Award-Winning Photographer Lanzer Presents at First Fall CLP

October 04, 2017

Lanzer CLPALLIANCE, Ohio – The first presentation for the Continued Learning (CLP) featured Kyle Lanzer, an award winning photographer, on Tuesday morning at Hoover-Price Campus Center (HPCC) on the University of Mount Union’s campus.

Lanzer took his passion for photography and turned it into a career when he started freelancing for The Alliance Review in 1999.

“Working for a newspaper is what I really wanted to do,” Lanzer said. “It means so much to see your name next to your photo.”

Eventually, a position opened up and he became a full time photographer at The Review before taking a job at the Sun Newspaper in 2005 until 2013. He currently works as a marketing photographer for the Cleveland Metroparks, which he considers his dream job, and freelances as a photojournalist for sporting events.

Lanzer spoke about his progression as a photographer, from moving away from landscape photography towards photojournalism and back to landscape and nature photography.

Some of his favorite photos were taken as portraits when he worked for newspapers. He believed telling the story was the most important part and actively went out of his way to find the stories in the photos and events. By doing so, he met many new and interesting people.

“It’s amazing,” Lanzer said. “Some of the people you meet inspire you when taking the photo, then you may never see them again.”

In order to capture the desired photo, you have to be willing to wait for it. This was something Lanzer stressed when talking about the various types of photography he does. When it comes to sports, he is willing to wait for the perfect shot and to sift through the hundreds he takes during each event to find the best ones.

While talking about his experience as a photographer, he also gave advice to the audience. Wait for the best shot, take your time, experiment with the shots and camera settings and be open to new ideas.

“You have to be aware of what’s going on and take your time with the assignments,” he said.

Through his job, Lanzer has been able to capture the images of many events from fires to football games to the 2016 World Series. Some of which have earned him Associated Press Awards and other prestigious awards.

CLP was created in 1992 as a way to allow people in the community to learn about new and interesting topics, such as photography. It is organized by a committee consisting of Michelle Dillon, Haven Ackley, Art and Gail Murdoch, Don and Jo Van Fossen and Dave and Jan Putterbaugh. CLP takes place on Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. in October, February and April.

The next CLP will take place on Tuesday, October 10 at 10 a.m. in the Newbold Room. The speaker will be Char Lautzenheiser, director of the Canton Classic Car Museum.

For more information about CLP, contact Abby Honaker Schroeder by phone at (330) 829-8168 or email at honakeal@mountunion.edu. 

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