Outreach Intern Discovers Photographer’s ‘Tude

By: Jenia Jones

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For the first time, I got to experience the UVSO campus from the lens of a photographer. With all honesty, I can say that the job was not easy, but it was because I got to experience the life of three and four-year-olds old enjoying the summer heat. On my journey, I saw a lot of fascinating activities like water fights, garden planting, and a large amount of hyper children. From time to time I say to myself that I would enjoy the luxury of having a younger sibling.

Spending a day shooting these little gals and guys makes me feel like my dream has finally come true – a little. I remember the first day I was assigned to taking photos of the Vailsburg Child Development Center (VCDC) children. It was July 14th and was part of the UVSO effort to participate in the National Summer Learning Day #SummertimeNewark campaign. On that day, I took photos at the VCDC Smith Street day care in the middle of their water fight. My goodness, I didn’t know if I should have been more concerned with getting the shot or saving my clothes from being drenched. All that changed when a little girl came up to me and said to me, “It’s summer time! Get wet and have fun!” After that little voice of wisdom, I just felt like there was no way I couldn’t enjoy this assignment or the rest of my summer shoots.Overall, I believe that the key to a great summer for me is having the right attitude. Just knowing that all my little brothers and sisters are enjoying their summer is enough to keep a smile on my face. I hope that through my taking these photos and sharing them with the community, I can help you feel the same way. #SummertimeNewark

Overall, I believe that the key to a great summer for me is having the right attitude. Just knowing that all my little brothers and sisters are enjoying their summer is enough to keep a smile on my face. I hope that through my taking these photos and sharing them with the community, I can help you feel the same way. #SummertimeNewark

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