I had an amazing first birthday session yesterday whose parents’ wedding Joel and I shot back in 2009. They live in California now, but are back East visiting family and celebrating their son’s first year with family and friends so I trucked the studio upstate to Utica. I’ll be uploading their sneak peek in a little bit, because obviously the photo below is not from our session.
It occurred to me yesterday as we were catching up that I never really talk about the photojournalism work I do during the week for a big newspaper here in the greater New York suburbs. I was on staff at a paper for seven years, but I started picking up freelance assignments when I left to work for myself full-time in 2010.
I work anywhere from two to five days a week, depending on the news cycle and my availability, shooting everything from police officer’s funerals to high school graduations to HazMat spills and organic produce stories to the last day of school and the first day of summer and K-9 police training and their subsequent graduation. I’m out there shooting the carnival at the mall, kids having a water balloon fight on their street, highlighting animal shelter volunteers. I’m there with the hard and the easy, the happy and the sad, the end of life and the beginning of life after high school. Yes, I am busier than you can possibly imagine, but I wouldn’t give up this work- documenting all the highs and all the lows, the wedding, the babies, the service animals, the ordinary and the extraordinary- because really, showing people the world they see around them in a way they’ve not seen it before… it’s just THE BEST.