A local photography enthusiast will be seeing much of her summer through a camera lens after being selected as one of Posterjack’s "Summer Kidtographers."
Ten-year-old Lainey Buhler got her first point-and-shoot camera four years ago as a Christmas gift.
"I was about six years old and I got a camera for Christmas, so I kind of liked to play around with it," Buhler said. "I took pictures of me and my friends and some of the things in my room. Then I got an iPad for school, and started to take pictures with that."
After a few years of experimenting and playing around taking photos, Buhler says she remembers taking the first photo she was truly proud of earlier this year at her family’s cottage at Lake of the Woods, Ont.
"I think it was in May, I was in the hot tub with my grandparents and my brothers. It was kind of misty and rainy and there was all these spider webs lined with dew drops, so I thought it would be really cool to take a picture because I knew my mom would want to see them. So I focused in on the spider web and nothing else.
"I thought it was really interesting and I showed my mom and my friends."
So when Posterjack, an online company which turns digital photos into works of photo art, was calling for submissions for their Summer Kidtographer contest, Buhler’s mom, Betty — a budding photographer herself, currently taking evening photography classes at Prairie View School — decided to enter her daughter.
"On Facebook, they had posted that they were looking for ‘kidtographers,’ which I had seen last year already," Betty said. "So I thought that seemed interesting and thought Lainey would really enjoy that, so when she showed me the photo of the spider web I thought, ‘This is pretty good.’
"So I sent it in, and I had to write a little paragraph as to why I thought she should be chosen and yeah, it kind of just took off from there."
Buhler was one of just six kids chosen from all across Canada, with the other winners joining her from Vancouver, B.C.; South Harbour, N.S.; and three siblings from Sharon, Ont.
The kidtographers will receive assignments from Posterjack all summer long, and submit their best photos for online publication.
Buhler says she’s excited to get started, has already had one of her photos published on Posterjack’s online blog, and intends to pursue photography as she gets older.
"I never really win contests, so I was really excited, and I thought it was really cool that I won something like that."
To keep up with Buhler’s summer progress, see blog.posterjack.ca