Generosity and Paying It Forward

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” 
                                                                                                                              ~ William Arthur Ward

 

The first thing you learn when you jump into photography is that there’s never enough time or money to do what you want to do. Therefore, the question for me is where I should spend the time and money I have to get the best result. My husband recently surprised me with the opportunity to travel to the island of St. Lucia to participate in Joe McNally & RC’s workshop and have a much needed vacation alone. But after the shock and excitement sunk in, I was then left feeling a little disconcerted about taking this adventure with my Nikon D90. Don’t get me wrong, I love my D90, but as I’ve advanced, I’ve become ready to kick it up a notch in the camera and fast glass department. While at this year’s Photoshop World conference in Las Vegas, I mentioned to Matt K after one of his classes that I was really thinking of renting gear to take with me, but a afraid to do so as 1) I have never rented gear before, and 2) I didn’t know what gear would be best to rent. He recommended that I talk to RC. It wasn't until we landed back home in Tampa that I remembered to ask RC about renting gear. When I talked to him, he said, very matter-of-factly, “No, don’t rent gear. Stop by my office this week and you can use my Nikon D3S, 24-70mm, and 70 -200mm.” I instantly started to tear up. As I am recalling this moment in time I am sure my words are not doing it justice. Not only was I excited about using top-of-the-line gear, but the gesture in itself was so generous. For this accomplished photographer to lend his equipment to a wide-eyed newcomer with no qualms about it was inspiring. Everyone who knows me already knows that I think the KelbyOne membership is well worth the money for those wanting to learn more about photography. This gesture by RC sums up what I think is at the heart of all the photographers that work and teach at KelbyOne: They truly love what they do, and they are more than happy to share their knowledge, enthusiasm, and passion to make you the best photographer you can be.

My heart is filled with gratitude. I am looking forward to sharing my experience in St Lucia and finding a way to pay it forward.

 I opened the bag and just stared at this gear for a day. Before I had the nerve to pick it up the camera and take a shot.

I opened the bag and just stared at this gear for a day. Before I had the nerve to pick it up the camera and take a shot.