Graduation has already come and gone for another class of Mizzou photojournalism students. I'm terribly excited to see what my talented friends do as they join me in the real world and in shock that I've already been out of school for five months. It's been rough getting on my feet in Kansas City since I graduated in December, but it seems the hours of networking and cold calls/emails to editors is finally starting to pay off. I've been freelancing every weekend for the Kansas City Star for the past month or so and have also gotten several offers for some cool projects that I'm looking forward to sharing with you in the upcoming months as they progress. In the mean time, here are a few of the images I've made for the Star lately. Thanks for taking a look!
5 Star Jazz Band trombonist Sam Browning, 16, of Liberty performs during a rendition of "Blue Bossa" by composer Kenny Dorham Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Barnes and Noble in Zona Rosa.
Long-time pottery class teacher Joseph L. Smith explains how to mold a bowl lip to student Joe Petty, 15, during a class Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the KC Clay Guild in Waldo. Petty, who has been diagnosed with Lyme disease and chronic fatigue syndrome, has been attending classes at the Guild for several years and even has his own pottery wheel at home.
Jackie Haltom puts the final touches on her chalk drawing during the Seventh Annual Chalk Walk Saturday, April 26, 2014 on the sidewalks in front of the Kansas City Museum. Haltom and her daughter Molly, 11, worked on the scene for almost four hours. The family-friendly event also hosted a health tent, bounce houses and puppeteers from the StoneLion Puppet Theatre.
A 1959 Triumph TR3A sits on display at Crown Center during the Heart of America Jaguar Club 2014 Concours d'Elegance show Saturday May 10, 2014.
(Left to right) Neosho High School quarterback Kaden Roy; St. Thomas Aquinas quarterback Christopher Schilling; and Mt. Vernon High School linebacker Andrew Hiner lace up before the regional football camp put on by USA Football Sunday May, 11, 2014 at Interscholastic League Stadium. The camp was one of 19 held throughout the nation.
Three Pendleton Heights families share responsibility for the 11 chickens living in the coop in the Williams' backyard on Olive Street. Now six weeks old, the chickens should begin laying eggs in about ten weeks.
Alea Jeffery (left), 2, asks Kody Saak, 10, questions about Tina, his ameraucana chicken. Saak, who has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, has been working with chickens for about three years and now sells the eggs he collects at the Drumm Farm farmer's market in Independence. His mother Heather says the chickens have helped him immensely with his social skills.
Kody Saak, 10, briefly sneaks away from his egg stand to hold his ameraucana chicken, Tina. Saak, who has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, helped raise Tina from when she was only a few-day-old chick. He now collects her eggs, along with the eggs from the other 150+ chickens his family owns and sells them at the Drumm Farm farmer's market on Saturday mornings for $4 a dozen.