Thursday, January 24, 2008


One of the most common assignments I have at work is to take portraits of ordinary citizens and them look extraordinary. When we take the portrait we try to show who or what they do and why they are part of the story. We call pictures like this an environmental portrait or “EP” for short.

The Our Town section of the paper generates the most environmental portraits to go along with the spotlight stories. The last few days has found me running around town taking pictures to go along with a story on the camber of commerce awards.

All the pictures should tell a story and ideally you shouldn’t need to read the cutline to tell what the story behind the picture is. I think these three photos tell the reader their story in a snapshot.

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