SCOTTSBORO, AL (WAFF) - Samantha Fortenberry is happiest in her art class at Scottsboro High School. The 18-year-old senior loves to create, especially when it involves using her camera.
"Anything that I think is gorgeous or beautiful or that I can find beauty in, I'll take a picture of it," said Fortenberry.
Samantha started taking pictures as part of a photography class her sophomore year.
"It gave me the freedom to be expressive, and it was easy for me to work with, easier than drawing, and I was really good at it," said Fortenberry.
She is so good that she is now an award-winning photographer, with several blue ribbon and best of show awards under her belt.
"She is so responsive with the camera, and she is so responsive with her ideas. Ideas will just pop out of her head, and flow from her," said art teacher Angel Chaney.
Each snapshot tells a story. One of Samantha's pictures is currently hanging in the Capitol Building in Montgomery and will soon be transferred to Washington, D.C.
"I took it when I was in Florida with my family. We went down there when the hurricanes were happening in September. So, no one was allowed to get in the water to swim because the waves were huge coming up around the pier there in Pensacola, Florida," said Fortenberry.
Another picture shows a photo of an old car in someone's yard. Samantha added a few spotlights to create a certain "look." She also added a few post-production effects to it. This picture will soon hang in the Huntsville Museum of Art.
"I think it's wonderful to be able to capture any moment you want and have it forever to look at and change it, and manipulate to make it gorgeous, and have other people look at it and enjoy it themselves. People like my photography. I like my photography. It makes me happy. I just love it," said Fortenberry.
This is what helps to make Samantha Fortenberry a WAFF 48 Star Student.