Yesterday I taught a private lesson to my youngest student – 4 year old Max. His parents contacted me as they noticed he would steal their iPhone – not to play games – but to take photos.
We had the lesson in Bethesda Fountain in Central Park. His father brought the iPhone and a point and shoot camera, and we asked Max which one he wanted to use. He chose the point and shoot (good choice, Max!). He ran right off and started photographing.
I guided him with some gentle advice to help him focus on particular parts of the subject he wanted to photograph. He was especially excited by the turtles and what he called the ‘beautiful flowers’.
At the end of the lesson, after I said good bye, Max ran up to me and asked me 2 questions, gave me a hug, a kiss and a high five.
The age range of my students span about 80 years. I’ve noticed no matter what age, photography brings a sense of curiosity, wonder and joy. I feel so blessed and grateful to help foster that.
Thank you, Max, for sharing your love of photography with me!