Yeah, guys.... in this post I'd like to talk about my feelings and experiences.
As many of you know, I wanted to quit photography last year.
I was exhausted, I felt overwhelmed, I was struggling with my anxiety and I had a really close friend who "broke up" with me, so I needed time and space around me to keep my sh*t together.
I asked the Universe to help me, send a sign, just please let me know what is my way in this life.
I was open to be a shop assistant, a doctor, or even a diver, I really didn't mind!
Then the Universe was in her funny mood, so she sent me an award from the Voice competition (I was the winner of the Love&Connection cathegory).
I said ok, but I still took a few steps back from photography.
Who knows what happened, but in the first couple of month in 2019, completely out of my control, loads of awesome project found us, and the compliments arrived from the most unexpected places.
I was still careful and considered, but in March we've got a heartwarming and life changing e-mail.
Niké sent us a long and honest message, where she was talking about how she found us (accidantly) on the Internet, and since that she is sure: she wants to learn photography from us.
At first glance I thought I have nothing to give, nothing to teach as I'm still so far from where I want to be.
But in such a short time I realized, it's ok, I know my limits, but I have camera in my hands for almost 5 years, Gabor is doing photography over 15 years, so there must be something we can give!
Niké moved to Bournemouth for 1 year with her beloved family, so after a nice coffee we made the decision - let's try to figure it out together!
We were totally honest with her, mentioned that we have no experience with teaching, but this whole thing is tickling our minds, so let's dig in deep, and see what we can do together :)
The following day we were brainstorming a lot with Gab, how should we start with all the technical knowledge, etc...
then I felt, stop it!
If someone wants to learn from us, we should teach what we really know!
Emotions and connection, with ourselves and with our clients.
How could we teach it without giving real experience?!
So my criterion was: I'm happy to teach her, if we start the journey with a family photo shoot, where she can feel in her bones how the mothers are feeling prior and on the photoshoot, what is the client experience looks like, etc etc.
Many-many important things what we've learnt from our mistakes and through the self-portrait project.
She said ok, and I was over the Moon!
I had a pre-session meeting with them, then the mini session (in-home part and down the beach), the a viewing session afterwards.
So many feelings and experience to work with during her journey!
And of course, now we're teaching her all the boring technical details, but our goal is to give her our best during this year in a joyful way, where she can connect with herself, then she can create her own art.
Thank you Niké for giving our mojo back - it means the world to us!
Alexandra Szigeti and Gabor Csako