Photographer Alicia Diamond shares wisdom with Joliet Central students
Joliet Central High School alumna Alicia Diamond, Class of 2004, returned to her alma mater and shared her professional photography expertise with Joliet Central teacher Anne Zmuda’s Advanced Photography class for two consecutive days.
Diamond explained that, after exploring her interests in photography as a high school student, she earned an Associate’s Degree from Joliet Junior College in 2008 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Photo Journalism from Columbia College in 2014.
She now works as a professional photographer in Haiti for 100cameras, a non-profit organization that teaches children around the world to share their perspectives through photography. She is also a freelance photographer who documents weddings, events and specializes in portraiture.
The students prepared for Alicia’s visit by researching important details about Studio Lighting and Portrait Photography. On the first day, Alicia spoke to the students, telling the stories behind each portrait. On the second day, she hosted a mini workshop in which students were able to take their own portraits of each other with the school cameras as well as with Alicia’s camera. The students were excited to use a professional camera with a 75mm lens on it and many of them expressed how heavy it was.
“The students were very inquisitive of her experience since many of them have an interest in pursuing a higher education and using photography in their careers,” Zmuda said. “It was an important and meaningful experience for everyone involved and we hope to do it again next year.”
In the near future, Diamond will post the student portraits to her blog and the students will share written statements they would like the world to know about them to complement their portraits. Her website is www.rabbitheartedgirls.com.