City of Scottsdale Parks & Recreation Classes: Lots of choices, great instructors

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I’ve taken family photos for years, and when I got into real estate, expanded into housing a little bit, always using a Point and Shoot.  Last year, I bought a DSLR, and was immediately overwhelmed by all the technical details of this new camera.

I signed up for a Photography class from the City of Scottsdale Parks & Recreation. Four classes later, I’m so glad I did. I’ve had two instructors, each with a different focus on photography.

My current instructor, Joshua White, a graduate student as ASU, has stretched me at an artist, while giving me the tools and techniques to understand and effectively use my camera.  Some of the first assignments that he gave were fun and excruciating at the same time.  I learned so much.

Josh is graduating in a few months, and moving to Pennsylvania.  He got married last week, and I was delighted to be invited to the ceremony and celebration at WestWorld.  I took my camera, of course!

Our homework for this past week was “Love, in black and white”, and I shared these two photos for critique in class.  Above, the post-ceremony antics, with the best man and woman overseeing the wedding photographer.  Below, I was able to sneak in a little closer and catch Josh and Liz – totally in love!

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Thank you, Josh, for being a photographer, an artist, and a teacher who has made a huge impact on me.

Thank you, City of Scottsdale, for hiring Josh.  We are so going to miss him, while wishing him well on his next journey of life!

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