“We want to bring positivity:” 2 Flint photographers to give local students free photos for seniors in August
FLINT, MI – Two Flint photographers are joining forces to provide local students with free senior photos at a full-day “Walk-N-Shine” event in downtown Flint this summer.
Alvin Brown of Eye Snap Studios and Jennifer James of JJ Photography are hosting the event on August 7th. It will feature local business sponsorships, over 10 volunteer photographers, makeup and registration staff and more.
The first event took place last year during the pandemic. Brown and James knew students missed out on typical graduation celebrations, like taking photos of senior citizens, going to prom and having a graduation ceremony. So they offered their talents.
“We want to bring positivity to our city,” said James.
Almost 50 students showed up to have their senior photos taken last summer. This year they are expecting a lot more and opened the event to students from across Genesee County.
“These are our future leaders,” said James. “We just want to inspire them and offer them this event. … This is a great opportunity for us to give back to our community.
Brown and James met in photography class at Mott Community College and bumped into each other on a Facebook group when each separately posted their plans to provide free photos to local students. From there, the idea of ”Walk-N-Shine” was born.
The day will feature photographers working at the Greater Flint Arts Council, hair and makeup staff helping prepare students for the Ferris wheel, and registration staff organizing participating students, James said. A registration website for students is under development.
Last year’s event formed permanent bonds between photographers and students, James said. She always hears about four different students who are now entering the workforce and entering college. This event will be all about students, Brown said.
“It’s not about me (James), the photographers, the makeup artists or the camera company. It’s about the students,” said Brown. “It’s their turn to be able to step into the adulthood and in this world we live in. “
Local partnerships with the Flint Farmer’s Market, Flint City T-Shirts and Flint Prints help organize the event, Brown said. The photographers are working in partnership with local clothing lines to provide outfits for the students as well, James said. Even Canon, the national camera company, will provide equipment for photographers.
Those who wish to contribute to the event, be a photographer or participate as a student can join the 2021 Walk-N-Shine Public Facebook Group for more information. Brown and James can be reached by phone at 810-553-2976 and 810-221-2716, respectively.
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