This summer I have done a couple things that I believe have really helped me during my internship at The Washington Post and I wanted to share some of them:
Go early, Stay Late
There’s an old saying that goes: “If you’re on time, you’re late. If you’re early, you’re on time.” This has been extremely true for the assignments I have documented this summer. For some of these assignments the most important images were made before the event even started or after it ended. So I really try my hardest to show up early and stay late.
Take the Initiative
Many of the images that I made this summer came about because I did things that were outside of my comfort level. Asking for access into places that would be off limits if I were not a photographer. For example, I made an image this summer where I had to go outside of my comfort zone. I can’t swim and I don’t like deep water, however I made one of my favorite images of the summer by way of boat that involved deep water. The assignment was to photograph a blind competitive row boater as he trained. Was I scared the entire time? Yes, but I have been in far worse positions.
Photojournalism Is Not a Job, a Photojournalist Is Who I Am
One of my goals this summer was never to stay idle. I always want to be working on something. Even if I don’t have an assignment at the time I would seek one. Sometimes I photograph events and features on my days off, because like most of us photography is not only our job, it’s our hobby as well. So what I do is send images in even when it’s not for an assignment. I made another of my favorite images just wandering the city meeting new people and I stumbled upon an older gentleman and a younger kid playing basketball. I was able to make a nice frame out of that.
Try Something Different
Fortunately for me the editors here really welcome creativity, no matter how different or weird it is. I found that as long as I make the image pretty and it told the story, they were happy. I like this because it really has allowed me to try new things and shoot from new angles that I wouldn’t have dared to try in the past.