I was lucky enough to be chosen by Vanderbilt to attend the College Media Association's annual fall conference in New Orleans this year. I learned so much about various aspects of photojournalism and producing a newspaper in general. While in New Orleans, I participated in the All That Jazz photography competition where we were tasked with producing a photograph that best represented the culture and people of New Orleans. All in all, I shot around 40 or 50 frames for the contest, of which, there was 1 that I really liked (shown above). At the final critique of the images, my photo ended up coming in 1st place out of all the other photos, as voted on by my peers. I am extremely humbled by and thankful to those who voted for me in the contest. All-in-all, it was a great trip filled with new opportunities for me to not only grow as a photographer, but to grow as a journalist as well.
Featuring great music and terrible lighting, NEEDTOBREATHE's show at Exit/In was definitely a memorable challenge to shoot. Not only was it extremely dark in the venue itself, the sellout crowd made moving around nearly impossible. Venues without photo pits seem to be the theme lately and I am not to sure how happy I am about it... I came away with about 5 photos that I actually liked out of the 140 or so that I took, giving me a wonderful 3.5% keeper rate.
My first and hopefully not last time shooting at the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville. Given the lack of a pit, I feel like it went pretty well although I was given a hard time by somebody there about shooting from the front row with my photo pass which allows me to do so in the otherwise assigned seating auditorium. With my photo pass came a ticket for 10th row seats with our reporter that we had covering the concert as well so that was nice to have a home base to come back to during the concert. The acoustics in that place are awesome to say the least.
Young Summer, James and the Wild Spirits, & Andrew Belle perform at Musicians' Corner in Centennial Park.