A quick day, did mostly housekeeping paperwork and kept my hours short to save up for a busy week ahead. Shot an accident where a car was struck and went off an embankment. No one was severely injured.
A busy Saturday! Got a call from a friend about a major wreck on the Interstate. I shot out there to cover it and turned out it was two adults and four children rolled in a minivan. Everyone was transported to the hospital, but no one sustained any major injuries. I then had to go cover a pep rally where the New Orleans Saints cheerleaders (the Saintsations) came. Busy, busy Saturday.
A whole lot of driving this day! My photographing for the day started out with covering a jack-knifed truck on the Interstate. The rest of my day was spent driving all over the place with a writer for a couple assignments. I had to drive out to a “local” high school for media day to shoot some portraits and get some head shots for possible future stories. From there we went up to another county’s courthouse to document a Tuskegee airman receiving a Congressional Gold Medal (technically a bronze replica as the Tuskegee Airmen were awarded the gold medal as a group, so the original gold medal resides in the Smithsonian). A cool day with a LOT of driving (over 120 miles all told), but I got to shake hands with a Tuskegee Airman … Pretty sweet!
This post is dated the 22nd because it was TECHNICALLY Sunday morning, but I was still up from Saturday. I was on my way home after hanging out with a friend until 3am. As I approached the road that leads to the road my house is on I was stopped with flashing lights and power trucks. I went up and talked to the cops who said that an SUV had slammed into a light pole and knocked out power to the area. So I meandered my way through some back streets to my house, got my cameras and reflective vest (a suggestion by my editor that has come in handy MANY times … A good piece of equipment for anyone who wants to cover spot news or shoot at night … You never want to become the subject of the news because a driver couldn’t see you while you were working!), and walked down to the scene. I approached and took some pictures and then went up to talk to the police (he seemed thrilled to see me in my vest with my gear after already talking to me and not realizing that I was with the press … Sarcasm 😉 ). He called for his Lieutenant to come out and talk to me and I found out that the driver had left the scene before the police arrived. So I stuck around and shot the scene and the crews replacing the pole (since the power was out at my house from this I wouldn’t have any AC anyway so I figured why not stick around). I ended up getting to be at 5am … Not what I was expecting on my ride home!
A decently busy day today. Went out and shot a church that was going to reopen after being rebuilt after twice being burned down by suspicious fires. I then took a portrait of a pharmacist who was going to receive an award. I then got a call about a car wreck and shot over to cover that. I arrived just as they placed the pick up truck onto a flatbed … almost missed the shot! … and the driver sustained only minor injuries.
My day started out quick. I got into the office at 7:30 and I barely had time to sit down when we heard about a wreck on I-55. I grabbed my gear and headed out the door. I went up I-55 until I hit a roadblock. After talking to the cop, they let me through and I drove up the empty Interstate until I saw the wreck. It was a double trailer tractor trailor that had flipped onto its side, with one of the trailers splitting open and spilling all of the cargo over the road. The driver was ok (not very happy, but ok), but the interstate was closed for hours while they cleaned it all up. After the excitement of that I went and shot a portrait of a farmer at the farmer’s market and later closed out my day with more motorcyclist photos. A very interesting day indeed!
Busy day. Wasn’t supposed to be according to my schedule, but welcome to daily news. I got sent out after reported police activity, but that ended up being nothing so I came back to the office. I was there for a few minutes when we got another call about a bad car wreck. I arrived at the scene and traffic was stopped so I parked on the side of the road and walked along the stopped traffic up to the scene. I got there and an SUV had flipped. While shooting the scene and gathering the necessary information for the writers back at the office, it started to rain. I got back to the office soaked and with sore feet since I had to walk quite a way and for some reason my feet were rubbing in my shoes. After covering that I had to get a portrait of a chiropractor for a story about sports medicine. In the evening I covered an event at city hall where a flight nurse from an aeromedical evacuation squadron presented the city with a flag flown during a combat air mission. From there I shot over to cover rehearsals by the local theater group. Long day, but photographically rewarding.