One of my last assignments to end the summer with the Gazette was shooting the Special Olympics’ August Tournament in the Pioneer Valley. This is was a new experience shooting sports and I absolutely loved it. I really tried to capture the high energy and emotion that filled the weekend of the Games. Not only was there the Games, but also an opening ceremony with the lighting of the torch and a dance party with the UMass athletes.
So as most people were enjoying cookouts and fireworks today, I was shooting like many of my photog friends were doing as well. Today’s assignments were a naturalization ceremony (immigrants officially becoming American citizens) and an Independence Day festival. I expected the naturalization ceremony to be much more formal than it was, so that definitely took me off guard. The festival had so much going on that I didn’t know where to even begin. But, I enjoyed attending and photographing both. Here’s what I got out there on the ridiculously hot 4th of July.
I have had the opportunity to shoot a variety of events, people, and places during my month at the Gazette. I am going to try to spend the next few days uploading a few of my assignments and favorites. These two assignments were very unique and I really enjoyed shooting. One was a couple that raised goats in their front yard for their milk to make cheese and soaps. The other was a dance/painting collaboration. The artist, Marlene, painted while dancers Beth and Margaret performed in front of her. Marlene created landscape paintings while incorporating the dancers’ movements into the work.
So, I have been in Massachusetts for about a week now, and I have been pretty busy! I have about 3 assignments a day on average I think. I have loved all of the assignments so far, and they have been interesting in their own ways. Some have been a little more challenging than others. For example, the Amherst high school baseball field has less-than-desirable lighting for sure, an obvious downside for sports. I drifted away from regular news shooting for awhile to focus on sports so the change of pace is nice to mix it up a little. I’m not going to post all of my selects, but just some of my favorites from the few days I’ve worked there. And a disclaimer just for good measure…
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These assignments include: Amherst baseball tournament game, decontamination training with the fire department, South Hadley graduation, and rescue team training
So I am finally moved in after a 10 hour drive with all of my things, my mom, and my puppy shoved into just my car just a few days ago. I have started to take the opportunity to get familiar with the area. My first assignment for the Daily Hampshire Gazette is tomorrow which is of course exciting. I will be shooting a high school graduation and hope to post some photos from that tomorrow night!
Well, I have graduated from Viscom after four years under some of the best professors in the industry. So this time next week, I will be starting my adventure to Massachusetts to my new apartment and first post-graduate internship. I am so excited to start working with the staff of the Daily Hampshire Gazette!! I have been in contact with Carol Lollis, the photo editor, for about a month now, and I am so happy to have her as my first real photo editor. She seems great, and I can’t wait to meet her and the staff in person. The paper is in Northampton, Mass and my apartment (with a roommate I have yet to meet but she seems nice) is in Amherst. I cannot wait to start posting my work from my internship!