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2014 Wrap Up

2014 was quite the adventure. I went to the Olympics, and added two new countries to my list in the process. I completely totaled my first car. I spent spring break 2014 with some amazing people. Some have left. Some became a bigger part of my life. I successfully raised some fish from eggs through adulthood. (Pretty proud of that one.) I spent an excruciating amount of time at Indiana fairs. Actually, I spent every day of the Indiana State Fair in a tiny trailer with 20ish other young journalists. I even stalked the State Fair queen for two days. I photographed almost all of Ball State’s home football games. I’ve gathered some of my favorite images from the year, with some of the most important things I learned from them. Student enjoys fall sunset

There’s nothing wrong with cell phones. The best camera in this case was an IPhone, considering it was with me. I also realized I want to carry a DSLR more often.

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Midterms are excruciating when it’s 30 degrees and raining in an area that already doesn’t vote much.

Zombies takeover Ball State during food drive

Moment over makeup. I was waiting for the people with more impressive costume to show up when I spotted this really sweet hug between a grandmother and her grandson.

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My self portrait work needs help. That’s a sad Rembrandt. Also, I should take more notes about failed lighting schemes. I tend to struggle to remember what went wrong. That’s valuable, I suppose.

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You really, really have to go with the flow when blue meanie looking Russian band members almost roll you over at the Olympic Park. This was also a lesson in how much I’m terrible at self editing. I didn’t start loving this photo until three different masters of photography plucked it out.

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Rodeos apparently have sort of a nice color palette? Sports shot this year included rodeo, cheerleading, band competition, football, and poi. They were all a blast.

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Consider every angle. Always look for something new.

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Light. Light. Light. Light. Light. Light. Light. Light.

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Knowing the game is as valuable as knowing the camera.

I’m glad I can look back at this blog and realize the mistakes I’ve made and things I’ve learned in the past year. It’s enjoyable to see the holes in my work and be able to make a plan for the upcoming year.

I’m gearing up to do some more serious video in 2015 and I hope to do some documentary type work.  In March, it’s pretty certain I’ll be heading to Cuba to do some photography. I’m currently adding content to a website that will be launching. I’ll be working to improve my brand, as well as my lighting skills. I’m really excited to get started! Thank you for being on the journey.

Looking Forward

A firefighter works to put out the blaze on the corner of 119th Street and Sheridan Ave. in Whiting, Ind., Sunday, January 20, 2013. The blaze was fought by fire crews from Whiting, Hammond and East Chicago for more than four hours. Apartments and a dress shop were destroyed, but no one was injured.

A firefighter works to put out the blaze on the corner of 119th Street and Sheridan Ave. in Whiting, Ind., Sunday, January 20, 2013. The blaze was fought by fire crews from Whiting, Hammond and East Chicago for more than four hours. Apartments and a dress shop were destroyed, but no one was injured.

When I started sorting through my photos for 2013 to choose my favorites, I was really concerned that I didn’t shoot anywhere near as much as I should have this year. I was correct! I am not happy with how little I shot this year. Despite being really disappointed with myself, I’ve got a fire under me to shoot more in 2014. I intend to shoot just for myself more often, and get back into shooting for the Daily News. After spending a few weeks at home, I’m ready to get back to work! When I get back, I will be taking the position of multimedia editor at the Ball State Daily News. It’s such an honor to be hired into this position, and I can’t wait to give it all I’ve got! I’m also going to be heading to the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, with BSU at the Games to shoot still photography. I’m already so proud of my team, and I know that we’re all going to come back with really strong work. With amazing opportunities ahead of me, I’m going to blow 2014 out of the water. Here are my favorite photos from this year.

I hate dragonflys. They're too big and noisy and all around creepy. This guy was really pretty and detailed, so I couldn't pass up the photo opportunity when he landed a few feet from me.

I hate dragonflys. They’re too big and noisy and all around creepy. This guy was really pretty and detailed, so I couldn’t pass up the photo opportunity when he landed a few feet from me.

Officer R. Trissel tells students how they are allowed to leave after the report of an armed assailant Nov. 15 at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center at Ball State University in Muncie Ind., November 10, 2013. No gunman was found, and no one was injured.

Officer R. Trissel tells students how they are allowed to leave after the report of an armed assailant Nov. 15 at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center at Ball State University in Muncie Ind., November 10, 2013. No gunman was found, and no one was injured.

A car drives through the rain on E. Riggin Road during a thunderstorm warning in Muncie, Ind. Sunday, November 17, 2013.

A car drives through the rain on E. Riggin Road during a thunderstorm warning in Muncie, Ind. Sunday, November 17, 2013.

A man walks his dog near the Hope Memorial Bridge in Cleveland, Ohio. Two statues at either end of the bridge represent progress in transportation.

A man walks his dog near the Hope Memorial Bridge in Cleveland, Ohio. Two statues at either end of the bridge represent progress in transportation.