The past three months have felt non-stop crazy, but in the best way. With this being my first full-time newspaper job, I've been adjusting to the constantly moving and changing life of a professional photojournalist. Perhaps the most exciting thing to happen was the publication of my first long-term project, Gators Among Us, which I pitched shortly after starting at NDN. For a little over three months, I collaborated with another photographer, Dorothy Edwards, and reporter Patrick Riley looking at how the alligator industry and culture affects the lives of people in SWFL. I feel incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to work alongside people who inspire and motivate me to produce a body of work that I am extremely proud to share with the world. Of course, besides that project, the daily grind continues. Here is a look at some of the events I've been covering since July, including Trump rallies, Halloween and, of course, sunsets.
This past week, Eric Staats, a reporter at NDN, and I went to the Fort Lauderdale area to cover the approaching Hurricane Matthew. By the time we left Wednesday night, it was predicted to hit the area the hardest around Thursday afternoon. Luckily, it skirted the coast and we were spared most of the damage that was later seen in Northern Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, but nevertheless, we still had to provide coverage for that area. In times like these, it can be tricky to find the balance between what people expect to see and the reality of the situation. When you hear Hurricane, you expect flooding, damage, people evacuating. But since it only skimmed the area, our reality was different. Of course, there was still evidence of people preparing for the storm — checking into shelters, boarded up shops, gas shortages, etc. But there were also people on the beach taking photos, surfers riding the rough waves, and partiers crammed into an oceanfront bar celebrating the storm. Here’s my coverage of the storm:
So it's officially been a little over a month since I started at the Naples Daily News! There have been a lot of adjustments, but I've already experienced so much in such a short time. From my daily assignments to the amazing and welcoming people I've met, I know that Naples has a lot in store for me. Here's a collection of photos from my time here so far.
Over spring break, I was lucky enough to be able to photograph the Arnold Sports Festival for a second — and sadly, final — time with the OU team. Along with 8 other photographers, I spent four days running from assignment to assignment, immersing myself in sports. From bodybuilding to gymnastics to cross fit to armwrestling, the Arnold is an incredible showcase of talent and hard work and I'm so thankful I got to be a part of it. Here are some of my favorites from the weekend:
As a photojournalism student, I'm a bit late to the blog game. I've known about the benefits and importance of having one for a while now, but I never had the time to (properly) start one. Since I've recently caught myself wishing I had a place to showcase some work that's been put in publication limbo — where it's not making it into my portfolio, but I don't want it to sit on my hard drive for no one to see either — I thought it'd be a perfect time to stop making excuses and start posting. So hopefully you'll stop by every once and a while to see some of my curated, photographic stream of consciousness :)