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April 6, 2018

Lily Guillen / The Courier

It’s no surprise that Lily Guillen, our Photography Manager, was awarded three times for her eye-catching images at the Illinois College Press Association this year, which she “is so grateful to have won!” The senior born in Morelia, Mexico, is an Art major with a minor in Journalism. She’s the perfect asset to The Courier.

Tasked with taking photos at events on campus, including sports, as well as featured headshots, it’s the perfect job for Lily. But just like with any job, there’s some good with the bad, or in her case, just not as good, because she’s still good.

“I love photography; I have been freelancing wedding photography and portraits since I was 16 years old. However, I have always enjoyed photojournalism and conceptual photography, so I’m glad that this position allows me to do that.”

On the contrary, Lily admits the worst part of the job is that, “I have never been much into sports photography until I started working for the papers, so it has taken me a bit to get the hang of each sport and their rhythm-which is a challenge that I have fallen in love with. However, just as soon as I think I’m starting to master the photography of a certain sport, the season ends so I never truly got to master each one.”

Outside of photography and The Courier, Lily is still highly involved with the arts. She serves as the Art & Design Editor for The Coil; Music Director of WPFS Proud Fighting Scots Radio; and shes the Executive Producer for MC-TV.

If you’re trying to find her, Lily says “The safest bet is that I am in McMike academic, in a small studio space making art.” A “huge music fan,” readers will be enlightened to know that Lily doesn’t listen to mainstream music. A self-proclaimed “odd one out” she isn’t afraid of standing out. “I’m kind used to it though, I have never been one to fully fit in anywhere.” Who wants to fit in when we were born to stand out?! Lily also shares that she has two major collections: stuffed animals and vintage cameras. She’s been crushing Jim Morrison as long as she can remembers and really wishes winter would go away so she can wear dresses every single day.

Lily is always looking for an aesthetic experience, explaining, “I think they are so necessary to live, whether it be listening to a song that makes you feel alive or taking the time to stare at the trees on a foggy morning.”

You can check out her senior art exhibition this month from April 16th – May 4th. A reception will be held on Saturday, April 21st, from 4-6 p.m. in the Len G Everett Gallery in the Hewes Library. Follow Lily’s photography career on Facebook by searching Lilybee Photography and Instagram, Be sure to visit her personal gallery on her website: www.

Tessa Jones
Features Editor

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