I got my first camera, a square, black Brownie Box, for my tenth birthday. Many frames later, I landed my first job as a photojournalist. Meanwhile, I learned all I could about photography while paying the bills with a lot of “interesting” jobs, including camp cook, spice cooperative warehouse manager and taxi driver. Now, after stints as a full time staff photojournalist with the St. Cloud Times, the Des Moines Register and the News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina), I’ve come home to Minnesota and started my own photography business. I specialize in documentary photography for editorial, educational and corporate clients; wedding photojournalism; event coverage and portraits -- human and canine.
2006-2013 Sher Stoneman Photography, St. Paul, MN
Freelance photographer specializing in documentary photography for editorial, corporate and non-profit clients, including the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, St. Catherine University, Macalester College, Breck School, Providence Academy, International House (NYC) and the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education. Event coverage, P.R., advertising and portraits for print and online.
2010-2012 Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
Photographer, Communications and Public Relations
Work collaboratively with the Communications and Public Relations team to provide images for key print and electronic publications; prepare digital photographs for use in print publications and on the college’s website; shoot key campus events, student life, faculty, and campus images that reflect all four seasons and the diversity of student life; participate in strategic planning; demonstrate flexibility, problem solving and innovation.
1999 – 2006 The News & Observer, Raleigh, NC
Staff photojournalist for 180,000-circulation daily. Shot a variety of assignments under tight deadlines. Cultivated sources, developed feature ideas, shot photos and recorded sound for multimedia features and created the paper’s first photo column. Proficient in Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Photo Mechanic.
2001 – 2006 Missy McLamb Photographers, Pittsboro, NC
First associate photographer hired by highly regarded wedding photography studio. Consulted with clients, directed assistants and integrated fine arts and photojournalism skills to create one-of-a-kind wedding packages.
1996 – 1999 Des Moines Register, Des Moines, IA
Staff photojournalist for 120,000-circulation daily. Covered a wide range of assignments, including news, sports, features and portraits on deadline. Shot 2-4 assignments each day, edited and toned photos and wrote captions. Pitched photo stories and longer-term feature projects.
1993 – 1996 St. Cloud Times, St. Cloud, MN
Staff photojournalist for 28,000-circulation daily. Responsible for shooting 2-4 assignments daily; edited film, made prints and wrote captions. Emphasis on feature hunting.
1990 - 1991 Photojournalism Internships, Iowa/Ohio
Cedar Rapids Gazette, Medina County Gazette
1988 – 1990 Minnesota Daily, Mpls., MN
Assistant photo editor and staff photographer at highly regarded campus daily. Duties included supervising a staff of ten photographers, making assignments, editing film and writing all cutlines.
Awards and Honors:
• Wedding Photojournalist Association International, 2nd Place Emotion, fourth quarter, 2011
• Award of Excellence, Feature Photography, Society of News Design, international Best of Newspaper Design Creative Competition, 2005
• Carolina Photojournalism Workshop, Faculty member, Manteo, NC, April 2004
• Photographer of the Year, Minnesota News Photographers Asssociation, 1995
• Photographer of the Year runner-up, Iowa Press Photographers Association, 1998
• Pulitzer Prize nominee (team), 1995, 2001
• Scores of photojournalism awards from state news organizations (MN, IA, NC), 1993 – 2006
• University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Arts degree, Journalism, 1987
• Wedding Photojournalist Association
• Professional Photographers of America
• Editorial Photographers
Human Rights Campaign