Comicon is the Best Thing

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It’s a bit late, but I wanted to post some photographs from this years Phoenix Comicon in Downtown Phoenix. I found that Wiki had an interesting history and background on the San Diego Comicon which first convened in 1970. I have to say this was my first visit, but I loved it. The creativity and freedom of expression through creating your individual costumes or dressing up as your favorite characters was such a wonderful change of pace. Doubled with the intense Arizona heat and bright light, it was just such visual fun. I hope in the future to shoot again and spend more time shooting.

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Mitchel and Mary Anniversary Photographs

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I recently shot some anniversary photographs of Mitchel and Mary. It is hard to believe that in 2009 I shot their engagement photographs! They look amazing and it was wonderful shooting on this overcast and hazy day in December. It even looks like we have seasons in Phoenix, Ariz.

Here are the photographs from a few years ago.

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Sudan in some random portraits

I was recently thinking about some of my good friends in Sudan. I spent 10 months in El Obeid teaching English and shooting photos. I made some amazing friends, some truly amazing people, who took care of me and became my family. It is, by far, one of the best places I have ever visited. I hope you enjoy these photographs and if you are ever able to visit this amazing place you must go. If you click on “Sudan” below it will take you to to some of the posts from the time I was there and you can click here┬áto hear some great Sudanese music.

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Erin and Andres Pregnancy Photos

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I recently shot some photos of my friend Erin and her husband Andres to document their pregnancy. We chose to photograph at the Gilbert Riparian Institute in Gilbert, Ariz. The light was beautiful and Erin was a wonderful subject to photograph.

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So yesterday I spent a little less than an hour with my friends Mitchel and Mary and these two were my favorite of the shoot . . . They’re getting married in November and we decided to shoot some engagement photos at hole in the rock near the Phoenix Zoo.

And my mom has decided to start photographing me to get even with me shooting her . . .

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Just liked these two . . . digging this lens.

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So Saturday . . . .

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Final Days of News21

So the days are winding down . . . videos being exported, writing being edited, codes being written and while I was nervous the whole summer that the work we did wouldn’t be what we expected, today I think it is even better. It’s a good start and I can say that everyone’s work, I mean everyone’s work is amazing and exceptional. It’s one thing to be given the financial opportunity to do work like this, but it is something else to see every single one of the journalists I worked with create pieces of work that make me alternately proud of our program and jealous because I wish I had thought of it. Below are some of the portraits we took to do our intro video and Christopher Cameron, a master of Motion put together an amazing video . . . bet you can’t wait to see it . . . just a few more days . . .

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Chris Cameron, above, and Chrystall Kanyuck, below, worked on a project about Latinos in the military. You wouldn’t think it, but Latinos make up a large force in our country’s all-volunteer military and yet they receive little coverage.

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Below are reporters Travis Grabow and Emily Graham that worked on stories relating to religion and Latinos in the United States. Many Latinos today in the United States find themselves raised as Catholics and living secular lives. Some find their way to the Mormon faith, to Protestant faiths, and some to Judaism.

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In the area of education Jeremy Pennycook and Elizabeth Shell did a series of videos focusing on early elementary education, high school, and higher education. Their videos use a function that allows links and extra information run alongside the video.

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Christine Rogel focused on e-verify, the controversy surrounding the program and the rewards and costs of utilizing the system in Arizona. Can’t wait to see what her stand up looks like on this one . . .

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Evan Wyloge is doing a study of the 1986 Amnesty program and a theoretical look into what amnesty would mean today. Some of my family got their citizenship through the amnesty program in 1986, can’t wait to see his work on it.

Another interesting story comes in the form of Dave Kempa’s look into the personal side of immigration. Kempa went down south, I mean all the way to Campeche, Mexico, so you’ll have to look at his work when it’s all wrapped up.

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As for my story it ended up being an amalgam of the Virgin of Guadalupe and examples of cultural spread through out the United States and some parts of the world. I can’t wait to show you more of it, I can’t believe we’re almost done.