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Hitchcock to offer teen photography classes

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March 09, 2011
BRIMFIELD — With proms, senior dinners, and graduation ceremonies fast approaching, high school students are bound to be taking many photographs of their friends and family members. Shooting quality photos is not as easy as it looks, however, which means an upcoming series of teen photography classes offered at Hitchcock Free Academy might help turn those dark and blurry graduation photos into vivid images.

Accomplished photographer Judy Messer, who has been taking photos for nearly 20 years, will lead two sets of teen photography classes, which will begin on March 26 at 10 a.m. for children ages 12-16. Subsequent meeting dates for this class include April 2, 9, and 16, all lasting from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The 16-19 age group first meets on Tuesday, April 5 at 6 p.m.; subsequent meeting dates for this class include April, 12, 19, and 26, all from 6 to 8 p.m.

"The two classes are designed for different aged students," said Susan Gregory, the executive director of Hitchcock Free Academy. "Both classes cost $90, and students should bring their own cameras."

Messer graduated from the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls, where she eventually became an instructor and is now a juror for the institute's annual portfolio review. In addition, she has served on the boards of various professional organizations and has received numerous awards. Judy is known throughout New England for her outstanding photographs of children, and she is currently representing herself with new fine art selections.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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