My neighbor is a school teacher and she asked me if I would be willing to let one of her students shadow me for the day as part of their "Career Day". I got a tiny and spunky 8th grader named Eve. I felt obligated to give her the insights that I never got about photography as a business. She is recently into making photos but doesn’t know what she wants to do with her newfound interest. So through out our day I talked about all the creative process, understanding people, finding markets, doing research, the excitement of making a good photo from a bad situation, the personal enrichment of all the people/places/things that I get to photograph … I didn’t talk about cameras. To me the job is so much more about the experience rather than the tools. I took her to an assignment so that she could see me work but all the chatter was about the mindset, character and life of a photographer. Since she doesn’t know an f/stop from a doorstop any technical jabber from me would be pointless anyway. I think that I inspired her and if so that makes my whole month super cool.