When I was wandering around the country I loved all the different places I experienced, but I always missed living near the beach. It’s been great being back in my natural environment the past couple months since I moved home to California. Here are a few of my favorite moments from my wanderings.
I haven’t updated in a while because I was extremely busy leaving Utah, moving to SF and then learning the ropes at my new job with the SF Chronicle. Then after a couple weeks here, I went on a sailing trip to Turkey/Greece for a week! I’ll update soon with Turkey/Greece photos but wanted to post the first video I’ve done so far with the Chronicle. Myself and one of our video interns shot the Warriors parade in Oakland and I compiled it into one piece. More soon!
I have been trying to shoot a little more lately to keep up my work and enjoy the daily present of getting to go out and make some pictures. Today I got to go to our small local airport with a group of blind students from the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind and watch as they experienced the planes through their hands and ears. Last week I visited Expedition One where the welders showed me the kind of custom work they do for cars. Before that I got to visit during ash wednesday with elementary students in Ogden. Hope you enjoy these images.
I love having the opportunity to try something new, like electrofishing. I had the best morning wading through the river, trying not to drown or get electrocuted or drop my cameras in the water. I only got stuck in muck once. It was awesome.
I have covered a lot of stories about families with unique challenges, but this family is definitely facing one of the most heartbreaking situations that I have encountered. Zac, their youngest son, has GM1 gangliosidosis and though his original prognosis was that he might live to 5 years old, it is now most likely 3 years old. He turned 2 today and is spending his birthday in a hospital getting a G-tube put in because he can no longer eat solid food.
It was with a heavy heart that I spent time with this family learning about Zac’s diagnosis, the fundraisers in his honor and their plans for what will probably be the last year of his life. They were very open and warm, in only a few hours with them I could see it in how they played with Zac, laughed with him over books and Mickey mouse and just held him as much as they could. Though I am glad I was able to share their story with our readers, it is stories like these that are the hardest to be a part of and that stay with you long after the paper has printed.
One of those days when you arrive at a festival and no one is there yet. Over the course of a couple hours, there were only a few guests that showed up at the pirate festival. I ended up doing some friendly stalking as two families circled the booths. Eventually this little guy, who was scared of the mermaids at first, climbed into the pool and started splashing with them. I was pretty happy with this adorable moment.