Three weeks ago, in preparation for a skiing trip I switched my Canon Rebel with my eighteen year old daughter’s Lumix G1—I needed something more compact that I can take along with me up and down the slopes and still be able to take some decent enough pictures if not for stock submission. So off she went back to college with the Rebel and Tamron 18-270mm lens.
[The long of the short of the snowboarding trip is, one, I wasn't able to take decent photos up the slope. Two and more painfully, I realized that I am too old or perhaps out of shape (or both) to expect to be able to do the things I was able to do in my 30’s, which if I may add, was only about four years ago. Shortly after going once up and down the clubhouse, I realized the altitude was wearing me out already and decided against taking the camera with me. After my first fall I knew I made the right decision and settled with the camera on my phone. Oh that ache from falling numerous times is still with me! But that’s not why I am writing this blog].
As soon as we returned from our trip, I started seeing my daughter’s photo shoots with her friends at the college, posted on her FB page. In addition, our subsequent phone conversations included questions from her about camera settings, suggestions, tips and techniques on certain situations. Like all mothers, especially considering the fact that this is Child #1 and just in her first year of being away from home, I enjoy every phone call, text and email from her (yes, even those “I need to buy” phone calls) But discussing with her and seeing that she is also interested in my hobby, was such a special treat!
This weekend, she spoke to me about shooting this young couple's Engagement. Then last night, she posted that session, and oh my, was I all of a sudden humbled by the talent I saw in her product! What a wonderful feeling!
Of course, my somewhat DT-trained eyes saw a handful of technical issues that I plan on pointing out to her when she comes home for the summer, but overall, creativity, framing and composition, I was impressed—I know, I know, 75% of it perhaps came directly from my somewhat biased eye. If you have a moment, please indulge this mother by visiting this album that I am talking about:
**Sorry, I can't get the link to work--operator error, I'm sure!***
Well, I just can’t contain myself... I can’t explain how it feels. Exhilarated, I think, seeing a talent in my child, that is close to my heart. Excited, I suppose, anticipating future discussions in photography with her as an adult. Pleased also, knowing that my treasured toys will be passed down to someone I so love, who will for sure put them to use and treasure as well. [And perhaps relieved that as I discuss my next purchases with my husband, I can remind him that they are both for me and our eldest—hahaha, and out comes the truth, LOL].