This piece quickly developed from a single article about local female restaurateurs into a six-story cover package on non-male chefs. Designer Moy Zhong and I decided that the best way to show "the faces behind the food" would be to literally put faces in front of the food, layering chefs' portraits with close-up shots of their work.
In my role at Vox Magazine, I acted as liaison between the photo and magazine departments at the University of Missouri. This project, on a local couple who have been married for 75 years, came from the photojournalism capstone class, and photographer Tanishka R. and I quickly pitched and adapted it for a magazine format. I worked with creative director Makalah Hardy to ideate the design, using a single line that stretched across pages and spreads to add color to the layout and symbolize the couple's long-lasting love.
This profile of a local blacksmith rekindling the ancient craft in mid-Missouri was the first magazine feature for myself and each of my collaborators, so we spent a lot of time strategizing on how best to show Don Asbee and his work. Art director Moy Zhong requested photos of the specific tools Asbee used; from those, she created detailed illustrations for a glossary sidebar. Co-editor Irynka Hromotska and I also paired detail images to highlight the physical processes in a way that words alone cannot.
The photos in this story won a first-place SPJ Region 7 Mark of Excellence award for feature photography.
When I heard about an upcoming written feature and a photo story from Mizzou's introductory visuals class, both on hot air balloons, I knew it would be an interesting and thorough pairing. Deep inside a jam-packed issue, designer Makalah Hardy and I turned blue-sky ideas into a tightly-packaged feature.
This story changed shape over a period of months: It began as a department Q&A about a volunteer orchestra and ended as a full-scale narrative feature. The editorial board and the staffers involved worked together to ensure it retained cohesion. In belonging to both these groups, I worked on the big picture and the minutiae alike. From photographer Owen Ziliak's first foray into portable studio lighting to Makalah Hardy's crisp design to the multimedia team's audio and video endeavors, we were able to bring the Columbia Civic Orchestra to life in print and digital spaces.