First Month Out

A lot of my classmates are now finishing up their internships, and watching their work get published has been incredible. Its really cool to watch and see what people do, and see where their work goes. Some have put up a running blog of their day to day work, and I figured I would just do a big post with all of my  Booster work I liked from the past month.

So, here we go.

Rick Hansen and the interim premier of Alberta came to Lloydminster for a fundraising event at the local college. This was my very first day in Lloyd, having just gotten off the highway and then immediately jumped into things with shooting this event. This shot didn't run, but I preferred it to the other photos I got from that event.

Rick Hansen and the interim premier of Alberta came to Lloydminster for a fundraising event at the local college. This was my very first day in Lloyd, having just gotten off the highway and then immediately jumped into things with shooting this event. This shot didn't run, but I preferred it to the other photos I got from that event.

This is a local food bank/outreach service coordinator in town, whose organization I was tasked to profile as part of Volunteer Appreciation Week. I did the legwork and the phone interviews, and figured a portrait would go nicely. Don't ask me why she chose to hold pickles though.

This is a local food bank/outreach service coordinator in town, whose organization I was tasked to profile as part of Volunteer Appreciation Week. I did the legwork and the phone interviews, and figured a portrait would go nicely. Don't ask me why she chose to hold pickles though.


Had to go shoot a ballet recital off in Vermilion, the community located 45 minutes west of Lloyd. Once I was there I was told I couldn't shoot in the actual auditorium where the dances were happening, and was sent to the cafeteria where the dancers would warm up instead. I think it turned out the best it possibly could.  

Had to go shoot a ballet recital off in Vermilion, the community located 45 minutes west of Lloyd. Once I was there I was told I couldn't shoot in the actual auditorium where the dances were happening, and was sent to the cafeteria where the dancers would warm up instead. I think it turned out the best it possibly could.  

The eclipse that was supposed to have been seen across Canada was obscured by cloud and light pollution in downtown Lloydminster, so I improvised. This was taken at 2 in the morning, on top of the roof of a local coffeehouse. 

The eclipse that was supposed to have been seen across Canada was obscured by cloud and light pollution in downtown Lloydminster, so I improvised. This was taken at 2 in the morning, on top of the roof of a local coffeehouse. 

Dance recitals and end-of-year events were rampant in the past month, so I shot a fair amount of dancing. I had never shot dancing before coming out here! It's really fun, depending on the lighting.

Dance recitals and end-of-year events were rampant in the past month, so I shot a fair amount of dancing. I had never shot dancing before coming out here! It's really fun, depending on the lighting.

This girl was the best, I think. Only three years old or so, and just did not care about anything that was happening. The crowd loved her.

This girl was the best, I think. Only three years old or so, and just did not care about anything that was happening. The crowd loved her.

This was a common occurrence.

This was a common occurrence.

As was this.

As was this.

Second portrait! This was of the head of the MS Society chapter in town. They have an annual walk-run event, and registration was low, a fact which I did a story about. I always like to put a face to a name, and went out to get her photo. The office background was annoying to work with, but I think I got the point across.

Second portrait! This was of the head of the MS Society chapter in town. They have an annual walk-run event, and registration was low, a fact which I did a story about. I always like to put a face to a name, and went out to get her photo. The office background was annoying to work with, but I think I got the point across.

Weather features are a thing, and the last gasp of winter was felt pretty heavily in Lloyd. I went downtown and found this guy out with his stroller, and this was the best shot out of the set. I later found out he was heavily Norwegian and was visiting his daughter who now works in Lloydminster. He was taking his granddaughter out for a walk. Classy Viking grandpa.

Weather features are a thing, and the last gasp of winter was felt pretty heavily in Lloyd. I went downtown and found this guy out with his stroller, and this was the best shot out of the set. I later found out he was heavily Norwegian and was visiting his daughter who now works in Lloydminster. He was taking his granddaughter out for a walk. Classy Viking grandpa.

This shot is from a feature I did on the two remaining video stores in Lloydminster. They both do a brisk business, and the owners were very nice people. The pair here is a husband and wife team, Dolores and Ed. They run D&E Video, and have been for the last 20 years or so. Ed suffers from Alzheimer's, so Dolores keeps him around the store to make sure he doesn't get into trouble.

This shot is from a feature I did on the two remaining video stores in Lloydminster. They both do a brisk business, and the owners were very nice people. The pair here is a husband and wife team, Dolores and Ed. They run D&E Video, and have been for the last 20 years or so. Ed suffers from Alzheimer's, so Dolores keeps him around the store to make sure he doesn't get into trouble.

Miss Quincy came through town and performed at a local cafe. I had never shot live music before so this was a new thing to me, and I had a couple other shots I could have gone with. I went with the wide because I felt as though the energy from the whole band was captured here, rather than just the lead singer.

Miss Quincy came through town and performed at a local cafe. I had never shot live music before so this was a new thing to me, and I had a couple other shots I could have gone with. I went with the wide because I felt as though the energy from the whole band was captured here, rather than just the lead singer.

For National Day of Mourning there was a small ceremony at City Hall at around 9, and a lot of local workers and construction people were gathered to watch the flags be lowered to half-mast. I didn't want to have a photo of the mayor pulling at some rope, as I felt that would have missed the entire point of the event. Having two workers framing the flags made it work for me, and this shot ran front page.

For National Day of Mourning there was a small ceremony at City Hall at around 9, and a lot of local workers and construction people were gathered to watch the flags be lowered to half-mast. I didn't want to have a photo of the mayor pulling at some rope, as I felt that would have missed the entire point of the event. Having two workers framing the flags made it work for me, and this shot ran front page.

This was taken at another photo-op event, with the mayor kicking off a "clean-up week", at a local school in Lloyd. The shot that City Hall wants you to get is the mayor sweeping with kids, and I got that, with it running front page as well. However, its not the best photo, and I don't really like photo-ops in the first place. Once I had the safe shot, I went looking for something a bit more visually interesting, and found this kid working like a machine.

This was taken at another photo-op event, with the mayor kicking off a "clean-up week", at a local school in Lloyd. The shot that City Hall wants you to get is the mayor sweeping with kids, and I got that, with it running front page as well. However, its not the best photo, and I don't really like photo-ops in the first place. Once I had the safe shot, I went looking for something a bit more visually interesting, and found this kid working like a machine.

So this was my first month of work at the Booster. I'm headed into my second, and the year stretches on from there. It's still hard to grasp that this a full time position, and that I'm being paid regularly to do this work. Three months ago I was fairly certain that this would probably never happen.

But I'm here now.