Business Owners and College Freshmen

These two words don’t normally describe the same person but in the case of two 18-year-old Potomac State College freshmen, they fit perfectly together. Cameron Dyson is dual majoring in chemistry and business, while Tanner Oaks is a biology major. If future plans of being accepted into medical school wasn’t stressful enough, the couple owns their own photography business, Milestone Studios Photography.

How It Started:

Five or six years ago, Cameron started taking pictures of her little sister. As time passed, she started to become more interested in makeup and would do small photoshoots with her friends, just for fun. Last year while looking through some of her old photos; she realized photography was something she enjoyed and was good at. It was at this point that she decided to quit her part time job waitressing and start pursuing her own business with Tanner. He had previous experience professionally editing videos, so it made sense for them to work together. Tanner said, “I edited videos for years, so I thought pictures would be a piece of cake.” The business officially launched in October 2015, part way into their freshman year.

 

 

 

School and Work:

Balancing a business and a college education isn’t easy for these two entrepreneurs. Cameron said, “That is the most difficult thing about what we do! We always put school first. Tanner and I are both extremely set on getting into medical school once we finish up our 4-year degrees. The great thing about college is that our professors give us a syllabus at the beginning of the semester that has every assignment and test already scheduled. If it weren’t for that, balancing work and school would be so much more difficult! Having school scheduled for us allows us to plan ahead.”

Since the business didn’t take off until a few months into their freshman year, they didn’t know the exact balance between the two. Remembering the past year Cameron recalled, “At a few points in the semester, both Tanner and I felt extremely overwhelmed by the amount of schoolwork we had and the number of sessions we were taking on each week, so we decided to cut back on our photography a bit.” During school months they don’t schedule sessions on a weekend before a test so they have time to prepare, and only one or two sessions on their free weekends. As finals approach they plan on cutting back even more until the end of the semester, but with summer will be taking on full-time scheduling of sessions.

The Studio:

The studio specializes in on-site wedding, family, engagement and senior photography. Most of the sessions they do is natural light, on-site photography, but they just purchased and received new equipment for an indoor wedding session they have booked in May. They plan on offering more indoor studio-style sessions along with the on-site photography when classes let out in May. As of right now a larger portion of sessions they do have been for families, but they also do senior and couple shoots regularly.

 

 

These sessions are typically one to two hours long and include hair/make-up services and outfit changes. Since no two weddings are the same, prices are tailored to the scale of the wedding and the bride and grooms wants. All packages include a CD with color and black and white versions of the edited images from the session and the copyright release so that you can get your photos printed where, when, and how you would like to within two weeks of the session.

 

Sessions Starting Price Number of Edited Images
Family $150 30
Senior $175 75
Sweetheart/Engagement $175 50

 

Blog:

Cameron and Tanner have recently started a blog to give advice and tips on photo sessions, photography, and editing. Cameron completed the first blog entry, Senior Portrait Q and A, on April 07, 2016. The blog covers what to wear, hairstyling, editing blemishes, rain checks and what you should bring along. The couple has plans to continue the blog to help not only their customers but anyone preparing for a session or in the photography business.

How to Contact:

Cameron and Tanner can be reached by messaging on one of the studio’s many pages; on Facebook, Instagram or by email at MilestoneStudiosPhotography@gmail.com.

Milestone Studios Photography has the ability to grow along with its young talented owners.

Click here to check out there website.

Click here to check out their Facebook page.

Click here to check out their advertisement video.

Click here to contact Milestone Studios Photography.

Click here to check out their Instagram page.

Four Tips For College Finals

With finals and graduation approaching, it isn’t breaking news that college students are starting to become more stressed then they ever have before. To help avoid as much unneeded stress as possible, try these tricks.
1) Flash Cards
Flash Cards are primarily used for memorizing vocabulary words or simple facts that are forgotten the second that the test leaves the student’s mind. However, these nifty little cards can be utilized to remember almost any fact, question or thought and can conveniently fit inside a pocket to be taken anywhere for studying on the go.
2) Sleep
Those all-night study sessions the night before a final can actually cause more harm than help. The lack of sleep hinders the hippocampus from reciting all the facts a person had crammed inside the night before. Students should get a well-rested night’s sleep before exams.
 3) Seek Help
There are many ways that students can receive the help they need to pass their finals. Professors are always willing to answer questions for their classes. The school also offers help through peer and professional tutors in the Academic Success Center below the library.
4) Relax!!!
Lastly, relax. Not everyone will ace their finals, but that’s okay. Study hard, but remember to take breaks.
A glass of water only seems to get heavier the longer a person holds it.

 

Click here to look at the Academic Success Center webpage.

Click here to find contact information for the Academic Success Center’s Staff

Click here to practice the Accuplacer Test.

Click here to look at the Academic Success Center’s Tutor page.

Library Buys GoPros

The Mary F. Shipper Library at Potomac State College received an Academic Innovation Tech Integration Grant to bring more technology to the school.

Accessories

From this grant the library has bought four GoPros for students to use for professional reasons. With the GoPros the library purchased a skeleton housing, water proof housing, head and chest mounts, suction cup mounts, and a monopod (selfie stick).

To be able to receive this grant Virginia Kline and Dave Miller had to create a new class, ULIB 293A. Within this class students are required to create a video in their e portfolio.

Some of these videos include showing children how to do a lay up for basketball step-by-step and how to hold a baseball for several different types of pitches.

Students are also encouraged to use these GoPros for projects. “They are for any class or club project,” said Kline.

One example of this is Donald Thorne using the GoPros for a horticulture project. This is one of many ways students at PSC can utilize this source to improve any project.

“Students could use them for horseback riding, pre-medical fields, lab procedures, crime scenes, and elementary education to teach,” said Kline.

These GoPros are one of the first steps PSC is taking to bring the college into the technological era, allowing students to “realize what’s possible” in their perspective fields.

Mary F. Shipper Library

See how students can utilize GoPros for classes

Read more on the Academic Innovation Tech Integration Grant