Before this weekend I had heard quite a bit about the Boilermaker. I knew that 14,000 people had signed up to run, many of them from all over the world. I knew we’d have multiple places we have to be throughout the day, starting at 6am, to cover. Our whole staff was assigned different points along the 15k race route, start to finish, so we covered every neighborhood involved. Everyone kept saying how stressful and long this day was going to be, but really, these are the kind of days I like. When you get to really do your job and cover something important to the community. Sure it was a lot of walking and a lot of memory cards and a lot of people and more hours than usual, but it was also a lot of fun. I really enjoyed talking to people all day, hearing why this race is important to them, why they came from New Zealand or Kenya or Columbia or just California. It was a really good time. I covered the 3-6 mile route at the golf course and then the after party. Here are a few of my favorites.
Covered the State Track & Field Meet last week. This was my favorite shot from the day.
Last month I got to go on an assignment to photograph a beaver family with a naturalist in the area. It was really nice to relax, watch the sun set and take photos of lovely creatures. They are helping to restore and create the wetlands in our area.
I haven’t posted much lately, being quite busy with work and life and all kinds of things that tend to get in the way! But I wanted to share a few photos from a couple big events we’ve had in Utica in the past month or so. First we had the Heart Run & Walk, which is also a huge event for Utica, attracting runners and walkers from all over NY. Then of course, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade which attracts hundreds of people, all decked out head to toe in green hats, beads, clothing, shoes, necklaces and anything else they can find to attach to themselves. Both events were packed with people and fun moments.
2011. I moved from Kansas to Texas last January (remember that Texas?) for an internship at The Victoria Advocate. There I was, in this place that was 70 degrees with humidity (in January!!) with as many tree roaches as pairs of cowboy boots. I wasn’t really sure what to expect (other than that the roaches would never leave us alone. they didn’t.) In the end, my time in Texas was pretty amazing. I met some people who I know I will have in my life forever and I got to take some great photos.
I was going through my blog posts last night to find some of my favorite photos of the year to share. It was pretty hard to do. I covered so many different things in the past year, from circus camp to the plane crash. I covered armadillo racing, kids swimming with baby alligators, a craftsman bootmaker (one of the last of his kind retiring), an entire church speaking in tongues, three days of soldiers being honored with Warriors Weekend, my four families for my Autism series, Confederate Decoration Day, Rodeos, Stock Shows (still a slightly surreal experience), soldiers coming home from war, a woman needing a new heart (she got it, btw), a nine-year-old who built hot rods with her dad, a guitar pickin police chief, ZOMBIES! lurching through the fog on an abandoned Texas ranch and so much more.
Also, TOUR DE DONUT, our crazy donut eating 5 am race, which wasn’t really work related, but hey, it was a lot of fun. Watching a million bats fly over Austin at Sunset and attending SXSW. And after all that, I got to drive halfway across the country with the dormouse, seeing New Orleans and other random/awesome parts of the US along the way.
Then in September, I got a job here in Utica and moved back to the east coast. I’ve seen people play sports in the snow, train for the paralympics and of course, spent the early morning hours at a structure fire in addition to many other fun experiences. I am looking forward to 2012 being full of unique and enthralling photo opportunities like 2011.
I spent last night with friends playing a game that was not Taboo (but should have been, because really, I haven’t a clue what that apples nonsense was) and drinking a glass of champagne to bring in 2012.
I ended 2011 feeling infinitely lucky that I get to do what I love everyday and that no matter where I’ve moved, whether it be the south, the midwest, or the east coast, I’ve always been able to find welcoming and wonderful people there to be a part of my life.
The Christmas Season has begun! Here are a few shots from the holiday events this past week.
Last week I got to photograph an awesome young lady who lost her leg due to a rare genetic disorder that makes it hard to heal. Despite this setback, she is training for the paralympics. Though she only got her new leg 3 weeks ago, she is already walking and training on it. Covering stories like these really makes me realize the strength people are truly capable of.