Sunday, December 6, 2009

KHSAA Class 4A State Championship

For our final in Photojournalism Practicum we are doing a series of assignments on deadline. We are given 15 assignments over the course of three weeks and have to shoot at least 10. They have ranged from Black Friday to a ribbon cutting at a bank to a portrait of a family member to, most recently, the KHSAA football state championship. The two day championship was held Friday and Saturday at WKU. We had to turn in three pictures before the end of the third quarter and three more after the game.

I shot the division 4A game, Boyle County High School vs. Lone Oak High School. It was the most fun I've had shooting an assignment in a long time. Watching Boyle County come back from a 22-7 lead by Lone Oak was inspirational. I felt lucky to photograph the passionate football players of Boyle County. Their energy gave me a boost of excitement and reminded me that it's possible to pull through even when it seems impossible. Let me know what you think!







Thursday, November 26, 2009


This is my photo column from practicum a few weeks ago. Mr. B gave us the topic "edges of campus" but told us if we had a better idea to go for it. When I was in Kalamazoo this summer I thought about what keeps people coming back to certain places. What makes people "regulars"? There are some great stories behind why people frequent restaurants, coffee shops, bowling alleys, etc. I hope to keep this going as a personal assignment for as long as I can. Here are the five I turned in for class (click to enlarge).

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Small update

Just a small update from a story I'm working on about Logan Hatfield. Logan is studying to be a chaplain in the US Army. He is in Western's ROTC. He's not in the first picture, but I kind of like it (probably because it's been so long since I've shot in great light).




Sunday, November 8, 2009

Mountain Workshops!

The Mountain Workshops were one of the first things I knew about WKU's photojournalism program. I was introduced to them through the Russellville book after my first tour of the lab. Last year I was a labbie for the workshop and this year I was able to shoot. I learned so much from my coach, Cheryl Diaz Meyer, that I'm still processing it all. Maybe sometime at the end of this semester when I'm able to breathe again all of the knowledge I've gained from both the Mountain Workshops and Eddie Adams Workshop will sink in. My story can be found on the workshop's web site. Here are some pictures I liked that didn't make it into my story. Let me know what you think!








Saturday, October 24, 2009

Red and White Swimming

Today I shot the red and white swim meet at WKU. The team competed against each other in preparation for the season. I tried some new things today just to see what I could get. Here are my favorites.






Let me know what you think!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Barnstorm XXII

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the 22nd Eddie Adams Workshop in Jeffersonville, N.Y. It was an incredible experience and I left feeling more inspired than ever. I was on the Orange Team and our topic was "Under 21." My story is on Amber Passalaqua, a cheerleader and track athlete. This June she won the New York State Pentathlon. She hopes to study speech pathology in college next year to help children with speech problems like her two-year-old brother, Tyler Ramsey.











Saturday, September 19, 2009

Friday Night Lights

Here's a feature I shot last night at the Warren East vs. Warren Central game. I shot it for my practicum class. We had to turn in a feature, two action shots, and a shot of each coach by 9:45 p.m. It was fun but I'm glad we have one more chance to do it better. I'll try to update more often.


Members of the Raiderettes cheerleading squad watch the Warren East High School marching band perform at half time Friday, September 18, 2009. The Warren East Raiders took on the Warren Central Dragons at Warren East Friday for the first time since 2004. The Dragons defeated the Raiders 50-7.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Vintage Baseball

This is the start to another small project I'm hoping to work on in my few weeks left at the Kalamazoo Gazette. This past Saturday I drove to South Haven, Mich., to photograph a vintage baseball game. It was so much fun. Basically, each team has their own time period and each time period has specific rules. Some of these include not running past first base, no sliding or diving to catch the ball, the ball always being in play, and no gloves. There is a double-header coming up next weekend in Douglas that I'm hoping to photograph. Let me know what you think!







Here's what ran in the paper.

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Week 5

Here are my favorite photos from week five of my internship at the Kalamazoo Gazette.

The first is from the Kalamazoo Country Club Invitational golf tournament. This was the first time I ever photographed golf. It's a pretty different sport. I did come away from it with this picture.


One day I was getting ready to walk in the door at work and got a call from my editor telling me to go photograph a wreck at the intersection of West Main and Drake Road. Thankfully no one was injured. This man, D.J. Rush, walked away with only minor scratches on his arm.


This is the start to a small project I'm working on about The Lonesome Moonlight Trio. The band performs at the Cooper Café in Cooper Township every Wednesday and Saturday. They're really great guys and play great bluegrass music. I'm working on putting together a short audio slideshow once I gather more content.






Let me know what you think!