About your photo coach
Photo coaching is a term I thought I made up and then learned it already existed. Figures. As I happened into this work of teaching photography, my own style evolved. I felt more like a coach than an instructor.
Like a sports, business or life coach, my role is to help you tap into your own creative genius. I provide instruction, instant feedback, and maybe some inspiration along the way. I don't bring a whistle. I don't even carry a camera. I travel with a lifetime of photography information in my head and folder of teaching apps on my iPad.
I still consume volumes of photography-related information regularly, along with an unhealthy amount of Baskin & Robbins ice cream. You need a guilty pleasure if you spend your free time reading camera manuals.
This is the perfect life for a second-generation photographer and photo geek.
My Dad taught himself photography when he was 15 on the beautiful little island of St. Kitts. At one point, he was the only photographer in his village. Dad says he generated steady income riding his bicycle from house to house taking pictures.
A generation later, I chose a college double major of photojournalism and public relations. The latter became my primary discipline for the next 20 years. Telling stories appeals to me. I love finding people, learning what makes them interesting, and capturing it with my pen and lens. An eight year stint as an Army Reserve photojournalist also nurtured that inclination.
But for most of my career, I was the PR guy with the camera. I remember on more than one occasion convincing my boss that the pathway to success would require purchasing a new Nikon. I shoot for work. I photograph for fun. It is in my blood.
Now I spend weekends at Washington, DC's favorite locations -- making new friends and sharing my love of photography with eager new photographers. Living the dream.
Here is a video created by the Bowie Patch.