I used to live in the Mid-Ohio Valley, a place on the Ohio River clustered with several small towns. I lived in Parkersburg, West Virginia for eight years. How did I survive you ask? No idea! I have been gone for over two years now and recently went back to visit. Going from Denver to Parkersburg is quite the shock! Living there, I never was able to appreciate the oddities of the town. I was use to it. But now that I have a fresh eye, I couldn’t stop clicking while I was there. Twenty minutes from Parkersburg is another small town called Marietta, Ohio. This is where I went to college only fifteen minutes from my home. Marietta definitely has a different feel than Parkersburg and much more charm. My dad said if he had to do the move all over again, we would have moved to Marietta, not Parkersburg. Regardless, because these towns play such a huge role in my life, I felt it only necessary to capture them the way I view them.
Old St. Mary’s – Parkersburg, WV
The next few photos were taken along Old St. Mary’s Road. My subdivision was just off this road. I loved that it was out of the city and almost the country. I forgot how green and humid everything is in the MOV. But this road is seriously picture perfect! Twisty, turvy, with lots character!
Loooong overdue, but so worth it!!! I had the pleasure of meeting Miss Seneca a few months ago. She instantly amazed me not only by her beauty but also by her personality and talent, so I HAD to ask her to be my senior representative! She kindly agreed, and I couldn’t be happier to have gotten the chance to work with her. She is absolutely stunning. I actually had a hard time remembering she was one of my Seniors, not one of my models!
What really impacted me the most about Seneca though was her heart. When I met her, she shared a project with me that she began about bullying. Seneca loves making films, and after going to a summer film camp, she wanted to make a film (and not your traditional bullying film) to share at schools in Denver campaigning against bullying. She spent her entire Junior year, traveling to local schools, showing her film, and talking with her peers about ways to counteract and prevent bullying. Seneca told me, ”Bullying was something that hit close to home for me because I’d been bullied before, and I know a lot of people who have been bullied. It really tore them up. I wanted to make a film that could make an impact with this topic, but not be the traditional type of bullying film. It was so much fun, and to my delight, when I came back to Denver, I was able to go to schools and show my film and talk with students about bullying in their school and brainstorm ways to try and counteract that. It has been a blast, I cannot wait to continue with that this upcoming school year!”