What do you do for a living?
I am a Digital Media Manager at USA TODAY Sports Images (which has undergone a rename to Imagn as of January 2019). Like most people in modern sports media, however, I wear many hats. Primarily, I generate galleries featuring our best imagery for our sports coverage, in addition to some social media management.
I also serve as a photo editor, both onsite and remotely. This role is best summated by saying I review a large amount of photos in a short amount of time and evaluate their quality and relevance to the game story, while that story is unfolding. Editing requires a broad understanding of what counts as a strong, relevant photo in addition to a level of technical skill for processing images quickly for broadcast, which has made my photography better as a result—my favorite part of my job. I love when I get to grab my cameras and head toward the action. I shoot with Nikon gear exclusively, and my photo work has been in the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, and of course, USA TODAY.
What moments play on the highlight reel of your career thus far?
My favorite moments thus far include:
Capturing an image that became popular after the "miraculous" 2013 Auburn-Georgia game
Working three Olympics with USA TODAY (2014, 2016, and 2018) as a photo editor—Nikon Europe published a blog about my 2018 experience
Being on the USA TODAY NETWORK team that produced The Wall project, which won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting
Serving as a panelist at SXSW 2019 alongside Reuters senior photographer Lucy Nicholson, Reuters global sports editor Pawel Kopczynski, and beIN SPORTS USA journalist Kevin Egan
Being a photo volunteer for the Aldrin Family Foundation’s Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Gala at Kennedy Space Center in July 2019
How did you get started with photography?
At Auburn University in 2007, I wanted to join an organization on campus, so I interviewed for the yearbook photo staff, among a litany of other organizations through which I hoped to simply “get involved.” Thankfully, Auburn’s yearbook, the Glomerata, invited me to join them as the head of the photo staff that year (and throughout my master’s degree program I graduated from in 2011, which would prove fortuitous as Auburn became a championship team in their 2010 season). Initially, I was unaware I'd have the opportunity to photograph the football games, but the moment I stepped on the the field at Jordan-Hare stadium with a Nikon camera, my passion for it was immediate—and it hasn't faded since.
Are you a member of any organizations?
I am a member of the National Press Photographers Associate (NPPA) and Women in Aviation International (WAI).