Article and Images by Emily Rowan, Hatboro-Horsham High School/Cabrini College
Inspiring Teens Magazine: ITMGZ.com
Spring 2016 Issue
When I was about 15 years old I realized photography was something I really loved. I started from the very bottom with a small digital pink and white polk-a-dot camera and free online editing websites. I would walk my neighborhood and shoot everything from flowers to pictures of my friends, go home edit the pictures and then post them on my Facebook page. Eventually I got my first Nikon DSLR camera and only improved from there. I joined the CPI model program in 2011 and started to learn how to assist photoshoots. In 2012 everything finally clicked, literally. I had the opportunity to take a photography class at Hatboro - Horsham High School that taught me almost everything I needed to know and I stopped using the “auto mode” on my camera. I owe a lot of my knowledge and talent to the teacher who drilled me each morning on the definitions of ISO, shutter speed and aperture. I was not 100 percent sure what I wanted to do after high school I knew I loved photography but was not completely sure about making it a career. I questioned whether or not I should go to an art school and major in photography which potentially could have limited my options in the future, attend a community college for two years until I figured it all out or go to a four year liberal arts college where I could learn more than just photography.
Ultimately, I chose to go to a four year college that has some photography opportunities but I am not majoring in photography. I am now in my junior year at Cabrini College in Radnor, PA. I am majoring in the field of communication. Although I am not a photography major I have found multiple ways to apply my photography skills here and I have taken multiple photo courses that are offered at the college.
Particularly in the past year, Cabrini has afforded me some amazing opportunities in regards to my photography. For the 2015-2016 school year, my junior year, I have had the unique opportunity to serve as the photo editor for our college newspaper, the Loquitur. I am in charge of giving photo assignments to students in a photojournalism class, I edit photos that come in each week from students, I attend the newspaper layout nights to help the editors layout the photos for print and most importantly I take pictures of my own to accompany some of the stories being written. Almost every week I get some of my photography published throughout the newspaper and often times, my photos get published on the front page of the newspaper. I can not lie, it is a pretty great feeling seeing my work printed on paper all throughout the school. When I started my college career at Cabrini in 2013 I never expected that I would be chosen to be in charge of all the photo aspects of our school newspaper but I could not be happier.
Last semester, I landed a campus job as a classroom coach for a fine arts photography class that is held at Cabrini. I took the photography course my sophomore year and I enjoyed the class so much that I reached out to the professor and asked if I could assist in the classroom. I got the job and each Wednesday night I help out in the classroom. I help students edit their photos on Photoshop, help them learn the ins and outs of a DSLR camera and help with class photo critiques. I really enjoy helping the my peers grow as photographers. Seeing student’s work improve over the semester and seeing their reaction to that is really rewarding.
So even if you do not choose to go to a school to major in photography there are ways to get involved on many campuses whether it be a campus newspaper or some elective classes. My only advice is never stop doing what you love!