The Daily Grind

July 7, 2014 | Category: Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

Here’s some recent work…

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Recent Freelance

July 3, 2014 | Category: Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

I was recently contracted to do some head shots for a local law firm. Big shout out to Brett Flashnick for helping out on this.

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I got to hang out with some locals who got together to cheer on the United States as they took on Germany in the World Cup.

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The American Queen

June 20, 2014 | Category: Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

The American Queen Steamboat docked in Memphis and The Commercial Appeal decided to cover the transition as it docks unloads and reloads passengers all within a 12 hour span. This includes cleaning, restocking, and everything in between. For a six story passenger boat with over 200 guest rooms on board it is an ordeal. Here are some pictures from the shoot.

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I got to cover the Grand Opening of Quan Am’s new Temple and the “Jade Buddha for Universal Peace World Tour”. The Jade Buddha for Universal Peace, the largest Buddha statue carved from gemstone-quality jade in the world and will be on exhibit from June 15 through 22 at Quan Am Monastery, in Memphis.

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This is probably the most important piece of journalism I’ve ever been a part of. Memphis ranks as the city with the highest backlog of untested rape kits. It was over 12,000 that dated back over 20 years. The city is now taking steps to fix the problem, but so much damage has been done. At The Commercial Appeal we focused on one unique case.

Serial rapist Anthony Alliano was sentenced to 178-years after entering a guilty plea for multiple counts of rape occurring between May of 2003 and July of 2010 in homes in Cordova, Tenn. He had multiple victims. One was as young as 16 and another was only 12. This could have been prevented.

Anthony Alliano was 34 when police caught him in a room at this Motel 6 in 2004 with a 16-year-old girl who appeared to have been drugged and said she didn’t know how she got in the room. Despite evidence of a forcible rape, Alliano was charged with a lesser felony, statutory rape. Prosecutors later dismissed the charge. He would go on to sexually assault five more women over six years.

I want to thank victims Madison Graves and Meaghan Ybos for sharing their stories with us. Their bravery in coming forward helped shed light on this important issue that I couldn’t imagine having to endure.

If you haven’t heard about this or read the story please do HERE.

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Here’s some of my favorites from the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Had a lot of fun and was fortunate that the rain held off.

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Recent Work

June 2, 2014 | Category: Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

From Chris Christie to the Italian Fest. Here are some recent photos…

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Was proud to contribute to a Sunday story the New York Times did on Tunica, Miss. and how one of the state’s largest casinos is closing it’s doors and putting about 1,300 people out of work. Here’s a few of my favorites.

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Here’s some images for a feature story about the Tennessee Brewery Untapped. It’s a beer pub that popped up during Memphis in May. It was a huge hit here. The idea was to give the historic venue a last hurrah before it gets demolished.

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