taking more than just “good” photos

Nowadays, the journalist is a commonly a one man show. They are on their own, witnessing the story, getting the facts, recording the news, and snapping the pictures. I am learning that a  journalist has to be quick and willing to do what it takes be the first one to get the shot.

Photojournalism is the process of story telling using the medium of photography as your main story telling device. My first assignment in my photojournalism college course focused on portrait photos.  As someone who has never used a camera other than the iPhone, this was for sure a challenge. I totally felt like the fish out of water when it came to learning how to use a Cannon EOS digital camera. Having to adjust shutter speed and the lighting exposure is something that takes practice, and I am just beginning. Here are the first photos I have ever taken and published on a professional camera. These all convey something special about some of the people in my life. (:

Sammi Antoz, 26, a keyleader at ivivva Woodfield Mall, begins her yoga teaching journey by donating her time in store every Sunday morning. As a newly certified instructor through the Life in Luon program, Sammi uses her practice as a tool to inspire young girls to try yoga.
Once a small town boy with a passion for baseball, Theo Mills, 20, has earned his spot at the collegiate level as a middle infielder for Knox College. Beginning at age 3, and playing with nine different organizations, Mills has dedicated his life to the love of the game.
The 60 degree weather in February has Maria Hamilton, 20, inspired as she begins her training for the half marathon she plans to run this May. As a first timer, Maria has created a weekly training plan that pushes and challenges her as she prepares for the big day.
Joey DeFilippo, 18, has started to make his mark on the social craze that emphasizes the rare, expensive, and special edition shoes. Spending many hours on the internet and at the mall scouting out the drop of something new, DeFilippo is making his name known in the shoe lovers game.


Kasey Elizabeth