Téa S. started writing on a more serious level in the 6th grade and typically writes poetry and creative writing. They believe writing is an outlet for emotions that would usually tear people apart. “I don’t feel like writing should be without sadness,” Téa said.
Anela W. enjoys photography, especially nature. She has been into photography for four years now. “It’s a way to capture moments in life that is hard to see without photographing it,” Anela said. She does not, however, like taking photos of people. “It’s too popular. We see models often on a billboards, but not pictures of beautiful things like changing trees or forests. I also love taking pictures of historic items like buildings and artifacts.”
Iris enjoys the nighttime, chamomile tea, cats, listening to music while dramatically staring out a window, actual rocks, dreaming big, and baked goods. She occasionally writes for fun, but also to consolidate the many things bouncing around in her head, to process the hardships of life, and to count her blessings. Iris can only hope her writing will help others in their own journeys.
Summer Rose (a pen name) enjoys both writing and photography. They got their first camera when they were 10, which spurred their interest. Reading also sparked their interest in writing, specifically writing that portrays people and their life experiences as animals. They like taking photos of skies and sunsets because of all the colors. They don’t like taking photos in inside environments, and don’t like writing about things you hear about everyday.
Paige S. started drawing when her grandmother taught her and began at the Disneyland sketch place. She enjoys drawing sketches, more specifically fantasy. “I like drawing stuff you would find in dreams and then you look for in real life.” She also occasionally writes.