Friday, April 14, 2017

Samples From My Photojournalism Class

This spring I have been enrolled in a Photojournalism class. As a student pursuing a MJD major, you're required to take either Photojournalism or Digital Film. I plan on taking both, but right now I am only taking Photojournalism. Throughout the semester I have been working on tons of projects for the class. Here are some of my favorite pictures with a little bit of the story behind them!

For our first assignment we were asked to go off campus and take portraits of at least 10 people we didn't know. I took this photo of Dammy Mustapha in the Downtown Mall.
Some of my friends play in a men's league hockey team. Before doing varsity sporting events, I wanted to test out my use of action shots on the game! Pictured her is David Clemmer, class of 2018.
I later went to a Nordic Ski Race at the Trapp Family Lodge and took pictures for the St. Mike's team. This picture is of Liam Schmelzle, class of 2019.

One of our assignments was to capture honest emotion and interaction. I chose this picture of my three best friends playing in the snow on our first big snowfall day. I used the picture for the interaction piece. (Left to right, Sarah Rodgers '19, Gabby Ratte '19, Kristen Stec '19)

This picture of Lance Reynolds, class of 2019, was used for the honest emotion part of the assignment. 

My roommate Kristen wanted to try out the camera so on the day of a snowstorm we walked around campus to capture the true beauty. (This picture is of me!)

More cute snowy campus pictures!

Last one, I swear!

For one of the assignments we were randomly selected a partner in the class and we needed to photograph them throughout the week in order to capture a day in the life. I chose not to use one of the photos of my classmate, but here is one that she took of me.

This assignment was to work on environmental portraits, meaning a picture of someone in an environment that shows who they are. Here is a photo of Sarah Rodgers '19, a student studying Environmental Studies. 

Elly Moore '19 plays the trombone in the school's band and the church band. 
Here's another picture of Elly! Our professor really encourages us to try new things with our projects so I tried a couple of different angles when photographing Elly. To me, the hardest part of this assignment was telling people how to pose and where to look. 

One last Environmental portrait. Here is my friend, Ethan Brookner '20 hammocking (a very popular hobby at SMC) on our first warm day this week!

For the sports project I photographed one of the men's lacrosse games. This picture is from their game last week at SMC against Assumption. 

For our end of the semester project we must create either a picture story or an audio slideshow of a social issue or an interesting person. Although I am not finished with this project yet, my plan is to make an audio slideshow about Helen Parent, my grandma, who has been voted Vermont's best maple cook four different times. She's amazing and she lives off of the annual maple festival in Saint Albans, Vermont! (I promised I wouldn't share what she is making until after the cooking contest is done, sorry!)
I hope you enjoyed checking out some of my projects! If you have any questions or would like to stay up to date on what's going on in my life, feel free to email me or follow me on social media!

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