictures over hundreds of days, and now he's here. A pro, literally. It reminded me of the 10 000 hour rule that Malcolm Gladwell talks about in his book, Outliers. It also made me grateful for the fact that, like Tim, my job is my passion.
Tomorrow I'll be posting some of the photos that Tim snapped of me; they are truly special.