Today I participated in Career Day at Samuel Ogle Middle School in Bowie, Maryland. As a third-time guest, I’m always excited to share the importance of education to kids, and plus, I get to talk about photography! I brought canvas images of the DC Motobomb and other motorcycle images and shared video of my wedding and portrait sessions. But my favorite part is answering questions from forty 13-year-old 8th graders, and this year was no exception. Here are some of today’s favorites:
“What is your favorite photograph that you’ve ever taken?”
“What’s the hardest part about photography?” [Great question. Answer? People who don’t want to smile.]
“Do you ever take long-exposure images?” [I wanted to high five this kid for asking the question]
“Are you famous? You seem famous.”
“Do you ever take pictures of celebrities?”
“Do you ever have to PhotoShop people?”
[When asked what they like to take pictures of, the whole room chanted:]
[When asked what they like to photograph other than selfies:]
“When I go to El Salvador, I like to take pictures of all the cows.”
“I took picture of a monkey once because it was scratching its butt.”
[After learning that I ride a motorcycle:]
“Do you stunt? Do you take pictures while you stunt?”
Hands flew up over and over again and they asked questions until the school bell rang. Some of the kids even stuck around after class to ask questions about tripods and equipment.
It was fantastic, and honestly, it’s ALWAYS fantastic. I truly enjoy doing it and if someone asks you to participate in a Career Day, you should. You never know who is listening and how your visit could positively influence a child.
Until next time,