WASHINGTON, Ill. — She’s played softball for as long as she can remember.
But Kayana Diederich also remembers when she was was struck by something she saw while she was playing softball.
“At softball games I would see people taking pictures of other people playing so I thought I would do that for (brother) Mason or my younger brother playing,” Diederich said. “That sparked something.”
It sparked her to ask her grandmother for a camera for eighth grade graduation. Eventually Diederich graduated from taking pictures of her pets to something really loved.
“I was in a hotel room,” the recent Washington High School graduate recalled. “There was lightning outside my window. I thought, ‘I’m going to try and take some pictures.’ I don’t have those pictures, which is sad because they are really good pictures.”
She started snapping picstures of the sky, clouds and sunsets, which are her grandma’s favorites. Photography became a nice release from school activities and athletics for the multi-sport star.
Now it’s hard for her to look at the sky without thinking about taking a picture.
“I’m all about clouds and color. I like the red, orange, yellow, all those lighter colors,” Diederich said. “If the clouds are rippled and you have those colors in it, I think it’s beautiful.”
She’ll play softball at Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis in the fall. She wants to study forensic science and learn how to take pictures at crime scenes.
But that still won’t stop her from taking pictures of the sky and sharing them with her the person who gave her that first camera.
“If I see a cool sunset, I’ll take a picture of it and send it to her,” Diederich said of her grandma. “It puts her in a better mood. Me, too.”