Week 2: Learning

I just finished my second week at The News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C. Each day I learn more and more, while falling more and more in love with photojournalism. Here is a look at what I did this week.

 Monday: Started off shooting a historic hospital in downtown Raleigh.

Monday: Started off shooting a historic hospital in downtown Raleigh.

 Then I finished the day watching a judo class.

Then I finished the day watching a judo class.

 Tuesday: Spent the day shooting at a local elementary school.

Tuesday: Spent the day shooting at a local elementary school.

 Matthew (in blue) is traveling to the Pan American Judo Championship this summer. 

Matthew (in blue) is traveling to the Pan American Judo Championship this summer. 

 Over 67,000 books were donated to students in schools across Wake County.

Over 67,000 books were donated to students in schools across Wake County.

 Wednesday: I love old buildings with pretty light.

Wednesday: I love old buildings with pretty light.

 Wednesday: One of my biggest goals of the summer is to improve my portrait skills. As a photojournalist, the idea of posing someone and being in complete control of the situation is foreign. As photojournalists, we adapt and react to situations, never controlling them. Yet in portraits, we have to control; we have to pose. I loved meeting Robyn Johnston and practicing my portrait skills with her and her mosaics. I also love the texture of her front steps.

Wednesday: One of my biggest goals of the summer is to improve my portrait skills. As a photojournalist, the idea of posing someone and being in complete control of the situation is foreign. As photojournalists, we adapt and react to situations, never controlling them. Yet in portraits, we have to control; we have to pose. I loved meeting Robyn Johnston and practicing my portrait skills with her and her mosaics. I also love the texture of her front steps.

 Thursday was the last day for Wake County elementary schools. Joyner Elementary School in Raleigh celebrated with their annual teachers vs. students kickball game.

Thursday was the last day for Wake County elementary schools. Joyner Elementary School in Raleigh celebrated with their annual teachers vs. students kickball game.

 The teachers beat the 5th grade students 31-20. See more photos at http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/06/12/3931202/first-look-joyner-elementary-celebrates.html.

The teachers beat the 5th grade students 31-20. See more photos at http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/06/12/3931202/first-look-joyner-elementary-celebrates.html.

 Friday: Jim Taylor, 81, met Barbara Blalock, 73, last November at Jordan Oaks in Cary and instantly fell in love. Taylor and Blalock are getting married in July at the senior citizen home. They were so cute!

Friday: Jim Taylor, 81, met Barbara Blalock, 73, last November at Jordan Oaks in Cary and instantly fell in love. Taylor and Blalock are getting married in July at the senior citizen home. They were so cute!