Living life as a social “outcast” is tough. I know many of you find it hard to believe that I struggle around people. Just think back to some of your VERY first impressions of me and you should realize how easily I say just the “right” thing at just the right time. I am in constant fear of meeting new people and pissing them off for no reason other than I am who I am.

That being said I really must think that photography is important. Because of it, I leave my comfort zone I talk with people I normally never would; not because I’m a snob, but because I’m a coward.

So every month I put on my brave face and head out to hang with some amazingly talented and generous photographers. I spend the time desperately trying to pick up one pointer or trick that helps my shooting. Okay I make it sound like something horrible, but really it is something I look forward to every time.  I feel the same angst over church, family reunions, meeting Christy’s friends, really going anywhere that I can’t hide somehow. BTW hiding can be done many different ways behind a computer screen, in a dark room, if it is done right even in the middle of a kitchen 😉

Sorry I went off on a tangent there. This post was really about just how great a group of people the folks at photo walking Utah are. Photography is a challenging art and there are many trolls out there that are willing to tell you how bad you are, not at this group. If you ever have the chance to come to one of the meet ups COME! It is so worth it.  Take the time to meet one person, learn one thing, and then take the time to do it over and over again.  You won’t regret it, I promise.

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