I don't know how I found Cheryl's website, but I spent quite a while looking through her portfolio and was thrilled to find out she taught classes. I immediately signed up I have taken a couple of Cheryl's courses. One thing I loved about the classes aside from the great lessons was the interaction with the other students. I learned so much for their perspectives, not only behind the lens, but as they commented on other people's photographs.
Cheryl is starting a new course called People Imagery (more information here). This is of course my favorite type of photography (as I have so many little people to photograph) so I'm so thrilled for this class.
I've been thinking about what I hide, my insecurities, so that others can't see. The masks I put on to cover the things I don't like. The walls I create to hide the monsters inside.
What am I trying to hide? Why do I keep the mask on? Who am I wearing it for?
I'm a pleaser. I want to be accepted and loved. I don't want people to know the real me. The one behind the wall. Why do I compare myself to other people? Why do I compare myself to the image of who I think I should be right now and fail to attain?
I'm not an insecure person. I know who I am and I know I am of great value. I just want to be better, to try harder. Just thinking...
A few of our favorite books from today:
a bit of theme happening today... love hearing the boys giggle.
I'm really great at jumping in and getting things done, but it's the after part that I'm not so good at. Coming down from the adrenaline rush is hard on me. The past few days have been so busy with the start of school. Everyone is all settled, classes and teachers are great. I didn't realize how much of the children's nervousness and stress I was feeling.
So I'm taking a slow day (as slow as we can muster), a bit of laundry, a few books (story time can really get going), photograph some art cards, return emails (haven't done that in a bit... sorry) and perhaps think about some fabulous thing to write on the blog.
I got a call from mi Tia asking me to bring the camera. Mis Guelitos wanted some pictures. Saturdays are one of our favorite days and most definitely the best meal we eat in the week. I'm grateful the children are developing a relationship with their great grandparents.
There is something very meaningful about knowing who you are through the lives of those who came before you. Who sacrificed (and continue to sacrifice) for your well being. Whose testimony and faith help anchor yours. Who show compassion and love freely.
One thing I am learning as I take more photographs is about texture in the image. I have passed this plant a hundred times as I have walked into my grandparents house and Saturday as I walked passed with my camera in hand I immediately stopped. Just a bit of fun...