I have gained experience in writing for stories and also blogging.
Advanced in using Lightroom to color correct and edit photographs.
Experience in digital photography on a Canon SLR.
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
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.
When I was first assigned to take a photo for this article, I was stumped. I could not think of a way to correctly portray the people I know personally, who have gone through depression. However, after much thinking, I knew that a walk in the park with Emilia, would be just right. Emilia wrestled with depression with months, however, she still was able to walk through the shadows, and shine in the sunlight, the good times. She is a gem and she is one of the most inspirational women I have ever met. This is one of my favorite pictures because it portrays hope.
This was taken at my school's talent show, called Air Guitar. I like the perspective I took and how I focused in on the lead singer, while at the same time included the guitarist who was to the left of him. The bokeh (the crowd) ads an artsy yet journalistic touch.
This photograph was taken at Rincon, a world renown surf spot, 20 minutes north of Ventura. I like this picture because of the horizontal lines, and the "dots" (people) in the water. The black and white ads a vintage touch and the image captures 20 or so people trying to catch the same wave; a common sight at Rincon.
This photograph won the Rincon Classic Photo Contest and was featured on their website.
This photograph was taken during the event, Every 15 Minutes, that showed every aspect of the effects drinking and driving have on teens, teachers, parents, and communities as a whole.
I won 1st place for the Ventura Country Star (high school journalism) News Photography Photo of the year.