Sunday, June 26, 2011

Live Free or Die

I took a trip to New Hampshire this weekend to hang out with my friend Ben Severance. I made some new friends, went to a barn jam/dance and took some pictures. NH is beautiful. Can't wait to visit again.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

RIP Andrew Igidi

On the night of Memorial Day Andrew Igidi, 74, was shot dead outside of the Hot Corner Market on Albany Ave. in Hartford. Igidi's death was one of four homicides to occur last week in Hartford and one is 17 this year so far. His brother Emanuel (first and last photos) invited the Courant to a vigil being held for him at the site of his murder. The vigil was hosted and conducted by Mothers United Against Violence, a local organization reaching out to families of victims and attempting to stop the killing.



On my first day of actually shooting for the paper I was sent to the capitol to cover the final days of the legislative general assembly. The capitol itself is absolutely gorgeous. It was basically full of lobbyists scurrying around trying to push for legislation they want as well as some state representatives staying out of the main House chamber.

B.O.M.B. Fest!

The first thing I got to cover was before my internship at The Hartford Courant even technically started. Bring Our Music Back (B.O.M.B.) Fest happened over Memorial Day weekend in Hartford. Tons of national touring bands and local acts performed, but not much of a crowd attended. This made it easy to get around and cut down on lines, but wasn't so great for the promoters. It was still a blast. Here are a few photos from the festival.

Oh, did I mention that I got to shoot my favorite band? Awesome!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Toy Camera

One assignment we had for our Photojournalism Projects class was to shoot with a toy camera. I know the Holga is cliché but I had never used one. We had to shoot an adjective. My goal was to shoot loud and quiet and pair the images together. All of this was shot at my friends Ryan and Ed's going away party in a cabin. There was loud music and lots of beer but there was also a quiet forest and a drained lake.


Catching Up: I Love Mountains Day

The semester is ending and my workload is finally lessening so I finally have time to post some things I shot in the last few months. Here is the first of those posts.

I met Jerry Moody at I Love Mountains Day, an annual rally in Frankfort, Ky., on Valentine's Day to stop mountaintop removal mining. Jerry was standing under the archway to the capitol entrance in beautiful light. Once I saw him light up his pipe I had to take his picture. We talked for a bit before and after and he was a super great guy.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Final Four!

Today I went home to Lexington for my sister's 18th birthday dinner. We went to Buffalo Wild Wings so we could also watch UK play UNC in the Elite 8. The place was packed and full of energy. We had a blast and I shot a few photos. All but the last one are my family. I changed the first one to black and white because the TV in the background was green (weird).


My uncle and cousin.


My dad when UNC caught up to UK in the second half.


My mom laughing after spraying silly string.


Onward to Houston! Ooooooooooh C-A-T-S CATS CATS CATS!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Photo Editing

Last semester I was hired as the photo editor for the College Heights Herald and I loved it. I had an amazing staff who did some great work. I really enjoyed the editing experience. I learned a lot from working with other editors and looking through hundreds of photos every week. These are some of my favorite issues from the fall 2010 semester.


Last semester I took the Web Narratives class at WKU. This was my first time shooting and producing video pieces. Some were more successful than others I think, but overall I enjoyed working with video. Here are three of the pieces I made last semester. The first was for an assignment called "Journey," where our only job was to take the viewer on a journey.

This video was part of a team project with Kelly Lafferty. The assignment was to choose a zip code and produce short video stories showing what makes it special. We focused our project on Rosine, Ky., the home of bluegrass music. This is the video I produced.

This was also a team project with Ben Severance. The Web Narratives class teamed up with students from the Practicum class and produced stories about high school football teams in south central Kentucky. We were assigned to Greenwood High School. The other projects can be viewed on the Friday Night Lights website.


It's been a looooong time since I've posted on here. Last semester I was the photo editor at the College Heights Herald and took a video class, so the blog fell to the wayside. I will try my best to post here more often now. This is my last semester at WKU. I'm incredibly excited but also incredibly nervous. Most of the semester will be spent working on one project, but there will be other things, too. I'll make another post with videos from last semester and a few of my favorite Herald issues.

For now, here are some photos shot on my iPhone with the Hipstamatic app. I've had the app for a while but have never really played with it. These are some fun sets of pictures from the last month-ish.

I even made the title hip with lowercase letters and a period!