I first picked up a camera to keep myself occupied after a shoulder surgery in high school. Sitting on the bench watching my friends playing soccer wasn’t an option for me, I started bringing my mom’s camera with me to occupy my time. After the first game I was so in love with observing and capturing the moments that I forgot how much I missed playing. In no time at all, not a day went by that I didn’t have a camera in my hand. When I realized that I could pursue a career in photojournalism, I immediately knew this was what I wanted to do.
Over the summer of 2017, I studied abroad in Kosovo and took a Documentary Photojournalism class with Meredith Davenport. This was a wonderful opportunity for me to develop my passions through picture editing and the use of multimedia. This class taught me how to create more depth to my stories in a shorter amount of time. I learned how to edit my work as the story progressed and how to create shot lists. All of a sudden, I was viewing my work differently, I was envisioning the story and consciously developing the narrative as I was working. I quickly learned that editing the work was just as rewarding as photographing. After a few weeks of helping edit a classmate’s work, the teaching assistant told me that I should look into editing as a career choice. Editing allowed me to use both my creative side and my analytical side to create the best-working narrative.
I carried these new-found skills into my last two years of college and they have helped me develop my senior capstone project significantly. When I started planning my senior capstone project, I knew I wanted to do a story in the Rochester area that would be influential and relatable to myself. About a month before the senior capstone process began I was working on a story about a “hero” in the community and I decided to follow a football coach that was changing the mindset around sports. Greg Hopkins co-founded a football program that focused on life skills and education just as much as the game. I had never met a coach that was so invested in the athlete’s future and their well-being. There had to be more to the story and I was bound and determined to follow through with this story. After this project ended I knew that I needed to keep working on it and the senior capstone was the perfect opportunity to do so.
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