So I was covering a little league baseball game a couple of weeks ago and one of those “Photo Gods” moments happened right before my eyes. It’s pure childhood moments like these that makes my job so much fun.
Last week I had to run out to Siloam Springs to shoot the weekly cattle auction at the Benton County Sale Barn for a story running in the paper. The light reflecting into the barn from the late-morning sun was pretty dim, but it created a soft, directional light that was a lot of fun to work with.
Bentonville’s non-traditional calendar schools began their new school year this past week. I was assigned to get a feature photo in one of the kindergarten classes at R.E. Baker Elementary. I captured this gem on my memory card’s final frame and didn’t even bother loading a fresh card in the camera.
I had the honor of getting to shoot inside the Wonderland Cave on Saturday morning during Clean Up Day at the historic Bella Vista landmark. A team of more than 50 volunteers, including students from Rogers High School, descended into the Wonderland Cave wearing protective suits to clean up trash and debris from 20 years of neglect. Originally opened as a nightclub on Feb. 28, 1930, the Wonderland Cave was the largest underground club of its kind in the United States.
Here we are smack dab in the middle of another ridiculously-hot summer. What better way to celebrate this ongoing heat wave with a few obligatory swimming pool features. Keep cool y’all!
The 2012 Drum Corps International Tour made a stop in Bentonville on July 17 at Tiger Stadium. My assignment was to get feature shots of the marching bands performing at the event for the next day’s front page. I’ve covered plenty of marching band competitions in the past and my best shots always come from behind the scenes. However this wasn’t your average competition.
I love working with shadows and am always on the lookout for odd and interesting opportunities to mix people and shadows together. Earlier this week I was passing by the Hobby Lobby in Rogers and noticed a painting crew working at three different heights to cover a wall. I knew if I waited them out I could come away with something special.
I strolled down to the Frisco Festival in downtown Rogers from the office last night after getting off work. I’ve covered this event for the past several years for the The Morning News and I decided to shoot a few frames of the goings-on for myself for a change.
I’ve been on a water feature kick lately due to the fact that it’s been really hot here in NWA. We’re beyond the normal July/August hot — it’s stupid hot.
I grabbed this frame a few weeks back when we were desperate to fill the hole on the front page in Bentonville. I hit one of the traps I knew I could rely on at any point in the summer if I was in a pinch.
Sometimes even the most mundane feature hunting grounds will churn out gold. I grabbed this frame after arriving for a sports assignment for The Morning News at a youth baseball tournament in Springdale last week.
I shot the 67th annual Rodeo of the Ozarks’ Mutton Busting contest earlier this week in Springdale. Mutton busting is one of those events you never get tired of covering. It’s full of laughs, grimaces and childhood therapy for years to come.
A couple of water features to give everyone cool thoughts headed into a hot weekend.
I spent Wednesday working on a story about local relief efforts for victims of the F5 tornado that devastated Joplin, Mo., three days earlier on Sunday, May 22. I have covered several tornado disasters in the past, nothing compares to this.
It’s been a busy month and a half. Here are some of my favorite news and feature photos in no certain order for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy.
Spring is always very busy on the sports photo beat. There are usually twice as many assignments during the week compared to the fall and the sports are more challenging to shoot. Here is a gallery of some of my favs so far this spring.
Last month I was assigned to shoot a training burn that was being performed on an abandoned house by the Rogers Fire Department. Talk about your “gimme” assignments. I was looking forward to this one. We don’t get a lot of fires in our area, which is a good thing, so when controlled burns are planned it usually gets covered.
As my head hit the pillow on Tuesday night my mind was clear of any worry that the snow predicted to fall overnight would be anything beyond what we had seen from two winter storms a week earlier. When I woke I looked out my bedroom window. “Oh my God,” was all that came out.
Here are a few recent portraits I shot last month for the newspaper’s sports section. If you haven’t noticed by now, I really enjoy shooting athlete portraits. College, high school, little league. The level of competition matters not to me. It’s fun.
It’s almost Christmas. Here are some of my favorite news and feature photos from holiday-related events over the past month. Merry Christmas!
The Bella Vista Animal Shelter held its fourth-annual “Wiener Takes All” Dachshund Races over the weekend in Bella Vista. Oh man, this was just the assignment I needed to take away the blues of a bye week.
Bentonville hosted North Little Rock for their season opener on Friday night at Tiger Stadium. This was my first football game to shoot for the 2010 season. It’s a good thing I was able to get some practice in with a high school game before shooting the Razorbacks the following day. Boy was I rusty.
Kids, farm animals, fair food and carnies. Another Benton County Fair has come and gone. Here is a selection of some of my favorites from last week.
So it’s been just over a month since I returned from vacation. Looking back at my photos from the past month I realize just how busy I’ve been. I think I’ve shot pretty much all you can shoot as a news photographer: Sports, Features, News, Portraits and Food shots. The only thing missing is a big spot news event.