Photos of the month - Dec. 2017
In December I started working for the Daily Herald in Provo, Utah. I’ve come up with a selection to highlight this past month and the daily news assignments that I have been working on. I’ll be adding a bit of commentary after each image to help add a bit of context and I’ll also provide the link to the gallery (Click the Find more here below each image) or story in which the image was a part of.
Animal shelters hope holidays help them find homes for more pets
First baby of the new year
Spencer and Valerie's daughter, Hannah, was the first child born in 2018 in the entire state. This brought a lot of news attention, but this moment happened as couple other photographers were shifting their place and readjusting in the tight hospital room.
Sloths in Draper
I am not 100% sure what it is about sloths, but just watching them maneuver brings a smile to my face. It was so interesting to be feet away from Lance as he worked with the male sloth and they interacted with food and gentle touching.
Aging in Provo
This pool match with dramatic lighting was happening as I waited for the 60+ Zumba class (see below). The two men were laughing and joking with one another and the light was so powerful that I had to step over and make some images as I waited. I am so happy I joined them.
Lehi's new fire station opens
Sometimes it isn't about the answers in an image, but the questions that pop up in the viewers mind. This image of the fire pole and the young girls trying to pull it down makes me want to know more and try to understand what is taking place. This questioning is an interaction with the image and is bringing the viewer into the story.
Storytelling details can be hard to come by on some assignments. I saw the snake creep up the stairs to the second floor, where the Titanoboa exhibit is, and I knew that I had to make an image of people going up the stairs. The visitors just happened to frame the snake head and the image really came together.
Provo area first in nation for successful aging
Aging in Provo
I spend a lot of my time getting closer and backing up. In this scene in the 60+ Zumba class, I moved myself back to allow for more of the participants to fill the frame and sort out the chaotic feeling of the situation. This backing up gave each person room and allowed their posture to inform on what is taking place.
Small church holds big hearts in Springville
The above image resonates with me and I am not sure why. I love the quilt of the church and the colors in the image. I love the quietness between the ladies and the simplicity of the image. There is a distinct focus in the image, but I spend time looking at the minor details that add a feeling to it. (Also, I am a sucker for small town and rural stories).
Behind the scenes of Santa's workshop AKA Sub for Santa
For this portrait of Don Fitch, I used a single strobe to the left of the camera to throw some light on him and retain a bit of the background of the image. I love the little Santa that is just over his left shoulder.
Update on Spanish Fork Cinemark
Kevin's flashlight adding a flare of light to a rather dark and dull scene. I love working with inconsistent and unusual light. It doesn't always work out, but the odd light can really change the feeling of a scene.
Gift of Life
For the image of Sophie, I used a single strobe placed on top of a pool table. The added light allowed for me to remove a lot of the distracting elements of the background and isolate the effort that Sophie was putting in to her morning workout.
I've been working on adapting to the daily news cycle again. I am loving the challenge that comes with being creative in a brand new situation multiple times a day. This sampling of images is a start and I look forward to what in is in store for opportunities to meet people and to make more pictures.