Local community events (and local news in general) has this unfortunate stereotype of being “un-glamorous” or cutesy, but they bring light and color to whatever small town or neighborhood you’re working in. People are having fun, so you have a lot of emotion to work with. They’re socializing with others, so you get to capture more of the community dynamic between neighbors and friends.

Another great thing about covering local community events is that people like having their photos taken. To them, the photos you take are memorabilia of their fun day.

Gene Pearson shows pictures from his 2011 Honor Flight during a get-together at the Galesburg VFW for local vets and guardians who are making the trip on Sept. 23. Pearson came to the meet and greet to visit and reminisce with other veterans. (Canon Rebel T3i/18- 55mm)

Gene Pearson shows pictures from his 2011 Honor Flight during a get-together at the Galesburg VFW for local vets and guardians who are making the trip on Sept. 23. Pearson came to the meet and greet to visit and reminisce with other veterans. (Canon Rebel T3i/18- 55mm)

Freshman Carly Taylor displays her paint covered self after the Flunk Day 2013 paint fight. (Olympus E- PL1/14-42mm)

Freshman Carly Taylor displays her paint covered self after the Flunk Day 2013 paint fight. (Olympus E- PL1/14-42mm)

Ethan Main, 10, of Oneida listens to Randal Shimmin talk about his cockerell during the Knox County 4-H Fair. (Canon Rebel T3i/18-55mm)

Ethan Main, 10, of Oneida listens to Randal Shimmin talk about his cockerell during the Knox County 4-H Fair. (Canon Rebel T3i/18-55mm)

Major Gilbert, 4, speeds down the Chambers Street for the Discovery Depot Children’s Museum Big Wheel Races. Gilbert won his race and went to the semi-finals of the event. The race was held for the Galesburg’s 38th Annual Railroad Days festival. (Canon Rebel T3i/18-55mm)

Major Gilbert, 4, speeds down the Chambers Street for the Discovery Depot Children’s Museum Big Wheel Races. Gilbert won his race and went to the semi-finals of the event. The race was held for the Galesburg’s 38th Annual Railroad Days festival. (Canon Rebel T3i/18-55mm)

Willow Shoop, 9, of Abingdon-Avon and the Bracken Busy Bees, readies “Rascal” for judging during the 2014 Knox County 4-H Show. This year, children and their agricultural families entered around 45 rabbits for competition. The 4-H show is held annually at the Knox County Fairgrounds. (Canon Rebel T3i/18-55mm)

Willow Shoop, 9, of Abingdon-Avon and the Bracken Busy Bees, readies “Rascal” for judging during the 2014 Knox County 4-H Show. This year, children and their agricultural families entered around 45 rabbits for competition. The 4-H show is held annually at the Knox County Fairgrounds. (Canon Rebel T3i/18-55mm)

Residents of The Kensington dump buckets of ice water on employees as part of the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge, which has gone viral this past month and raised over $50 million for the ASL Association so far. The Kensington will donate $265 to the cause, and challenges other retirement and assisted living facilities, especially those within the Galesburg RFMS community, to do the same. (Canon Rebel T3i/18-55mm)

Residents of The Kensington dump buckets of ice water on employees as part of the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge, which has gone viral this past month and raised over $50 million for the ASL Association so far. The Kensington will donate $265 to the cause, and challenges other retirement and assisted living facilities, especially those within the Galesburg RFMS community, to do the same. (Canon Rebel T3i/18-55mm)