I started school on Monday. Photography school that is, from the Academy of Art University located in San Francisco, California.
How? Why, you ask?
The explanation is really quite simple: One night, David and I fell asleep around 7:00 PM. (Don’t worry, the kids were nestled safely in their beds dreaming about sidewalk chalk and new ways to torture Paris.) When we woke up around 9:00 PM, we started talking.
Not just regular talk, but talk.
We talked A LOT. We talked about what drives us, what we love, what we want to do with our lives, our future, our hobbies, things we’d like to learn, places we’d like to visit, our passions, where we see ourselves in ten years (both collectively and respectively), and then, David had a brilliant idea.
He suggested I take real photography classes from a real University.
Wham bam, what do you know, ten minutes later (ten minutes of very, very, intense research of course) he applied me to AAU.
You read that right, HE APPLIED ME to the school.
I fell asleep while he did all the dirty work, and 12 hours later, I got a phone call from the school saying I was accepted.
Fast forward eight weeks, and here we are today. I’m taking all the classes online which is very flexible, (and the only possible way for me to attend this University) and always available.
I have to admit, it’s been a bit of an adjustment. I mean, they have expectations of me. Can you believe they expect me to be accountable to someone else other than myself? 🙂
And get this, a student emailed me and asked me a techie question.
Hello? Tap. Tap. Is this thing on?
And this is the weird part, I knew the answer.
I must be learning David’s computer skills by osmosis because I have no explanation for this.
I’m three days into this course and there’s one thing I know for sure:
I DON’T KNOW A DANG THING ABOUT SHOOTING IN MANUAL MODE. (Which is how I am required to shoot.)
In fact, photography is WAY more technical than I ever imagined and I don’t know why the word “technical” and “fun” don’t go together in the same sentence. “Photography is fun!” and, “technical is fun!” just don’t have the same ring to them.
I may not not know a whole heck of a lot about photography, but I do know a few things for sure:
- When I open the back door, it feels like a sauna outside.
- I have a GREAT mom tan. I’d probably win a neighborhood competition if there was one.
- Dallin’s cheeks are just as kissable today as they have always been.
- I bought my first newspaper today (for an assignment). That’s right, I have never spent money on a newspaper.
- The most important part of my camera is the 12 inches behind it. THAT’S the part I’m working on.
I hope to post some great images in the future, but if I don’t master this “manual mode” thing, then you will be reading a whole lotta text instead of looking at pictures!