Storee Elle Walton was the star of the show.
Standing at the FedExForum’s Memphis Grizzlies baseline, wearing a Nikon camera around his neck, the player approaches an eight-year-old kid and asks him to take a picture.
De’Anthony Melton stands near the three-dotted line that warms up around the corner, throwing a deuce on his finger and posing in front of Storee Elle standing in jeans and a marina blue blue and silver sequin jacket. I’m taking. Retro Jordan 1 captures the moment.
“Can you see?” Melton asks for a few more shots after posing.
Storee Elle says thank you after Melton praised the photo. After a while, Bally Sports analyst Brevin Knight stops by.
“Where is my girl ?!” Knight says.
Storee Elle is back, but this time we’ll be taking pictures of Knight and her grandfather Thurman Hobson. She calls her “Grandma”.
Hobson has been the family’s main photographer for over 50 years, but the game has changed. At the beginning, he told people that Storee Elle would be with him. Now he says he is with her.
“Looking at some of the things she shot, I’m very surprised to be able to take pictures of my childhood with professional equipment,” Hobson said.
Storee Elle first picked up the camera at the age of one. By the age of four, she had been paid to take pictures.
When Hobson gave Storee Elle a small camera, it turned out to be more than a hobby, but she was told she wanted a camera like him.
Storee Elle’s mother, Taniel Hobson-Walton, thought she was looking at the pictures her father took until she noticed a good view and a low angle. It was a 4-year-old Storee Elle.
“She takes on what my dad loves so much,” Hobson-Walton said. “I used to be a hobby at first, but thanks to my professionalism, I have a lot of jobs. At first I’m a kid, but when I come, I come as a professional.”
Walton’s first booking was $ 25, and since then she has taken pictures of Southern Heritage classic football games, weddings, and many celebrities. She had at least 10 weddings last year.
Her Instagram page records everything from celebrities dating back to 2019 to Store El with a camera.
The March 26 match against Milwaukee Bucks was her first Grizzlies match. Storee Elle got the opportunity after her aunt Tiffany Hobson met Grizzlies and a marketing specialist at the event and the “Children’s Photographer” appeared through a general conversation. In less than a month, Grizzlies gave Walton pre-match access.
“I liked it,” said Storee Elle. “People gave me a hug. Some people gave me a fist bump, and I liked being there.”
Walton’s favorite player is Ja Morant. She was able to take a picture of Morant, but she didn’t see him in the game. She called on Morant to meet and Grizzlies players as a favorite part of the game.
“When I played in the match, the players made me feel famous,” said Storre El. “I’m proud to be a little girl with a camera. It’s unbelievable to be able to do all this and meet these new people.”
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Storee Elle is a CLUE student at Grahamwood Elementary and a third year student. Most of her appointments are on weekends when she is absent from school. By the way, these reservations are made through Storee Elle. She may ask her mother to check her date and availability, but she handles the process.
“If she concentrates on her work, she does it, and that can be said to me that I’m most proud of it,” Hobson-Walton said.
Storee Elle has other hobbies, including basketball, but her mind works behind the lens.
Storee Elle said she wanted to be a “famous and famous photographer”.
“She’s hard to distract,” Hobson-Walton said. “I always tell her, you don’t have to. You can explore other things, and she says,” Mom, I’m enjoying this. This is cool. ” Will say. “”