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Inspiring Kids Through Photography

I’ve been super busy lately, but I just have to blog about WPPI 2010: an incredible event filled with great photographer friends, new faces, parties, classes – the works!

The highlight of my week was Saturday’s “Lens & Learn” Charity event put together by the amazing team at Pictage for the children of The Boys & Girls Club here in Vegas.

I was invited to be the moderator of our group and teach things like lighting and composition with the fantastic photographers Mike Colón and Ray Santana. It’s always great having the opportunity to give back – and I loved the idea of working with and inspiring children through a subject that has inspired me so much. Many of the kids were underprivileged and had never had the opportunity to ever handle a camera – even a point and shoot. This made the experience even more special for them. We started the day with pizza, an introduction by Pictage’s fantastic CEO, Jim Collins and classroom instruction at the Boys & Girls Club: teaching the kids about the art and fun of photography.

Afterward we took the kids on a field trip to the one of my favorite shooting places, the Springs Preserve for some hands-on-shooting! And, to help inspire the them to think outside-the-box, a photo scavenger hunt was planned: The kids had to shoot things like “happiness without including a person”. Or “Create an image of an “A” shape without using a sign or any text.” Or “Take a picture of something large but make it appear small.” Challenging stuff for sure and it was so cool seeing how much the children got into it. We definitely had a few aspiring photographers in the mix. :-) Watching their faces light-up when they saw the results of their work was something I’ll never forget.

Bellow is fellow photographer Matt Savage, Jim Collins and myself with our great group of kids:

Chelsea Nicole, Matt Savage, Jim Collins, and kids!

And a big group shot with all the kids, photographers and volunteers taken by Kenny Kim:

Group photo by Kenny Kim | Pictage Lens & Learn Charity EventAt the end of the day, Mike Larson did his infamous camera toss where he throws his (very expensive) camera into the air. One of many favorite moments of the day was all the kids yelling in unison “Higher – Higher – Higher!” Haha, loved it!

Image by Mike Larson

I came in hoping to inspire and give what I could to this wonderful group of kids – but what I didn’t expect was that at the end of the day I would leave so incredibly refreshed, recharged and inspired by them. It was such a great experience. And a big, HUGE thanks goes to the Pictage team and to Jim Collins for having the vision and heart to make this happen!

Also a big shout goes out to all the other photographers/friends involved: Mike Colón, Zack & Jody Gray, Will Jacks, Kenny Kim, Mike Larson, Justin & Mary Marantz, Shawn Reeder, Ray Santana, Matt & Stevi Savage, René Tate, Monty Jessop and Joe Buissink.It was great to experience it with you guys!

Saving the best for last, here’s a video created by Ron Dawson that perfectly captures the energy and vibe of the day-long event:

  • March 21, 2010 - 12:29 pm

    Ryan Koral - awesome.  great vid, Ron… and great job photogs – what a gift you’ve given!

  • March 22, 2010 - 12:15 am

    s h e r r y - Oh wow. That is amazing. What an awesome thing you guys did!! (That group picture while the camera is in the air- incredible).

  • March 22, 2010 - 7:04 am

    Sarah - Chelsea – how amazing! I am currently on a quest to find my niche to give back. Finding something like this would be incredible. Does Pictage only offer events like this every blue moon? Please tell me know if/how I can get plugged in  :)

  • March 22, 2010 - 2:27 pm

    chels - Sarah: That’s awesome! This was a smaller scale event with a select group of photogs. But Pictage is always finding different ways of giving back and has also done larger events open to anyone who wants to get involved. You should come out to PartnerCon: this November! Last year they held a charity event for Katrina Families. :-)

    Also, here’s some great charity organizations to look into: Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, Flashes of Hope, and The Portrait House.

  • March 23, 2010 - 11:38 am

    scott anderson - Thank you for ALL you do Chelsea!

  • March 23, 2010 - 12:46 pm

    Emily - I was so glad to have you there, you are so happy and cheery! We need to hang out more often, miss you!

  • March 23, 2010 - 1:52 pm

    Monty Jessop - Dang Girl your making me cry all over again………..
    It would not have been the same without you there Chelsea.
    Thank you for sharing your images! Love ya girl!

  • March 23, 2010 - 3:19 pm

    PictageSimon - Thanks for being there Chelsea and helping us out with so much for WPPI! What a special week it was for all of us. We’re working on more Lens & learn events with the B&G Clubs so more inspiration can happen. Love your post…

  • March 24, 2010 - 8:11 am

    Adrienne - awe chels! your always doing something inspiring!

  • March 24, 2010 - 9:08 am

    Mindy Bean - Very cool for the kids!

  • March 29, 2010 - 2:39 pm - Sweet post here!  It was great to catch up and see you in Las Vegas.  Nice shots!

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