I strive for success in everything I do. I look at life with a positive attitude and take advantage of every opportunity to achieve my goals. It is important to me to approach everyday life with a creative and different outlook. Being a visual journalist is the greatest job on earth, and it is something that I am extremely passionate about. Though this profession proves challenging at times, each day I look forward to meeting new people and sharing their stories through compelling photographs.
I was born and raised in the southern part of New Jersey, just over the bridge from Philadelphia. I grew up with a love for sports, and I believe that as time went on this helped to develop my creative way of seeing. I began critically looking at photographs in the newspaper, in magazines and on the computer. I idolized no one photographer, but I was simply amazed with photography and what could be captured in an image. My curiosity lead me to acquire the knowledge of something I was fascinated with but couldn’t execute. I didn’t have a camera.
At the age of 13, I was given a Canon EOS ELAN 35 mm film camera. I began to explore what I could do with this new camera. As I approached my high school graduation, I gained an understanding of the importance of documenting people. Photographing people became my new love.
I graduated from Western Kentucky University, with a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism. It was my love for people and lots of hard work that led me to work as an intern at The Dallas Morning News, in Dallas Texas, the Star Tribune, in Minneapolis, Minn., the Deseret News, in Salt Lake City, Utah, The Leader, in Fort Knox, Ky. Previously, I worked as a staff photographer and videographer for the Gwinnett Daily Post in Lawrenceville, Ga. While working there I was named the Georgia Press Association Photographer of the Year for 2012. I also received First Place – Portfolio and First Place – Picture Story in the 2013 Georgia Associated Press APME Newspaper Contest.
Currently, I am a staff photographer at the Omaha World-Herald in Omaha, Nebraska. I am responsible for providing unique coverage for news, sports, feature, and portrait assignments. I also shoot and produce multimedia projects to accompany the stories.
I am available for freelance photography work including editorial, commercial, portraiture and sports assignments in the greater Omaha, Nebraska area. Feel free to contact me using the contact me form. I look forward to working with you.
Photo by Emily Rose Pearman