You keep hearing about the world's largest buildings in Dubai, but they never tell you how big the flowers are.
I'm here for gulf photo plus, and I am excited to be here, ready to get back to teaching, and happy that things are going our way. It was the sort of winter that everyone thinks is out to personally get them, and after our first three flights out of the New York area were cancelled … each after several hours of delay or six total hours of tarmac time … we thought we had a good case.
But we're here, our luggage has finally joined us, and I've completed one lecture, one panel discussion (as one of the "Three Under 30," which was a huge compliment to someone born in the Carter administration), and now on to five days of workshops.
We've been busy shooting and transforming our business and flying around the world, so it's been almost two years since I've given a workshop in America or even to an audience who primarily speaks English. That will change soon. I am having such a great time reworking my syllabus for the deeper digging you can do in multiple-day workshops, and I'm ready for more.
Teaching is my first true professional love. I grew up seeing how many of my parents' students came back, thanking them for guiding and changing their lives, knowing that these people would change others'. Now I see so many of my former students absolutely killing it out there, growing and sharing themselves, pushing what wedding photography can be. Heck, I even sat in on a lecture in November where I heard one of my personal anecdotes repeated back to me! We're here for such a fleeting moment, it's wonderful to think that we can leave something behind bigger than ourselves. Whenever I get discouraged or frustrated (which happens to all of us, especially during Tax Paperwork Season), the thought that this job actually has real, meaningful consequences every time we show up for work keeps me going. Watch this space, I'm going to be scouring my calendar for U.S. workshop opportunities very soon.