Friday, December 16, 2016

My Month of November on the Treasure Coast

So, we're one month closer to the end of the year and I'm quickly closing in on my one-year anniversary here at Treasure Coast Newspapers. I can't believe it has already been nearly a year since moving halfway across the country on this adventure. This realization came to me after my boss (a lovely, mild-mannered, always-open-to-new-ideas, exceptionally talented editor... no sarcasm... no really) requested that each photographer on the photo staff gather their favorite images of the year for a gallery to be posted on the website. More on that later.

Assignments for the month of November were par for the course except for one thing... the election. Since I grew up and lived most of my life in Texas, it was understood that the state was primarily a "red" state. Except for a few counties in the major metropolitan areas, you could pretty much guarantee the state would lean to the conservative side of the political spectrum.

That's not the case in Florida.

Florida is considered a "swing state" and they take their politics serious here. I've never seen an effort by candidates to sway public opinion more than I have here. And sometimes it got down right brutal. Negative political advertising reigns supreme. So much so, that I dreaded turing on the television every night or retrieving the mail for fear of being force-fed divisive rhetoric from one camp or the other. It made my skin crawl.

But other than that, the month rolled on as usual. Here is a collection of photos from a few assignments from the month. Enjoy.

Monday, November 14, 2016

My Month of October on the Treasure Coast

Another interesting month on the Treasure Coast, although I wasn't here when the all the most interesting stuff was happening. Maybe you heard, but we had a little storm by the name of Hurricane Matthew sideswipe us here on the Treasure Coast that caused some damage, power outages and the like. I, unfortunately, was not here to help out the rest of the team covering the storm because I was on vacation out of the state. Maybe next time.

Other than the storm, it was business as usual here. I found myself shooting sports, football and golf mostly, with a smattering of a few daily and general assignments. Nothing too out of the ordinary. Maybe with the year quickly coming to an end, things will pick up.

Anyway, here are a few photos from some of my assignments in October. Enjoy.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

My Month of September on the Treasure Coast

Another month down and we're nearing the end of the year. Man, it has flown by. This month was quite interesting and the assignments mill kept churning out interesting opportunities to make some photos I'd never made before and several I have. Living on the Treasure Coast has some interesting perks, chief among them, I get to see and meet some influential movers and shakers.

I had an assignment come across my desk to cover a talk being given by Dave Barry, a Miami-based writer who worked as a humorist and columnist for the Miami Herald and has written several books. I had another opportunity to photograph the Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton as she passed through our area giving campaign speeches. And, finally, I had a chance to meet Tim Tebow, the former University of Florida quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner, NFL quarterback and now a member of the New York Mets baseball organization. I almost got to cover Donald Trump as well, but was pulled off of that due to overstaffing.

Along with those assignments, the rest of the month was filled with spot news, high school sports and general assignments. Not too shabby. Here's a collection of photos from the month.