Seeing liberty through the lens

The Post has some of the best photojournalists in the world, and it’s always such a pleasure to work with them. For this three-part series on Virginia voters, Melina Mara took portraits of Virginians and interviewed them. Nick Kirkpatrick recorded and edited audio from the interviews. Then Bonnie Jo Mount traveled the state to photograph the themes: women, economy, and faith. Grace Koerber designed the beautiful package, and I was her editor. After she left the Post to go back to school for interior design, I handled the second two installments, putting together the mosaics and working on package branding. I love the slideshow and mosaic pattern Grace designed — it’s an inspiring way to do individual portraits and interviews. The ability to view images as a mosaic or in a full-screen gallery view is awesome.

For part two and three, I designed the mosaics. It was fun to lay out the page, especially with Bonnie Jo’s amazing photographs to work with. You can’t go wrong:

iPhone photography

My first shot at iPhone photography. I found it really fun — I love the filters and the size of the phone makes it easy to carry around. I was mostly using Hipstamatic and Instagram, and shot a few panoramas with the Photosynth app. To see the full gallery, go here.

Most of these were taken in New Hampshire (Lake Winnepesaukee and Portsmouth), Boston, and Hendersonville, N.C. Here’s a shot of Mt. Major near Alton Bay, N.H. Click the image to enlarge.

Photos from Italy

I’ve finally posted some photos from our trip to Italy in August. Matt and I visited Venice, Florence and Rome. It was an incredible trip, and I can’t wait to go back! I loved Vatican City and a bike tour we took in Tuscany, and of course, the canals of Venice. If you want to see even more photos, look on facebook.

First Shot At Engagement Photography

A few weeks ago I shot my first real set of engagement photos for some friends of mine, Caitlin and Alex, who are getting married in November. We decided to shoot around the Capitol and Supreme Court (2nd St. NE) first and try to get some good shots with some classic DC backgrounds. It rained the whole day but started to clear up right before we went out — about 5:30. We ended up with some really beautiful evening light. They looked great and we had a lot of fun. I mostly used a 50mm lens with an aperture of 1.8 and an off-camera flash when it was needed. It was a really positive experience and I’m looking forward to doing more of it in the future.



Photos from India

Early this year (Jan. 29-Feb. 11), I went to India with Whitney. We traveled to Mumbai, Udaipur, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, New Delhi, Agra, Rishikesh and Haridwar. It was a whirlwind trip, but totally amazing. Our good friend from college, Samkit Shah, who is from Mumbai, traveled with us and helped us find all the best deals and interesting places. It was so fun to see him and to see such an incredible place. Here are some photographs from the trip.