I was lucky enough to be recommended by a friend to run a short photo styling workshop at the historic Eastman Museum. We got a historical tour through the absolutely gorgeous rooms, and got to see the gardens too. I'm definitely going back as the seasons change to photograph the gardens more - they're totally perfect.
Since this was just an hour and the class ended up selling out, it was really difficult for me to gather all of my thoughts in a coherent way throughout the class. It taught me a really good lesson in making sure to always be overprepared for anything that can come up, and it taught me what my limits are. (Trying to teach 20 people effectively in one hour wasn't what I was ready for, with the lesson plan I had set out. I had JUST enough props and backgrounds but we even ran out of table space!) I'm really excited to work up and develop my next classes with all of it in mind - specifically my focused classes at the Brainery I think will be really great.
I had passively put "teach local classes" on my goal list for 2017, not even really sure how to get started on it, and now I have a full year of teaching ahead of me and behind me. I'm so so so grateful for these new life experiences and the challenges they bring. I've never taught before this year, and I feel like I'm learning so much about my own process in creation of work, let alone my process of teaching. I think at the end of the year I'll write a longer blog post about everything I learned from it all. <3