Last December, Grand Rapids Public School (GRPS) high school seniors got close-ups, free of charge.
Titled GRadPICS, the free photo shoot ran for three straight days, photographing many seniors at all six high schools in the GRPS district — Creston High School, Central High School, GR Montessori, Union High School, City High School, and Ottawa Hills High School.
The pictures have been posted to the GRadPICS Facebook page in albums labeled with each school’s name. The high resolution image files are available to download. The students also received each photographer’s full permission to use for yearbooks, personal pictures, websites, and profile pictures.
Terry Johnston is one of four regularly subcontracted photographers who shoots for Stellafly. He presented the idea to us explaining that it was the type of gift he’d always wanted to provide. It was a logical opportunity to expand our connection with GRPS. We recently established a formal partnership focused on using social media to promote awareness about the school system, its programs and events.
To see the images: facebook.com/GRadPICS
Contributing photographers to the project:
Tim Motley, Terry Johnston, Katy Batdorff, Michael Cook, Ryan Pavlovich, Seth Thompson and Mitch Ranger
Videographers: Sean Stearns, Trevor Ditmar
Assistants: Marcel Thibert, Ian Anderson
Project Lead: Rich App
Social Media: Laura Caprara
Many thanks to our media friends for picking up the story:
Grand Rapids Press: mlive.com/living/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2011/12/photographers_donate_senior_pi.html
WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin
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