Saturday, May 28, 2016

Making a Home in Los Angeles

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Twenty-two days ago, I moved to Los Angeles. I wasn't sure what to expect from a city I'd never visited and only knew through films and television. It wasn't a city I ever really imagined I'd be in, save for that one time as a child as I begged my mom to take me to Hollywood so I could become a child actor (that kid in Home Alone 3 had no talent and I knew it).

Everything has been so much better than I had imagined. This is the second largest city in America, but plants are everywhere. Driving half an hour north, I can go for a hike. Driving 15 minutes west, I can touch the ocean. Driving a few hours south, I can go to Mexico. My apartment complex is full of friendly people. Every time I leave the house, something catches my eye that I have to photograph. 
I've spent half my time inside, redesigning my website after changing providers, but I've gotten to venture out a few times and am looking forward to wandering more streets.

Here are some shots from a couple of my early outings. Thanks for looking!

Red Rock Canyon

Santa Monica Pier

Friday, March 18, 2016

Missouri State Basketball Championship

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Another week, another opportunity. This time I was able to shoot state basketball for a couple of newspapers. As I've said before, I'm not a huge sports fan and it's not really a passion of mine to photograph it, but it does lend itself to fun explorations photographic.

I don't feel like I did a good job of really getting something different this time out. I got sucked into getting good action shots and just fulfilling the papers' needs. I tried to get some better crowd stuff but couldn't quite figure it out. I kept looking around for stuff outside the action but things didn't seem to click this time.

Excited for more opportunities like this down the road. The more you shoot it, the more you're able to explore it and see it differently.

Thanks for giving it a look!