Friday, May 14, 2010


Untitled from Lesley Freeman on Vimeo.

For my final project in my capstone, I wanted to do something that meant a lot to me. My niece is deaf and has cochlear implants, and it means so much to me that she can hear things she would never be able to without her implants. It's important for me to share what I feel about cochlear implants and that is how I met Sophie at the Moog School here in Columbia. Sophie is such a nice little girl who is carefree and fun! I wanted to show how strong and great of a girl Sophie is, so that is what I tried to do in my pictures. I hope everyone loves this girl as much as everyone in Sophie's life does after watching this! :)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Working on my 30-day project

I am working on a story with a little girl who is deaf and has cochlear implants. Her name is Sophie and she is 3 years old. She is a very smart little girl that loves being around people. Despite her disability, she is just like every other kid we see. With her cochlear implants on, she can hear just like everyone else, she can sing just like everyone else, she can play, jump, imagine, etc. She can do anything. She is a very strong child and it has been awesome hanging out with her and her family.

Sophie loves to help with cooking, so she got to help her mom get dinner ready by stirring the red beans and rice.

As Sophie gets ready for horse-back riding, her mom finds a helmet that will fit her head. They exchange I love you's and a kiss before her mom puts her helmet on her.

Sophie loves to swing on her father's homemade swing outside in the backyard. A lot of her time outside is spent swinging on the swing on her belly.

On another day spent outside, Sophie found an old toy microphone, where she began talking and singing to herself in it. After few minutes of this, she was on to find the next adventure outside.

Video Job Profile

For my Video Job Profile, I wanted to do something in the same area for my 30-day project, so I looked at the Moog School here in Columbia. I have interviewed Nicole Hatchett, who is the lead teacher at the Moog School, where they teach deaf children with cochlear implants or hearing aids to talk. Nicole loves everything about her job and helping the kids succeed in life. It was a pleasure getting to know her and everyone else at the Moog School.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Character Profile

For my Character Profile, I interviewed and photographed John Gilbert. John is a senior here at Mizzou and is an amazing person. He cares about everyone and will go out of his way to help anyone. He is and always has been such a determined person with everything he puts an effort into.

Monday, March 22, 2010


I think the chapter about presenting ideas is a chapter all freelance photographers should pay attention to. It is truly vital for freelancers to understand how to pitch ideas if they want to be successful in having their ideas accepted by publications. I feel that it is important for photographers to understand the importance in being able to present ideas strongly because some people feel that photographers only take pictures, and it is the reporter that comes up with the ideas. We are just as smart and eligible to take part in presenting valid and newsworthy ideas. We just need to understand how to present our ideas’ importance. I have heard this from the very beginning of photojournalism: you must know your market. This is important so that our ideas aren’t redundant, because they will be immediately turned down by a publication, unless we can express their importance using a different viewpoint or way to tell the story. Another important aspect of presenting ideas is the fact that we must express our knowledge in why we must do a story on our idea. It is not enough to just say, “I think we should do __.” We must include valid reasons as to why our idea is important enough to pursue. We have to persuade editors the importance of our ideas by giving them facts and helping them understand why our idea would be so strong for their publication. I also think that it is important for photographers to understand how to pitch their story ideas. Our ideas aren’t anything if we can’t get editors to even consider them because our pitch isn’t right. Being concise, knowledgeable, and understanding what to include in the pitch (like a portfolio or examples of the visual possibilities) is key for editors. I hope that more photographers can take this advice and show that reporters or editors aren’t the only people that can think of valuable ideas for publications. This chapter has helped me take more into account when thinking of ideas for the future and how I would go about getting them into a publication.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Multimedia POYi

I feel like I learned a lot about what to put into a multimedia project in photojournalism after listening to the judges talk about this category. I watched the judging for Issue Reporting Story-Multimedia. After they went through all the narrowed down projects, they started discussing about the 8 that they decided to keep. They played each one all the way through and I noticed right away the story about the boy who had been molested. I knew after seeing that one that it should be first because not only was it such a powerful subject, but it had such powerful photography and audio as well. I couldn't help but notice how beautiful the photographer made the photos, even with the difficulty of not being able to show the subject's identity. She had a great variety of photos which included some of using reflections in a mirror, shadows, hand holding, and contrasting of light and dark that kept me interested. I also thought her interviews with the mother and the boy were awesome. She included such great and powerful quotes that told the story so clearly. You could tell from the audio that the boy presented himself very well and his explaining of what happened was very mature.
It was interesting to hear how the judges picked out the winners so quickly. I thought it was true of what the male judge was talking about when he said he thought that because this was supposed to be a photography competition, that they should consider that with all of the entries, which is why most of the 8 left were voted out. I agreed that all of the multimedia projects were terrifically reported, but that some were photographed better than the others. Although the career fair was reported on very well, it seemed more like a tv documentary or something you would see on the 5 o'clock news than something in POYi. I think the winners for this category were picked correctly for their their issue as well as content, photography, and audio. Take a look at the winners!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

POYi Issue Reporting Picture Story

I watched the POYi judging for the Issue Reporting Picture Story category. One of the first things that I noticed was that there were a lot of picture stories about war. I also noticed that there were many stories that incorporated religion into the story in some aspect. There were also a lot of photos that had their edges darkened or vignetted and quite a few people had actually commented on that. I liked being able to see the variety of stories that were entered. One story caught my eye because it reminded me of a story done once before. The story was about a doctor that did house visits. It was voted out but it made me think back to the famous picture story Country Doctor by Eugene Smith. I could start to see why some of the stories were voted out because I couldn't see the "thread" that held them together. It was hard to see how some pictures related to the theme of the story. The favorite part of the voting was the very end when we got to hear what the judges really felt about the stories and about photography in general. All the judges basically agreed by this point that photography was far from being objective. One of the judges specifically said that photography can make you feel and believe many things in any way. The judges also mentioned the common theme of war and violence and the different ways picture stories had showed them. There was a specific story that was being judged toward the end that was in black and white and expressed war in a very violent and rough way. It depicted a lot of visual violence where the judges felt that lacked a connection that they felt we were supposed to feel so they didn't vote it to the final round. I found it interesting that in the final round, all the judges agreed that the photography was amazing and that they focused on the issue and what they thought should be the most important issue that people should see. They were stuck for a while between the story "Love Me" and "For Better or Worse." They went back and forth for a while until they decided that the increasing problem of beauty on society was a more important issue, so "Love Me" won first place. Personally, I really enjoyed the story "For Better or Worse," which won second place, because I think that there were a lot of things going on in the story, but the photographer did a great job at piecing all of the events and problems into one great picture story that flowed. I think that the photography was amazing and I believe I would have voted that one first. The photographer showed great detail as well and personal moments that made you really feel what the story was about. Below is the first and second place for Issue Reporting Picture Story.