Photos from Wednesday on Friday without color


Thank you Newsgate, for if it weren’t for you there would have been another photographer available for an hour and a half cruise on a doorless helicopter over Broward County. We had about six or so stories to shoot for so we went from a neighborhood in Parkland, Florida to the 595 to the cruise terminal, boat show, and downtown fort lauderdale. So cool, I can’t even stress!












Awesome quote of my day:

F**k off, I’m gonna call f***ing PETA on your *sses

See below for the full story and video, but first let me tell you about a wonderful thing . . . it’s called geekfest.

You’ll no doubt see my chubby cheeks clearly in the center of that pic surrounded by a multitude of talented, freelancers, students, professional multimedia/visual storytellers. While Melissa Lyttle of APAD fame organized this amazing conference. What struck me as different from the only other photo event I’ve attended (Women in Photojournalism a couple years back) was that many of the photographers were young, they were innovative, creative and while still journalists they straddled fine art and journalism in a way that many long time news photographers don’t seem to do.

All of the speakers were phenomenal. My favorites included Dai Sugano of the Mercury News. His work is visual storytelling, just amazing stuff I recommend you click on his website that I’ve linked to his name. Damon Winters of the New York Times just blows your mind . . . I don’t know if I could ever see like that and Nicole Fruge of the San Antonio Express-News had this attitude, even after years as a freelancer, news photographer that was so infectious and well, happy.



I could go on for ages about geekfest, but I’ve included a couple photos above and a really, really cool video I made when I got home and couldn’t sleep. Watch it below, I promise it’s worth it. The music is Santigold and the game, it’s shuffleboard

Point A – Ft. Lauderdale
Point B – St. Petersburg
Point ? – Frogs
Point C – Ft. Lauderdale


Watch the video for Point Frogs. Watch tomorrow for a new post.

Oh and check out the story I covered today about Iguuuuanas. Specifically the kind that are, well, wild animals. This one bit a little girl, got sent out to photograph the iguana catchers doing their thing, but when they went to the home where the 7-foot beast allegedly lives we were told to f-off. Actually this is my first experience using “bleeping” in a video. Quite fun.


This is the link, but mind you the video will be posted tomorrow most likely.



Friday was an interesting day full of a bit of visual stalking . . . The story was about rising baggage fees on at least three major airlines: Continental Airlines, American Airlines, and Delta Airlines. Although to be fair United Airlines, US Airways, pretty much every airlines outside of Southwest Airlines (from my hometown!) are charging nowadays for bags.


To say I am creepy when I shoot assignments like this is an understatement. I hide in corners, outside windows (for the reflections) and run behind people whose names I need. But . . . I love these assignments, even if it is a story about bags, because to have your boss say, “go out and shoot whatever you want and make it creative,” is awesome. Below is the screenshot with the pic they used at first, although the next link below it is of the current story with the photo I liked!


Here is the link to the story on the Sun-Sentinel story that was also run on the Miami Herald home page (woohoo!) until the story was bumped by a ridiculously crazy story about a man being shot on the Florida turnpike and the arrest of the two brothers who murdered a woman at a local Tacobell.

Here are a few more that I liked that did not run:





The last ones I just added because my editor made laugh when I showed him the below photo because he gave me this look like . . . ummmmm . . . . okay?:


Which I enjoy, but I realize I like it because I like shooting from the floor and then I thought why don’t I save one of each of the different places I shot on the floor and this is what I came up with:











Soon I am going to collect all my floor shots and tell a story from the viewpoint of a shoe . . .