From the little coastal town of Paraparaumu comes a big talent in Kelly Lynn. Moving to Palmerston North three years ago, Kelly has taken on the Bachelor of Creative Media, specializing in Photography and is loving every moment.
"Photography had been a passion of mine for a few years. Coming to UCOL meant that I could develop that into a career. I'm currently in my third year of my Bachelor of Creative Media (Photography)."
Since beginning her study at UCOL, Kelly has enjoyed being in a tight-knit community that supports each other in creative pursuits.
"I felt welcomed when I began studying at UCOL. First and second year I spent a lot of time in the arts and photography building (that's what block 2 sign says) design building, and it was helpful as a new student having that more intimate space. My classmates have become really close over the last three years."
The WorkHub has become a second family for Kelly, where students get to gain industry experience by taking on clients for creative projects.
"I love that it gives me a range of opportunity to be creative. With the WorkHub, we are able to get real clients in and complete work for them, gaining different experiences and jobs. We are also in popular demand which is awesome!"
In the future Kelly plans to have her own business, something that her studies are already well on the way to assisting with by helping students to create their industry plan as one of their assignments.
"I've done a few weddings, but I really love landscape and product photography. I think marketing could be an avenue for the future. My most recent job was for the Manawatū Toy Library which was really fun. That's the cool thing about photography, every day is different so there is always an opportunity for creativity just in seeing a different angle for a project."
"My advice to students looking to study photography in the future would be to keep experimenting, keep taking photos. Don't become complacent. If you're not sure which path you'd like to go down, try all of the areas that you can. That's the best way to find out."