Last week I got to spend about an hour with a student from Oregon High School because...well, why not. A high school friend of mine who works for the school asked if I had a little bit of time to talk with Seth, a student at the school about what being a photographer is like.
I jump at these opportunities. Not because it's a chance for me to beat my chest and talk about my incredible life (although I am very appreciative and thankful that I get to work in a field that I love so much and am passionate about), but because I want to be able to share my passion of photography with anyone, really. But especially a younger generation.
Here was my takeaway with my conversation with Seth. One, he's an incredibly smart kid. Some of the things he asked and talked about with his limited knowledge of photography amazed me. He understood things about the photography business that probably took me several years to fully understand. Second of all, he's a focused kid. In a full hour conversation with him, he didn't look at his phone once. Let me repeat, a 15-to16 year old kid DID NOT look at his phone one time in a full hour. Hell, I looked at my own phone twice because I got notifications while we were talking.
I hope any bit of what I told him helped him understand how to start learning more about photography and more importantly helped him understand that I'm here to help whenever he needs it. I promised him when the weather broke, if he'd like to help me out with a few shoots or learn more, that I'd get back in touch with him and help teach him anything he wants to learn.
I like to be generous with my time when it comes to stuff like this. Mostly because I've had several teachers, professors, my own grandfather and countless friends who have been more than generous with their time and it's my time to give back when I can.
I hope Seth enjoyed it as much as I did and if any of you have students, or kids that are interested in learning more about photography, my door and ears are always open to help when I can.