Not only do pictures help guide a reader through a story, but each one tells a story of its own. Whether it comes from on or off campus, each image should allow the reader to imagine what exist beyond its borders. I hope to capture that every time I press the shutter button.
Now, my Sony Alpha SLT a57 is a staple of my wardrobe. Whether it’s the 18-55mm or 55-300mm lens clicked in place, I’m always prepared to look at the world through the unbiased lens of my camera, adjusting the aperture, shutter speed and ISO on the fly.
Each year, American Airlines presents thousands of family members of servicemen and women who were killed in action with the opportunity to travel home for the holidays. Living only a few minutes away from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, I took my camera to the airport to welcome a few of those flights and listen to remarks by American Airlines CEO Doug Parker, Medal of Honor recipient Gary Littrell and others.
“When I got the opportunity to be here today, there was no way I could say no,” Littrell said at the event, “because, while all give some, some give all. And I’m here with the children of those that gave all.”
Below are some of the families who received the SnowBall Express experience that weekend as they disembarked at DFW and enjoyed the Christmas-themed festivities at the airport’s Terminal A before heading off to wherever their final destination was.
A New Era: The Winn Science Center
In January, my school opened a state-of-the-art science center, what many have called our next step toward re-achieving our goal of providing the ideal STEM education. In order to provide students an idea of what to expect when the new facility opened its’ doors, I took a number of photos of the still-under-construction interior and at the building’s opening ceremony for an eight-page special section in the newspaper we used to tell the stories behind the Winn Science Center and the people who conceived it.
Rivalry Night: Lions vs. Eagles
Generally, when it comes to St. Mark’s sports, I’m either in two places: on the court or in the stands. But when the biggest night of the year for St. Mark’s athletics came around this winter, I got behind the camera to capture the most important rivalry of the year, as the St. Mark’s basketball and soccer teams traveled to the Episcopal School of Dallas for a double-header.
American Airlines Boeing 787-9
In September 2017, American Airlines took delivery of a new aircraft type, the Boeing 787-9. A day after it had touched down at DFW to begin preliminary maintenance checks, the airline invited me to tour the new plane. Of course, as one of the first photographers ever to see the aircraft up close, I took my camera along, coming home with hundreds of shots for AirlineGeeks and social media.
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From the Air
Aviation photography has long been a part of my time with the camera. So when I had the opportunity to go up in a aircraft for a film shoot over San Francisco and got a bird's eye view of Kansas City, I jumped at the opportunity to climb to a new perspective.
For the past three years, AirlineGeeks.com has played host to the largest gathering of aviation lovers (avgeeks, for short) across the world. Partnering with American Airlines, the website runs tours of AA hubs from London to Los Angeles. In 2017, I served as representative for the DFW Airport tour, and I spent that afternoon shadowing the group taking pictures and interviewing subjects for the follow-up story.
Instagram Aviation Photography
Three years ago, hoping to combine my rudimentary camera knowledge with my passion for journalism and aviation, I created an Instagram account dedicated entirely to aviation photography, now known by the handle @DallasFortWorthSpotter. I’ve spent a countless number of hours creating, editing and posting photographs for that account, which has grown to well over 17,000 followers since 2015.
That Instagram account and the people I met through aviation photography led to AirlineGeeks.com, the website for which I currently serve as a senior writer and photographer. And as I became more involved in the aviation community in the Dallas area — not only as a representative for AirlineGeeks.com, but also for my personal Instagram — I was invited to work with Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and local airlines to attend, photograph and report on events across the metroplex, including many of the events seen above.