I sat across from my friend Sonya speechless. Me? Teach a photography class? I looked over my shoulder, expecting an older, more experienced photographer sitting behind me. But I didn’t see anyone; only a mirror reflecting back my puzzled look. I was honored, of course, and horrified at the same time. But she had been the third lady to ask me in the past couple of weeks. So I started thinking…”maybe I am supposed to do this” and I wasn’t getting the clues? I guess God needed to make it a bit more clear. I knew the class would be a bit messy and unorganized, but hey I’m an artist. ;) So I accepted the offer and made a choice. I’m in. Kelly Lemon Photography’s first class launched March 12, 2013 in Accra, Ghana with four students.
This has been a great opportunity for growth…for me. Do I know the technical side of photography and a camera? Sure. But to teach it? A whole different ball game. Well I laced up my boots and went all in. And the past 9 weeks have been amazing! It has been a wonderful chance for me to share my excitement and love for photography with eager and listening ears. I have loved doing the prep work for the class, and seeing the girls’ photo assignments improve from week to week. I couldn’t be more proud. They started as ladies with a great interest in photography…and now I’d confidently say due to their own dedication and practice – they are four photographers. Today, for our last class, we went on a field trip to Makola market – a very very busy market in Accra. I knew the lighting would be changing every corner we turned and the hustle and bustle would definitely put their skills to the test. They did wonderfully!! Here are a few photos from today’s outing at Makola Market and if you have the pleasure of being friends with these ladies on Facebook – be sure to check out some of their work!
I love this last photo! And our outfits color coordinate! Please excuse that it’s not in clear focus…self-timers can only do so much ;)