Schuylerville Alumna visits digital photography class

Chrissy Agnew
Chrissy Agnew

Students in Ms. Luke’s second period digital photography distance learning class got a lesson from a professional photographer on Friday, and, what was even more special was that the professional photographer is a Schuylerville graduate.

Chrissy Agnew graduated from Schuylerville High School in 2008. She went to SUNY Cortland and Adirondack Community College and graduated with a liberal arts degree. Agnew says photography was her hobby for years, but she never thought of it as a career path until her husband suggested she pursue photography full-time.

“It took me a little while, but I loved getting to practice with family and friends before I became a professional,” Agnew told students.

Digital photography distance learning class
Digital photography distance learning class

Now, she schedules about five shoots each weekend and several during the week. She’s photographed engagements, weddings, newborns, birthdays and senior portraits. Agnew spent Friday’s class showing students how much her work has progressed in just one year and offered some advice.

“Go outside, take your camera and play with the focus buttons, play with the aperture, play with the zoom,” Agnew said. “Always keep practicing. Taking photos is fun.”

“Chrissy does really nice work,” Art teacher Su Luke said. “I thought it would be beneficial for my students to see the opportunities out there and to see the work of someone who was once in their shoes.”