Thursday, December 4, 2008

Sunday, November 23, 2008


I finally shot a portrait that I really like. It's for my lighting portfolio which is due in about a week.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

40 Degrees, Pouring Rain and Football

I finally got to shoot a football game. I haven't been able to shoot any sports games all semester because I've been so busy with my two photo classes, which sucks because I love shooting sports. So I finally got to shoot some football, and the weather was miserable. And I didn't even get any great pictures out of it. But here are a few that aren't too terrible.

Saturday, November 8, 2008


I've been extremely busy because I doubled up on photo classes, and because I've got double the work load, my pictures have been suffering. I haven't taken many pictures that I like so far this semester, but here are a few.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Week 10

These two boys were in a bad car accident that killed their mother. They came home from the hospital a few weeks ago but are still recovering.

My internship is over, but it was a great first internship. I learned so much not only about photojournalism and working for a newspaper, but also about where the industry is going. I'm really sad it's over, but I'm excited to get back to school because I can't wait to start my photo classes this semester.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Weeks 6, 7, 8 and 9

I've been slacking on posting...

This was one of the hardest things I've had to was a press conference held by Florida Highway Patrol to address several hit and run cases that they have not been able to solve. Families of those killed in hit and run accidents attended.

Camp at the Humane Society of Broward.

The next few are from an assignment that I had a lot of fun was a back to school fashion shoot in the studio. I didn't get to shoot the actual shoot, but I helped out and I got to shoot behind the scenes stuff while the models were getting hair and makeup done.

White Chocolate Banana Mousse

More people are walking, jogging, riding their bikes in cemeteries because of the lack of green space in South Florida. This was difficult because no one wanted to give me their names or let me take their pictures.

The next few are from chair yoga for seniors.

And then I got invited on a lobster dive boat for the first day of lobster mini-season. It was a lot of fun! The first picture made the second page.


I only have one more week left and I cannot believe how fast my internship has gone...and I don't want to leave!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

The Rest of Week 5

I went to Animal Care and Regulation Division in Ft. Lauderdale yesterday to shoot a press conference. Map Quest said it would take 12 minutes to get there, and I was supposed to be there at 2:00pm. I drove the reporter, who is another intern, and we left at 1:30pm. We got SO lost, my GPS was wrong, and I spent most of the time on the phone with my dad (because the PR woman was confusing me,) who was looking at a map on his computer and trying to direct me. Plus it was storming, and Florida storms are crazy. We didn't get there until 2:35pm, and I was freaking out...I was sure that we missed the press conference and I was going to get us both fired for getting lost and missing it. But it turned out okay because it was very informal, the reporter was able to talk to the woman and get what he needed, and I was able to shoot some pictures and get what I needed. So that was good.

Today I got sent to shoot a portrait of two people, who are deaf, who live in a gated trailer park. The park didn't want the newspaper coming, so I had to take off my badge and tell the guard that I was just visiting the couple. So I needed to shoot a portrait of them in their home, and then get a quick snapshot of the outside of their trailer. And I had to be fast and ready to drive away in case someone caught me and got really mad. I was a little scared of getting in trouble and someone coming after me with a gun, but this assignment turned out okay too. This couple was so cute, so I wanted to post the picture.

Reese and Linda Gardiner, of Davie, holding their Schnauzers, Princess and Minnie, are moving out of their home in Palma Nova Trailer Park. They have lived there for 17 years. They had a potential buyer for their trailer, but the park office killed the deal. They are worried that the office is going to sell their trailer when they leave.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Weeks 4 and 5

I was supposed to shoot a mug shot of a woman and her dog...her dog attacked a bad guy and held him down until the police arrived. Instead of just the typical mug shot, which I also got, I came back with this and it ran. It's obviously nothing amazing, but I think it was a nice moment.

Gordine Miller of Ft. Lauderdale, has owned two-year-old "Brownie," a Chow-Golden Retriever mix, since he was a puppy. "Brownie" held up a car chase suspect long enough for law enforcement to arrive and catch the suspect, 24-year-old Adrian A. Hardy.

One of the writing interns, Annie Greenberg, called me last week to tell me about a story that she was writing, and to give me a heads up that she was putting in a photo request so I could grab it if I wanted to. She knows I love horses and photographing people and animals, and even though it was on Sunday, when I'm not working, and on my mom's birthday, I grabbed it. Two 11-year-old girls who are legally blind compete in rodeos, and they were practicing for it on Sunday. I shot pictures and took audio, and was able to learn Audacity and Soundslides, so I put together my first multimedia piece! It was hard trying to anticipate when there was going to be sound that I'd want to record, but I think I did okay for my first time collecting audio.

It's on the Sun-Sentinel website, because I haven't figured out how to post it anywhere else yet. But here it is:,0,6958618.story

I hope it played the way it was supposed to, if anyone looked at this, because on my computer the sound and the pictures lined up like they were supposed to, but on Lou's (another photographer's) computer, the audio was all screwed up, and I'm not sure why.

And here is one of my favorite pictures from it.

Eleven-year-old Tiffany Persaud, of Hollywood, spanks Beefy to get him to trot during her lesson with Dr. Terri Jennings on June 29, 2008.

I've been shooting tons of portraits, which is good because that's one of the things I wanted to get better at this summer. And I'm getting more comfortable at setting up light stands with my flashes and positioning them. I don't think I have any for my portfolio yet, but here's one where I really liked the lighting.

Christine Quatrini, of Dania Beach owns "Thriftarella," the new consignment/thrift store in Davie. The name of the store is a spinoff from a store called Catch My Thrift. The owner of the store had a contest to name the mannequin that sat outside the old store for over ten years, and she was named "Thriftarella."

Monday, June 23, 2008

Week 3

So I survived my first week shooting by myself. I almost died of heart failure on Monday when my first assignment was to shoot a portrait of the CEO of a bank in Miami, and he gave me only three minutes to shoot. I really almost died.

I didn't take any amazing pictures last week, but my favorite assignment was with a dog and kids, of course. I was assigned to shoot a portrait of two guys and their dog on Thursday. They rescued Nikki from the Humane Society, and have started a campaign to try to get cities to adopt an ordinance to not allow people to chain their dogs. When the 911 Animal Rescue show on Animal Planet found her, she was running around with a chain embedded in her neck about an inch wide and an inch deep. She had to go through surgary to have the chain removed, and she has a scar that goes all the way around her neck. So now her owners go around to schools and camps and around to the community to talk about the cruelty of chaining dogs. When I was shooting their portrait we were talking, and they told me that they were going to a summer camp on Friday to talk to the kids about Nikki. I thought it sounded like it would be a much better opportunity for pictures, and much more interesting than a portrait, so I told my editor about it and he said I could shoot it. So Friday morning I went down to Davie and I had so much fun. I'm happy with what I got, but everyone always tells me to stop shooting kids and animals because they're so easy to shoot. But regardless, I think I was able to shoot it in a different way than I normally do, so I think that's ok. Here are a few of my favorite pictures from that assignment.

I love this last one, it cracks me up! But they didn't want it.

I'll be shooting something more serious today...the sentencing of a guy who shot a police officer last year. I'm not looking forward to sitting in court, but I'm a little excited because I've never taken pictures in a court before.

And I think I may have found a story! Hopefully...