Mentors are funny things. You never know who will become when and at what moment in life. For me, there have been some obvious ones. From Charlie Brill, my first college professor at Kent State, to all the exceptional photographers and editors I have been fortunate enough to work with throughout my career.
Each of these people have guided and helped me understand the uniqueness of the craft of photography.
Recently, I’ve had the good fortune to spend time with the graduates and families of the senior classes of the Seminole Heights Charter School, West University Charter High School and Town and Country Charter High School.
Talk about unexpected learning opportunities and appreciating strong role models.
Not lost on me was what some of these seniors overcame to get their degrees. Parents described how sons and daughters had made poor choices early on in their school career before changing their ways and moving forward in different directions. All the students credited their success to the guidance and direction of their moms (often single moms ) and teachers.
The common thread from each student was that in every case, there was a special person that guided them, helped them, talked to them and truly understood them. I have a new appreciation for all these people.
It was a special night for the graduates and their families and for me as well. Throughout my photography career – especially event photography – the thing I’ve never tired of is capturing moments and emotions. You never know when that moment will come but you sure do know once it’s captured and recorded.
This is one of those times. I will remember these events and these stories and file them away in my brain to look back on when in need of inspiration.