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The Aperture Academy Instructor: Jean Day

Jean is an Aperture Academy instructor whose love for photography is as enthusiastic as her love of, and skill in, teaching. She has been photographing sports, portraits, weddings and landscapes for over 30 years, with a particularly sharp focus on landscaping. Check out a sampling of her work below.

About Jean Day

At the age of nine, Jean snapped her first photo in Sequoia National Park, stirring her lifelong love for landscape photography. Jean has been a semi-pro photographer on and off for over 30 years. Her experience began in a professional photographic lab in Southern California specializing in school and sports photography as well as catering to wedding, portrait and landscape photographers. Her leadership skills and ability to teach and train others quickly landed her the position of production manager and liaison between in-house photographers, office staff, and outside professionals. Weekends were often spent in the field assisting other photographers with weddings and portraits until she was photographing her own, but it was the work of landscape photographers and time spent in the dark room developing their shots that continued to capture her interest.

Jean dedicated most of her adult life to raising two sons, enjoying her passion for landscape photography when time allowed. She acquired two AAs with honors at Sierra College in her spare time, already having entered the field of special education as a teacher's assistant at the middle school level. Children with special needs were a magnet for her empathy and experience. Several years ago, Jean discovered the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) becoming a member, assisting youth and their families in leading productive and successful lives.

With her boys grown, she dove back into landscape photography with an unparalleled passion, taking every opportunity to travel the southwestern U.S. in search of the most unique and beautiful vistas and to capture with her camera all this diverse corner of the world has to offer. It was a natural transition for Jean to combine her love of teaching and landscape photography, and extremely gratifying to share this passion and knowledge with those of like interest.

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