Mentoring a Young Photographer


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This afternoon, I spent some time with my friend, Ashley, giving her some tips on photography.


Ashley has really gotten the photography bug. At age 13, she is off to a great start. She has a good eye and is already taking some very engaging pictures.

I’ve had quite a few photographer friends that have mentored me along the way, so I’m always happy to help others.

Ashley’s family has been dear friends of ours for many years and she is a delight to hang out with.























Below, in the shade by the swimming pool, we discussed the finer points of auto-ISO, depth of field, composition and shutter speed, among other esoteric subjects.




I quoted Cartier-Bresson, one of my favorite photographers, who said, “My first 10,000 pictures were my worst.” He was saying, of course, shoot, shoot and shoot more. This is just what Ashley is doing.  She even goes under the tree where the bugs are to get the shot!



In the picture below, Ashley is dreaming of her next new lens. (Sorry, Mom and Dad!) And yes, I told her that the rule is to have the eyes in focus, not whatever the person is holding. But we both liked this rule-breaking image.  Look forward to shooting with you again, dear one!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.
“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”


5 Responses

  1. Patti Phelan says:

    Blake, I LOVE this. First, thank you for being a fabulous inspiration and mentor to Ashley, (as well as the rest of our family!!!) We are so luck to have you and Marj in our lives. There aren’t enough words. My famorite pic is the one of your guys’ feet. It speaks so much to me. It symbolizes the two of you, relaxing yet talking about the details of your photography session. I felt like jumping into the circle, crossing my legs, and joining into the lesson!!! As a young girl I always dreamed of being a professional photographer. Well, some things are not meant to be. Hopefully, with your guidance, Ashley can fulfill her dreams, and mine!!! Lots of love, Patti (Mother of your apprentice)

  2. Ashley Phelan says:

    I had so much fun this afternoon! these pictures are beautiful and I can’t wait to do take more pictures with you again! Love you, Ashley P

  3. Marge says:

    What a great thing to do! She loved it.


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