As a photography instructor and someone who is not entering photo competition or “vote for me” kind of things, I find that I am getting the most rewarding moments when teaching photography. When someone who has been trying to understand camera settings for some time, and finally gets it during my workshop, I feel great. I see their eyes brightening up, understand the light, the interaction with the subjects, and I literally see it all happen.
When a former participant who joined many of my workshops in Hoi An becomes then world famous, I feel I did a good job.
But when one of my student, who have just spent some time with me on a photography tour and workshop, and started on a beginner level, wins a competition, I do feel like I have been doing a great job.
Congratulations Jill Smith!