You can take the teacher out of the classroom but…

My photography interest started in High School. I took photography as my art class with Mr. Flicka. Little did I know how that inspiration would affect my life. In college, I became an assistant for a local wedding photography studio but, my chosen field of study was Chemistry and I wanted to be a high school chemistry teacher. It took almost 3 years after graduation to finally get a job teaching science but, junior high – not high school. During that time, I started photographing weddings on my own. I stayed in junior high for 8 years and finally moved to a high school. Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, NY. I was finally a chemistry teacher. I taught there for 23 years.

So, now, I am retired from teaching and back to a career in photography – food photography. It’s been 5 years that I have been out of the classroom. Why am I talking about this today? Today, someone on Facebook thanked me for being such a good teacher. I am an administrator for a Facebook group of food photographers and bloggers. I have become the “teacher” in the group. I am teaching food photography – more from a technical point of view since the aesthetic point of view varies so much from one individual to the next. So, what did I learn today? You can take the teacher out of the classroom but, you cannot take the classroom out of the teacher. What did you learn today? Visit my portfolio at www.photography-by-jerry.com.

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About Jerry

I was a science teacher for 31 years. During that time I photographed wedding and Bar Mitzvahs for about 15 years but that was in the days before digital. Being a teacher, I had my summers free so I assisted food and commercial still life photographers in NYC for 3 summers and fell in love with it. Having a wife and a mortgage, it was not practical to give up a job in teaching and go into photography so I put off my dream of becoming a food photographer until I retired from teaching. Now I am living my dream - I am a food and product photographer servicing New York City, Philadelphia and all of New Jersey.
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