Meet Wynsday. She’s a sophmore in the Tukwilla school district of Seattle. Tukwilla is the most culturally diverse districts in the country, and is relatively poor, which means they do not have much in the way of computers, which puts it’s students (many of who are English Language Learners (ELL) and so are already handicapped linguistically) at an even bigger disadvantage trying to get into college or getting a job. The Tukwilla Schools Tech Levy Campaign is trying to pass a vote to raise money in the district for funds for computers in schools.
But back to Wynsday. She’s an amazing girl who loves photography and is interested in it as a career. I wish her all the best with graduating from highschool and she says she’s planning on going to college too. She’s very bright, and totally a natural model. After some VERY brief coaching on where to stand and how to pose, we were away. She needed no coaching whatever and kept that beautiful, natural smile going the whole time without getting that deer-in-the-headlights look I see so often.
A few days later we were back at it again. This time it was a parent. Meet Christian Gonzalez, a mother of three adorable school-aged kids in the district. Like all parents, she very much values their education and she knows how important technology is to their future. She was a great subject. The thing I love about doing this is meeting all the amazing people and hearing their stories and getting to know them.
I spent about 15 minutes setting up and shooting her, and then about an hour photographing the kids who were voracious subjects. It’s such a pleasure to have people jumping up and down and asking you for more. Kristel, Thaddeus, and Kelsey were SO much fun. I’ve not had much experience photographing kids in that age range, but I’ll tell ya, it was a lot of fun