Photo walk-Lessons Learned

I had the privilege of leading the Clickin’ Moms ClickinWalk this past weekend. It was a world wide event where Clickin’Moms all over the world got together for a photowalk. I had no idea what I was doing since I had never lead or even been on a walk before. Luckily, CM had a wonderful forum for the leaders to help answer all our questions. I thought I would share some lessons I learned from the walk.

1. I love watching other photographers in action. It is so fun to see what others want to photograph, what angle they choose, and what lens. It was so neat to see these creative ladies at work.

2. Next time I will pick a different type of location. The wonderful ladies gave me some great critiques after it was done and one of the girls suggested going to a less photographed location. Why didn’t I think of that? :O) What a great time to try a less obvious location when you are with other photographers who could help you see things you may not have seen on your own.

3. When a turtle crawls to you it’s scarier than it looks. This turtle decided to hop out of the pond and walk around. I decided to lay on my stomach to get a close up. I asked two of the gals to let me know when it was getting close. I had my 50mm on so obviously it looked closer in my view finder but I trusted them. When they said it was getting close, I screamed, jumped up, and the turtle jumped in the water. Oops!

4. It’s like pulling teeth to get a photographer in front of the camera. Luckily for me, Danielle was kind enough to be my model. It’s funny how when I suggested we could take pictures of each other everyone looked away, laughed, and pretended not to hear me :O) he he

5. I want a macro even more! I don’t get to go out shooting something other than my kids very often. Man, did I realize how much I would love a macro. I can just image this shot with a macro lens. Better start saving.

6. What a fun group of photographers we have on this island! It was so fun to meet some fabulous photographers. When else are surrounded by lots of people who love to talk about photography as much as you do. I hope to get to go shooting with these lovely ladies again!!

  • October 11, 2011 at 8:39 AM

    Love the second picture, and the description of 4 made me smile :)

  • Danielle
    October 11, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    This was a lot of fun! And I can’t believe you talked me into getting in front of the camera. Even my husband was shocked :)

    • October 21, 2011 at 1:19 PM

      You are beautiful and should get in front of the camera more often!!

  • October 11, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Oh how fun did that look! & yes I am hardly EVER in pics Ha.. :) (Love that turtle shoot we have 3 as pets )

  • October 11, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    How fun! Looks like you had a great time. I want to do it next year!

  • trisha
    October 11, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Yeah… that turtle looks pretty ferocious. :)

  • October 11, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Looks like so much fun, the one in our city is this Saturday, wish I could go, but I’m too scared about getting home from the location at night.
    I love the turtle, such a cool shot! Those doors/wall that you had Danielle pose in front of are beautiful.

  • October 11, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    I wish I could have been a little more involved in the walk but lunch was fantastic! It was so good meeting you too.

  • Kim
    October 11, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    Looks like a great time. :)

  • October 12, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    What a fun time! Your photos are great! I love the peace sign everyone is giving. That was fairly obligatory in Thailand for photos, when we lived there. ;)

  • Debbie Panton
    March 2, 2012 at 5:19 AM

    Wow!!! That looks like fun. I’m always so intimidated around other photographers or to participate in a class but yet I know I could probably learn so much.

    • Courtney
      March 4, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      Oh, please don’t feel intimated to go on a photo walk. I must admit, I felt the same way and even more so to lead one but it was wonderful. Give it a try!!

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