It’s been awhile since we have done a Guest Photographer post. I’m always looking to show others work and get them as much exposure as possible to help reward the hours they have put in. As I have mentioned before, one of the best perks of this profession is that you get to meet and interact with some really great folks. Nothing pleases me more than when a student really wants to learn something, they take the tools that they just learned and go out and create what they envision in their minds eye.
I met Susan Beausang about a year ago. She acquired a new camera and some other gear and went off to the races. As you will read below, she has been growing at an astonishing rate and I’m glad that she’s able to do what she loves and even make money at it. It’s folks like Susan that keep the art of photography alive in a world of point and shoot then post on social media. It’s nice to slow down and hone the craft into what you want it to be. I’m glad that she is allowing me to share some of her work here.
Help! I’ve been bitten by the photography bug. Being the creative spirit that I am, I’m constantly in search of new outlets for my own personal expression. Initially I became interested in photography for my business. I own a company that designs headscarves for women and girls with medical hair loss. Our website requires many product images so my thinking was that I could learn how to better take them myself.
SCTI (Sarasota County Technical Institute) provided the perfect venue for me as they offered photography and Photoshop. Eagerly, I signed up for both classes and was fortunate to have Spencer Pullen as my teacher. His enthusiasm, extensive knowledge of photography and Photoshop and encouraging teaching manner had me hooked immediately. Armed with my brand new Nikon D7100 I began to snap away at almost anything and everything. I think I took 2300 pictures in the first few months!
To me, photography is an expressive means to portray what I am seeing, thinking and feeling and then capturing it through the lens to be admired again and again. When I first started my journey in picture taking, I really knew very little about the workings of my camera, the relationship between apertures, shutter speed and ISO settings, or the elements of a good photograph. I quickly discovered that a good picture does have to possess certain elements but beyond that it’s really in the eye of the beholder. Asking someone if they think the photograph is good or bad usually evokes the same response. “What do you think?” At first this bothered me as I was anxious for critique but soon came to discover that it really IS more about what how I feel about the picture.
I feel as though I have grown as a photographer but also recognize that I have a long way to go. With the continued help and guidance from Spencer, I know that this journey will be an exciting and rewarding experience. I am truly honored that Spencer thought enough of my photography to be a guest blogger on his website.
A member of the newly formed Photography Club (Sarasota Hotshots)
One of my initial photography assignments. Found a 100 year old work bench as my subject!
Taking pictures of precious babies is very rewarding!
Fun picture taking at the Sarasota Farmers Market.
Girl and water play at Island City Park, Sarasota FL
Cactus at Chicago Botanic Garden.