A Year in Pictures: 2018

After several weeks(one month) I’m finally getting around to posting my favorite photos from 2018.

For me, 2018 was a huge year for growth both as a photographer and person. After almost two years, I left my internship in Youngstown for a three month internship with The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and then seven months with the Jackson Citizen Patriot/MLive.com.

I’ve had the privilege of covering several incredible communities, meeting so many amazing people and made some great friends along the way.

After leaving Michigan, I have relocated back to California where I am regrouping and figuring out my next step.

Bob and Judith Stanger of Boardman sit on a bench at Glacier Lake in Mill Creek Park looking at the fog layer created by warm rain interacting with the ice layer on the surface of the lake, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, in Youngstown, Ohio.

Brayan Colon warms up inside the rink, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at the Southside Boxing Gym in Youngstown.

Lana Adi listens as her mother, Fidaa Musleh, center, speaks during a rally for her father, Al Adi’s release from Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 outside the Nathaniel R. Jones Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse in Youngstown, Ohio.

Two couples embrace on Tamm Ave. after The Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Saturday, March 17, 2018, in the Dogtown neighborhood of St. Louis, Mo.

The mother of Deonta Barnes runs away from the coroner’s van after identifying the body of her son, as police investigate the fatal shooting on Burd Ave that occurred shortly before 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 1, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo. Barnes was unconscious and not breathing when officers arrived in the area of Burd and Wabada avenues near the former Langston Middle School.

Bob Reisch of Ballwin, an U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, stands under a tree far away from the ceremony stage before the 59th annual Memorial Day ceremony, Monday, May 28, 2018, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty (32) throws in the first inning during a baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates, Thursday, May 31, 2018 in St. Louis. The Cardinals won, 10-8.

Taylen LePeak goes up for a dunk, Thursday, July 12, 2018, at Optimist Park in Jackson..

Alexandria Burgess, 15, takes a nap with her pigs, Peter Parker, bottom, and Mary Jane, top, during the first day of the Jackson County Fair, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, in Jackson, Mich.

Carrah Fransted, 16, opens her horse, Pricilla’s stall door after they placed first in the 4-H showmanship championship at the Jackson County Fair, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, in Jackson.

Chase Elliot high fives fans before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, in Brooklyn, Mich.

Jolie Brochu of Flint Powers Catholic reacts to her putt on hole 7 during the MHSAA Division 3 girls golf finals, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 at Forest Akers East golf course in East Lansing.

Julie and Dan Risner hold a photo of their late son, Christopher Risner, while posing for a portrait, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 at their Jackson residence. After years of aiding in the fight against opioid addiction, and months of staying sober, Christopher, 29, died in his home Wednesday, Nov. 21, the day before Thanksgiving.

Shed Hearon uses a horse hair brush to polish long time customer Tim Maxwell’s shoes, Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at the St. Louis Airport Marriott in St. Louis, Mo. Hearon, better known as Shed the Shoe Doctor, has been shining shoes in the lobby of the Marriott for the past 35 years. Every morning, the 79-year-old stands in front of his elegant stand, watching hotel guest walk by, calling out to them, “Shoe shine! Shine ‘em up!”


The daily grind

My six-month internship is almost up, and as I began to learn this new city, I will again be leaving soon to a new city. 

Here are some of the photos from daily assignments I’ve covered over the last few months since my last post in September.

Also, #hireme




Stewart Friesen (52) makes a pit stop during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Brooklyn, Mich.

“I’ve been here so many years I can’t remember, I remember when it was a quarter to get in,” says Ed O’Shea of Jackson as he stokes a fire with lighter fluid in the infield campgrounds at Michigan International Speedway, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Brooklyn, Mich.

Mike Kendall, right, holds up an “EXIT securely” sign as the EXIT Realty “EXIT Mobile” boat capsizes with Steffen Seiler in front during the seventh annual “What Floats Your Cardboard Boat?” race, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, at Cascade Falls Park in Jackson, Mich.

Jackson’s Benoit Richards (60), Kenyon Mulcahy (25) and Dakota Robertson (3) celebrate after defeating Chelsea, 29-20, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Chelsea. Jackson is currently undefeated this season, 5-0.

Therese Vainner walks her cat, Phoenix, during the Bright Walls Mural Festival, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in downtown Jackson.

Dave Van Patten of Los Angeles, works on his mural during the Bright Walls Mural Festival, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, in downtown Jackson.

Members of the U.S. Marines 1st Battalion, 24th Marines, 25 Marine Regiment, carry the casket containing the remains of U.S. Marine aviator Second Lt. Elwood Bailey, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Jackson.

Springport’s Colby Burger (25) makes a catch in the endzone for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of a high school football game, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Springport. Michigan Center won, 25-16.

Jolie Brochu of Flint Powers Catholic reacts to her putt on hole 7 during the MHSAA Division 3 girls golf finals, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at Forest Akers East golf course in East Lansing.

Western head coach David Mifsud reacts after defeating Mattawan in overtime in the first round of the MHSAA division 3 playoffs, 21-14, Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 in Parma.

Jackson police investigate a shooting near the intersection of Biddle and Second streets about 3 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5,  2018 in Jackson. One man was taken to Henry Ford Allegiance Health with a gunshot wound to the leg.


JaxCitPat - Say that three times fast

Finally got around to rounding up some images from my first two months here in Jackson. I got tossed straight into the fire my first weekend covering NASCAR solo, which was definitely a baptism by fire. It’s been great here, working mostly in Jackson, but a few times a month I work out of Ann Arbor or Detroit. 


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