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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 beforeā€¦ it’s just THE BEST.

Filled Under : Editorial

Not too long ago, I was working on a shoot with an old college friend. We’re both working for ourselves and carving out a living for ourselves with photography and videography. She said something like, “I never would have thought that you would end up primarily shooting weddings.” She wasn’t being critical or disparaging in that statement, because she knows how much my wedding clients mean to me, both personally and professionally.

But I was surprised to hear her say that, because I’m still shooting photojournalism assignments about five days a week. In fact, this is technically the “slow season” for weddings, since my next one isn’t until April- (Erika, if you’re reading, I know you’re around here occasionally- hi!) so most of my wedding work right now is in editing and post-production. Anyway, I realized that the reason she doesn’t think I’m shooting news any more is because I don’t blog about it. Huh. Oops.

So here’s a roundup of some of my best work from the past month, plus this link to some of my work that ran in the New York Times the day I got back from India but never got around to blogging about with all the jet lag and laundry and smooching my husband to catch up on. To sum up: breaking news, political events, fires, weather, school features, life and style, sports… You name it, I’m still shooting it almost every day.

Filled Under : Business and Enterprise , Editorial , Sports