Never too old to swing…

I know that I would not be where I am in life without the help, support, and encouragement of others.

Many years ago (10th grade to be exact) I participated in a photography program with The Tacoma Art Museum where we studied the work of acclaimed photographer Robert Frank and local photojournalists. We were given basic point and shoot cameras and tons of black and white film and sent out to photograph the world around us similar to how Robert Frank documented American life in the 1950’s. This is probably where I developed my love of photographic storytelling and where I learned that a great people picture does not need to be posed. I think that wedding photography was the furthest thing from my mind at that point but looking back I can easily see that many aspects of how I shoot now came from things I learned within that program.

When I first heard about Youth In Focus it reminded me of my work with the museum that taught me so much about photography as a highschooler. I decided to get involved in hopes of being on he other side of the fence – using my passion for photographic storytelling to connect with another generation and hopefully making a difference in the world around me. This quarter I am mentoring two students and went out shooting with one of them at Greenlake on Sunday. In true Seattle fashion we had rain and hail and wind and sunshine all in about two hours. The assignment we were working on was taking pictures of each other. Most of the pictures of me were taken with film and I haven’t yet seen them but here are some of the highlights of the day as captured on my digital camera…

Some of the film pictures are of me laying on a park bench – I looked up at the sky and had to take a picture and it evolved into one of my “assigned” portraits:

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You can’t have someone do something you wouldn’t do yourself:

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And you’re never too old to swing in the Seattle sunshine…

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