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One of the reasons I love being a photojournalist is that every day is different. I get to meet so many smart and interesting people. I also get to see things that most people don’t usually get the opportunity to see. Every day is a learning experience.I’ve been in an operating room, watched… Read more

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I recently worked with reporter Jessica Priest on a mentalhealth series called "Minds That Matter." For the final installment I followed Alfred Crain Ramirez II for about two months. Alfred has schizoaffective disorder and is homeless but is temporarily able to stay at the Salvation Army. Je… Read more

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Everyday someone experiences their worst moment. , car wrecks, suicides, murders, overdoses and more shatter families and communities alike. Frequently, I’m called upon to document the aforementioned devastation and destruction. Let me tell you from first-hand experience, the commonality of … Read more

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A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to participate in a Christmas Bird Count at Mad Island Marsh Preserve. I really didn’t know what I was getting into.A couple of days before I left, I started checking the weather and sure enough a cold front was blowing in. It was already mid-Decem… Read more

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One of the first things I noticed after moving to Texas is high school football. It's like... a really big deal to Texans.I’m no stranger to the game. I’ve covered my lion’s share of prep football in Arizona and California. However, after witnessing Texas' fervent devotion for the sport, I c… Read more

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Most of us have heard the saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” but we do not always consider how difficult a single photo can be to produce. As a photojournalist, I sometimes luck out and get my "money shot" within the first five minutes of an assignment. However, on majority of my… Read more

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Being from Michigan, I love a good thunderstorm. Thunder, lightning and summer rain are all magical to me. This year in Victoria has been particularly good in the thunder and lightning department. Tonight's storm was no exception. I had been wanting to photograph the Victoria lightning for s… Read more

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Today we went in search of chickens. Not just any chicken mind you, the elusive and rare Prairie Chicken. A creature I have never seen. Though thus far it has hidden from my eyes, I have been told stories about the pitter patter of their feet and the haunting calls from chicken to chicken ac… Read more

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Today's adventure in the world of journalism brought me to the Victoria Public Library where they were having a Spring craft day. As I was taking photos of crafty children I caught this cute moment. Val Mungia, 2, tries to pop a bubble of gum blown by his mom, Marcie Martinez, as the two han… Read more

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This week has been full of fun at the carnival at livestock show. The carnival had it's last night in town Sunday. Last week I set up a time lapse camera to capture some of the moments of the carnival being set up, visitors enjoying the rides and games and even a spectacular sunrise one morning. Read more

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With the Victoria Livestock Show winding to a close this weekend I thought that I would take this opportunity to share an outtake story from one of the assignments I went on for the Livestock tab which previewed the event. This is Norman, the female cow, taken from my instagram account. She … Read more

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Yesterday I was walking and shivering along with panda, who was romping happily despite the cold, around my apartment complex in Victoria. It was quite early, just barely 8am on a Sunday morning, so it was quiet and calm outside. The sky was filled with black clouds moving across the sun in … Read more

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This week I had the uncomfortable realization that I am aging. Before you scoff, let me explain. As I am 29, teetering on 30 (not until August! I am young for another 8 months!), this year has been one of certain realizations. With 2014 around the corner, I can't help but reflect upon certai… Read more

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Once and a while a story we cover really touches us. It becomes a part of who we are and is impossible to forget. Tuesday evening, Jessica Priest and I went to a visitation of a very special little boy, Stephen Shifferly, who passed away on December 1st, at four years of age. We were only bl… Read more

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OK, OK... so I'm sure it's not harder to raise a puppy than a baby, but I think it's pretty similar. I have this furry hellion, named Panda, that has taken over my home the last few weeks. I may not have a human baby to compare him too, but I used to be a nanny and I'm finding a lot of simil… Read more

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I was reading this CNN article today about the underwater hotel that opened up on an African Island. I have always thought it would be amazing to be able to sleep underwater with various sea creatures swimming around you. There seem to be a few of these hotels in the world, but this one with… Read more

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Everyone loves to take photos on their phones and we love to see your photos from around the Crossroads! Here are some tips to help make those photos even better! 1.) Hold your phone with both hands Stabilization can make a big difference so you have a nice sharp photo instead of a blurry on… Read more

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I have decided that I am going to start a state-wide petition to encourage the powers in charge of high school football to start their games earlier. Here's where I got the idea:Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of covering the Calhoun High School vs. Victoria East High School football game i… Read more

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My favorite part of shooting Friday night football is the people who attend the games here in Texas. They're so incredibly spirited, practically from the cradle. They have their face paint, their bedazzled shirts, their noise makers, pom poms and bullhorns. They scream until their throats ar… Read more

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It's been a while since I've posted a blog. Victoria has been a busy place lately full of football games, festivals and farm and ranch happenings. I hope that everyone is enjoying their autumn season as much as I am. I'm going to take this opportunity to share some unpublished photos that I … Read more

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The other day we went out to check out a story that ended up being nothing in particular, but I was able to hang out and shoot a few frames as the sun went down over Victoria. Victoria has some spectacular sunsets and I never tire of taking photos of the natural beauty that encompasses this … Read more

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There are certain realities to living in Texas. I realize that I will sometimes have to wear boots to an assignment because I'll be trudging through manure or some other delightful substance fresh from a livestock animal. I realize that I will be unbearably hot every summer and everyone arou… Read more

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Human trafficking in the Victoria area is an everyday occurrence which usually goes undetected, but the consequences of a mishap can be truly devastating. Desperation drives people to extreme measures, often leading to the loss of life. What is the value of human life? The irony is that some… Read more

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Last month I had the privilege of covering the Special Needs Prom. You can view the story HERE. I got to witness most of the process from girls getting their hair and makeup done to watching everyone dance the night away. I talked to families of people who had never gotten to attend a high s… Read more

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I believe Warrior's Weekend is one of the greatest things this community does. I have lived in multiple states, worked for multiple papers, and have never covered anything like it before I came to Victoria.The amount of love, support and generosity that is given to soldiers over the course o… Read more

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Today I photographed a family at their mother's day gathering. It was the first mother's day the mom had spent with her son after she adopted him. She took him in after his mother (her sister) died, but this year they were finally able to adopt him legally. It was so nice to see them togethe… Read more

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I meant to write this blog a really long time ago but I forgot about it until the other day when I was going through the photos on my phone and found a photo of the back of my camera that I had sent to my boyfriend from the prom. At the beginning of April I spent my Saturday at the Cuero Hig… Read more

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I've always had faith that people basically good. We are more likely to be compassionate and caring than hurtful or insensitive. We are more likely to help each other in a time of need than ignore each other. While we were out at the scene of a bailout today, broiling in the afternoon Texas … Read more

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Tuesday's game at Riverside Stadium was quite the event. Before the game, both teams honored their friend and former teammate/competitor Austin Davis, who died unexpectedly last year. Watching the rivals come together was very touching. And then, as if this wasn't enough of a feature for me … Read more

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It's true, photographers take a lot of photos. We keep taking photos even when people think we shouldn't, or can't possibly, find anything else to take photos of. We take hundreds of photos on assignment to get the few that run in the paper. Sometimes my favorite photos are the ones that rea… Read more

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In photojournalism a photograph that has a good idea behind it, but doesn't quite work, is often called an "almost." In my opinion the most common assignments to return from with an excellent batch of almosts are sports assignments. So here are a few of mine that I've taken, but not turned i… Read more

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I am constantly touched by our readers and our daily interactions with them. Jessica Rodrigo and I covered square dancing a few weeks ago and received the sweetest note from Lana Davis of Sparkling City Singles and Pairs today, saying that after our piece on them they've received calls and i… Read more

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As a photographer one of the greatest acts is to put away your toys and serve others through spiritual guidance, offering a simple smile or offering to listen. As a human race we ate what we are but we can alter and change our actions, not for God or ourselves but for mankind. People live in… Read more

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A couple weeks ago we got a last minute note about the annual trail riders coming through town. JR and I went running out the door to find their wagons, trotting down the street from Moody to HEB on Rio Grande. Assignments like this are why I love being a photojournalist in Texas. We get a m… Read more

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It has been a busy week Victoria. I've been trying to write this blog for a week now and between traveling to playoff games and shooting features I haven't found the time until now, which is technically too late. But I already wrote this whole thing so bear with me on timeliness. Last week I… Read more

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Today marks 35 years with the Victoria Advocate. It's been an interesting venture punctuated with the earmarks of technology, like the pencil marks on the doorway recording various heights through one's youth.Black and white film was the standard before that pesky McPaper USA Today, introduc… Read more

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This evening I sat down and tried to write a blog for all y'all and apparently I have some sort of severe writer's block this evening because it went something like this:"I'm really glad that my New Year's resolution was not to blog more, I've had enough resolutions over that past month that… Read more

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Yesterday I came back to work aglow with the experience of something new. The lovely Caty Hirst and I were invited by the Circus to come meet their elephants. We watched as they bathed them, telling them to lift their foot or turn their head. When they lifted their feet for cleaning, it was … Read more

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When covering games I am always pleasantly surprised when I make an image that I like but really has nothing to do with the action (or cheering). Today I covered a few games and this was one of my favorite frames. For such a hectic sport where the players are running around constantly, it wa… Read more

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People don't always believe me when they ask me about my day and I tell them what I did at work. Not through any fault of theirs of course, but our job can be extremely unique. A couple weeks ago Dianna Wray and I had quite a morning. When I told a friend that we had gotten up at 5am to go f… Read more

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Today is my last shift of the year at the Advocate. Every end of December I am that person that always says things that sound epic and long like "see you next year" when in actuality I'll be back at work on Wednesday. It's a tradition of mine. To me, that is a lot of what the holidays are ab… Read more

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With today's crazy high winds I thought that it would be appropriate to share some photos I took a while ago of other extreme Texas weather- fog. I took these photos a while ago as we waited for information of firefighters and police at a relatively minor wreck on US Highway 59 on the way to… Read more

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of covering a Refugio game for the first time this season. It was strange for me because I think I stalked the team around the state every Friday for a month last year. Lots of new faces, names and game strategies this year which took a little adjusting to but ke… Read more

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We were running through clouds of blue, orange, yellow and pink. People were throwing whole bottles of powder into our faces as we blindly stumbled through sections of the race, trying not to eat the colors or get it in our eyes. Some people were smart, wearing goggles or glasses or bandanna… Read more

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Election night has long come to a close in America. Many citizens are still settling in to the news of the night, some are planning their moves to some other country that they think might better suit them and journalists are fighting to return to their normal sleep schedules after a long nig… Read more

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