Moving Day

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Joe Fontaine takes a moment to glance out the window while his bird, Gray Cloud, rests on his shoulder, before leaving his apartment of 14 years. Fontaine moved out of Morton House Apartments on Thursday, August 12; everyone living in the 199 rented units has until August 31st to move out. 

I had the opportunity to shadow Cory Morse at the Grand Rapids Press today and learned a lot from watching and shooting with him.  Cory is a fantastic photojournalist and I really admire his work and his attitude as a photographer and a journalist, so it was great to get some one-on-one time and advice for what to do after I’m done at the Sentinel.  I also got to meet some wonderful people helping out mentally ill poor and homeless in the Grand Rapids area.  I’ll be posting a photo story of this soon, but in the meantime, check out Servants Center

This is why I love what I do.


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My first week at the Sentinel

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Buddhist monks snap pictures by the tulips at Windmill Island on Friday, May 6.

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Mike Bailey, sophomore at Holland High School, begins the relay race at West Ottowa High School on Saturday, May 7.

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Jim Kelley's wife takes a picture of the damage done to her home after an elderly man drove into it. No one involved was seriously injured.

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Governor Snyder enjoys Hudsonville Ice Cream on Wednesday morning, May 11, after recieving a tour of the company. Snyder was presented with two flavors that were made just for him.

I love the Sentinel already.  I’ve met some really cool people and I feel like I’ve done a semesters worth of shooting in just a week.  It’s been an adjustment and a learning process–going from one, maybe two, assignments a week to three or four a day.  I love my job!  It’s everything I ever wanted–fast-paced, exciting, challenging, creative, and full of interesting people.  This might be the best summer I’ve ever had.