Noble’s New Gig

English teacher captures images to last a lifetime

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Senior Lexi Fugate in a photo Noble took this fall. “I loved Mrs. Noble taking my senior pictures. She was comfortable to be around and we had so much fun,” said Fugate. 

 

Not many people can have an enjoyable hobby that works like a second job.
Eighth grade English teacher Tammy Noble has taken her love for photography to a new level as a part-time portrait photographer.
“It is a fun hobby for me, and I hope I can make others happy with my photos,” said Noble.
Noble is familiar with the lesson planning. Adding taking senior pictures could seem to be even more stressful, but Noble does not take it that way.
“Most of the time it isn’t stressful; it is a stress reliever for me! I limit the number of sessions I put in my schedule, because I want it to be fun, not stressful. Of course teaching is my full-time job so those responsibilities come first,” said Noble.
Her love of photography was born out of the pictures she took of her own family.
“I started taking pictures when my kids were small, so I have been taking pictures for many years. As I became more interested in photography, I began learning more, taking more pictures and getting more advanced equipment. I have taken senior pictures for several students and sports pictures for my daughter’s softball, volleyball and basketball teams for the last four years,” said Noble. “After seeing my photos, people had asked me to take pictures for them. Since both of my daughters are in college and on their own this year, I decided it would be a good time for me to start taking pictures for others.”
Mainly self-taught, Noble chose to take a four-week class in digital photography at Ivy Tech.
“I learned the basics of using my camera in manual mode. It helped me to explore all of the settings on my camera. I would recommend the class to others because, I learned a lot, and it made me try out the different settings on my camera.”
The Ivy Tech class filled in a few gaps she had in understanding the more technical aspects of her equipment.
“I shoot with a Nikon d7100 along with a great lens. It was a gift from my husband. I would have never spent the money on it for myself! Also I use Portrait Pro and Lightroom for most editing. I also have Photoshop, but I don’t know it very well so I don’t use it as frequently as I would like to.”
Overall Noble is thrilled she has gotten the chance to take the senior pictures and seeing her work out in the world.
“I love capturing people at their best, and it makes me happy when I see other people enjoying my photos. It makes my day when someone decides to use my picture for their Facebook profile or Instagram picture. It tells me that they like the photo I have taken for them.”

Story by : Sara Kesterson