She can show real-world problems through her camera lens.
Saige Sheets said she fell in love with photography when she was in seventh grade and got her first camera.
“I think photography was never just a hobby for me,” Sheets said. “I jumped right in, and it was what I wanted to do for a job.”
Sheets said she remembers someone saying that she could take photos for National Geographic, and that compliment always stuck with her.
She went on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic and brought her camera along. She said she took photos on her own, and her traveling companions loved her photos so much that they asked her to go again as the photographer. She has also traveled to Guatemala and Haiti.
“I want to do international culture photography – so I’d love to do work with Third World countries and nonprofit organizations,” she said. “I want to show people that there is poverty out there and it’s not just an article – it is real life and it is happening now.”
Knowing that photography was what she wanted to pursue, Sheets said UCM was an easy choice for her. As a photographer for University Relations, Sheets said UCM is helping her become better at what she does. She is also working on photographing Mules rugby.
“I know that these experiences will really help down the road,” she said.
Sheets does not intend to only show bleak reality though. She said she also strives to show happiness.
“I don’t only want to show poverty, I also want to show the hope for these countries,” she said. “I want to show what great organizations are doing through my photography.”
Sheets said she has grown as a person while attending classes at UCM. Last semester she was involved in swimming and fencing club, and continues fencing this semester. She said she loves being able to meet so many new people and hang out with friends all the time.
“This year I’ve learned how to grow on my own for weeks and months and reach out to other people,” she said. “ UCM has helped me get photography jobs and use my skills on campus.”
PHOTO BY BETHANY SHERROW / REPORTER Saige Sheets, a photography major, poses with her camera next to the Administration Building during a break from a photo shoot.
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