FLINT, Michigan — Alvin Jermaine Brown of EyeSnapStudios and Jennifer James of JJ Images are two Flintstones on a mission: to foster neighborhood and recognize the outstanding resilience and tenacity of Flint’s next technology of leaders, and do it by way of the vehicle of images. They do all that and far more by means of a just one-working day occasion named Walk N Glow, a no cost senior photo extravaganza for Flint’s graduating course of 2021, going on downtown Flint Saturday, August 7.

There is no drama or negativity, just a broad assortment of group photographers, restaurants, clothes traces, makeup artists, companies, and volunteers showering each other and each pupil and spouse and children with love and assistance. The event, produced as a response to the myriad of learners in will need of senior shots, spurred the two into motion. What began as a dialogue finally turned into a annually affair and has obtained phenomenal group backing.

In their 2nd yr, Brown and James have committed on their own to get the classes learned from their lives and pictures lessons from Mott Group Higher education professor Bob Rentschler to create a extensive-long lasting legacy. Flintside caught up with the duo in Cafe Rhema to communicate about all items Wander N Glow and what it signifies to them and the group.

Flintside: Speak to me about the identify of this celebration, Walk N Shine. I assemble the wander is linked to strolling throughout the phase for graduation. But what does the glow necessarily mean?

Brown: The foundation powering the identify is to figure out graduating high faculty seniors who have managed to get by the substantial college portion of their life. As youngsters, we faced peer force, hormones, mates, loved ones problems, drug addictions, pregnancy, and suicide. But, even with heading by means of people, they have still managed to press through. So, we want to honor and figure out them for all their endeavors. [As they] move into adulthood, it’s heading to be their time to shine their light-weight into the earth.”

Flintside: This is an possibility for graduating substantial university seniors throughout the town. When we imagine about an event of this magnitude, it can be a minimal challenging. How did you two take care of to put all the parts with each other? 

James: “We were being each added to this team termed Adopt-A-Senior. I place out there, ‘Hey, I’m functioning full time, but I’m keen to do totally free senior shots.’ It was an too much to handle sum of individuals who contacted me [and him]. I referred to as Alvin, and we collaborated, talked, and laughed. I received five photographers, and he obtained five. He found a make-up artist, and I observed a single, and we started with that. We achieved out to our pictures professor Bob Rentschler at Mott Community College or university. He obtained in touch with Canon United states of america, Inc., and they sponsor our function and deliver us camera products for the photographers. We had four clothes lines donate, and we experienced Luigi’s sponsor and fed every person. Alvin hooked up with the Larger Flint Arts Council and Ferris Wheel to let us make use of their house.”

Flintside: This function is pupil-centered and focused. To glow a gentle on pupils utilizing photography as the car goes much beyond simply taking pics. Can you chat about how this event feels to be additional holistic in its solution? 

James: “We each converse to [everybody] and make them aware that this party is not about you. These college students do have troubles at property, and we have to have persons who can adapt to that and relate. I communicate to each and every kid independently and their father or mother/s or guardian/s because if there are particular points that we want to be mindful of, I can place them with the right photographer. We want the young ones to truly feel snug and (have it) be a working day of satisfaction and celebrating their achievements. If I can contact a person graduate’s everyday living with a few text, a smile, or a photo, so be it that’s God’s blessing.”

Brown: “We want to make absolutely sure the pupils know that they are appreciated, and this is their day. It is a great prospect for the photographers to do the job, construct a legitimate relationship, and enable them know they understand where by they’re coming from for the reason that I had my very own worries. We are who the graduates are going to open up up to. So we want to be ready to set a beneficial illustration by getting open up and recognizing them.”  

Flintside: Wander N Glow, I come to feel, is a testomony to what’s possible when you say you want to do or obtain something. I think it showcases to the graduating seniors that there is a group of people today who adore and honor them. What do you feel is the importance of Stroll N Glow?

Brown: “Honestly, I’m pretty thankful that this event is perfectly set with each other due to the fact it does consider a whole village to increase a baby. Which is what this occasion is a showcase to signify. We, as a collective, can come collectively and make a positive improve to the youth which is coming up. We’re not heading to be below permanently, so make sure to take the time to go all your know-how and utensils to the subsequent person. One of the greatest means is to make confident these college students sense recognized and acknowledged for any and anything. This celebration is something I want to see continued in Flint very long right after I’m gone.” 

Flintside: When you both of those glimpse at what you made past year and looking at what you are about to execute this yr, what does it all imply?

James: “My major focus is for the college students to appear down and get pleasure from the day—that it is all about them. I want the students to appear to one thing where by there’s no negativity or hesitation [to take photos] simply because you really do not have any dresses or shoes. It’s a blessing to be equipped to present that. It’s about supplying that assistance to households who can’t pay for [senior photos]. It is not about the income or politics. It is to let these young ones see how the local community can pull collectively to offer this for them.”

Brown: “What Stroll N Shine means to me is the effects it has on most people that arrives across it, no matter if you are the kinds volunteering, the learners, photographers, to see how it impacts folks and produce a favourable improve in their mindset. It leaves an effect to say, wow, some great points are likely on in just our city. It took only one particular working day out of 365 times to benefit from everything that I have been blessed with to give back again. Stroll N Glow means a whole lot when I see how large of an effects it has and how it touches the lives of all people who consider aspect in it.”

You can uncover far more information about Stroll N Glow on Facebook. To stay up to date on Alvin J. Brown and Eye Snap Studios you can observe him on Fb, Eye Snap Studios, and Instagram. To study much more about Jennifer James, you can take a look at her via Instagram.