Joining ‘The Click’: May Memorial Library starts photography club for teens

By Katie Farrell
Times-News correspondent

   Want to pick up a new hobby, improve at your own and gain a couple of new mentors at the same time?
Then May Memorial Library’s “The Click: Teen Photography Club” may just be for you.
The Click meets at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of each month in a cozy conference room near the children’s section of the library.
With the consistent growth in interest for photography by those of all ages, May Memorial Library previously held a successful professional photography workshop. After this workshop, organizers were inspired to create a club that could encourage young people to keep working on their craft.
   “The club was created to give teens who are interested in photography a place to learn form one another and be inspired,” said Children’s Services Manager Betsy Sumerford, who also doubles as co-leader for the club.
The Click focuses on nurturing and encouraging the passions of teens who participate. Whether club members love pet photography, portraits, artsy photos or want to know how to run their own business, The Click is here to help. It’s not about being the best at what you do, but about growing and knowing there are people along the way to help.
Jessica Whittington, founder and owner of Jessica Lea Photography in Burlington, is also present at each meeting. As a business owner, she knows just what it takes to make your hobby into your career.
“My goal with The Click is to have a place where teens can come to learn more about their interested or passion for photography and grow,” she said. “Whether that means learning how to take better photos as a hobby to possibly creating a business.”
In fact, the March meeting was all about owning a photography business. Whittington brought out copies of her contracts, info sheets and organization techniques to help teens know what goes in to making this a business. They also included links to websites all about teen businesses; Whittington recommended looking at anything related to Dave Ramsey for your finance needs.
The club is hands-on and if a student is curious, ready to learn and have fun, they are more than welcome to join. Current members are age 12 to 17 and consist of both home-schoolers and public school students.
If this sounds like something you’re interested in, you can join Whittington and Sumerford at 6 p.m. April 15 during next meeting at the May Memorial Library, 342 S. Spring St., Burlington. Students who come don’t need a fancy camera, either. Just show up with your excitement, passion and a phone with a camera.

For more information, call May Memorial Library at 336-229-3588.

Katie Farrell is a Queens University of Charlotte graduate and a Teens & 20s writer.

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