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Jay McCabe  |  Aug 03, 2011  |  First Published: Jun 01, 2011  |  0 comments

Chris Fulcher
Newtown High School
Sandy Hook, Connecticut

At 17, Chris Fulcher’s already been in the photography business for over three years. And we do mean business.

He began taking photos at 14 because of his interest in paintball. “It became too expensive to play,” Chris says, “and I thought [photography] might be a way to still be part of the sport.” He borrowed his father’s camera and started shooting. A year later he had his own camera and his own business when an online magazine hired him to shoot at professional paintball events. “My parents would fly with me to some of the matches, and sometimes I’d travel with a paintball team.”

Jay McCabe  |  Dec 01, 2010  |  0 comments

Monée Fly
The Art Institute
Houston, Texas

Second Thoughts
The photos tell you pretty much everything about Monée’s choice of a second career. Photography was a passion—“definitely what I wanted to spend my second career doing,” she says—but food photography in particular…well, that kind...

Jay McCabe  |  Oct 01, 2010  |  0 comments

Deanna Washington
Gwinnett Technical College
Lawrenceville, Georgia

Selective Focus
At Gwinnett, from which she graduated last month, Deanna majored in commercial photography, but she’s currently hoping to make photojournalism the focus of her career. “I’ve planned a trip to Uganda in November,” she says. “I...

Jay McCabe  |  Sep 01, 2010  |  0 comments

Trevor Hart
Cosby High School
Midlothian, Virginia

The Roots
Photography courses at Cosby High mean film photography, from image capture to developing and printing. If digital files are needed, prints are scanned. Which doesn’t bother Trevor, who is going into his senior year and third year of photo instruction. The look of film...

Jay McCabe  |  Aug 01, 2010  |  0 comments

Emily Morgan
Merrimack College
North Andover, Massachusetts

Stage Craft
When we spoke in mid-May, Emily was just finishing her freshman year at Merrimack.

Her work for the college’s Media Center gave her access to the campus production of Rent and the assignment to produce photos for promotion and publicity.

Jay McCabe  |  May 01, 2010  |  0 comments

Susannah Benjamin
Greenwich Academy
Greenwich, Connecticut

A junior at Greenwich Academy, Susannah terms herself a“conceptual surrealist photographer” who is inspired by the faces of her subjects and their possibilities as characters in her dreamlike storytelling—or story suggesting—scenarios.

Jay McCabe  |  Feb 01, 2010  |  0 comments

Susannah Kay
Analy High School
Sebastopol, California

It was a teacher’s initiative that propelled Susannah’s photography. Two years ago, as a sophomore, she took a basic photo course. “My teacher [Sally Briggs] was submitting my work to competitions,” Susannah says. “One day I got a call that I’d won this...

Jay McCabe  |  Nov 01, 2009  |  0 comments

Tyler Cacek
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, Kentucky

Life Lessons
A freshman at Western Kentucky University, Tyler comes to his photojournalism studies with a head start. He spent the past summer in Africa, part of the time in Uganda as a volunteer for the HALO (Helping Art Liberate Orphans) Foundation, implementing a program he’d...

Jay McCabe  |  Sep 01, 2009  |  0 comments

Chloe Myers
Columbia High School
Nampa, Idaho

After Image
Chloe was two weeks from graduation when we spoke and is now at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she’s majoring in visual communication design with an emphasis in photography.
Several of the photos here were taken for “broad category” assignments at...

Jay McCabe  |  Aug 01, 2009  |  0 comments

Emily Schwartz
Lake Highland Preparatory School
Orlando, Florida

Emily was a week away from graduating from Lake Highland when we spoke in mid-May. With an interest in both art and photography—she took a painting and drawing class at the Parsons School of Design in New York last year—she’ll be attending the University of...

Jay McCabe  |  Jul 01, 2009  |  0 comments

Erik Anderson
Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

All Things Considered
What’s surprising is that formal photographic studies are still in Erik’s future. He began taking photographs less than a year ago. “My dad’s a stringer for the Post Journal in northern Illinois,” Erik says. “He shoots a lot of sports teams...

Jay McCabe  |  Jun 01, 2009  |  0 comments

Carly Cassara
Souderton Area High School
Souderton, Pennsylvania

Sight Lines
Access is everything if you want to do the kind of performance photography Carly loves to do, and her approach to securing a position at the front of the stage is direct: “I usually e-mail the band’s publicist or manager, or one of the band members and see if they...

Jay McCabe  |  May 01, 2009  |  0 comments

Jimmy Hickey
Central Catholic High School
Portland, Oregon

Field Test
Jimmy is a senior at the school, and although he’s taken photo classes, he says that he’s learned almost all of what he knows “through trial and error as well as help from other, more established photographers.”

It was sports that turned his...

Jay McCabe  |  Apr 01, 2009  |  0 comments

Grant Westhoff
Edwardsville High School
Edwardsville, Illinois

Let’s see…sports, politics, music, senior portraits. No surprise, as Grant Westhoff, a senior at Edwardsville High School, is on the staff of the school yearbook, freelances for a local newspaper, and photographs for the school district.

On his own...

Jay McCabe  |  Mar 01, 2009  |  0 comments

Nick Burden
Mountain Vista High School
Highlands Ranch, Colorado

A junior at Mountain Vista, Nick’s photography has received awards from Nature’s Best Photography for Kids magazine and the North American Nature Photography Association. His interest in photography stems from his father, a professional photographer. He remembers...