An untold Story

10 months ago I captured this shot from the sideline on one of the first games of the year of Friday night high school football.  This shot never ran until now.  It was one of those bittersweet moments as a photographer where you get a nice action shot, but the price for the subject and the pain that it caused was far greater!

This was a moment that changed this young man's life forever, as well as many lives around him, including head coach and dad, Kyle Story.

You can imagine my excitement when I heard about the young Story's come back and Messenger's sports editor Richard Greene's desire to tell it!

Get the rest of the Story!

Making a Mess!



You've got to know how to handle disappointment. In the newspaper business bad leads are a given, dead ends are a certainty and deadlines might prevent you from putting all the pieces you want in a story together in time. But fortune follows the persistent. People are lucky for a reason. 

Last week, on a run through a couple of simple assignments, opportunities abounded. One thing led to another. Reporter and photographer stumbled through the jumble of the county and through sheer happenstance, managed to land, again and again, in the middle of good stories, interesting people and lasting images. You can't see the world from inside and you can't experience serendipity if you don't take a chance and put yourself out there and be prepared for failure.

 First shot of the day, reporter Brandon Evans finds himself the victim of a practical joke!

 Second was a great down home feature on organic garden, got a call from office, to Chico, Texas...


 ...Where Mayor, J.D. Clark, gives a great performance on moving the City office into the old elementary school. Told him we were looking for fireworks feature he said he had seen one coming into work this morning in Park Springs, but first...


...A stop at Wise County park on the way looking for a heat feature, this was first sight when we pulled in......enough said!



No more fun in the heat but saw this on the way out.......


....made it to Park Springs, however, on the way we had almost talked ourselves out of driving all the way out as it was going to run us close to our next shoot, a timed setup, and since it could be just another story about fireworks. Glad we went, turned out to be a different and great story!




Last shoot was a law enforcement training exercise at Chico middle school. It turned out to be a great day behind the lens and another lesson in trusting the Universe for guidance!




Big Twelve

The end of the school year brings the best of photos from Wise County Messenger's Sports Picks by sports editor Richard Green.

Closer look

Sometimes when the big picture gets overwhelming, I look to the smaller world and put blinders on to the largeness of everything! Just as a fine wine stimulates the senses of taste, the little wonders always seem to stimulate the palette of my mind!

More of my favorites


Wise County puffies

When I was covering the election couple weeks ago, in between shoots, as I was walking from one watch party to the next, the dark rolling thunder rolled in!  As far as essence of place, nothing does it better in Wise County than the Wise County Courthouse!  I'm not sure if nature was trying to give us a clue of things to come in the upcoming political year, or just another chance for me to put the new Nikon D4 to the test. The above was shot at ISO 3200, 1/40 of a second @ 4.5. Not uncommon anymore to shoot at high ISOs with full frame digital, and 3200 is not even that high anymore but it's still blows me away to see the quality this little black box pops out!