Saturday, June 7, 2008


Starting something you have never really tried to be good as is scary. I remember the first time I ever bartended at the good old Outback Steakhouse when I was in college. I was so nervous. No, I was terrified. What if I make the wrong drinks? What if I drop something? What if the customers don't like me? Looking back, it was nothing to be nervous about at all. Come to think of it, it wasn't very hard. My point is that in order to get better at something, or learn how to do it, you have to suck it up and try...

Since Abe was the sweetest person ever and bought my my coveted Nikon slr (d40) camera for my birthday, I have been a photograph machine. I've taken pictures of my feet, Abe's hands, trees, flowers, birds, shadows, my get the point. Abe got pretty tired of me taking pictures after about the 50th one of him lying on the couch. Thus, I decided it was time to venture out and find some real test subjects. It's very embarrasing to ask people if you can take pictures of them just because, but I guess that's how lots of people got their start taking pictures...So today, I nervously asked a friend of mine for a huge favor: to be my first model.


Tomoko is a student of mine. I have been teaching her English for a few months now. She is very sweet and is used to being in front of the camera as she does some newswork for Tochigi TV. She was so patient with me today even though she wasn't expecting me to take her out for a mini-photo shoot. We went to an event that Abe's basketball team was holding and I just happened to have my camera in my bag. She also happens to be the wife of Abe's old coach from last season. She'll be moving up north to Hokkaido next month, so I thought the timing of these pictures were great so I can give them to her when she leaves. I'm so happy to have had this opportunity today because I've already learned a lot about what to do the next time. Here are a couple of the MANY that I took:

Ahh, the peace sign. Gotta love it! :)

This is my favorite. It describes her personality a bit.

I am still in the process of bugging coworkers, students, friends, and yes, Abe, to help me build up my photo portfolio (for fun of course!). Hopefully, I will be able to share a lot more pictures in the near future.