Starting Freshman year, my high school required students to select a career “tract” that they would study for the next four years. Talk about pressure. When I was 14 it took me like 5 hours just to pick out the outfit for the first day of school, and now they wanted me to decide what I wanted to do with my life!?
Out of all the options, Photography stuck out to me. I was curious and excited about studying it in more depth. So, here I am going along as a Freshman and Sophomore looking forward to the film photography class I would get to take as a Junior and Senior, and then…..PLOT TWIST….I transferred schools. The struggle was real. After meeting with the counselor at North Little Rock (NLR), I learned that my new school didn’t have anything for an aspiring photographer. I was visibly upset and they did their best to accommodate this soon to be Junior whose world was a little rocked at the moment. They enrolled me in TV Production and Yearbook.
Fortunately, TV Production was AWESOME! Somewhere hidden in the internet you may find a few music videos a fellow classmate eagerly posted back when google video was a thing. Sometimes when I am looking for a giggle I will try to search for them. During my two years in TV production, I learned a few things:
- I have no interest in being in front of the camera…my accent is WAY too thick
- Videography is not my thing
- Once posted on the internet, always on the internet! That last one is a good reminder for us all.
I also really enjoyed Yearbook. I met so many amazing people and my favorite teacher of all time! Helping to capture the legacy of our high school years was a huge honor. My favorite thing about NLR is their rich traditions. Yearbook allowed me to play a part in helping document those traditions for not only our class but also for the years to come. The best thing about yearbook was being given a front row seat to all of the events. My favorite memories are standing on the sidelines with the football players and trying not to get stepped on while I captured the game. All I was doing was holding a camera, but to everyone else, I was holding their ticket to being a part of the NLR legacy. How cool is that?
My passion isn’t taking pictures. It’s capturing memories that are part of your family legacy. My camera is the best tool I have to preserve the details of your precious newborns, the innocence of youth, and the love between you and your littles.