Contract Photojournalist, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers
My atypical background consistently enhances my approach to being a Visual Journalist. I transitioned successfully from owner of a Military Insignia manufacturing company to Photojournalism by creating and seeking a variety of opportunities to shoot before I made the leap in 2012. It was a dream I did not want to let go, and now that I am working in the field, my enthusiasm and spirit fuel each assignment. Moreover, I am comfortable diving-in, knowing that I have interpersonal skills which have equipped me to navigate new environments; I find this ability particularly helpful in this business.
I am not timid to pursue what I have been tasked to deliver. With a demanding former customer base (U.S. Navy), and in an industry driven by deadlines (manufacturing), I work well under pressing conditions. I am adept at navigating sensitive environments, a skill I learned through years of working with the Military. In addition, being knowledgeable about business practices and management facilitates communication with Editors and Managers in an efficient and seamless manner. In addition, the experience and skills attained during my former career are useful when required to place subjects at ease, which generally inspires immediate trust and makes access to image gathering significantly better. While on assignment, I behave in an unobtrusive manner while not compromising opportunity to gather key images; people have contacted my Editors to express how comfortable I made them feel, and how professional I was while covering their story.
I regard each assignment as an opportunity to challenge myself to make narrative and engaging images while mindful to gather accurate and interesting information for captions which provide more than rudimentary facts.
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