A couple of weekends ago, I had what had to have been, one of the greatest lessons ever with my photography class. The day before, I had taught them a little bit about fashion photography. We discussed various types of fashion photography and the advantages and disadvantages to being both a model and the photographer. To help illustrate my points, their homework assignment was to do both. They had to each bring at least three changes of clothes and accessories to match. pair up with another student, and take turns being both in front of and behind the camera.
The wonderful and talented Marielle, a girl who has grown very dear to my heart, came to help with doing the student’s make-up. We each brought what limited cosmetics we had to “doll” the girls up.
Marielle turned out to be quite the expert and the girls each took turns looking at each other and giggling after she was finished. I think they liked being powdered and couldn’t wait to jump in front of the camera. I have truly been blessed by Marielle’s many talents and I had a wonderful time working along side her. Even Nick and Jonathan came to assist us. They documented the day by taking photos and directing all the students on where to go. We are two lucky wives to have such patient and helpful husbands.
Since most of our class over the last 27 weeks has taken place during the extensive season that is M*ngolian winter, we haven’t had as many opportunities as I hoped to take photographs together, allowing me more time to monitor the students progress. Nonetheless, it was exhilarating to see what wonderful artists my students have shaped into. It could be all the Korean soap operas that M*ngolians watch, but a couple of my students are pure naturals in front of the camera. They were posing and changing positions before anyone even thought about directing them.
Then there are others who are stellar photographers and know exactly what they want in a picture. They can envision it and will guide who or whatever they need to, in order for that picture to happen. The students all work together really well and I am beyond happy at how much they have all grown in both skill and creativity.
I am blessed. I hope these kids know how much I have fully enjoyed each and every moment with them. It hurts my heart to know that in two short weeks, our time together will officially come to an end. I look forward to seeing all that they will do with their camera. I think they truly have the ability to make some incredible changes for their country with their new found gift of photography. A special thank you to everyone who made teaching this class possible, and congratulations Delgermaa, Maralaa, Javzaa, Zayaa, Lkhagvaa, Chinzorig, Nomin, Uyanga, and Tuya on taking brand new information and running with it. I am so proud of each and every one of you. Thank you for giving me the greatest class I could have ever asked for. I love you all.