Location Lighting

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Alex Mikus, 22, of Mt. Pleasant, Mich. sits on his 1985 Kawasaki 454 LTD on Deerfield Road after riding around the city at night.

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Alex Mikus, 22, of Mt. Pleasant, Mich. sits on his 1985 Kawasaki 454 LTD on Deerfield Road after riding around the city at night.

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Lighting setup for my location lighting portrait with Alex Mikus.

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Kaitlyn Millard, 17, a Beal City Varsity Volleyball player holds her volleyball from a Ferris Volleyball Camp.

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Kaitlyn Millard, 17, a back row player on the Beal City Varsity Volleyball player at her home in Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

Chad Stevens kisses his new bride Larissa King on Sept. 28, 2014 at their wedding reception at the K of C Hall in Beal City, Mich.

Chad Stevens kisses his new bride Larissa King on Sept. 28, 2014 at their wedding reception at the K of C Hall in Beal City, Mich.


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Sam Fox, 13, of Beal City puts a milker on a cow that is fresh, at the Fox Farm on Sept. 14, 2014.  "I normally just milk these two cows," said Fox as he stood arms rested on each cows hips.

Sam Fox, 13, of Beal City puts a milker on a cow that is fresh, at the Fox Farm on Sept. 14, 2014. “I normally just milk these two cows,” said Fox as he stood arms rested on each cows hips.

Marty Fox, 53, talks to his son Sam Fox, 13, about his brother and nephew chopping hay in a near by field at the Fox Farm on Sept. 17, 2014.

Marty Fox, 53, talks to his son Sam Fox, 13, about his brother and nephew chopping hay in a near by field at the Fox Farm on Sept. 17, 2014.

Sam Fox, 13, of Beal City lifts a newborn calf that was born a day before into a pen with it's twin on the Fox Farm on Sept. 14, 2014.

Sam Fox, 13, of Beal City lifts a newborn calf that was born a day before into a pen with it’s twin on the Fox Farm on Sept. 14, 2014.

Sam Fox, 13, eats ice cream cake at his sister, Rachel Fox's 21st Birthday party as her boyfriend, Billy Myler, jokes with him about his football pads being too big for his small body at the Fox home in Beal City Sept. 20, 2014.

Sam Fox, 13, eats ice cream cake at his sister, Rachel Fox’s 21st Birthday party as her boyfriend, Billy Myler, jokes with him about his football pads being too big for his small body at the Fox home in Beal City Sept. 20, 2014.

Milk drips from the mouth of calves as they drink from a bottle that Sam Fox, 13, of Beal City feeds them on the Fox Farm on Sept. 17, 2014.

Milk drips from the mouth of calves as they drink from a bottle that Sam Fox, 13, of Beal City feeds them on the Fox Farm on Sept. 17, 2014.

After singing Happy Birthday, Sam Fox, 13, pulls a candle out too early for Rachel Fox, 21, to blow it out at Rachel's 21st Birthday party in the Fox home on Sept. 20, 2014.

After singing Happy Birthday, Sam Fox, 13, pulls a candle out too early for Rachel Fox, 21, to blow it out at Rachel’s 21st Birthday party in the Fox home on Sept. 20, 2014.

Marty Fox, 53, milks the cows by himself in the morning on the farm in Beal City, Mich. on Sept. 22, 2014. ÒI didnÕt think I would be milking cows now, I thought about raising other cattle, raising beef, maybe but then you donÕt make as much money, and then you almost would have to go do something so thatÕs why you stay with what you do,Ó said Marty while thinking about the future of the farm that he said will likely be handed down to his son, Sam.

Marty Fox, 53, milks the cows by himself in the morning on the farm in Beal City, Mich. on Sept. 22, 2014. ÒI didnÕt think I would be milking cows now, I thought about raising other cattle, raising beef, maybe but then you donÕt make as much money, and then you almost would have to go do something so thatÕs why you stay with what you do,Ó said Marty while thinking about the future of the farm that he said will likely be handed down to his son, Sam.

Before school on Monday morning, Sam Fox, 13, eats a cookie that is fresh out of the oven as his Mother, Julie Fox, 52 places them on wax paper to cool on Sept. 22, 2014.

Before school on Monday morning, Sam Fox, 13, eats a cookie that is fresh out of the oven as his Mother, Julie Fox, 52 places them on wax paper to cool on Sept. 22, 2014.

Sam Fox, 13, of Beal City waits in the doorway of the barn for it to be time to milk cows on the Fox Farm on Sept. 17, 2014. The cows also know to wait at the door once they are woken up and brought out of the free stalls.

Sam Fox, 13, of Beal City waits in the doorway of the barn for it to be time to milk cows on the Fox Farm on Sept. 17, 2014. The cows also know to wait at the door once they are woken up and brought out of the free stalls.

 

On a dirt road in Beal City, Mich. it is common to run into a farm, family run and operated with a long line of history that makes it what it is today. Down the flat, pothole sprinkled, Nottawa Road in Beal City sits the Fox Dairy Farm.

Third generation farmer Marty Fox, 54, and his son Sam Fox, 13, run the 266-acre farm. Sam has always had a strong interest in the farm, he is soft spoken and small in stature but he has worked hard on the farm since he was a child.

Over family dinner Marty and Sam attempted to recall when Sam started to drive the tractors. “I was 4 wasn’t I,” said Sam. “No, I think six-year-old when you started parking and then driving the skid steer and then I think at eight you were doing easy jobs like raking hay,” corrected Marty.

“Normally dinner is on the run, or half will eat then later in the night Marty will come in and eat. We don’t eat at the table very often, it is normally in front of the T.V.,” said Julie Fox, 52, Marty’s wife as she prepared rice, chicken, peas, corn and bread.

Marty and Julie have three children, Katie, 25, Rachel 21, and Sam, 13. The daughters that have moved out and live on their own. Katie and Rachel remember growing up on the farm where it was never boring and always welcoming. “In school my friends would always want to come here for sleepovers, heck Billy (Rachel’s boyfriend) even asks, ‘Can we go to the farm and stay the night,’ there is always something to do here,” said Rachel.

The women of the family know that the farm will be passed down to Sam if he wants to take it over.

“I didn’t think I would be milking cows now, I thought about raising other cattle, raising beef, maybe but then you don’t make as much money, and then you almost would have to go do something so that’s why you stay with what you do,” said Marty while thinking about the future of the farm.

Job Shadow: J. Scott Park

Anthony Owens (2) walks during the Pink Viking Project at Jackson High School on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.  The event was held to honor people that are fighting, have survived, or succumbed to cancer as well as help raise money for cancer treatment.

Anthony Owens (2) walks during the Pink Viking Project at Jackson High School on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. The event was held to honor people that are fighting, have survived, or succumbed to cancer as well as help raise money for cancer treatment.

The Jackson High School varsity cheerleading team walks a lap around the track before the football game for the Pink Viking Project at Jackson High School on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.

The Jackson High School varsity cheerleading team walks a lap around the track before the football game for the Pink Viking Project at Jackson High School on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.

Jackson's wide receiver, Cortez Butler (15) runs against East Lansing in the first half at Jackson High School on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. Jackson won the game, 34-26.

Jackson’s wide receiver, Cortez Butler (15) runs against East Lansing in the first half at Jackson High School on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. Jackson won the game, 34-26.

Jackson's (1) attempts to makes a tackle against East Lansing's (11) to stop the touchdown run in the first half at Jackson High School on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. Jackson won the game, 34-26.

Jackson’s (1) attempts to makes a tackle against East Lansing’s (11) to stop the touchdown run in the first half at Jackson High School on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. Jackson won the game, 34-26.

The Jackson High School marching band performs a half time show as junior, Blaise Easton swings her flag around at Jackson High School on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.

The Jackson High School marching band performs a half time show as junior, Blaise Easton swings her flag around at Jackson High School on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.

Jackson's Drew Monroe (44) and Cortez Butler (15) raise up their hands showing the number four with their team as the clock buzzed at the start of the 4th quarter at Jackson High School on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. "Throw em up, it's 4th quarter," yelled Anthony Owens (2) to fire up the team. Jackson won the game against East Lansing, 34-26.

Jackson’s Drew Monroe (44) and Cortez Butler (15) raise up their hands showing the number four with their team as the clock buzzed at the start of the 4th quarter at Jackson High School on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. “Throw em up, it’s 4th quarter,” yelled Anthony Owens (2) to fire up the team. Jackson won the game against East Lansing, 34-26.

 

J. Scott Park the photo editor at the Jackson Citizen Patriot and the Mlive Media Group. After being a staff photographer for 10 years he became the editor, and has been for 9 years. He grew up in Jackson and is happy that he has been working in his hometown for 19 years. He graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in journalism in 1993.

I meet photojournalist J. Scott Park at the hub in Jackson where we chatted about my experience while he finished setting up forms for the soccer tournament he was working on this weekend. Talk about busy man. This made for a very casual and easy flowing start to my job shadow. I ran an errand with him on the way to the first assignment, which is very much, the real world. I noticed myself doing that in Texas when I was working so it was great to see that it is normal.

On the first assignment that I went to with Scott, I pulled a rookie mistake. I forgot my memory cardholder in my purse. It was in my purse because I was at work before going to Jackson. Thankfully it was not an assignment that I needed to shoot, as Scott said. I believe that I actually gained more by watching him. It was a million dollar home that was up for sale. Scott took photos of the home and talked with the owners and realtor. I used this time to ask about how he photographs rooms with bright window light and he showed me a few tricks to not lose all of the detail in the windows.

The assignment was twenty minutes away so we had a lot of time in the car to talk. I asked about getting a job or an internship in May and asked for his tips. He let me know that the biggest way to lose out on an internship or job opportunity is with spelling errors or spelling his name wrong. “Do you know how many emails I get where people call me Scott Parker or Jay Parks. It’s right there but people still mess it up,” said Park while driving back to the office from an assignment.

When we returned to the office he went over his photos of the million-dollar home and talked about toning and cropping. At this time we had Danielle Duval, a Central Michigan University alumni and intern at Jackson Citizen Patriot come and hangout with us in the office and get dinner before going to the game of the week, the Jackson High School v. East Lansing football game. The football game was a special game; it was the Pink Viking Project game. It was their first time hosting the event to honor people that are fighting, have survived, or succumbed to cancer as well as help raise money for cancer treatment. Then it was on to sports action and feature shooting.

To fellow students I suggest to just be personable, yourself and calm when making a first impression to a potential employer. Scott talked about hiring people that he will enjoy working with and that will mesh well with the newsroom. This is key in a job as social as ours.

It would be impossible to really get the hands on experience that the job shadow allowed in a classroom. I was in Jackson for eight hours; there just isn’t time to have an eight-hour class. A whole shift really changes the way you see the job. Other people also shoot in different ways than you so it allows a chance to grasp what they see when you shadow. When you read it in a book you do not get the entire context that is going on at that moment when they make the image. It really helps see why he made the choices he did while shooting.

Scott J. Park watches and waits for action to photograph as the Jackson High School football team takes on East Lansing at Jackson High School on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.

Scott J. Park watches and waits for action to photograph as the Jackson High School football team takes on East Lansing at Jackson High School on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.

Scott J. Park sits on the Jackson High School track transmitting photos of the Pink Viking Project before the Jackson football game against East Lansing on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.

Scott J. Park sits on the Jackson High School track transmitting photos of the Pink Viking Project before the Jackson football game against East Lansing on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.

Studio Portrait – Parents Work

Robert Millard, 54, is a third generation dairy farmer in Beal City, MI on a 450 acre dairy farm. "My favorite part of the harvesting season is the view from the tractor, the things you see out there, the nature, that's my favorite," said Millard.

Robert Millard, 54, is a third generation dairy farmer in Beal City, MI on a 450 acre dairy farm. “My favorite part of the harvesting season is the view from the tractor, the things you see out there, the nature, that’s my favorite,” said Millard.

Robert Millard, 54, is a third generation dairy farmer in Beal City, MI on a 450 acre dairy farm. "My favorite part of the harvesting season is the view from the tractor, the things you see out there, the nature, that's my favorite," said Millard.

Robert Millard, 54, is a third generation dairy farmer in Beal City, MI on a 450 acre dairy farm. “My favorite part of the harvesting season is the view from the tractor, the things you see out there, the nature, that’s my favorite,” said Millard.

Susan Millard, 52, of Beal City, is a beautician that styles, cuts and colors elderly women and men's hair that live at Maplewood Assisted Living in Mt. Pleasant. She has been a beautician for 33 years and at Maplewood for 13 of those years. "Interacting with people that come in to my shop is great, they all have interesting stories and such different backgrounds," said Millard.

Susan Millard, 52, of Beal City, is a beautician that styles, cuts and colors elderly women and men’s hair that live at Maplewood Assisted Living in Mt. Pleasant. She has been a beautician for 33 years and at Maplewood for 13 of those years. “Interacting with people that come in to my shop is great, they all have interesting stories and such different backgrounds,” said Millard.

Susan Millard, 52, of Beal City, is a beautician that styles, cuts and colors elderly women and men's hair that live at Maplewood Assisted Living in Mt. Pleasant. "You have to be patient and have a sense of humor, some of the stories they come up with you wonder are they for real," said Millard.

Susan Millard, 52, of Beal City, is a beautician that styles, cuts and colors elderly women and men’s hair that live at Maplewood Assisted Living in Mt. Pleasant. “You have to be patient and have a sense of humor, some of the stories they come up with you wonder are they for real,” said Millard.

My studio set up was backwards from when we practiced because my father was stung by a bee in the face and his entire right side of his face was swollen. To make him feel more comfortable I highlighted his normal features. I also used a black backdrop for his to contract against the corn and a white for my mother to be light and fun.

My studio set up was backwards from when we practiced because my father was stung by a bee in the face and his entire right side of his face was swollen. To make him feel more comfortable I highlighted his normal features. I also used a black backdrop for his to contract against the corn and a white backdrop for my mother to be light and fun.

Studio Lighting – My initial thoughts

IMG_2039 copy I enjoyed getting over my fear of the studio within the first two class periods of photographic studio techniques class. With the studio there is a lot of set up, concept pressure and technique that goes into making a strong photo, this is what made me think that I would not like it. By making myself available to help in the studio with demos and being hands on I have been able to answer other classmates questions when they were shooting for assignment one, which was really surprising. IMG_2040 IMG_2041  IMG_2043

Keeping the Beat

Sydney Morris, 18, of Goliad, left, styles Peyton Cueller, 18, of Victoria, right, hair before going to Schroeder Dance Hall. They exchange clothes for the dance hall since they go so often and run out of clothes to wear, said Cueller.

Sydney Morris, 18, of Goliad, left, styles Peyton Cueller, 18, of Victoria, right, hair before going to Schroeder Dance Hall. They exchange clothes for the dance hall since they go so often and run out of clothes to wear, said Cueller.

Randi Green, 18, of Victoria, middle, walks into Schroeder Hall with her friend Rebecka Gonzales, 18, of Victoria as their guy friends hold the door for them.

Randi Green, 18, of Victoria, middle, walks into Schroeder Hall with her friend Rebecka Gonzales, 18, of Victoria as their guy friends hold the door for them.

Collin Bower, 19, of Victoria swings Staci Darilek, 19, around the dance floor at Schroeder Dance Hall.

Collin Bower, 19, of Victoria swings Staci Darilek, 19, around the dance floor at Schroeder Dance Hall.

Beverly Hensley, of Ozona sings a Miranda Lambert song with the band she is in, The Emotions, as they play their weekly set at Schroeder Hall.

Beverly Hensley, of Ozona sings a Miranda Lambert song with the band she is in, The Emotions, as they play their weekly set at Schroeder Hall.

Randi Green, 18, of Victoria, right, and Rebecka Gonzales, 18, of Victoria left, dance with friends at Schroeder Hall, a weekly summer tradition for them.

Randi Green, 18, of Victoria, right, and Rebecka Gonzales, 18, of Victoria left, dance with friends at Schroeder Hall, a weekly summer tradition for them.

Victoria residents, Collin Bower, 19, swings  Cheyenne Repper, 19 around the dance floor as The Emotions play a slow song early in the night.

Victoria residents, Collin Bower, 19, swings Cheyenne Repper, 19 around the dance floor as The Emotions play a slow song early in the night.

A group of girls sit together on the side of the dance floor at Schroeder Hall. "We let the boys come to us," said Casey Johnson, 20, of Port Lavaca.

A group of girls sit together on the side of the dance floor at Schroeder Hall. “We let the boys come to us,” said Casey Johnson, 20, of Port Lavaca.

Texas teens perform the "Copper Head Road" dance at Schroeder Dance Hall as The Emotions play a cover of it.

Texas teens perform the “Copper Head Road” dance at Schroeder Dance Hall as The Emotions play a cover of it.

Tayler Moore, 18, of Victoria sits on a picnic table in the beer garden surrounded by her friends as they plan where to go after Schroeder Hall which closes at Midnight on Thursdays.

Tayler Moore, 18, of Victoria sits on a picnic table in the beer garden surrounded by her friends as they plan where to go after Schroeder Hall which closes at Midnight on Thursdays.

Ashton Brogger, 18, of Verderbuilt, far right dances on the stage at Schroeder Dance Hall as The Emotions play their cover of "Stand By Me."

Ashton Brogger, 18, of Verderbuilt, far right dances on the stage at Schroeder Dance Hall as The Emotions play their cover of “Stand By Me.”