I have yet to share this on here, but back in September of 2014 I began working for The University Star Newspaper at Texas State as a staff photographer. Since then my work and skill have strengthened and I have gained a new passion and respect for photo journalism. It is one of the most amazing opportunities I have taken on as a photographer. Not only do I feel like my work has improved, but I feel like I am also becoming a better person. The people I have the chance to meet and work with have helped me make that transition.
When I am assigned a story to cover, especially one that is a feature on a person, it is a main goal of mine to make them feel as comfortable as they can around me and my camera. I don’t just show up with my camera, ask to take their picture, then leave. I try to get to know them on a personal level and get them to open up to me. I treat them the way I would want to be treated. I find it very important to be able to establish a bond with my subjects and make them comfortable. After all, I am a complete stranger coming into their life… to photograph them (something a lot of people aren’t comfortable with). One thing I value most is my subjects and their story. I love getting to hear unique stories from the time they opened their business to more personal stories about their dad who used to be a photo journalist for the Houston Chronicle back in the 1960s. These are stories and experiences with people that I know I’ll never forget. I build relationships with my subjects and cherish them. Some of my subjects I have remained friends with.
Through working for the Star, I have a brand new perspective for the locals and people of San Marcos, Texas. Its been a beautiful experience and I can only hope things will only get better. San Marcos and it’s beautiful people will always have a special place in my heart.
Below are photos of some of the wonderful people I have had the chance to work with here in San Marcos. Each photo has a unique story or memory behind it.
David DeLeon, baker at Pie Society
Seth and Chase Katz, brothers and successful entrepreneurs.
Ty Dillon, a talented local musician
Robert Cannon, a fellow Baytownian and talented friend who moved to San Marcos to expand his music career
Steve Martin, family partner and bread baker in Alvin Ord’s Sandwich Shop
Grace Park, lead singer for Grace Park and the Deer
Arden Quinn, local artist and a non-traditional student at Texas State University
Maxine Schaffer, owner of The Floral Studio
Nikkye Vargas, owner and creator of Daughter of the Wild