My Name is Ian and I am a Cancer Survivor

July 30, 2015

Pablove Shutterbugs Alumni Camp My name is Ian and I am a cancer survivor. I found out about Pablove at a Kaiser Christmas party when my mother and I met Eva Schlomann who introduced us to the organization. During the 8-week program, I was acquainted with the wonderful world of photography. I was shown not only new perspectives to take pictures, but to also look at life.

Beginning the course, I was given weekly assignments which greatly helped me understand how to set up a picture, how to give it meaning and emotion, paint a picture, tell a story through pictures, and show yourself in a picture without actually appearing in it. My mentor guided me through everything I needed help with. I found it amazing how after taking a few classes, I already viewed the world around me in a whole new perspective. My mindset only further expanded when we ventured to the Getty Center and Disney Musical Hall. It was crazy how many picture opportunities presented themselves to me as I walked along with the group.

Pablove Shutterbugs Camp girl taking a pictureI didn’t introduce myself to many of the other participants during the 8-week program as I was a little shy; however, I’m glad Photography Camp came around. I was presented with the chance to interact with them so I did, and it was great. I felt like I had known these people my entire life, we bonded so quickly it was astounding. I enjoyed talking with all the lively counselors and campers, strolling the breathtaking campus of Pepperdine as we took our photography classes, staying up until late with the other teens and watching movies and playing Scattergories. I cannot express the joy it brought me to see so many people united by such a malicious disease so happy and full of energy. That, I can say, is one of the best feelings I have ever experienced. While at Camp, I bonded with the boys in my dorm and listened to the many testimonies of my fellow Shutterbugs, most of which, I have to say, brought me to tears.

Pablove Shutterbugs Alumni CampI shared many a laugh and a few tears with the participants of The Pablove Foundation. The Shutterbug program has changed the way I look at everything around me. It is impossible for me to walk down the sidewalk without seeing a possible photo, and for that, I thank them. It was truly such a humbling experience to be a part of such a wonderful cause. I will forever hold the people of The Pablove Foundation close to my heart.

Best regards,



For more pictures of all the fun Ian and his new friends had at camp, see below and visit our album on Facebook.

Pablove Shutterbugs Alumni Camp girl playing guitarPablove Shutterbugs Alumni Camp boy looks at art

Pablove Shutterbugs Alumni Camp underwater photography of girl swimming

Pablove Shutterbugs Alumni Camp




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