Embarrassing but True

I shouldn’t really share this.  After you finish reading, you will all know the secret that I try to keep hidden. But, to be honest, it leaks out from time to time despite my best effort.  The truth is …I am a big nerd.  I really am.  I love colored pens and new notebooks and geeky gadgets.  (Yes, I have fond memories of my Trapper Keeper.)  So as much work as brushing up for the CPP exam (a certification program for photographers that only 8% of the world’s photographers have earned) has been, some part of me kind of likes the studying again.

I am not sure what learning style this would fall under, but I can learn just about anything if I read it and take notes.  Just reading is no good.  But, if I write it down, it sticks.  So, I am filling a notebook with all the knowledge I need and working to become the best photographer I can possibly be in my own nerdy little way.

photography book open to section with printing from a negative

Think of me most nights this month as I sit reading this book, scribbling notes with my favorite pen. (And kinda liking it.)

And just in case the Trapper Keeper didn’t reveal my age, I am so thankful that my days in Art School were still film.  A portion of the exam covers developing and printing from film and if I hadn’t done it I don’t think I’d ever be able to remember all the steps!  I am working through the film chapters now (and, as you can see, taking pages of notes) but thankfully it is all coming back.



  1. AmyGayle Photography April 19, 2011 at 5:29 pm #

    I think liking nerdy things goes with being a photographer! I am the exact same way and develop these complex ways of keeping things organized.

  2. Bella Vida April 21, 2011 at 2:30 am #

    That is a hoot! And yes.. I fondly remember my trapper keeper and yes, you’ve revealed your age.. at least you didn’t gush on about your Shawn Cassidy folders with matching poster. 🙂

    I get a rush going to Office Max; it’s rare to find others that share my insane love for office supplies. I’m a bit irked that I can’t find glitter gel pens for adults, instead I have to steal my daughter’s hello kitty pens.. can’t get enough of that glittery orange as it glides across the page.

    Good luck with the CPP!


    • Amy Lyn Photography April 23, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

      I am glad to hear that I am not alone. We should form an office supply fan club!

  3. Heidi Baumgart April 23, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    Amy I am exactly the same way when it comes to learning/studying!

  4. Melissa B April 28, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    I LOVED my Trapper Keeper!

    Good luck on the exam! 🙂

  5. andrew j May 11, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    Very cool about the CPP program. Total nerd on the Trapper Keeper.

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