Isreali Internship – First Half

On June 11th, I boarded a plane and headed to an internship experience of a lifetime. This summer from June 13th to August 7th (8 weeks), I am working in Jerusalem as a Multimedia Intern with an NGO, Bar-Kayma for Culture, Art, Music, and Peace through Onward Israel.

Bar-Kayma works from a building called, The Bureau: Studio for Art and Bureaucracy in the Downtown Triangle of Jerusalem, Israel. They work to “fosters a creative community and encourageutilizatioof technology, humor, and crowdsourcing to form independent and innovative artistic and culturaenterprises. By connecting artists, culturainstitutions, and the public, we work to create a diverseaccessible cultural playground open to all residents and visitors of Jerusalem,” ( The projects and organizations/artists Bar-Kayma works with include the Barbur Gallery, the Mazkeka ( a music venue), the HaMiffal, Las Piratas Piratas, Pandora, Sigal Armoza Dance Group, Dounia and more. During my time with Bar-Kayma and I photographing/documenting the work their affiliates do to help showcase the arts and culture of Jerusalem.

In addition, being apart of a program, Onward Israel: Arts and Culture, I gain opportunities to work and live with other American students from around the country all here with similar reasons and passions. We have seminars and weekend trips we get to attend to grow in our knowledge of Israel and to build bonds and networks for a lifetime.

Here are some photos from some of the amazing events and organizations I got to photograph for my internship:

Jerusalem Creator Awards hosted by WeWork-


Monolingua at the Mazkeka-


The Jerusalem 2018 Light Show –


Barbur Gallery Exhibition “Hedpes in Space” – 


Dounia –


Thanks for bearing with me through this long post! There will be a second post soon with more photos and videos from my internship and also some photos from my experiences through the Onward Israel program, along with the amazing sites I have gotten to see here in Israel the past two months.





“Life with a Mental Health Diagnosis” – JRN 445 Capstone Project

Depression and Anxiety are the most common and well-known diagnosis of clinical mental health disorders.

Psychology Today reported from a 2013 survey of college students at University of California Berkley, “57% of women and 40% of men reported experiencing episodes of “overwhelming anxiety” in the past year, and 33% of women and 27% of men reported a period in the last year of feeling so depressed it was difficult to function. Studies suggest that between a quarter and a third of students meet criteria for an anxiety or depressive illness during their college experience.”

This is a statistic that can be found in a majority, if not all, college campuses. Students struggle daily with overwhelming coursework, after-school jobs, and more, the addition of a mental health disorder can add a lot to someone’s plate.

Three students at Central Michigan University (CMU) came forward to share their stories battling mental health disorders that are not as common as Depression and Anxiety. All students are registered with CMU’s Student Disability Services (SDS) to help with courses and more.

Below are three videos documenting their stories:

  1. CMU senior Christopher Overby has been struggling with Schizophrenia since high school, an unusually young age for this mental health disorder. Schizophrenia is a long-term mental disorder of a type involving a breakdown in the relation between thought, emotion, and behavior, leading people to battle auditory and/or visual hallucinations.

2. CMU freshman Sam Sturt was diagnosed with a Pervasive Developmental Disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), which is one of four disorders on the Autistic spectrum (as stated in the DSM-5 diagnostic manual of 2013), when she was at a young age. In high school, Sturt also developed ADD/ADHD, Major Depressive Disorder, and General Anxiety Disorder.


3. Lastly, CMU junior Shelby Miller was diagnosed with Narcolepsy in her junior year of high school. Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder that causes an overwhelming amount daytime drowsiness.

JRN 521 – Your Choice #4

I worked on 4 different assignments for this final project!

First, was a fashion shoot working with beauty headshots. I wanted to do something unique and gained inspiration from the color wheel, having models represent the 6 colors; Primaries: Red, Yellow, and Blue, along with Secondaries: Green, Purple, and Yellow. This was my first time in a long while doing fashion and also my first time using gels. If these were to be in a magazine, in my mind they would be to sell the lipstick color that the girls are wearing.


My next 3 assignments were event coverage photography.

  1. Maroonzie:


2. 4th Annual Rampage Dance Team Showcase:


3. Fast and Furriest 5K:

Additional Material –

  2. RESUME:


3. COVER LETTER (Example): 

JRN 521 – Your Choice #3

I took a break from shooting music photography for my capstone course to work on photography of other art (like dance and plays) and covering events on campus or for the campus. Working on the Arts and Culture beat for a newspaper and covering music, dance performances, plays/musicals, festivals, and other events in the community would be an amazing opportunity to be part of and something I want to gain experience in.I learned I liked shooting events like this when I worked as an Intern with University Communications and could enjoy shooting professionally.

I wish I photographed more than two events for this assignment but even with these two, I learned more about shooting in dark/low lighting situations and shooting action while also capturing pure moments.

Below are my edited finals pictures:

CMU Dance Team Nationals Showcase

On Sunday, April 8, 2018, the Central Michigan University Dance Team performed their annual showcase for friends and families in McGuirk Arena before heading to nationals in Las Vegas later that week. The dance focuses on the concept of the need for a life source (the chair) and survival.


RPL 430 Event: Skate Back Bash

The Central Michigan University Recreation and Event Planning majors have to take a course RPL 430 and host a philanthropic event for the Mount Pleasant community. One group held a Skate Back Bash, Thursday, April 12, 2018, at Northside Hansen Arena to help raise money for PackYourBack, a nonprofit organization that started at Central Michigan University to help collect funds and school supplies to donate to the children of Flint and beyond.

Stay tuned, my next and last assignment will include learning more about fashion photography, music photography and a photo story about what it is like for someone to deal with depression, anxiety, and PTSD daily. I have learned so much about what it takes to find your own stories to cover since the start of this semester.

JRN 521 – Your Choice #2

The following galleries are my work from this months your choice assignment. I worked with three bands during one concert on February 24th at Rubbles in downtown Mount Pleasant and took photos while I was in Israel during spring break.

Israel – City of Nazareth, Market Places, Farms, and the Jordan Border


CHIRP Concert and Promos

Opening Acts for CHIRP

  1. Pining

2. Pineapple Psychology

JRN 521 – Your Choice #1

As part of my “Your Choice Assignment #1,” I did a portrait series on student musicians. Through this part of the assignment, I decided to experiment with lighting on location and doing both unconventional and traditional portraitures. I wanted to showcase unified emotion and a similar theme throughout the entire series. I worked with six different musicians (all with different instruments) and below is my work from the week. (click on the image to enlarge it)

As a whole, I am really pleased with my portraiture series, but I believe I have done some better work with location lighting, yet I understand this is all a learning process; trail and error. I really struggled with trying to do a spotlight using a speedlight and a snoot, which was harder than I expected it to be. In addition, I wanted the work to all have the same feel/emotion with each image, which I feel I achieved while working with various spacial constraints from outdoors to a small personal practice room.


For the second part of my assignment, I covered The Swift Brother’s concert at Hunter’s Ale House on Friday, February 9, 2018. I did a set of a stills covering the concert/event and a video including interviews with the brothers to act as an introduction/promo for the music duo. Below is all my work from this section of my “Your Choice #1” assignment.

I am still learning how to do video effectively and professionally since I am still a beginner with Adobe Premiere Pro and shooting video. I am pretty pleased with my end result of this video for The Swift Brothers and I feel like I have learned a lot about shooting different angles, working with space and lighting provided, and making the most of everything you have for a strong end result.

Album of photos from the performance:

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Again, this was also a learning experience because shooting in Hunter’s is really difficult.There isn’t a pit for photographers and it is a bar/restaurant. The lighting isn’t prime and you have to work around the customers as well as the small stage area to not get redundant photos that still strongly showcase the event to its fullest. This is a different experience for shooting a concert because not all concerts are held in stadiums, arenas, festivals or music halls, and you have to work with the space provided.

{Total Hours of Work = 16}

JRN 521 – Seminar in News Photography Final Project Proposal

For one of my capstone courses this year at CMU, JRN 521 Seminar in News Photography, we are tasked with a semester-long final multimedia project (which will be the second one I am doing, because I have another of for my second capstone source lol). We had to write out our proposal for our piece and it was a lot to think about ahead of time, like the schedule and logistics, etc. These are things I usually don’t take the time planning and it is hard for me to plan without set/confirmed subjects or information.

Below is my concept/idea for my final proposal which will be posted in April!



In life, I believe that we all face challenges personally and from society. There is a huge rise in the challenge of dealing with rape culture and any type of sexual assault/harassment. My project will show this in action by exploring the #MeToo movement and working with those who are survivors and might have PTSD from these assaults.  Ultimately, I want the audience to feel connected to the subjects at hand and connected to the issue, and understand that this is an issue in today’s society and on our college campus, people need to be more open to the discussion of rape culture and not be so synthesized to it.

Provide the who, what, where, why and how:

WHO: I will try to work with SAPA and other organizations. I also have connections to survivors, but I don’t want to state their names at this time because I haven’t gotten full approval from them yet.

WHAT: #MeToo and Rape Culture

WHERE: In Michigan and mainly at CMU

WHY: I am a survivor of sexual assault and I hate how limited discussions on this topic are and I want to really show that it can happen to ALL people, it is not a women’s only issue.

HOW: Photos, video, poll/survey and graphics of data



Write a concise paragraph about:

Again, the subject of my project is to explore in a deeper level the topic of the #MeToo movement and rape culture on campus and in Michigan. I am working on getting approval from all potential subjects for the assignment and I want to work with SAPA and interview them and their work on the topic locally. The audience will need to understand the definition of rape culture, how students define consent, that this is a trigging subject so be aware when reading, and the start and rise of #MeToo.



  1. what are the activities
    1. Quick interviews with students at bars about consent
    2. Interviews with survivors and SAPA
    3. Footage of SAPA working??
    4. Police interaction???
    5. Images of reports (gain access, and blur out names)
    6. Photographs of survivors, to show there is no set type of victim
  2. the expected structure of events – UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME
  3. how the activity may contribute to the whole project – UNSURE HOW TO ANSWER WITHOUT BEING REPETITIVE, LOOK AT SECTIONS 1-2???



Possible Subject 1:

  1. a) who: Brianne Twiddy
  2. b) where (where does this person belong in the scheme of things): She would Br able to share her story for the video and to photograph.
  3. c) what (what is the subject’s role, what makes the subject interesting, significant?): Brianne is a survivor of assault and she is semi-open about the topic, but I have a built strong communication with her and believe her story would be great to add.


Possible Subject 2:

  1. a) who: SAPA Representative (preferably two, male and female)
  2. b) where (where does this person belong in the scheme of things): Insight on rape culture and this issue, good interviews.
  3. c) what (what is the subject’s role, what makes the subject interesting, significant?): Inform about resources, data, what they have witnessed (if allowed), etc.


Possible Subject 3:

STILL IN SEARCH. Another Survivor of rape or sexual assault/harassment (preferably have three total; all races and genders).


Subject 4:

Community members and their opinions on consent, rape culture, and this issue on campus. They will be respondents for polls and parts of the video.



For each interview list:

  1. Survivors – to share story
  2. SAPA – information on sexual assault
  3. Community Members
  4. Police??


Write a brief paragraph on how you hope to structure your project. Consider:

This is really hard to think about at this stage. Currently, my first step is gathering subjects, obtaining background information on the topic and gaining necessary access (what access do I need). Thinking about the final end result is really difficult, but right now I see the package structure opening with the video, then text, then photos and polls, then more text and graphics, and text again, and then helplines and links (so that the audience can then act after reading). This is really just a general idea.


Shooting schedule



Write a paragraph about how you imagine your piece will impact your viewers

I hope this piece with help the discussion of sexual assault and help survivors/viewers, fell open to voice their #MeToo to build report on the issue. I also hope this piece will help viewers learn they aren’t alone, how big of and issue this is, and service/help provided that they might not have known about previously.

The World of Music Photography with Maclay Heriot

This past week I got to interview Australian music photographer, Maclay Heriot for my JRN 521 seminar course and learn more about working as a photographer in the music industry. Below is the paper I had to write for my course and a few samples of Maclay Heriot’s work. Thank you, Maclay, for talking with me and inspiring me with your words.

Maclay Heriot
Follow Maclay Heriot on Instagram: @maclayheriot

“When a little bird sings soft and low in your ear, you should listen. Maclay Heriot is a photographer to watch. He prefers film to digital. He gets to go backstage and inside the lives, your favourite musicians lead…”

 – Sally Quade in an article with the publication, Monster Children on Oct. 21st, 2014.


Since April 2017 I have developed a passion to hopefully pursue a future career in music and concert photography after photographing the DNCE concert on Central Michigan’s campus. With the increased interest in music photography, I have been adding famous and top rising music photographers on Instagram, to follow and study their work, during this research I came upon the work of Australian freelance music photographer, Maclay Heriot. Heriot’s work struck me immediately as genuine and almost surreal images of the artists he worked with and I knew I wanted to understand more about his career and why he photographs the music world the way he does.

Maclay Heriot currently resides in Sydney, Australia. Heriot has been working in concert photography for around 7 plus years. Growing up around music by being in a band himself and having an Uncle who was in a band, Heriot was naturally drawn to the music scene. In the beginning of his career, Heriot worked closely with Australia music photographer Sophie Howard. Heriot heard Howard speak on Triple J radio and emailed her, he got a response 8-9 months later asking if Heriot wanted to work with her in Sydney, helping with her reshoots for her book of news on the road covering 16 years of touring. During this 2-year period, Heriot gained advice and tips on how to grow in the field and learn how to advance his own skill set. In addition, working with Howard provided Heriot with his first access to bands and concerts, while on tour with Howard. Heriot relates to that of a struggling artist since he paid his own way to go on tour, he worked for free for a long time and for years slept on the couches of friends and family, all in pursuing his photography career. Since his start, Heriot has worked with bands such as Portugal, The Man (American rock band) and Jagwar Ma (Australian psychedelic dance band), as well as shooting festivals such as the Australian music festival, Big Day Out and American festival, Lollapalooza. When talking about his growth in his career, Heriot stated, “It’s just putting yourself out there and chase it. Don’t get bummed if it doesn’t happen right away, just be persistent…You just have to be committed and keep doing your thing.

Heriot started photography with film and today about 99% of his work is still made on film, as stated by Heriot himself. He stated that “photography was a trade you had to learn and that takes a while…” and that it doesn’t happen overnight. I think a really admirable quality about Heriot is that he understands working in photography you have to realize that “it is all about adaptation to the times and that you have to be fresh (with your work), not getting caught up in the times.” I love that Heriot still works in film and makes such stunning images despite being criticized by peers at times for his choice of equipment. This reminds me that it is not the camera that makes the photographer, but the skill set and the knowledge of the trade. I think this is a huge merit of Heriot’s work because it shows he cares more about capturing the moment then about having the best technology. In addition, the use of film provides a surrealist feel to Heriot’s work and this is one of the main things that allows Heriot’s work to stand out from the rest.

Another aspect of Heriot’s music photography that impresses me is that he likes to work behind the scenes just as much if not more than shooting in the front of the stage. In a bio video on his website, he states, “I like being a fly on the wall and just capturing an authentic, classic moment.” His take on photography and what makes a photo worthy is similar to that of my professor here at Central Michigan, Kent Miller, whom I admire greatly. After talking more with Heriot, I learned that he likes to shoot outside rather than in the studio and just let the connection between him and artists be natural, almost like the camera is not there. He photographs because of his passion and his desire to capture the true moments, it shows a great authenticity with his work. His style of photography is similar to the way he communicates with people and prefers the work to natural and unplanned. In addition, while making money is important for living, Heriot works freelance and for years worked without pay, showing true dedication to the craft, not the fame or the monetary value of it.



I wouldn’t say that Heriot is worldwide famous but he is well-known in the music photography field and he is considered a rising photographer. Heriot states that his ability to have become well-known by his peers and musicians is all about making connections and “all about relationships.” Heriot drew support from his friends in local bands in Australia and from there he also made connections with other bands and important people during his work with “Big Day Out” and through the access he received from the magazine Drum Media. Heriot states that he always just put himself in places where the people he wanted to meet would be, he advises and emphasizes making circles and networking to help new photographers in building a future career. Lastly, I do not know if Heriot’s work would have really affected social change in the world or his community because he isn’t shooting hard-hitting journalism, but he is influential to me personally with his commitment to his field and how well he has persevered through his own personal struggles to make a career for himself in something that he loves. Learning from Heriot and hearing his perspective on how to achieve your goals was extremely significant to me and has helped me realize how I can no go about reaching my dreams as a music photographer, plus I feel like everything he has said is like the perfect advise to give to both student and aspiring photographers.

            “Don’t let other’s opinion turn you off what you want to do.” – Maclay Heriot

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