Written by Sadie Short on November 25 2014

We Heart Our Volunteers!

In this season of giving, Outside the Lens would like to extend some special thanks to those who we think give the most- our volunteers! This fall was no exception, with our volunteers and interns going the extra mile to support OTL’s programs, projects, and events.

In the classroom, our volunteers brought their best efforts and expertise to students’ projects and shoots. SDSU Child Development program interns Jasmine Herring and Ashley Irving brought their classroom management savvy and support to three out of our four fall outreach sites. Pro photographer and OTL classroom regular Paul Nygeres provided a full studio lighting set-up so our Monarch students could get more creative with macro shots of water. Andy Safir, a media expert and recent retiree, helped our Muirlands Middle School students bulk up their weekly school bulletin by creating a more effective live-view and teleprompting system for the crew.

Outside of the classroom, our volunteers got hands-on with some creative projects in the community. Over the summer, OTL interns and volunteers coordinated and shot beautiful and creative portraits of 24 of the artists, nonprofit leaders, and small business owners who make up the NTC Arts and Culture District, as part of the international “Inside Out” project led by French street artist JR. In early in October, a crew of volunteers helped to paste up the “Inside Out” exhibition: the 22 portraits printed large-scale (though the exhibit was only temporary, you can see the fantastic images here!). Later in the month, members of OTL’s high school Youth Council paired up with OTL’s pro photography volunteers to shoot over 100 portraits of families and festival goers at the La Jolla Art and Wine Festival.

The most en-masse effort, however, came from the workforce of volunteers who helped to staff our second annual benefit, Shutter & Stout. Over 35 volunteers came out on November 1st to help raise funds for Outside the Lens’ mission and programming. From greeting guests and running our silent auction to, of course, taking plenty of photographs, our volunteers were at the heart of the evening’s endeavors and contributed enormously to the success of the event.

Outside the Lens would like to thank all of our volunteers for their amazing efforts over the last several months- we appreciate all you do!


Interested in becoming a volunteer? Sign-up and find out more about how you can give back on the OTL volunteer info page here or by emailing Hilary at 

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