NEWS21 VISUAL MEMO
JANUARY 22, 2018
Photography is definitely my favorite and most-developed journalistic skill. I’ve worked consistently as a freelance photographer since my junior year of high school. I have experience shooting everything from weddings to football games, environmental portraits to breaking news, and portraits to landscapes. During the fall semester of my freshman year at the University of Oklahoma, I was hired as a paid photographer for the university yearbook. By the spring, I was working as the assistant photography editor, and the following fall, I was promoted to photography editor. I continue to work in that position in addition to my freelance work and shooting for the university’s daily newspaper and quarterly magazine.
This summer, I would love to be able to do a few in-depth visual projects, whether that involves a longer-term project in one location, or a cohesive series in multiple locations. I definitely wouldn't mind heading up some photo essays or another type of visually-driven projects, whether that means working alone or in a group. I would really like to travel to different areas so that I can better understand the broader landscape of hate and so that I can convey that visually for a reader who does not have that same ability to travel to the places or meet the people we're covering.
A day in the life of a hate group leader. (NOTE: Since coming up with this, I found out that The New York Times did a relatively similar piece with Tony Hovater, HERE. They received a lot of emotion-filled feedback and issued a response HERE. I think their justification for running the piece perfectly articulates the value of a story like this.)
A series of portraits of hate group leaders/members accompanied by a series of portraits of victims (Portraits of hate and the hated)
Childhood home/hometown of a hate group leader. For example, Richard Spencer's hometown in Whitefish, Montana. Possibly interviews with parents and family members.
My personal camera is a Canon Rebel T3i, and I have a few lenses for that. I might potentially have access to some Gaylord equipment for the summer, but I'm not totally sure on that.
Photography + Illustration Examples
Please see projects below.
SKINNIN' THE GAME
MOST RECENT DOCUMENTARY PROJECT
Sherman’s garage workshop smells like blood, stale flesh and chemicals. Dozens of glass eyes watch me walk in.
He’s talking to a middle-aged couple who came to drop off a twelve point rack and put a $300 cash down payment on the mount. He pauses his conversation with them to greet me with his friendly Oklahoma drawl.
“Hey there, Megan.”
COntinuing documentary Series
A burger and shoes. Coffee and an oil change. Fresh veggies and a monthly trim.
They’re routine. We couldn’t live without them, really.
They’re so routine, in fact, that we never stop to really think about the lives devoted to making them available to us.
LANDSCAPE and portrait Photography
Thick skin, rough edges, and a whole lot of grit.
That’s what it takes to live in the desert. The cactuses know it and so do the lizards that retreat in the shade beneath their limbs. The scorpions know it too, and so do the rattlesnakes and the hardened cowboy-types rolling in and out of wind-worn town that pepper the unforgiving landscape of the American Southwest.
SPORTS + FAST-PACED PHOTOGRAPHY
A collection of photography from various University of Oklahoma sporting events to demonstrate the way I tend to work in fast-paced environments.
BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE
David Boren announced today that, effective June 30, he will be retiring from his position as president of the University of Oklahoma after almost 23 years of service.
LANDSCAPE + SCENE-SETTING PHOTOGRAPHY
A collection of outdoor, landscape photography to show how that I can take a beautiful establishing shot that sets the tone for a piece.
ILLUSTRATION + DESIGN
A small selection of my favorite illustrations and graphic design projects.
BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE
Hundreds of University of Oklahoma students, alumni, faculty members and town locals gathered on the South Oval on Jan. 30 to celebrate diversity, support international students and protest President Trump's executive order suspending refugee resettlement into the U.S.
I haven't done nearly as many video projects as I have still photography—partly because I love still photography so much, but also because I just haven't had the opportunity to explore video. I feel quite comfortable shooting video with DSLR's, and I learn new cameras very quickly. Below, I've included a handful of video projects I've done for classes. I don't feel that they necessarily demonstrate my best work, but I thought I would include them to give you a very basic idea of what I've done. (Titles link to video pages.)
THE FINAL COLD ONE: A goofy silent film class project I wrangled my brothers into helping me with.
LA SAGA CREPÚSCULO: A fun parody project I shot for my Spanish class. I included it to show more recent editing I've done.
DONUT SHOP OWNER PERSEVERES DESPITE TRAGEDY: A brief broadcast package I put together to accompany a print story.
Feel free to explore the rest of this site for some of my favorite visual projects. If you're looking for something specific, please ask! I would be happy to point you in the right direction or send it to you directly.