My Daughter Now Shoots, Too!

posted on 18th of april, 2012

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].

Comments (16)

Posted by Jdanne on April 19, 2012
It's heritable! Your daughter got this talent from you!
Posted by Jeniicorv8 on April 19, 2012
Thank you all for indulging me in my joy despite the "unlinked" link!
Posted by Jeniicorv8 on April 19, 2012
@Brad: Those are awesome shots, the skiing , Japan images, the birthday party—I love the treasure chest, how creative! Yes, MFTs are wonderful alternative to DSLR. Your images will reinforce me really explore the capabilities of my daughter’s Lumix G10!
Posted by Jeniicorv8 on April 19, 2012
@Egometza & Mary981: I was looking at family albums the other day and saw that both my girls did show some interest in photography when they were little. Unfortunately, I didn’t see them then as an expression of art.
Posted by Jeniicorv8 on April 19, 2012
@Djapart: Yes, I’m glad she didn’t take after her bashful mother. I was thrilled that she is proud of her work and put together a page for them!

@Vcarmstrong: Thank you, that's very humbling. My claim is that it was because of my two precious subjects, my girls, that I got into photography--hence, they were my trainors and inspiration!!
Posted by Jeniicorv8 on April 19, 2012
@Rosedarc: You’re right, it makes our job much easier when the models are cooperative, and those two are obviously so in love! As for her interesting angles, indeed she’s got that touch—I’d love to take the credit for it but… ok, sure I will! Seriously, as I go through our family albums I realized that she was the other photographer in the family—my most cherished shots of me and my youngest & me and my husband were those taken by her! Thank you for your comment!
Posted by Jeniicorv8 on April 19, 2012
@Rahela – That’s my favorite too! That one picture told the story!
Posted by pic.r on April 19, 2012
Congrats, you have a great deal to be proud of!

May I just say that I love the first image in the 5th row (looking from left to right), with the focus on the ring - it is such a great engagement photo! Well done!!
Posted by Rosedarc on April 18, 2012
She did really well indeed, some photos have a very interesting angle. Maybe she did learn more from you than you ever thought! The fiancee is a great model, so pretty and full of energy. Great job to capture that. Nice that you will share this hobby from now on, I hope my girls pick up that bug from me too one day :-)
Posted by Djapart on April 18, 2012
shes right, knowing the best way to show her ability.. let every one on earth see now.. :D
Posted by Vcarmstrong on April 18, 2012
She actually did a very good job, that is very impressive for a 1st engagement shoot. She must have a good teacher! :)
Posted by Mary981 on April 18, 2012
Fantastic, so good! Looks like they all had fun too. Thanks for sharing your story too :) I have a 3 year old and every few days we play pretend photography, and I can relate to how it warms the heart to share an interest with my child. She surely has a great eye and imagination for it, congrats!!
Posted by Egomezta on April 18, 2012
Congratulations, that's great, my son who is 10 is also shooting too.
Posted by Nero67 on April 18, 2012
Posted by Bradcalkins on April 18, 2012
Congrats - my kids are 6, 5, 3 and 1, but already I love seeing what they come up with using a camera or phone... Nice engagement shots! Here is our recent ski day with the kids, and my micro four thirds 'compact' camera :) http://bradcalkins.blogspot.com/2012/04/ski-day-for-max.html
Posted by smartview27 on April 18, 2012
Congrats for your daughter!

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My name is Juvy. Jennifer, the name on my profile, is my youngest daughter—she is the inspiration behind my creative work, not only in photography but also in many other things. As a very close friend of ours put it, Jennifer brings out the best in Juvy. So if you like my images, kudos to Jennifer; otherwise, well... we have Juvy to blame for. A little about me: I am a wife and a mother, first and foremost. By profession, I am an accountant, but wish that I am a photographer instead! I love capturing candid shots of people--I think this was a result of that wondrous experience called ... [Read more]

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