Ask A Pro
Examples of Work
Graveside in Mexico on the Day of the Dead
Behind the scenes on first communion
Dancing with prisoners
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
How did you get interested in photojournalism?
I met a young photojournalist when I was a single mother living in New Mexico. I was 19. He showed me many photojournalism books that I just loved to look at every day. He gave me my first camera -- a Pentax K1000. It was the beginning of my career. I would go with him on assignments and take pictures. I eventually had enough pictures to put a portfolio together.
I also eventually married the photographer. His name is David Joles. We are now both photographers at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Whose work do you admire?
Donna Ferrato is a documentary photographer. She published a photo book on domestic violence, known as "Living with the Enemy." The book contains many powerful images. She is a great photographer who shoots from the heart and soul. I admire that.
Sebastio Salgado is also a wonderful photographer. His images are also very beautiful photos. He has done a lot of work in Latin America. His work is telling and honest.
How has technology affected your work?
I think for me technology has taken a little fun out of getting your hands wet in chemicals. The whole process of developing and printing film was fascinating for me. Digital, I believe, can tend to make a person a little lazy. For example, on an assignment one can see what they are shooting right away and be satisfied with what they have and leave rather than carry out the entire job and give it a little more time. Moments are missed. Digital is great for deadline jobs.
Do you prefer film or digital photography?
Can you offer tips on how to shoot high school sporting events?
Have the school invest in the equipment. A long lens, for example. A sporting event doesn't always have to be covered on the sidelines. Go behind the scenes as well. You will be surprised at the amount of emotion you can capture!
How do you make sure that photo cutlines are accurate?
Always double-check your information. Don't be afraid to verify the spelling of names. Have a style book and a dictionary in hand.
How do you get the subjects of your photos to relax and not be self-conscious?
Get to know your subject first. Before you take out your camera have a long conversation. Be interested in the person you are photographing. Let them know about you too. Be friendly -- and most importantly -- be honest!
Are you a news junkie even when you're not working?
No. I'm not an "ambulance chaser." However, when I am out I tend to look for potential stories. I'm always asking questions and am very curious. It seems like everyone has a story. It's up to you to decide how you can make them come to life with photos.
What advice do you have for aspiring photojournalists?
Be absolutely sure that this is a career that would ultimately make you happy. It is a very competitive career and doesn't always pay that well However, when I was younger, this career was only a dream. Now I'm here, it's a great job, and I love what I do. I can't imagine doing anything else.