Today is the end of an era for me…or at least a decade. I will be hanging up my RMSP hat after today and turning the blog over to Bob McGowan and Andy Kemmis. In my ten years here, I’ve learned a lot about photography, photography education, people, and myself. I’ve practically grown up here. The school and all the people involved have certainly been like a family. As it goes with growing up, sometimes you need to spread your wings and leave the comfortable, familiar surroundings to explore new opportunities and push yourself to reach new heights.
How best to say goodbye? Well, I decided to conduct one more interview, this time with myself.
POP: How did you get started at RMSP?
Me: I started in the darkroom (yes the school had one of those). The summer after I completed Summer Intensive I was asked to come back as an assistant in the darkroom. A job opened up in the office at the end of that summer and the rest is history.
POP: What was your favorite part about working at RMSP?
Me: The people. Hands down. RMSP attracts the most fun, amazing people to work for them. I don’t think that most company staff meetings involve as many jokes and laughter.
POP: What is the biggest life lesson you learned working at RMSP?
Me: Follow your dreams. Follow your passion. Follow Neil Chaput (Just kidding about the Neil Chaput part…sort of). After 10 years watching student after student learn and grow from photography and go on to do incredible things, I couldn’t help but be influenced by the atmosphere.
POP: What is your biggest accomplishment at RMSP?
Me: The Blog. I have loved working on the blog, writing, interacting with the readers, and staying involved with the photography industry.
POP: Will you keep photographing?
Me: I better! I’m not sure I can stop. I love the process too much.
So that’s it. That’s all she wrote (chuckle). Although I won’t be contributing regularly to the blog, you may see a guest appearance every now and again. I’m not sure I can stay away.
I just want to thank everyone at RMSP for teaching me an incredible amount, supporting me, and believing in me, even when I doubted myself.