A few weeks ago I got a call from another photographer Cliff Lester.   We met about 15 years ago, although neither one of us can be sure of the exact year. (yet, another reason I regret not keeping a better journal)   I had just moved to California and was continuing my quest to learn how to take a decent photo.  I had enrolled in a Class called Commercial Photography and Cliff was the instructor.  Cliff was such a great teacher I followed him around a bit, like a bug following the light, taking a class here and a pro workshop there.  So back to present day . . . Cliff asked me to present to his class of college students at Cypress College.  The class is called “Careers in Photography”.  I was charged with the duty of giving the class an idea of how I got to where I am and what made it possible.    I admit part of the process was daunting, filling two hours of time, figuring out what to say, picking an outfit that doesn’t make me look short, determining what to show them, . . . but in the end the whole experience was really fun and fulfilling.  I had to think about what has helped me to be successful in this crazy business and what has not.  I had to think about how I do things enough to be able to explain it to people who don’t do it every day.  After the whir of the projector stopped and I pulled my samples in my rolling bag out of the classroom , I found that I have one more thing to thank Cliff for (the list is getting pretty long).  The process of evaluating where you are and how you got there is good.   The path is good too and the road ahead seems a bit easier than the one I just trod upon.

Here is what was left of the class after I bored them to tears for 2 hours.  I am the shortest one on the left.  I should have worn higher heels or stood on a box.  The students were really good sports and they all had great questions for me during the Q&A period. I so enjoyed meeting them and I could feel their passion for photography.

Here is the class with one of the best and most dedicated photo teachers I’ve ever met, Cliff Lester, on the far left.  Thanks to Cypress College and all the schools that are still able to provide places where we can go and study the arts.  Cypress has a really great photography program.  I took classes there in Photojournalism, Wedding  and Digital Photography.

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