snapshot saturday – mario and sidney

This one’s an oldie but a goodie. I took this photo with my iPhone at work minutes after filming a vlog with Mario Bonds, an up-and-coming musician who competed on The Glee Project. One of my favorite things about working at Oxygen has been meeting the contenders and running the social media accounts for The Glee Project, a reality competition series that finds a fresh face for the following season of the hit show Glee. This past season of The Glee Project (which aired during the summer) featured three contenders with disabilities: Mario Bonds is blind, Charlie Lubeck has mild autism and ADHD, and Ali Stroker uses a wheelchair. And of course, all three are excellent performers.

What I love about this particular photo, though, is the genuine happiness on Mario’s face. I feel like I almost interrupted a very sweet bonding moment between man and guide dog (a beautiful black lab named Sidney). This was one of those “taken at just the right moment” pictures and, even after a photography class and several months of practice, I still feel like it’s my best shot ever.


Caitlin Michelle

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