Imagine life without photography...

May 27, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Photography has become a way of life.  It is no longer something that I only do on special occasions or to document a vacation... I do it nearly every day and this has come about for several reasons.

 

Being retired, now for the first time in my life, I have time to delve into the things I truly love.  No longer do I have to set my alarm for 04:30AM to go to work... I can get up when I choose.   And I purposely retired while I am still able to be physically active.  I remember one of our physicians years ago who retired at age 66.  He said he wanted to retire while he was still at the top of his game and he simply wanted to go to Maine and fish.  I can relate to this reasoning.  I could have worked longer but I wanted to do something else.   I wanted less stress in my life and I wanted time to do the things I love.  We never know what the future may hold.

 

I started the Crazy Women's Photography Club to share the joy of photography with my co-workers who expressed a desire to learn photography and to buy cameras and I thought that I could help them do that.  It would be a non-competitive, fun club of women learning their cameras while doing photography.  Due to everyone's crazy schedules, I came to realize that meetings would be out of the question, so instead we go on outings.   Our club presently has 35 members but not everyone is active.  Some observe from the sidelines but to truly benefit from the club you must be active.  Photography is doing, sharing, and learning.  Until you have a camera in your hands and learn about f-stops, composition, light, focus, color, texture, lines... it is impossible to comprehend all that goes into making a photograph.

 

Never before have I seen a group of women (of all ages) have so much fun together and be so supportive of each other.  We now number 35 members.  Some are beginners and some have an extensive knowledge base.  We learn, we laugh, we experiment and we find ourselves in a better place and living in the moment.  So many times I have heard them say how much they are enjoying the club and how they look forward to going out with their cameras, especially when I announce a new monthly challenge.  It is important to get out and shoot a variety of subjects.  I never in my wildest dreams thought it would be so successful and I have the gals to thank for the momentum.

 

To see the Crazy Women's Photography Club blog... http://cwpcblog.wordpress.com/about/

  

  

 

   


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