“[Kids] don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.”
― Jim Henson
At the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, I started a personal project.  I decided to take one picture a day at school for the last five years of my teaching career before retirement.  I  named the project 900 Days of School as I would be teaching for approximately 900 more days.
Once I got a few months into the project, I found that it started

to take on a life of its own.

I didn’t really think about how I might be influencing my students until one of my girls last year asked if she could bring in the camera she received as a gift and ask me some question about it.

Student’s Camera

Once we were working with her new camera, everyone became very excited.

Sharing Pictures

My students began bringing in pictures to share with me that they took outside of school.

Photographs to Discuss

I didn’t anticipate that when my students observed me taking one quick picture per day, they would become interested in photography.  It was wonderful for me to see their interest grow.

One day, a student came up to me and held his camera up to take a picture.

New Camera

During free time, he used Post-it ™ Notes to create this camera.

What I did not realize initially was that his camera was a working camera.

My Picture

Just after he took my picture,  he pulled out a picture of me.

I am absolutely thrilled to be able to share my passion for photography with my students.  Photography has changed my life in more ways than I can possibly express.  Perhaps one of my students will continue to explore photography.


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Mary Presson Roberts
Mary Presson Roberts

I am a travel and fine art photographer living and working in the Carolinas. My camera has taken me to places I never would have experienced and to people I never would have met. Photography has truly changed my life! Using my blog, I hope to share the joys of both travel and photography.

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    Such a great story.
    I discuss photography at the antique shop and I could start a little club with all the people that are interested in shooting what I shoot.
    Pictures have such a profound affect on people.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Jennifer! I believe any passion is better when shared! Enjoyed seeing you this weekend!

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    Love the little boy with the Post It camera that really works! He started my day with a smile. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Judy! I am thankful to work with these little people who make me smile each day!

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    Love this…The boy who made the camera with a picture melted my heart. What a wonderful gift you give your students!!!

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      He melted my heart, as well! I had no idea he was working to create it. Thank you!

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    I love beautiful stories like this. Children will respond to a teacher’s joys and passions as they have so clearly done here. Your passion has become contagious and stimulated their natural curiosity and creativity. Things that are so fragile and easily diminished if not encouraged early. Your lead quotation is perfectly apropos. Well done you

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Many thanks for your kind words!

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    Oh how I love this! I just love little people, and when they do stuff like this it makes me smile!

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Nancy! They keep me young!

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    Wonderful project Mary. Love your use of close ups. They say it all.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, kindly, Dan!

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    What a beautiful and inspirational story. Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Many thanks, my friend!

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    I told you years ago you will be a great photographer one day and I’m more convinced now than ever. Keep sharing your passion!

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Your friendship and encouragement through the years have meant more to me than you know! Many thanks!

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    This really lifted my spirits this morning. Your talent is inspiring to so many, and your passion is contagious. Just look at the creativity you’ve cultivated in those kids!

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, so much, my friend! Hope to see you on the 23rd!

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