Wednesday, June 29, 2011

AC Transit Honors Positive Graduates in the East Bay

On Saturday June 25, 2011, family, friends and loved ones gathered together at the AC Transit Board Room in Oakland California. They were all attendants at the 17th Annual Billy J. Givens Scholarship Awards Ceremony

AC Transit Scholarship team with 2011 Recipients
Billy J. Givens was a beloved AC Transit driver who was dreadfully killed while operating his bus back in July of 1988. A supporter of young people, Givens continuously encouraged youth to remain in school, refrain from trouble, stay focused and achieve their goals. He was an advocate for the youth of today, a group of fearless, zealous, creative and beautifully unique beings who have all ability to make a difference. 

To honor his memory and to be an encouraging force behind young people, a group of individuals including fellow AC Transit workers, family, friends and an organization called Reach Out and Touch a Youth  Project gathered together and created the Billy J. Givens Scholarship. This scholarship started in the early 90's and just celebrated it's 17th year. Graduating high school seniors who are on their way towards a higher education at a four year university are honored with the scholarship award of $1000. 

The great thing about this scholarship is that it is offered to students that live in AC Transits surrounding areas. Many of these areas are low income and college is somewhat unattainable in some households where parents do not have enough income. By offering a means to help aid students in their journey towards their futures, the Billy J. Givens scholarship is helping to improve the young community. 

This year 12 high school graduates were honored with the award, all representing schools around the East Bay. Ashaki Scott (Envision High School), Kayalyne Pearson (John F, Kennedy High), Keir Abrams (Berkeley High School), Daniel Mastin (Skyline High School), Nicole Walker (Middle College High School), Bryanna Bradford (Bay Tech High School), Lizbeth Moreno (Richmond High School), Khanhly Nguyen (James Logan High School), Sy Stokes (Albany High School), Robert Lopez (Middle College High School), Breanna Briggs (Oakland Technical High School) and Samatha Walker (Pinole Valley High School). 
Christen Ayers, CBS 5 Reporter with scholarship winners

Along with the students, Christen Ayers served as the mistress of ceremony. Christen is a reporter for CBS 5. The keynote speaker for the ceremony was David Earl Spencer. Mr. Spencer is a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch and gave an excellent speech. 

Scholarship recipient Kayalyne Pearson
It was great to see these young people, professional figures and schools represented in a more positive light, especially at a time where negativity seems to have a great impact throughout society and all social media. 

Positive Images 2011 Senior Kayalyne Pearson
 Graduation Photo of Positive Images 2011 Senior, Kayalyne Pearson

It was a wonderful surprise to see one of our Positive Images seniors among the honorees. We are proud of Ms. Kayalyne Pearson!!! Keep displaying positive actions, attitudes and getting positive awards Kayalyne and the rest of the 2011 recipients of the Billy J. Givens Scholarship.

Special thanks to Positive Images Photography client, Cynthia Dorsey for inviting us to witness this positive event for Bay Area youth.  Cynthia's passion and dedication to this special project was very evident in her presentation. 

Submitted By: LaStarr Moore
LaStarr Moore works as a Social Media Consultant at Positive Images Photography. 
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

5 Tips For Fabulous Senior Portraits

2011 Senior, Marissa in gorgeous prom dress at the beach

Tip One: Wear your best clothes
What makes you feel good? What makes you look good? Determine what colors, patterns and pieces you would like to be photographed in. If you like it, we love it! Don't let anyone deter you from wearing what best suits you. Your senior portraits are designed to fit you and no one else.
When choosing what you want to wear, please be aware of a few things. 1) Your clothing should be ironed and/pressed. It isn't flattering when you have on wrinkled clothing in your portraits. In addition to not having wrinkled clothing 2) make sure all of your clothing is in good condition. 3) Use a variety of colors and accessories. Many people believe that they have to wear certain colors when taking portraits, but that's not true. As it was stated previously, wear what suits you best.

Tip Two: Do not be nervous
When in front of the camera be as calm as you can be. Taking pictures may seem a little awkward at first, but once the first shot is taken, you will be fine. The trick to having a carefree session is to have fun. Treat the camera like it's your best friend, play with it, love on the camera. Once you begin to have fun. you produce a more natural pose. Your portraits will not look as if your poses are staged. It helps to laugh and if you have to get out of your comfort zone to loosen up a little go ahead. The photography studio is not a place to be nervous or afraid, it's a place to feel good and to have fun.

Tip Three: Design your session
You should have some idea of what you want your portraits to look like. It doesn't help coming in to take your senior portraits, not having a clue what you want to do in them. At Positive Images you have the opportunity of designing your session. Designing your session makes it easier for you to get all of the things you need for your pictures and it prepares the photographer for your session as well.
Gisele Bonds Portrait Artist

Tip Four: Choose a qualified photographer
Be selective with whom you want to capture this chapter in your life. Choose a photographer whose aim is to satisfy you and all of your picture needs. Ask yourself questions based on the type of quality you are expecting. Make sure the photographer you choose embodies the qualities and standards you have set for your senior portraits. You must make sure that all of your needs are being met. You are the client and what you want matters.
2012 Senior Taylor, showcases her artistic flair
Tip Five: BE UNIQUE!!
Differentiation is a major factor when it comes to senior portraits. You don't want your pictures to resemble anyone else. In being unique, you don't have to follow tradition and take portraits that contain certain poses, colors, etc. Be different! You can use props, go on location, anything that comes to mind. If you are involved in activities such as athletics, music, band, writing, dancing, anything that you love to do, incorporate it into your portraits. By doing this you create more variety and the more variety you have, the more pictures you can choose from. You want as many portraits to select from as possible. Not only will you have variety, you'll have unique portraits that define who you are, no one else.  

Submitted by:
LaStarr Moore
Positive Images

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Personalized Senior Portraits for Oakland & Bay Area Graduates

What's Your Story?

By definition, a portrait should tell the story of the subject to the viewer. Our Consultation Design process helps Gisele get to know you better and focus on ways to personalize your portrait. Recently, Moreau High school senior, Urayah placed her unique stamp on her graduation photos by bringing her collection of shoes and purses to the studio. She understood that "activities" are not limited to things that schools hand out uniforms for.  At Positive Images, we want you to document the things that define decide, not us.

Urayah also took traditional classic graduation portraits in cap and gown and feather boa.

Because she is very active in her school's African American Student Union, Urayah also brought her student life shirt, art, mug and the program book from the Martin Luther King Jr. program that she directed.

What senior year is complete with out a killer prom dress? And as you can tell, Urayah was slammin' in her Jessia Mclintock design in an iridescent teal green.  To top it off her Senior Portrait session at Lake Merrit in Oakland was during the week when the trees around the lake were in full pink bloom.

How will you personalize your Graduation Portrait at Oakland's Positive Images Photography? Call for a free consultation appointment and lets figure it out together (510)832-3686. Our Online Gallery