JMU Madison Magazine Cover Image
I'm still a little behind on posting updated work to the blog, so here I am catching up. This summer I was able to photograph JMU students working with children with autism for a story called 'Hope for Autism'. It was a pretty incredible thing to witness. As a photographer I'm regularly granted permission to enter very unique situations. Sometimes it's closer access to a political candidate, other times its the ability to have 10 minutes of a VIP's time for a portrait session. This particular instance was about visually telling the story of children with autism and how JMU's program was helping these children. It was moving - incredibly moving. Congrats to JMU for having such a fantastic program - they're genuinely making differences in these children's lives. The story can be found here.
As for the photographic nerding-out-part, I used my Fuji X-T1's for this shoot. I believe I had 35mm (equivalent) and 55mm (equivalent) lenses attached to the cameras, and I just roamed the room trying to tell the story. People have commented on the X-T1 and how it's not a 'professional' camera because it's cropped-frame. Yep, it doesn't handle low-light as well as a Sony a7 v ii or a7s v ii (and as of this writing, nothing handles low light better than the a7s v ii). But it doesn't matter - I think we tend to get bogged down with the technical details of the cameras and not focus on just focusing on taking pictures. Love the Fuji's, they're great cameras. Clearly capable of creating a cover photo for a magazine.