A Blog on One Photographer's Goings On

About Me and this Blog

This is a blog showing the rest of the world what it is that I am doing in McComb, MS as a Staff Photographer.  Nothing fancy, just spreading my work for those interested in seeing what it is I am up to down here!

About the Photographer:

I am a Staff Photographer in McComb, MS after having worked as a freelance photographer for 7 years in New York and Savannah, GA.  My work has appeared in numerous publications worldwide, including Newsweek, Time, the New York Times, Forbes, the Christian Science Monitor, ABC Online, and MSNBC.com just to name a few.  I have shot a wide breadth of work from spot news, like sewer pipe explosions in New York City, to portraits, like I did on assignment for the Financial Times, to sports, like I did for the New York Post and the USTA (where I am the Lead Photographer for the US Open at usopen.org).  I enjoy telling a story with my photographs in a visually appealing and engaging way. Check out my personal webpage at www.philipjhall.com for more photos by me!

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2 responses

  1. Sounds like my dream job/resume! Welcome to Mississippi! I love seeing your images in my Reader! Any advice for a new (journalism) graduate seeking similar freelance gigs? Do you just photograph and pitch to editors to get your foot in the door? It seems so hard to set myself apart from the pack, especially when i don’t believe in having a niche (which seems like we also have in common!).

    July 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    • Thanks for the compliments! The world of journalism (especially photojournalism) requires a passion for what you do. It’s a tough field to work your way through. While your friends who majored in finance or law have a relatively linear career progression, the world of photojournalism is far more amorphous. You need to be able to look inside and be your own biggest supporter through the ups and downs that come (hopefully more ups than downs 😉 ). To get your foot in the door, my best advice is to do exactly that, get your foot in the door. Put together a portfolio that speaks to what you can do well. It should speak to the breadth of your photographic talents, but should not include photos that you feel so-so about just to get that type of photo in your portfolio. Go with strong images and it will speak to your abilities. Then, go to the paper, call, ask to speak to the Photo Editor (or whomever would make those decisions) and show a willingness to do what you have to to make it into their flock of freelancers. Shoot for them and anyone else willing to pay you for your work (assisting and shooting weddings, while maybe not ideal, are a good way to pay the bills). You may also want to look into doing an internship for the paper since a lot of staff photographer jobs look for prior experience with a daily paper when hiring (internships included). So keep at it and feel the passion because it’s not an easy career, but it IS an extremely fulfilling one!

      July 19, 2012 at 8:20 am

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