Kalamazoo Internship Reflection

KALAMAZOO, MI – Time flies when you are having fun and working towards something you love! Taking a semester off school and postponing graduation was the best decision I made for myself over the past year. Interning with the Kalamazoo Gazette and MLive Media group for eight months forced me to step out of my comfort zone as a photojournalist. 

In early March, I had to write a follow-up story on a family that had just lost their entire home and restaurant business due to a fire. Even though I was at the scene a day prior, as I was driving to the small rural town just outside of Kalamazoo I had no idea what kind of reaction I would get from the family.

 It was to my surprise that the survivors of blaze welcomed me in with open arms. The owner was too devastated to go into her now burned restaurant. Of course, I find this out after I had already taken photos of the damage, inside and out. It was crazy to think that the photos I took will be the last documentation this family will have of their home and restaurant. On my very last assignment I drove by and the remains of the building were gone, with nothing but a for sale sign sticking out of the ground. 

This whole opportunity would not have been possible without the help from my colleagues at the Gazette. Shout out to Mark Bugnaski, the staff photographer, who took a chance on me at the beginning of it all and mentored me during my stay in Kalamazoo.  

I have rounded up 20 of my personal favorite photos. Most were originally produced and published for the Kalamazoo Gazette/MLive Media Group. 

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