Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Fauquier Health in Pictures

In an effort to amuse myself and keep from missing my (college-bound) children too much, a few months ago I made a commitment to improving my photography skills. After all, as PR specialist here at Fauquier Hospital, it's part of my job to provide great photos to go along with my stories.
I've taken hundreds of photographs since then, read a dozen books on composition and lighting, and listened to many hours of podcasts while driving. I even took a couple of classes at McClanahan's Camera here in Warrenton and one in Photoshop at Germanna Community College. It's all been tremendously fun and educational.

I understand what aperture is and have a rudimentary understanding of exposure. (It's more complicated than you'd think!) I know where the white balance and metering buttons are on the camera, but the intricacies are still pretty much a mystery.

Then just when I was feeling pretty full of myself, I got to spend a few hours with Alain Jaramillo, a professional photographer who came in to shoot some specialized photos at the hospital. I was humbled.

Of course, Alain had some great subjects to work with. The Villa at Suffield Meadows, Fauquier Health's new assisted living facility, is a showcase from top to bottom. You can't turn around without seeing a beautiful accent or design theme. And Alain took pictures at the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, where the rooms have just been renovated. They're beautiful, and Alain did a great job of bringing them to life.

And he got to shoot a cute baby too. That was an easy one!

Anyway, it's back to the drawing board for me. Maybe I can rustle up a cute baby ...

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