In 2007 I became a volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club of Edinburg. My goal was to complete a 900-hour volunteer program for a hefty scholarship but my relationship with the club lasted beyond the time required. I am proud of being a Boys & Girls Club Alumni and I fully support their programs for our community.
Last week I had the privilege of being a guest speaker for various classes. I showed the students the type of work a wedding photographer does and had a Q & A. My goal was to inspire these young mines. Photography is such a beautiful trade and we need to teach the younger generation that photography, rather it be a hobby or career, is an art form to embrace.
In every class I asked the question, “How many of you can recall your favorite photo that really touched you?” One little girl replied with something that was touching. She said, “I really love this picture of my sister and I that we took together during a holiday.” I asked why she loved that photo so much and she said it was the last photo she took of her sister before she passed away.
I think it’s important to keep the passion for photography strong amongst the youth. The Boys and Girls Club has an Annual Digital Arts Festivals that allows students to express themselves through photography and other forms of digital media. For the past two years I have been asked to judge the Regional Digital Arts Festival and it has been exciting to see a lot of young talent in photography.
Photographers, if you can make the time, give back to the community.
To view more photos from this event please click on this link here: Boys & Girls Club of Edinburg RGV