Lately I have been feeling overwhelmed with assignments and I've been dreading the thought of being "swiftly booted out of the nest" as my instructor Ian likes to say. It is a stressful time of my life and I have been trying to cope with it in different ways. So this week is going to be more of a casual blog post, because I have the freedom to write about whatever I want! (Thanks Shaun!)
Anyways, reading week flew by as expected.
This was the first day back from our week off and it was kind of nice to not be stuck in class taking notes from a screen.
We met our teacher in a small hotel room right beside the airport... (That sounds kind of weird so keep reading) We met Shaun in a room at the Best Western Hotel, which was graciously donated to us for learning purposes. This was for our weekly wedding class.
Hello, Liam and Monica. The scene reminded me a lot of the ski trips at the Inns of Banff. We later found out that we had in fact beat the world record for number of photography students packed into a single hotel room, in Edmonton, on that day.
Typical shot of Liam, not paying attention in class...
Now Liam taking a photo of me not paying attention in class...
Jenny and Kelsea checking the back of their film cameras to make sure they got the shot!
Eye contact and a weird make-up tool that looks like a pickle are key to a successful make up session.
Shaun is very much a hands on instructor. I thought it was great that he set up a wedding make-up session for us. Although weddings wont be my line of work I have great respect for everyone pursuing the profession! It takes a lot of work and dedication to master your craft. Shaun is a great example of that! He is also my life line for almost everything school related.
I know he is reading this so I won't say anything about him that could affect my g.p.a until after I graduate.
Liam and I accidentally butted in front of a lady at Tim Hortons and we felt really bad about it.
Natasha poking me in the eye, or pointing to my lazy eye. I can't remember.
Liam captured me looking out the window. Wondering why I ordered a small coffee and not an xl. Day dreaming about how great sleep is. Thinking about all the assignments we have to do in the next two months. Pondering how many glasses of water and cheeseburgers I will have at the graduation BBQ... and so forth.
We ended our morning class, and I left the hotel with open minds, a tiny bottle of lotion, a sewing kit, a shower cap and a memory card full of pictures.
12:30p.m. Food and Water.
3:30p.m. Afternoon Classes Resume.
I will begin with saying that we have the greatest instructors ! Ian set up a Semi truck photoshoot in the NAIT automotive department. To demonstrate a painting with flash technique. He brought about 500 pounds of his own gear from home to share with us his 40+ years of experience.
Our instructors care about us. They care about our future. They care about keeping photography more about quality than quantity. Something that is becoming less prevalent in the digital era.
Ian never takes the easy route. He may make it look easy to some people, but that is why he is a master of his craft. He goes the extra mile to provide quality images that exceed expectations. We are truly blessed to have him as an instructor.
The "Almighty Phase One" Perched on a 10 foot high tripod. To signify its greatness and how it is at the top of the food chain. (Phase One did not pay me for this yet.)
If two people wear the same outfit on the same day and "pics or it didn't happen" did it really happen?
It was a good day. Even though I still had this "end of an era" feeling looming over my head, but being out of the classroom with my classmates and instructors made it much easier. It also made me realize that the end of school doesn't mean the end of friendship. Just the beginning of a new chapter in a new place.
Thanks for reading this weeks blog post. Sorry it got kind of sappy near the end. I gotta go to bed.