Friday, September 30, 2011

MetWest High School: A Portrait of Internship Based Learning

PAST MEETS PRESENT!!! Alumni Contribute to Current Students

Last week I had the opportunity of interviewing students from my old high school MetWest for an opportunity to intern at Positive Images and at Student of Social Media. To say I was honored would be an understatement. To think that just 6 years ago I was in that very same position, having an interview with Gisele to become her intern.
LaStarr interviews MetWest students
I started my internship at Positive Images on September 13, 2005, her first ever intern from MetWest. While there I was given tools on how to conduct myself professionally, take initiative, operate in a business and I found my passion for entrepreneurship. I had the opportunity to observe Gisele  as she ran a successful photography business, creating the most fabulous senior portraits I had ever seen. The quality and uniqueness of the portraits she took made me see why she was in such high demand from all over the Bay Area. While interning with Gisele I even had the opportunity to become a student mentor and helped with fellow interns and friends, Nicole Hall and Shannon Chase. Working alongside Gisele, her studio manager Jamie and production manager Veronica, we were all a family.

JoJo will serve as Internship Coordinator this semester
Six years later, I can still feel that family bond. Many of my fellow classmates from MetWest even get that feeling when they are around Gisele. Jovonta McGathon, a fellow class of 2006 graduate had her Senior Portraits done at Positive Images. As an intern, I learned how the entire portrait process and I did all of the final edits on her pictures. Jovonta aka JoJo is special because she has returned to MetWest to help the students as their internship coordinator. She's helping develop students the way we were developed and having gone through the whole process for many years, she knows and understands what it takes in order to have an internship you love.

 Interviewing prospective interns last Thursday was a great experience. I had the opportunity to give back and   encourage young people. Sitting and looking at the students, I saw a little of myself. I was  shy and I had no clue about photography, but once I got to know Gisele and her business I knew it was all a perfect fit. One thing that stands out to me is that Gisele has been one of the few mentors that still remains at MetWest. I am proud to say that I was her first MetWest intern.

Gisele & 2010-11 Intern, Dion
The 2010-2011 MetWest Intern for Positive Images was Dion.  Dion contributed to Positive Images in many ways last year. One of her early contributions were articles written for this blog!  Review the archieves to learn about the day Dion meet the Mayor of Oakland during a day with Positive Images.  She planned and hosted a very sucessful open house for the Class of 2011 and coordinated the 2012 Spokes Model Program.
Check out this video of Dion and Gisele on the Television Program, KDOL Community Spotlight, hosted by Ms. Shonda Scott.

Spotlight Internships from kdol360 on Vimeo.

Gisele participated in the 2011 Internship fair to begin meeting prospective interns for the 2011-12 Academic year. Additionally, several students have visited Positive Images for informational interviews and Shadow Days.

Gisele interviews candidates at MetWest Internship Fair

Stay Tuned to find out which MetWest Student will join the Positive Images Team this year...

By: LaStarr Moore
Social Media Manager
Student of Social Media

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fall Family Portraits: East Bay Professional Family Portrait Studio

WOW! Where did the Summer go this year?  It so hard to believe that Labor Day has come and gone and soon we will be carving Jack-O-Lanterns. But as Bay Area residents September doesn't represent the dropping of Autumn leaves...for us it is the beginning of our Indian Summer. That means our most amazing weather of the year. It is the perfect time to plan a Family Portrait Session outdoors.
September is a great time for Fall Family Portraits
If you plan to order holiday cards this year, September is an excellent time to schedule a unique family portrait session. Not only do you have an opportunity to capitalize on the excellent weather, you can put the photo shoot on your "Ta-Done" list way before the holiday crunch hits. If you enjoy giving portraits as gifts during the winter celebrations, you can get some of your holiday shopping done early.
At Positive Images a great Family Portrait begins with a consultation design appointment. Phone to schedule a time to brainstorm all the details of your photo session.  The San Francisco Bay Area offers a wide variety of portrait locations from beaches and waterfalls to parks and classic architecture. Let's chat about what is the right fit for your family.
Wall Portrait Collages make excellent gifts

Phone (510)832-3686 to schedule your Consultation Design Appointment
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Thursday, September 1, 2011

St. Joseph Norte Dame Senior Portrait Model, Chris, Retires & Begins Freshman Year at Howard

We have to send off another 2011 Positive Images Spokes Model into retirement in order to begin life in college. Christopher Livingston  is a very special Spokes Model because I have been taking his portraits since he was a baby and I consider him family!
A Baby picture of Chris at Positive Images in 1995
 I'm still amazed that the years have flown by so quickly.
Chris moves from high school senior to Howard Freshman
Chris's Freshman year at Howard started with a BANG! A 5+ earthquake followed up by Hurricane Irene.
The Cap and Gown Senior Portrait
Christopher has chosen to attend Howard University, in Washington D.C. on a full academic scholarship.  He plans to study political science and pursue a career in law and politics. He graduated from Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda

Christopher was recognized by the National Achievement Scholarship Program, which honors academically talented American high school students.
Chris poses with some of his favorite books
Based on his 2009 PSAT scores, Christopher was among the highest scoring 
participants in the program, which is part of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation
 in addition, Christopher was a member of the California Honor Student Federation.  Christopher took a full load of challenging classes his senior year, including
 AP Physics, AP Calculus and AP Government
Chris's graduation picture with his baseball trophies
 He also participated on an officer level in student government for four years.  Christopher was an All League baseball player on the varsity baseball team at SJND.  He batted over .400 and led the Bay Shore League RBI’s. He is also a dedicated reader, Christopher reads on average, two books each week unrelated to schoolwork.  Christopher is a Junior Deacon at Allen Temple Baptist Church, and is a Master of ceremonies on the ATB Broadcast team.
Chris & Lolita at his presentation at Beautillion
Congratulations are also in order for Chris's parents Chester and Lolita who have done a phenomenal job preparing him for this next exciting stage of his life. The Livingstons could write a book on parenting strong black boys. We look forward to many updates on Chris's accomplishments at Howard.  The only question is how long before he moves into the White House after earning that political science degree. 
You can learn more about Chris's schools by visiting their websites at these links: St. Joseph's or Howard University    It's a great combination of campuses if you love Blue and Orange! 

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