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Work experience

Aug 2011Present

Photographer

Foothill Dragon Press

Education

Skills

Writing
I have gained experience in writing for stories and also blogging. 
Lightroom
Advanced in using Lightroom to color correct and edit photographs. 
Digital Photography
Experience in digital photography on a Canon SLR. 

References

Becky Schwartz

Jeff Belzer

Melissa Wantz

Best Work

Community

Surfing

Backpacking

Traveling

Reading

Blogging

Cooking

Summary

I'm Bethany, an aspiring journalist and photographer.  I believe that everyone is an artist and my purpose is to capture what is going on around me, the way I see it. 

As I am fresh out of high school, I plan on taking a gap year and spending a year abroad in Liberia, West Africa, doing photojournalism: capturing what is already taking place in the country that is rising up in hope for a better future. 

"I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on earth. Then I ask myself the same question." -Harun Yahya

Initiative

One example of a time I took initiative is when I covered the Buena/ Ventura Football game. I realized that there was not a reporter from our staff there, so I started taking mental notes about what was going on around me and in the game. I ended up writing my first article the morning after the game, on my iPhone, as I was sitting in the airport about to leave for Washington DC. The article was accompanied by a series of photos, including one that won best sports photo for the Ventura County Journalism Awards. 

Another time I took initiative is when I decided to make a brief but informative lesson on photojournalism to present to the class. Not only did I put together a presentation, I made up a contest that enforced the concepts I had taught the class. This was a great learning experience for me, and helped me embrace my love for teaching. 

Character Trait: Reputation

The character trait that describes me best is reputation. Over the past few years as I have developed a love for photography, I have also been known as "that one girl who takes cool photos". This reputation has continued, and has given me the responsibility to only produce and publish good images. These images, whether they be on the Foothill Dragon Press or on my Facebook page, represent who I am as a person, my dreams and goals for life, and my perspective on the world. Every photograph I post has given me a reputation, and thankfully so far, I think people enjoy my pictures.