In October I was asked by the Ohio University alumni magazine to photograph the OU-Zanesville nursing program for a story commemorating the 45th anniversary of the program’s founding. The assignment was simple enough; arrange a day to visit the school and document the students and teachers in their element, but was made truly enjoyable by the friendly and candid nature of everyone at OU-Z. Some of the students even invited me to photograph them during a demonstration exam, because apparently exams aren’t stressful enough. Or maybe it was just a sign of “I’ve got this” confidence from the students. Either way, I’m very grateful to the alumni magazine, Ohio Today, for the assignment and to everyone at OU-Z for letting me spend the day with them.
I once heard somebody say that there were two kinds of sports photographers: “Crunch” photographers who were adept at catching every last moment be it the gruesome tackle, the quirky blink of an eye instance, or the game winning play, and “Style” photographers who were best at milking the light and creating the most beautiful, graceful image. While I’ve always considered myself to be more of the latter, during my time at the papers I worked very hard to try to bridge the gap between the two styles to become a more well rounded photographer. While I still have a lot of work to do, I know that this image above is definitely something I probably would have missed 2 years ago because at the time I might not have thought to shoot a routine grounder during the 3rd inning in harsh mid afternoon light. But I’ve been coaching myself to be a more disciplined shooter, and not let things slip by my lens anymore.
I could go on and on about how amazing my editors and fellow journalists have been to work with and how the people of Central Ohio have a special relationship with the The Dispatch that makes working in this community a truly special dynamic between citizens and journalists, but, it’s not like I’m skipping town just yet. So instead of getting any mushier than I already have, I’m just gonna shut up and show some pictures.
Another exciting year at the Memorial wrapped up earlier this year in June, and while I could wax poetic about how photographing golf combines two of my biggest passions, I’m just going to show some pictures instead. So enjoy some shots of the biggest names in the sport, Spieth, Rose, Day, Woods, and eventual champion David Lingmerth who outlasted Justin Rose in a playoff to win his first Tour event. Continue reading ›
June 8, 2015
Took a little extra time with this portrait of three lacrosse players from the same high school who will be going on to play together in college. Luckily these guys were very patient and great to work with, which I’ve found is true of most high school athletes, so long as you promise that they’ll look like badasses in the paper.