Photojournalism



About: This photo is probably the best example of a “storytelling moment” that could stand by itself. After the girls’ cross-country state meet race, I took this photo of Fiona O’Keeffe getting a piggy-back ride after her legs gave out–her ability to run through injury became a key feature of the story.

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Two-time state champion Fiona O’Keeffe is carried away from the finish line by a former teammate after finishing eighth at the CIF State Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 28 in Clovis, Calif. O’Keeffe has been injured for months and could barely stand after the race, but still led her team to second place.


About: I wanted to give a sense of the large scale and grandeur of playing a high school basketball game in an NBA arena, so at halftime I walked near the top of the stairs across from all the people and took this wide shot of all the action. 

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The Davis High women’s basketball team fell to St. Francis 67-59 at Sleep Train Arena on Friday, Jan. 8.

About: This action shot was an important moment in the game–our school’s leading scorer, Kelsey Forrester, committed an offensive foul during an attempted comeback. Both girls were knocked to the ground, and Forrester had to leave the game temporarily while the athletic trainer treated her injured shin.

Sophomore Kelsey Forrester knocks a defender to the ground and is called for a charge in the third quarter.

Sophomore Kelsey Forrester knocks a defender to the ground and is called for a charge in the third quarter.

About: It was really exciting to be right on the court, and I made sure to take shots of both the action and the team’s bench during the attempted third-quarter comeback. 

Assistant coach Brett Anderson talks to the bench during the third quarter as head coach Heather Highshoe watches the game.

Assistant coach Brett Anderson talks to the bench during the third quarter as head coach Heather Highshoe watches the game.


About: An AP photographer selected this photo as my best from hundreds I took for an assignment at the California Scholastic Press Association’s summer journalism workshop. He taught us photo editing (hence the black-and-white) and proper AP captioning. 

Chloe Zehr (right), 16, of Santa Cruz, Calif., Daniel Yoon (middle), 17, of Corona, Calif. and Ryan Hartnett (left), 17, of Fullerton, Calif. photograph a horseback riding lesson on the campus of California Polytechnic State University on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. (Kellen Browning/CSPA Reporter)

Chloe Zehr (right), 16, of Santa Cruz, Calif., Daniel Yoon (middle), 17, of Corona, Calif. and Ryan Hartnett (left), 17, of Fullerton, Calif. photograph a horseback riding lesson on the campus of California Polytechnic State University on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. (Kellen Browning/CSPA Reporter)


About: This photo is from the state meet the year before the O’Keeffe photo above. I captured coach Bill Gregg speaking with the team on the start line–on the left, senior Jeanne-Marie McPherson is preparing by braiding her hair. Though O’Keeffe (not pictured) won the race, the team ran poorly and took 11th. 

The women’s varsity team prepares for the race with coach Bill Gregg.

Coach Bill Gregg strategizes with the women’s cross-country team at the start line of the CIF State Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 29 in Clovis, Calif.

About: I had to fight through throngs of people taking photos and filming the race to get this picture, which shows O’Keeffe in front at the start of the final mile. A year later, I used a cutout of this photo for my graphic (detailed under Design).

Junior Fiona O’Keeffe races to a first-place finish at the CIF Cross Country State Championships on Nov. 29.

Junior Fiona O’Keeffe races to a first-place finish at the CIF State Cross Country State Championships on Nov. 29.


About: While covering my school’s robotics competition for The Davis Enterprise, I also wanted to document the event for The HUB. I only had my phone, yet was still able to get a photo showing the enormity of the competition. The photo was posted on Instagram.


About: With the interesting sky and the students running through sprinklers, this was just a fun/funny photo that I had the presence of mind to capture and post on Instagram. Because the original was dark, I edited it later in case we wanted to use it in a subsequent story.

Members of the DHS cross-country team run through the soccer field sprinklers to cool down after a hot run on Friday, Aug. 28.

ORIGINAL: Members of the DHS cross-country team run through the soccer field sprinklers to cool down after a hot run on Friday, Aug. 28.

Members of the DHS cross-country team run through the soccer field sprinklers to cool down after a hot run on Friday, Aug. 28.

EDITED: Members of the DHS cross-country team run through the soccer field sprinklers to cool down after a hot run on Friday, Aug. 28.

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