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October 2015 | In Pictures

Football, volleyball and soccer. Repeat. I've never considered myself much of a sports shooter, but this month has put my skills to the test. Fall prep sports proved to be in full swing in October, but I still managed to get a healthy mix of general assignments in there somewhere. 

As always, thank you for looking. I hope you enjoy what you see. 

If you have any feedback you'd like to give, please do, I'd greatly appreciate it!

A wheat field, owned by the City of Post Falls, is torched during a controlled burn to recycle the crops on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 near the intersection of Greensferry Road and Hayden Avenue north of Post Falls. 150 acres were burned. 

Civil Rights activist and author James Meredith prays during a press conference Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 at the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d'Alene. Meredith, 83, was shot three times when he was a very active part of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 60s in the American South. 

Coeur d'Alene's Maura Donovan takes a moment to herself after her team lost the second of three games against Bonneville on Friday, Oct. 20, 2015 at Post Falls High School. 


Now that I'm three months into my time at The Coeur d'Alene Press, I'm beginning to feel something amazing that I've never really felt before: the trust of a community to accurately tell their stories. I think people are beginning to recognize me and my name, and I feel this has allowed for me to have better access on assignment. I feel so honored to be a part of and accepted by this North Idaho community, and am feeling a deeper connection with it every day. 


Sandra Hall, the oldest sister of the late U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Howard Jones, Jr., is emotional as she is given a quilt in honor of her brother's service in the Vietnam War on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 at the Lt. George Farragut Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Commemoration of the Vietnam War at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library. 

Danny Goldlynn smokes a cigarette in the lobby of the White Horse Saloon and Hotel, Oct. 19, 2015, Spirit Lake, Idaho. 

From left to right, Kiersten Kerr of Coeur d'Alene High School, Meghan Palmer, Julie Hudson and Ranee Woodall of Dalton Elementary, and Bill White of Coeur d'Alene High School race against time to scratch as many Idaho Lottery scratch tickets as possible in five minutes during the annual Idaho Lottery Scratch for Schools fundraising event on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 at North Idaho College. Whatever winnings the schools recieve from the scratch tickets will be given to the school. This year marked the largest Scratch for School event in North Idaho, with 58 schools competing. 

Lake City senior goal keeper Jared Stone is surrounded by teammates as he carries the 5A Region 1 championship trophy after Lake City defeated Coeur d'Alene on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015 at Lake City High School. 


The more sports I shoot, the more I'm realizing that shooting games is therapeutic for me. The action happens right in front of you, and while you always think you know what to expect, anything can happen at any moment so in reality you don't actually don't have any idea what's going to happen. Sporting events also always have so much packed into them: emotion, loud moments, quiet moments, sometimes the occasional puking kid. I'm always pushing myself to shoot beyond just the peak action, and am slowly, but surely, seeing games differently and as opportunities to look for new moments. 


Coeur d'Alene High School students cheer and dance under the lights of their cell phones after all of the stadium lights on Coeur d'Alene's football field went out during a brief power outage at a game against Lewiston on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 at Coeur d'Alene High School.  

Arlaina Stephenson of Lake City reaches out for a dig during the 5A Region 1 championship match against Coeur d'Alene on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 at Lake City High School. Lake City was defeated in three games. 

Lake City's Camryn Wendlandt utilizes her face in an attempt to score on a corner kick as Coeur d'Alene's Josie Bassett just misses during the 5A Region 1 Tournament Championship on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 at Lake City High School. Lake City defeated Coeur d'Alene 3-1. 

From left to right, Timberlake varsity volleyball head coach Michelle Garwood, left, expresses her frustration along with Ashlyn Mallet, Shelbee Hester and Caitlin Garwood after Timberlake lost a second match against Weiser on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 at Lake City High School. 

Danny Goldlynn smokes a cigarette in the lobby of the White Horse Saloon and Hotel, Oct. 19, 2015, Spirit Lake, Idaho. 

Don L. Butler sits on the tailgate of a pickup truck as he lights a wheat field on fire using a wheat burning torch to help the field recycle its crops on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 near the intersection of Greensferry Road and Hayden Avenue north of Post Falls. 150 acres of the city-owned land were burned.

A Kootenai County Fire and Rescue firefighter walks past the burnt-out shell of a vehicle that caught fire on Oct. 1, 2015 while driving eastbound on Interstate 90 just before the Spokane Street exit in Post Falls. After passing cars signaled to the driver to pull over, he managed to park on the shoulder of I90 and get out of the vehicle without sustaining injuries. The fire burned about 100 square feet of brush bordering the Interstate before emergency crews doused the flames.

Coeur d'Alene High School students Chance McWilliams, left, and Chase Vonshaaf act the parts of Jonas and The Giver during a dress rehearsal on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 at Coeur d'Alene High School's Fahringer Auditorium.

St. Maries High School's Aiden Lee throws to a teammate from out-of-bounds during the Intermountain League District Tournament against Bonners Ferry on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 at Post Falls High School. Bonners Ferry emerged victorious, 3-2. 

The Coeur d'Alene High School boys soccer team gets pumped up in a team huddle before taking on Lake City in the 5A District 1 Championship game Oct. 14, 2015 at Lake City High School. Coeur d'Alene advanced to the state playoffs after defeating Lake City 4-2. 

Post Falls' junior defender Cierra Foster (in white) dives over her sophomore goalkeeper Maddie Graangard, who has possession of the ball, as Coeur d'Alene's freshman forward Maddie Morris narrowly misses a goal opportunity on Oct. 1, 2015 at Post Falls High School. 

Coeur d'Alene High School football players get warmed up after a game against Lewiston was delayed mid-game due to a brief power outage that left the entire stadium pitch black on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. 

September 2015 | In Pictures

As I'm very, very late with posting this, I don't have much that is fresh to reflect upon... But I can tell you that the second month of my time as a staff photographer at The Coeur d'Alene Press gave me many opportunities to keep pushing, try new things and have fun. This paper offers me a lot of freedom to take risks, so I'm going to keep taking them every chance I get. 

As always, thank you for looking. I hope you enjoy what you see; and if you have any feedback you'd like to give, please, don't hesitate to send it my way! 

Cheers.

A football kicked by Central Valley for a field goal sails over Lake City’s defense on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 at Lake City High School. 

Winton Elementary School third graders Eva Drott, second from left, and Kelli Simmons are framed by classmates Elijah Hunter, left, and Hayden Castle, right, as they munch on sweet corn prepared by the school's kitchen staff Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 at Winton Elementary School.  

A Lake City cheerleader gets airborne while pumping up the crowd before the Lake City football team faced off against Central Valley on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 at Lake City High School. 

Lining up to get their school lunch, Winton Elementary School kindergarteners receive a chocolate milk, fruit cup, ear of sweet corn and pizza on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 at Winton Elementary School. The ear of corn was a special treat as part of a program put on by the Coeur d'Alene School District and the University of Idaho that educates elementary school students the process of farming and preparing foods such as vegetables and fruits. 

From left to right, Woodland Middle School eighth graders Elaina Wagster, Cameron Tony and Austin Schmidt paddle to get ahead of one another in their cardboard boats on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015 during the 3rd Annual Woodland Middle School Cardboard Boat Race at the McGrane Pool Center at Kootenai Health.

Post Falls' Kayla Mayo warms up with her team before facing off against Coeur d'Alene Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 at Coeur d'Alene High School. 

Bernie Sanders rally, Sept. 23, 2015, at McEuen Park in Coeur d'Alene. 

A cow is presented to potential buyers at a cattle auction on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 at the Rocking R Cattle Company's sale facility in Hayden. Individual cows sell from anywhere from $1,500 dollars to upwards of $5,000.

The flute section of the Post Falls' marching band prepare to perform during halftime of the homecoming game between Post Falls and Lakeland on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 at Post Falls High School. 

North Idaho College's Alec Maldonado, left, and Hamidou Kante celebrate after Kante's hat-trick third goal against Columbia Basin College on Sept. 16, 2015 at North Idaho College. The Cardinals defeated the Hawks 4-2. 

Meteorologist Randy Mann, left, is filling the role climatologist Cliff Harris, right, had for more than twenty years as a weather columnist at The Press. They are photographed here on September 4, 2015 in Harris’ backyard. 

Charlie and Harmony. Rathdrum, Idaho. 

Bernie Sanders rally. Sept. 23, 2015 in McEuen Park in Coeur d'Alene. 

Lake City High School football players look out to the crowds lining Sherman Avenue during the Lake City High School's homecoming parade on Sept. 24, 2015 in Coeur d'Alene. 

The Custom Auto truck from Idaho Falls spews black smoke as it clocks in at 1,469 horsepower on the Dyno Meter Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 at the Hunting 4 Horsepower event at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. Hunting 4 Horsepower is free for the public and takes place on Sunday as well. 

Daniel Montgomery of Coeur d'Alene is photographed on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015 on Kaleigh Court in Coeur d'Alene, where he shot five handgun rounds into a vehicle earlier this year. Montgomery feared for his life, the safety of his family and the lives of others on the street that the driver of the vehicle drove recklessly down and around a cul-de-sac, almost hitting Montgomery after he confronted the driver. 

Spectators await the start of the Lake City and Coeur d'Alene High School football game on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 at Lake City High School. 

As his wife buttons up his new magistrate judge robes, Timothy L. Van Valin points to an audience member who made a friendly snide comment during Van Valin's investiture as a magistrate judge in Kootenai County on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at the Kootenai County Administration Building in Coeur d'Alene. 


August 2015 | In Pictures

I never thought that I'd be fortunate enough to have a full-time staff job at a daily right after graduating, but here I am, my first month as part of a two-person photo team with Shawn Gust at The Coeur d'Alene Press wrapped up. It's been a month full of change, heat and constantly smokey skies, but I love knowing that everyday I get to make photographs for my job.  

Here's a link to my older blog. I'll be posting on this blog from here on out. 

These are some of my most favorite frames from this month. 

Thank you so much for looking, I hope you enjoy what you see. 

Trenten Montero of Winnemucca, Nevada gets airborne as he flies off the bull “Totally Annoying” on August 28, 2015 at the North Idaho Fair and Rodeo at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. 


Isaiah Aune, left, shoots past Colin Cherny August 22, 2015 at the Coeur d’Alene Shoot Out 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament at North Idaho College. 

The ladies of Coeur d’Alene’s Lake City Tappers practice their routines August 12, 2015 at the Lake City Center. Since 2004 the posse of women have performed all over Kootenai County, and are bringing their foot-stamping dances to the North Idaho Fair Friday, August 28, at 11 a.m. The group accepts donations and gives the funds to local charities. 

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After not continually shooting daily news for a number of months, I've had to play some catch-up, but am extremely excited to keep pushing and trying new things. Working for a small daily has challenges and benefits, and I'm aiming to keep my sights on documenting the stories of this lakeside community in Northern Idaho in a way that is different and keen to my eye. 

Ronald Hebewah, right, carries pieces of temporary fencing to build a safe perimeter around a ride August 25, 2015 in preparation for the North Idaho Fair and Rodeo. 


The hands of U.S. Senator and presidential hopeful Rand Paul clasp together during a rally speech August 26, 2015 at North Idaho College. The republican candidate spoke about his flat-tax proposal and ideas about withdrawing troops from the Middle East, should he be elected. 

Scott Dinger, left, holds a full-grown bald eagle while Birds of Prey Northwest President and Executive Director Janie Veltkamp makes initial checks on August 12, 2015 at Birds of Prey Northwest rehabilitation center. The center has been in operation for 25 years, and currently has over 40 birds of prey being rehabilitated; 12 of which are bald eagles. 

A tree is engulfed in flames during a wildfire August 14, 2015 alongside Interstate 90 near Fourth of July Pass. Fire helicopters and airplanes dumped water and fire retardant to battle the flames. 

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It's exciting working for a paper with so much potential. I'm seeing new ways in which this paper can grow and thrive, and I'm stoked to be on what I believe to be the cusp of a major change in the way this paper is viewed and operates. 

Josie Lyons, 5, flips upside-down at a trampoline attraction August 28, 2015 at the North Idaho Fair and Rodeo at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. 

A three-year-old bald eagle gives out a call on August 12, 2015 at the Birds of Prey Northwest rehabilitation center. This eagle was found in the wild, poisoned and weak, and has been at the rehabilitation center for the past two weeks. 

Jeremy Harkness utilizes the two dog technique at the hot dog eating contest August 15, 2015 at the Taste of Rathdrum BBQ Cook-Off at Majestic Park in Rathdrum. By downing 11 hot dogs and buns, Harkness was crowned the champion of the men’s contest. 

Sarah Thaut, 11, and her 12-year-old chestnut curly horse “Twiz” share a moment August 13, 2015 in the Thaut family corral in St. Maries. Curly horses are hypoallergenic, and there are about 4,000 of them in the world today. Thaut's mother is severely allergic to horses, but her and her daughter are able to ride together with the curly horses. 

Kierra Young, 9, pretends her arms are wings helping her fly on her first swing ride August 28, 2015 at the North Idaho Fair and Rodeo at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. 

Sporting costumes from the television series and card game Pokemon, Megan Weaver, left, and Amanda Thibeault share lunch on August 29, 2015 in Coeur d'Alene at the first-ever Coeur d'Con, a comic con at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library. 

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I keep finding things I'd like to change about the way I approach a scene, assignment and photograph. Some of these images embellish the way I'd like to be making photographs; others, not so much. Breaking away from the ordinary, or making the ordinary look extraordinary is something I've struggled with in my photojournalistic work for a long time. Never being completely satisfied with my work and always searching for ways to make a photograph the way I see the world. The work isn't quite there yet, but I know it's coming. Things are missing in frames or there is too much, but I know what to do next. 

Jacob Albrecht, 6, pauses for a moment as he takes to the helm of Cpt. Dan Mimmick's wooden pirate ship August 15, 2015 at The Coeur d'Alene Resort Boardwalk. Mimmick takes his vintage boat to lakes around the Inland Northwest for kids to check out and to raise funds for his Sandpoint-based non-profit, Creations.

Luke and Anakin make an appearance August 29, 2015 in Coeur d'Alene at the first-ever Coeur d'Con, a comic con at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library. 

With her mother Lindy’s hands on her shoulders, Jemma Moore, 1, sits on a wooden bench dedicated of her father, Coeur d’Alene Police Sergeant Greg Moore, at an unveiling ceremony for the bench August 25, 2015 at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. Sergeant Moore was shot in the head while patrolling a neighborhood known for car break-ins. Wild Western Rustic Home Furnishings and children in 4-H Club created the bench in honor of the fallen police officer. The bench will be on display during the North Idaho Fair this weekend.

Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul spoke about his flat-tax proposal and ideas about withdrawing troops from the Middle East during a rally speech August 26, 2015 at North Idaho College. 

Gary Herner of Rathdrum shows his pride for his country on August 28th, 2015 at the North Idaho Fair and Rodeo. 

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I'm always looking for those quieter moments, or that soft light that evokes the mood of the scene I'm photographing. More often than not that proves to be very difficult, but I know that with every assignment and with every shutter release I'm working to be better at what I love doing the most: taking photographs and telling stories. 

Thank you again for looking. 

Adam Jamison ties up his rope he uses to wrangle bulls away from cowboys August 27, 2015 at the North Idaho Fair and Rodeo at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds.