A Day in the Life of...Snap-happy Lamron photographers

The Lamron would be decidedly less eye-catching and colorful if it wasn't for its photographers going behind the Geneseo scenes to get the perfect shot.

Many photographers started their involvement with the Lamron by learning how to use the camera at the meetings. Once they gained experience, their responsibilities increased.

"[Former photo editor Ben Gajewski] helped me learn how to use the digital camera my freshman year," said junior and current photo editor Christine Cusano. "With experience, I just found a passion for it. It was the first time I had done photography."

For others, previous experience with photography prompted interest in taking photos for the Lamron.

"I've always been interested in photography - mostly landscapes and photographers like Ansel Adams - and that interest is what prompted me to take a few photography classes in high school," said Katie Smart, junior.

Occasionally, photographers go to great lengths to get the right shot for an article. Smart, for example, found snapping a picture of the local Starbucks to be a surprisingly dangerous feat.

"I was on the side of the road with cars flying by and people probably wondering why I was hanging out, taking pictures of a coffee shop," said Smart.

But being a photographer for the Lamron has its perks, such as special opportunities and the occasional VIP treatment.

Cusano recalled the unique chance to take pictures of the Brand New concert last semester.

"I got a free ticket to the spring concert. I was able to stand right up front with security. It was cool being really close," said Cusano. At the last Musical Theatre Club concert spring semester, Cusano was able to cut the enormous line waiting at the door and get a front row seat to the show.

Those who take pictures are also afforded great opportunities to gain experience and skill.

"I'm very new to the entire experience of photography and the Lamron in general," said junior Samantha Feldmeyer. "It's fun. Photographers just have a great eye for pictures. With experience, I hope to gain that."

"You don't always have the chance to get your photos published and when you do, you're just building up your portfolio along with massive amounts of technique," said Smart.

Cusano encourages anyone who is interested in taking pictures, experienced or not, to come to Lamron meetings, which are held every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the Union mailroom.