An average day of shooting. Took a portrait of a new principal at a local church that has a school. I then took a grip and rip for the business of the month (not everything I shoot is fun and exciting). I then finished off the day with coverage of Live on Main. Not busy, but busy enough.
Business of the Month
Live on Main
HOT! It was so very, very hot this day. The thermometer was no indication of how incredibly sweltering it was here. For instance, the thermometer read 89 in the morning, but the heat index was at 105 … ONE HUNDRED AND FIVE!! Of course, as luck would have it, I had to spend the vast majority of the day out in the sauna they call weather here. I started out the day shooting portraits for an ad, then I shot a house being moved through downtown. This was followed by football practice at a local high school then photos of that same school’s newly renovated elementary school library. This was followed by a photo for a group of horse riders who made a charitable donation to a local group (to be used for Camp Sunshine … for those of you who have been following my blog). I then went from there to shoot another high school’s football practice. I was beat by the end of the day and dehydrated to the point of cramping (I was just unable to keep up with the amount of water I would have had to be consuming to keep hydrated). Welcome to a Mississippi summer!
Parklane Football Practice
Parklane Library Renovation
McComb Football Practice
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!
Another hours crunched Wednesday. I shot the mayor attending a demonstration of emergency capabilities, organized to let all the important people in the county know their plans for emergencies and to make them aware of what capabilities are available. I then shot a portrait for our monthly Wheels story, this month on two motorcyclists and their bikes.
Emergency Capabilities Meeting
Kept myself busy this day. Started out shooting for a back to school special section and a story about a tax holiday coming up. Then I went to the local ER to shoot a story on their new, streamlined system. I ended my day covering a dress rehearsal for the local theater’s production of the Wizard of Oz.
Back to School
PCLT Wizard of Oz
Another Saturday with a shoot. This one was a quick illustration for a story on cellphones and young people.
I had a feature shoot this day and a story about a walker. The local recreation department puts on a day camp-esque event each year called Mini Park (don’t ask me why it’s called that) where they have different activities for kids. I covered the last day when they had a water slide set up (essentially a giant sheet of plastic with water and soap on it). Got some cool shots of kids and counselors going for a fun ride. The day ended with a shoot of a lady who lost 215 lbs walking at a local walking path.