by Skip Cohen
With Father's Day right around the corner, I couldn't help but appreciate a post by Jenn Sim, Levi Sim's definitely better half (LOL) on Facebook. She wrote:
So proud of my family of photographers. Lana took first place in the amateur photographer category, and Levi took second in the professional photography category.
And Levi explained to me; This was a "Plein-air" photography contest. The pictures had to be made starting last Friday and presented on Wednesday by noon and had to be made within Cache Valley, which straddles the Utah/Idaho border.
Well, Lana is nine years old, and that's her portrait of her Dad and brother above. I had to give her top billing since she took a first. However, in second place was Levi's print below.
Besides Levi being a good friend for so many years, I got the biggest kick out of Lana getting involved in imaging. Photography is an incredible tool for self-expression, and a great activity for parents to enjoy together with their kids. So, if Lana's shooting like this at nine, imagine what she's going to be like in competition ten years from now!
One more fun quality of this - Levi's well-established as a photographer. He doesn't need to enter local shows like this, but he believes in being involved in his community. This is a perfect way to stay active and remind people what he does for a living.
Photography is simply part of this family's life, and it's a constant reminder of how small an industry we really are. Another good friend, Erin Holmstead, captured the family portrait on the right. I met Erin through Levi; I have repeatedly caught up to her at WPPI; she's an Admin for Cache Valley Photographers on Facebook and a writer for Photofocus.
It's Father's Day weekend! To Jenn Sim - thanks for sharing the pictures and your pride; to Levi, I can't wait to hear Lana stories when she wants to upgrade her gear! And to Levi and all you Dad's out there, wishing you all a Happy and HEALTHY Father's Day!
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