Jackson's Chief of Police Todd Smith invites family, friends and neighbors to cut down pine trees behind his house Sunday, December 11, in Bondurant.
Thousands of LED lights wrapped around the elk antler arches and trees of the Town Square sparkled to life in unison on Friday, November 25. Those braving the cold waited for a visit from Santa Claus while enjoying holiday music and hot chocolate.
Buck Milligan, 11, and his mother, Jessica Milligan, prepare a dinner of pan-seared elk, homemade egg yolk pasta and salad on Friday, November 4, 2016. Buck was featured on the television show "Chopped Junior." The Thanksgiving episode, "Thanks Kidding," was shot in May and will be aired Tuesday on Food Network.
Octavio Olivares, 20, can be seen running up and down Goodwin Ave. several times a week with a pack of boys trying to match his stride. When he notices the gap growing between them, he waits patiently and wipes at the sweat above his brow — the humidity of Victoria, Texas is relentless. Their shirts are damp and their breathing is heavy, but they start running again. Together.
I found out No Life Like This Life had published our project when I received an Instagram notification of being tagged in a photograph I took while in Holly Springs National Forest. Less than an hour of the post being live, the photo had over a hundred likes.
My best friend, Trevor Raab, had reached out to No Life Like This Life with our collection of photographs from our bike trip from Chicago to Victoria, TX, in hopes of sharing it with others. It all started with bringing cameras (that weren't our phones) on a century ride in Rochester, N.Y. Since then, every ride has become an adventure of seeking out photographic opportunities and documenting them with disposable cameras, point-and-shoot film cameras, and finally, our DSLRs.
Creating work exposed us to the work of others and we discovered a community of people doing the same thing, combining our love of photography, bicycles, and good friends. No Life Like This Life has a message that especially rings true to us: Life is beautiful and we are so lucky to be here.
You're even luckier if you have a friend like Trevor.
Going through my archives and stumbled across a Halloween party I shot while in Chicago.
Last night I responded to a car accident that still has my stomach in knots. A car carrying four children was struck by a pickup truck that failed to yield at an intersection.
I am thankful for friends, especially one exceptional friend, Trevor Raab. Instead of driving a direct route of over 18.5 hours from Chicago to Victoria, TX, we decided to take a different approach.
We had spent three weeks in the summer cycling all over Chicago and Glen Arbor, MI, and we were thrilled with the opportunity of new adventures. A couple days after Christmas, I picked up Trevor and his bike from O’Hare airport. Our first objective was to do as much driving the full first day to put us south enough for warmer temperatures; that same day, Chicago was hit with its first real snowstorm of the year. We didn’t have an exact course we would take, only a couple cities and state parks were on our list. That was enough.
I can’t imagine a better way to end 2015 and bring in the new year than with a dear friend, bicycles, photographs, camping, local food, and new places to explore.
My two days off at the paper means working on, and hopefully very soon finishing, projects started in Chicago.
John Wesley Hendry was the fire chief of the Lolita Fire Department and died at the age of 46 of cancer to the brain, lungs, and bones. This is the first fireman's funeral in Jackson County. "I have this hole in my heart that I don't think I will ever be able to fill. His name will go on with his children and grandson," said Betty Conn Hendry, the mother of John Wesley Hendry.
Tonight, I covered a breaking news story for The Victoria Advocate, my second this week. Because the breaking news reporter was with another photographer covering a car accident, I responded to the fuel spill on my own. Navigating around traffic and road blockages, it was a challenge, but one that excited me. I especially enjoyed interacting with the fire department and neighbors at the scene. No one was allowed near the actual fuel spill, so I knew I had to look for a different moment to photograph.
I have just begun my multimedia internship at The Victoria Advocate in Victoria, TX. My first assignment was to cover the Al Amin Shrine Circus.
After spending the day assisting a videographer, I headed to Wrigley Field for Game Four of the National League Divisional Series between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals on October 13, 2015. As I approached the baseball stadium, I could feel the roar of the crowd from within and I wandered around the area. Having spent the time that I did, I see how much potential there is for video, moments that just don't translate effectively into a single still image. I am striving to capture the energy that I felt that evening.