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Photography

Determined to not let my being prone to technological blips prevent me from picking up a camera, I began taking photos of basketball games in high school. With high-profile athletes, I wanted to capture their skill and prowess not just through writing but visually as well.

As I've become more comfortable with a Canon in my hands, I have explored other activities and events in and outside of my school community. Athletics, specifically, are beautifully portrayed through the lens. I also enjoy catching everyday interactions with my camera and making them special.

I strive for symmetry in my photographs and attempt to honor the rule of thirds the majority of the time. Occasionally, a shot is so impromptu it is better represented in its untouched form. All in all, composition is an aspect of my photojournalism I hope to improve in the coming years.

Bellevue's Outlandia Music Festival in its Inaugural Year
August 2022

The two-day festival boasted a lineup of acts from across the country, including Wilco, The Breeders, Margo Price, The National and more. 

Omaha Girls Rock: Musicians With Ambition July 2022

While covering non-profit music organization Omaha Girls Rock for a podcast series, I snapped so photos of the campers in action. I spent a week with the 13-16-year-old campers this summer, learning what music means to them. Every camper learned an instrument, formed a band and wrote an original song to perform to a live audience in just five days.

Youth-Led Bands Become Regulars in Omaha Live Music Scene 
June 2022

For the pre-teen/teenage musicians of the bands UN-T.I.L. and Nothing Rhymes With Orange, the local gigs they've played citywide are just the beginning. With plans to record their original tracks later this year, both groups are finding their own sound and place in the local music community.

Journey Through
June 2022

"Journey Through" was a showcase featuring poetry, food, film and music created by people of color. Held at the Holy Family Community Center in downtown Omaha, artists and spectators filled the refurbished church for a night of art and storytelling.

 

Right to Choose Rally
May 2022

On a cold, dreary Tuesday in early May, more than 100 people converged in front of Omaha City Hall to protest a leaked Supreme Court opinion indicating plans to overturn Roe v. Wade and Casey v Planned Parenthood. Both decisions have long cemented people’s right to an abortion and, if overturned, would put legislating that right squarely in states’ hands.

Seaside Portraits
March 2022

As a social worker, entrepreneur, and founder of integrative health organization Omaha Integrative Care, Julie Luzarraga is always engaged in bettering her business and community. With the recent expansion of OIC, she hasn't had time to update her professional headshots. Luckily, she is my mother, and when we were on vacation in the Florida Keys, we decided to put a nature-inspired spin on the traditional headshot formula.

Consignment at Covet
January 2022

Nestled in the affluent Boston neighborhood of Beacon Hill sits Covet, a local consignment store. From Levi's to vintage YSL rollerskates, the shop prioritizes style while remaining environmentally conscious.

NSAA Basketball District Championships
March 2021

The Millard North varsity boys basketball team defeated Gretna in the final round of the Class A-2 District championship. This victory marked their second consecutive District championship.

Celebration
Celebration

Senior Tyler Sandoval smiles at the scoreboard as the team rushes the court to receive their plaque. Sandoval has received college offers from Peru State College and Wayne State College.

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Cut the net
Cut the net

Junior Jasen Green takes a piece of the basketball net to commemorate the Mustangs' victory. Green is the only starter that isn't a senior.

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Legacy in the making
Legacy in the making

Junior David Harmon cuts a piece of net. Harmon is the second man off the bench for the Mustangs.

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Celebration
Celebration

Senior Tyler Sandoval smiles at the scoreboard as the team rushes the court to receive their plaque. Sandoval has received college offers from Peru State College and Wayne State College.

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Varsity Basketball & Senior Night
January 2021

As COVID restrictions were loosened in the New Year, more spectators were allowed to watch the varsity basketball teams. The dance and cheer teams also had their senior nights to commemorate veteran team members.

Ascend
Ascend

Five-star recruit Hunter Sallis drives to the basket, avoiding two Westside defenders. Sallis has yet to sign but plans to announce his commitment via Twitter on Mar. 26.

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Gather
Gather

Senior Colin Monie grabs an offensive rebound. Monie is described as the "team glue" by his coaches.

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Block
Block

Junior Jasen Green leaps to deflect a Westside player's layup. Green is the only starter on the team that isn't a senior.

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Ascend
Ascend

Five-star recruit Hunter Sallis drives to the basket, avoiding two Westside defenders. Sallis has yet to sign but plans to announce his commitment via Twitter on Mar. 26.

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