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Queen for a day

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We published our annual photo package on the Apple Blossom queen, documenting a fraction of her life as queen, with and without her crown. I started the day with her at a ceramics shop and ended it with worship team practice. I thought it would be interesting to look back 25 years and see how I covered that queen. In 1989, Stephanie Smith was the Apple Blossom queen. She was from Wenatchee High School and the daughter of an Eastmont teacher who I had as an advisor in annual staff back in 1979. I found the slides from that shoot and included some of them here. 

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Everyone seems to love a queen and it wasn't too long at a ceramics shop before she was approached for a photograph with Seattle youth, Ruby Jefferson, 8. Her Aunt Cathy Roozen, Wenatchee, took the photograph.
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I'm always looking for a good close shot of the queen and with some soft lighting Queen Roslyn had some good facial expressions as she joked with princess Nikara Morgan.
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I'm always looking to photograph what makes the year's queen different than others and reporter Dee Riggs' story mentioned she spends a lot of time with her brother who has Down Syndrome. It was nice to get a quote from their mother saying Blake has helped her develop compassion in her life.
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The other difference this year is that our queen sings in a worship band. The day I was with her she had rehearsal for an Easter service at her church, the Real Life Church. She plans to become a worship leader after college. As with almost every queen I spend time with, they are relaxed and welcome documenting their life.
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And so it was when I covered queen Stephanie Smith 25 years ago - back in April of 1989. Here she tutors children in math at their home.
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And here she makes a gesture while speaking at a local Kiwanis meeting.
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I followed her as she worked at Security Pacific Bank of Washington.
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And ended the day watching her ride with her brother Mark through a blossoming orchard owned by her grandfather. It's a treat to get to show our queens in a more personal way.

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