Why editorial photography is unique
Editorial photographers are a different breed because we’re accustomed to shooting for publications with high quality demands and firm deadlines — there’s no such thing as waiting for a photo when it’s time to roll the presses. We have to do it in some of the most harsh and varied conditions imaginable, too.
I’ve been photographing stories of regional and national interest for some of the world’s largest (and smallest) publications for parts of four decades now, so I have the skill and experience needed to pull off most any assignment.
My editorial photography specialties
I’m as comfortable shooting a press conference as I am a Super Bowl (I’ve covered two) or anything in between, but my editorial specialties are politics and political photography, sports photography and concert photography. I also have a passion for covering issues in the transportation and public safety sectors, along with considerable expertise in those areas.
How many photographers do you know who’ve shot in the back of a moving ambulance or embedded with rescuers on drowning recovery operations? How about gaining nighttime access to a major military base to photograph tornado damage, or shooting inside the cargo hold of a wide-body jet airliner on the ramp at one of the busiest airports on the Eastern Seaboard? I’ve done all this and more.
Among other ongoing projects, I’m working on a long-term documentary project on the coal supply chain, tracing the Appalachian mineral’s journey from its underground origin to consumption at its final destination, along with every step along the way.
These are just a few highlights from my more than three decades of experience as an editorial photographer; there have been many, many more.
I can capture 1080p video and do have some formal training and experience with audio and video production, but it’s not currently a major part of my work. It might be someday, but it’s not now.
Editorial photography experience
Internationally, my work has been featured on at least four continents.
My news photos have also appeared in a lot of publications I’ve never heard of (and will probably never even find out about) because I’ve done so much work for wire services through the years.
I primarily shoot for Apex MediaWire and remain under contract with ZUMA Press for select archive sales. You used to be able to license my work via Getty Images, but I fired them because they’re the worst thing that’s ever happened to the editorial photography industry.
Does it sound like I’d be a good fit for your next editorial photography project? Feel free to contact me if you’d like to discuss it. I’m very selective about taking on new clients nowadays and I never do work-made-for-hire, period. Ever.
If you’re looking for a photographer willing to sign a work-for-hire contract, look elsewhere. If you’re a reasonable human who needs limited rights (or if you need all rights and have the budget for it), let’s talk.