I get a ton of calls every day. Lots of them are machines telling me how to reduce my non-existant debt or extend my warranty on a vehicle I sold 5 years ago. Then I get some other fun photography related calls about developing film. Anyway, it’s gotten to the point where I feel like answering the phone is pointless. I was extremely happy I decided to answer the phone about a week ago. Google was doing an annual contest, and they needed someone to take photos of their Doodle 4 Google Arkansas Finalist.
Doodle 4 Google Arkansas Finalist
To be completley honest, I had no idea what Doodle 4 Google was or what to expect from this experience. One of the really creative thing about Google is that they change their logo pretty regularly. Doodle 4 Google is a national contest where students submit drawings to be considered for the logo. One of the Arkansas finalist was from Siloam Springs, so Google was coming to do a special presentation.
I arrived about 30 minutes early to get a feel for everything and figure out what I was doing. The principal of Siloam Springs Intermediate School was very nice and walked me around and talked me through everything. Then I got to meet the two Google representatives that would be running everything. Everyone was extremely helpful and willing to do whatever I needed to make the shoot look good.
The actual assembly was extremely interesting. The Google representatives talked about all the new things that Google was working on, many of which I had never heard of. They have a Drone program for delivering food to people in disaster areas, self driving cars, and a virtual reality system for art. It just blows my mind where Google started and where they are now.
At the end of the assembly, they talked about Doodle 4 Google, and that’s when they made the big announcement and brought the winner up. The whole time there was this cool balloon display and a giant sheet. It was at that point, that the winner got to pull down the sheet and reveal his Doodle to the school.
I’ve been involved in a lot of events, but shooting the Doodle 4 Google Arkansas Finalist was so special. I got to learn about some new projects from Google, meet some new people, and see someone’s hard work pay off. The next step in the whole contest is voting. So go out there and vote for our Arkansas finalist and let’s get his Doodle displayed on Google!