Kirsten Young is offering free grad photos for 2020 graduates, whether it be a small gathering or formal photo shoot. There’s one rule: it has to take place outside. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

West Shore photographer offers free grad photos for class of 2020

Appointments open to Royal Bay and Belmont Secondary students

When Kirsten Young heard that graduation was cancelled for Sooke School District students, she immediately thought about her daughter.

“My daughter is so disappointed that she won’t get her Grade 8 grad and I can’t imagine what it must be like for the Grade 12’s,” said Young.

As a photographer with 30 years of experience, the Colwood mom knew she had to spin a positive outlook from a bad situation. She’s offering any Grade 12 students that are attending Royal Bay and Belmont Secondary a chance to have their photos taken free of charge.

READ MORE: West Shore student petitions for more than a video graduation ceremony

Until the end of July, Young is offering her time, gas and skills to anyone that has missed out on their chance to experience a standard high school graduation – from small grad parties to formal photo shoots with friends.

“It has to be outside,” noted Young. “I’ll be keeping my space to stay safe during the pandemic.”

She followed those same guidelines when working on From the Curb, a project in which she photographed over 80 families on their doorsteps in the first month of the pandemic.

With the grad project, she’s already booked for most Saturdays – now, she’s looking for extra help.

“This is a chance for aspiring photographers to get their name out there,” said Young. “I’m planning to be pretty busy and I can always use a couple more cameras at the events.”

Those interested in booking a session can contact Young through her Facebook page, Kirsten Young Photography.

aaron.guillen@goldstreamgazette.com

CoronavirusPhotographySD62

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Telus headquarters to come to Victoria in ‘landmark building’ development

City sells land on coroner of Douglas and Humboldt streets for $8.1 million

Victoria man identified as victim in Thunder Bay murder

Police investigating after Paul Vivier, 29, discovered in hotel

Gift card scam email nearly dupes Oak Bay resident of $300

Fraud attempt posed as familiar friend

Sidney/North Saanich RCMP seize vehicle stolen from New Westminster

Man arrested on Resthaven Drive charged with possession of property obtained by crime

B.C. records four new COVID-19 cases, Abbotsford hospital outbreak cleared

Four senior home outbreaks also declared over, eight still active

About 30% of B.C. students return to schools as in-class teaching restarts amid pandemic

Education minister noted that in-class instruction remains optional

Trudeau avoids questions about anti-racism protesters dispersed for Trump photo-op

Prime minister says racism is an issue Canadians must tackle at home, too

Vancouver Island school principal mourns family killed during US protests

Jelks says he’s grateful for the outpouring of support from the community in the wake of this tragedy

Be cautious expanding COVID-19 bubble, Dr. Bonnie Henry tells B.C.

Senior homes stay off-limits as schools, businesses reopen

Considerations made to keep Island community’s drive-by birthday celebrations going

Trucks will tone it down or not use horns at all to bring some joy to kids and older folks

Summer tubing ban on Cowichan River lifted

The Tube Shack opening on June 27

Most Read