Best of 2014

I know I’m a little late to the game on this one, but I decided to post my best images from 2014. Yes, I know it’s almost the end of January 2015 but that’s ok, right?

Anyway, 2014 certainly was an exciting time for me. I got my first job, in Nebraska, and have since found my second job at the State Journal.

Since starting in Kentucky I’ve covered SEC football games, UK basketball games, state government, fires, car accidents and more. It really has been a blessing to be here. So, hopefully you enjoy the images as much as I enjoyed taking them.

A Fine Night For a Drag Show

With Thanksgiving over, I can finally get around to posting some photos that I recently took at a drag show from the “Dragin’ at the Dragon” here in Frankfort. The show was put on by the Imperial Court of Kentucky, with all of the proceeds going to different charitable organizations.

The show itself was very entertaining and the performers did a great job. Hope you enjoy the photos, just to note the room was really packed and for most of the night I was crammed under a table right next to the stage so I was forced to shoot from a bit of a weird angle for most of the night.

Kentucky Basketball: Pikeville Exhibition Match

Being from southern Indiana, I think it can be safe to say that I was never a University of Kentucky basketball fan. I’ve always had a bit of a sour taste in my mouth anytime the Wildcats were brought up. That’s what happens when you live in an area where Indiana University basketball is a religion.

That being said, I have to give UK credit. I’ve been to a lot of different sporting events in my life. College football games, NFL games, the Olympics etc. I think UK basketball ranks right up there with giving the best bang for your buck.

Rupp arena was close to capacity, there were fireworks and streamers shooting from the roof as the players were introduced and the cheerleaders were pulling off impressive moving pyramids with the mascot. All of this for a preseason exhibition match against the University of Pikeville. A contest that the Cats won, easily, 116-64.

It was all rather impressive, and I say that without a hint of sarcasm. Hopefully, my photos will help give you a sense of what it was like.

The First Month In Frankfort

Awhile back I informed you dear readers that I would be moving to Frankfort, Kentucky to join my friend Dylan at the State Journal. Since then, I have moved away from Nebraska, started my position at the State Journal, moved down my girlfriend and taken a lot of photos. 

I have to say, despite how much I enjoyed Nebraska, the move to Kentucky has been nothing but a blessing. When I moved to Nebraska City I was basically moving into a position that saw me throwing a lot of things out the window. I would no longer be a photojournalist, I would be a writer. And I was moving to a town where I was basically the only person my age without a criminal record. 

The move to Frankfort has allowed me to fall back into photojournalism, the thing I got my degree in, moved me closer to home (a simple two hour drive compared to the 10+ hours it took to get to Indiana from Nebraska City) and gotten me closer to my friends (it’s amazing what simply being able to hang out with someone and watch a movie will do for your spirits). 

Since moving I’ve mostly covered local events but I did get to shoot the PGA Championship a couple weeks ago and I have to say, it was very exciting to get back into the arena of “big event photography” which is something that I hadn’t done since graduating from Ball State a couple years ago. 

At any rate, here are some of my favorites from the last month and a half. Hope you enjoy them. 

Violent Night

Once again, it’s been awhile since my last post. This time however, it hasn’t been because I’ve been forgetful. Frankly, I just haven’t had a lot of photographic opportunities. Here at the News-Press I’ve been mostly used as a reporter on the crime and city beat. I’m not complaining, that’s just the truth of it.

However, I recently accepted a position as a staff photographer with the State Journal in Frankfort, Kentucky. So, there should be quite a few more blog posts coming from me in the future.

Here that all six readers? More is on the way! You can rest easy.

Over the weekend I attended my very first MMA match. I have to say, I’m glad that I did. Not only was I able to shake off a bit of rust before heading to Frankfort, it was also a real challenge to work with the cage and the changing light of an outside event.

I found that the cage, despite presenting a challenge, was also a great device for framing and adding an extra layer to the photographs. It became a character in its own right and I feel really helped me make some better photos. But, that’s up to you to decide.

Hope you enjoy them.

Welcome to Nebraska City

Well, once again, I’ve looked up at my calendar and noticed that it’s been more than a month since my last update. But, perhaps you can forgive me, considering I’ve moved 10 hours away from my previous home in Indiana, to Nebraska City to my new job at the Nebraska City News-Press. It’s a little bit of a change for me since I’m not longer just a photographer or multimedia reporter, which is not only what I had been making my living as, it’s what I went to school for, trained for and planned my life around pretty much.

That’s not a complaint, just a little different. Because of that, it’s taken me a little bit longer than I would have liked to get my feet firmly planted on the ground. Focusing on my writing skills has made, in my opinion, my photography skills a little rusty. So, hopefully I’m going to start working on some projects to help with that. Until then, I hope you don’t mind looking at my rusty photography skills for the things I’ve shot so far.


Final Goodbye to Home

It’s been awhile since my last post. The reason for this is an exciting thing for me, I got a job with the Nebraska City News-Press in Nebraska City. Over the past couple weeks I’ve found an apartment, traveled for a job interview, moved 10 hours away and started my new position as both a reporter and photographer.

Before leaving however I finished up a project for the Washington Times-Herald, the newspaper that I freelanced for. This video is the product of about three weeks worth of work. It’s shorter than I would have liked and I’ve had to several of the interviews short or out completely, thanks to the whole “moving three states away” thing which sort of advanced my deadline.

At any rate, I hope you enjoy the video and keep checking back to see updates on my work here in Nebraska.

My First Wrestling Match

The thing about being a photographer is that sometimes you have to cover an event that you have never had any experience with before. In my case, that’s wrestling. Besides the fake stuff you see on late night TV I’ve never even seen a wrestling match before. This was a new experience for me. This will probably also be my final assignment before I move off to take up my photographer/reporter position with the Nebraska City News Press. I know it’s been awhile since I posted something but I’m glad everyone has followed me. I plan to keep the blog alive after I move, but at any rate, I hope you enjoy these photos.