Polishing Up Portaits

Free State High School student Andrew Chavez works on his assigned project.  The photography students went out to town earlier on a field trip.

Abena Peasah

Free State High School student Andrew Chavez works on his assigned project. The photography students went out to town earlier on a field trip.

Abena Peasah and Kansas Gibler

Photographers will shoot portraits and review material on June 24 and 25, respectively, in MediaNow STL’s Feature Photography class.  “I’m pretty excited.  I’m not very good with portraits, so it’s going to be fun to see how everything from today helps tomorrow,” says Lauren Price, a Francis Howell North student.  The students will be paired up to take pictures of each other.

Price isn’t the only one looking for practical applications of her new knowledge.  “I hope they learn how to be creative, and shoot clean, nice photographs and learn skills that they can take to other parts of their photography,” says instructor Bethany Mollenkof.   Mollenkof has taught a variation of the portrait photo lesson for the past four years.

The prospect of pairing up to take photos could make things harder or easier, according to Price.  However, the chance of difficulty hasn’t entirely curbed the students’ enthusiasm.  “I’m really looking forward to it.  It’s really cool how a person’s whole personality can be represented,” says Megan Stringer from Lindbergh High School.

Tomorrow, Mollenkof, a LA Times employee, will leave for an assignment in Las Vegas.  Her students will also be busy with their own assignment: reflection.  “They’ll be reviewing and polishing up,” explains Mollenkof.  Mollenkof’s goal for her students tomorrow morning is for them to brush off their new knowledge before the awards ceremony.