A picture perfect Franklin County adventure

Sophia and Lane Autrey aboard the Lily. Photo available for purchase

Sophia and Lane Autrey aboard the Lily.

Lois Swoboda
Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 03:00 PM.

Eighth grader Sophie Kozlowsky followed her passion to Franklin County last month.

Thirteen-year-old Kozlowsky attends the Bay Farm Montessori Academy in Duxbury , Massachusetts .  This spring, her teachers sent her on a special assignment, along with the other 15 students in her blended seventh and eighth grade class.

The students were charged with spending a week pursuing a possible career path in which they were passionately interested. Kozlowsky said students explored a wide variety of professions including hairdresser, dog groomer, attorney, actor, working in a family-owned fuel supply business and interior design in New York City .

Sophia enjoyed photography and while visiting her aunt Elaine Kozlowsky in Eastpoint, she hit on the idea of returning to Apalachicola to apprentice with professional photographers Lane Autrey and Richard Bickel.

She returned to Franklin County last week, armed with her family’s Nikon camera, to complete her assignment. On Monday and Tuesday, she worked with Autrey exploring Apalachicola ’s natural beauty. Their shoots included a trip up the river on the Lily with Autrey’s husband, charter captain Gill Autrey.

Sophia Kozlowsky said Autrey taught her a lot about the camera and details about taking good pictures with a lot of detail and variation in the lighting.

On Wednesday, Kozlowsky visited with Bickel, an internationally recognized photographer who has documented the people and places of Franklin County since 1994.

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