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Here are some outtakes from a recent assignment for the Wall Street Journal. Full story here: http://on.wsj.com/2lEsSlr

 

Chip Hunter, dean of Washington State University’s Carson College of Business, in his office at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash.
Chip Hunter, dean of Washington State University’s Carson College of Business, in his office at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash.
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Last week I went to Geek Fest in LA. After, a group of a us headed to the Joshua Tree. Here are a few pictures.

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Recently I left my staff position at the Yakima Herald-Republic to start full-time freelancing. Here is some recent work published in the Guardian and one of my favorite stories from my last few months at the herald.

YAKAMA NATION HOMELESSNESS – THE GUARDIAN

In the spring of 2016 an estimated 350 to 500 members of the Yakama Nation were displaced from 60 tribal-owned residences in a mass eviction. Some fell behind on rent, others failed drug tests or had overcrowded homes. Many of those evicted had nowhere else to go. Now some of the evicted live in about a dozen tiny homes built by the Yakama Nation. Find full story here.

 

Roberta Strong, 67, was evicted from her home at a Yakama Nation housing project in Wapato, Wash., in 2016. Now, Strong lives in a 10 by 12 foot tiny home at the Yakama Nation RV Encampment in Toppenish, Wash.
Roberta Strong, 67, was evicted from her home at a Yakama Nation housing project in Wapato, Wash. Now, Strong lives in a 10 by 12 foot tiny home at the Yakama Nation RV Encampment in Toppenish, Wash.
Before Sarah Headdress moved in to a tiny home at the Yakama Nation RV encampment she was living in a four-bedroom home with eleven people. Headdress is pictured in front of her tiny home at the Yakama Nation RV Encampment in Toppenish, Wash., Tuesday, May 30, 2017. (Sofia Jaramillo)
Before Sarah Headdress moved in to a tiny home at the Yakama Nation RV encampment she was living in a four-bedroom home with eleven people. Headdress is pictured in front of her tiny home at the Yakama Nation RV Encampment in Toppenish, Wash. (Sofia Jaramillo)
Mount Adams glows in the distance behind the Yakama Nation RV Encampment in Toppenish, Wash., Tuesday, May 30, 2017. After hundreds of Yakama tribal members were evicted from a tribal housing complex in 2016, the Yakama Nation constructed over a dozen tiny homes on an RV lot in Toppenish, Wash. (Sofia Jaramillo)
Mount Adams glows in the distance behind the Yakama Nation RV Encampment in Toppenish, Wash. After hundreds of Yakama tribal members were evicted from a tribal housing complex in 2016, the Yakama Nation constructed over a dozen tiny homes on an RV lot in Toppenish, Wash. (Sofia Jaramillo)
Yakama tribal members hang out at a homeless encampment called "the compound" in Toppenish, Wash., Tuesday, May 30, 2017. The women sleep under plywood tables and apple bins.
Yakama tribal members hang out at a homeless encampment called “the compound” in Toppenish, Wash. The women sleep under plywood tables and apple bins.
Lily Compo is pictured at "the compound" homeless encampment in Toppenish, Wash., Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Campo sleeps under plywood tables and apple bins at the camp.
Lily Compo is pictured at “the compound” homeless encampment in Toppenish, Wash. Campo sleeps under plywood tables and apple bins at the camp.

THE 30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE SALMON SCAM – YHR

Sohappy Jr. and his dad, along with three other Yakama tribal members, were convicted in U.S. District court in 1983 for selling salmon caught out of season to undercover agents. The sting is known as the ‘salmon scam.’  The case was argued both in federal and tribal court. Now 30 years after the trial, David Sohappy is still on the river.

From left, Andy SoHappy, his brother David Sohappy Jr., and Kyle Brisbois clear water out of their engine before checking fish nets at dawn on the Columbia River near Cook, Wash., Friday, April 20, 2017.  (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
From left, Andy SoHappy, his brother David Sohappy Jr., and Kyle Brisbois clear water out of their engine before checking fish nets at dawn on the Columbia River near Cook, Wash. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Salmon Fishing with David Sohappy Jr. near Cook, Wash., Friday, April 20, 2017.  (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
A mural of salmon fisherman is painted on a wall in Cook, Wash. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
David Sohappy Jr., 58, left, and his brother, Andy Sohappy, 57, right, boat out to check their fishing nets on the Columbia River near Cook, Wash., Friday, April 20, 2017. Sohappy Jr. and his dad along with three other Yakama tribal members were convicted in U.S. District court in 1983 for selling salmon caught out of season to undercover agents. The sting is known as Salmonscam.  The case was argued both in federal and tribal court. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the tribal court case, where Sohappy was allowed to voice his side of the story. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
David Sohappy Jr., 58, left, and his brother, Andy Sohappy, 57, right, use a boat to check their fishing nets on the Columbia River near Cook, Wash. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Kyle Brisbois, 20, pulls a salmon from a gill net while Andy Sohappy, 57, left, and David Sohappy Jr., right, look on while fishing on the Columbia River near Cook, Wash., Friday, April 20, 2017.  (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Kyle Brisbois, 20, pulls a salmon from a gill net while Andy Sohappy, 57, left, and David Sohappy Jr., right, look on while fishing on the Columbia River near Cook, Wash. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
A freshly caught salmon lies on the deck of David Sohappy Jr.'s boat near Cook, Wash., Friday, April 20, 2017. All the fish that were caught will be sent to longhouses and used for ceremonial purposes. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
A freshly caught salmon lies on the deck of David Sohappy Jr.’s boat near Cook, Wash. All the fish that were caught will be sent to longhouses and used for ceremonial purposes. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Salmon Fishing with David Sohappy Jr. near Cook, Wash., Friday, April 20, 2017.  (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Salmon Fishing with David Sohappy Jr. near Cook, Wash. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)

 

Well I’m continuing the trimonthly blog post tradition with some photos from May, June, and July. I am currently shooting far more portraits than ever, which for me is an accomplishment within itself. Before I would have been nervous, but I am now more comfortable. Thanks to the help of my colleagues, I am starting to understand lighting better.  We have a cool team project coming up in the next month, I am in the middle of shooting two portrait series and continuing to work on a long term personal project. I am learning how to manage shooting multiple projects and to say the least, it’s getting busy. Hope you enjoy the photos!

Mario Barajas tills an orchard near the intersection of Summitview Extension and South Mize Road in Yakima, Wash., Friday, May 20, 2016. Barajas moved to the United States from Michoacan, Mexico, ten years ago. Barajas said, "I have always worked in the fields, ever since I came here. It's a good job." (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Mario Barajas tills an orchard near the intersection of Summitview Extension and South Mize Road in Yakima, Wash., Friday, May 20, 2016. Barajas moved to the United States from Michoacan, Mexico, ten years ago. Barajas said, “I have always worked in the fields, ever since I came here. It’s a good job.” (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Luz Baragan clears out weeds in an Allium flower field at Friend Bulb and Flower farms in Sunnyside, Wash., Friday, May 6, 2016. Onions, shallots and garlic are members of the allium family, but the alliums grown at Friend Bulb and Flower are ornamental. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Luz Baragan clears out weeds in an Allium flower field at Friend Bulb and Flower farms in Sunnyside, Wash., Friday, May 6, 2016. Onions, shallots and garlic are members of the allium family, but the alliums grown at Friend Bulb and Flower are ornamental. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Scenes from a fire that engulfed two houses near West Lincoln Avenue and Lewis Street in Yakima, Wash., Thursday, June 2, 2016. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Scenes from a fire that engulfed two houses near West Lincoln Avenue and Lewis Street in Yakima, Wash., Thursday, June 2, 2016. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Scenes from the bridge between Yakima and Selah, Wash., Thursday, July 28, 2016. Many people came out to beat the heat and jump in the river. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Scenes from the bridge between Yakima and Selah, Wash., Thursday, July 28, 2016. Many people came out to beat the heat and jump in the river. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Scenes from the bridge between Yakima and Selah, Wash., Thursday, July 28, 2016. Many people came out to beat the heat and jump in the river. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Scenes from the bridge between Yakima and Selah, Wash., Thursday, July 28, 2016. Many people came out to beat the heat and jump in the river. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Selah Dolphins team member Lillie Rice kicks off the pool wall while practicing at the Selah swimming pool in Selah, Wash., Friday, July 15, 2016. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/ Yakima Herald-Republic)
Selah Dolphins team member Lillie Rice kicks off the pool wall while practicing at the Selah swimming pool in Selah, Wash., Friday, July 15, 2016. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/ Yakima Herald-Republic)
Devin Niebuhr, 13, shoots a 45-caliber muzzle loading pistol during Nile Valley Days at Jim Sprick Community Park in Naches, Wash., Saturday, July 16, 2016. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/ Yakima Herald-Republic)
Devin Niebuhr, 13, shoots a 45-caliber muzzle loading pistol during Nile Valley Days at Jim Sprick Community Park in Naches, Wash., Saturday, July 16, 2016. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/ Yakima Herald-Republic)
A honey bee approaches a lavender stem before pollinating the plant at Selah Ridge Lavender Farm in Selah, Wash., Friday, July 8, 2016. Bees play a critical role in maintaining natural plant communities. Most crops require pollination by insects. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/ Yakima Herald-Republic)
A honey bee approaches a lavender stem before pollinating the plant at Selah Ridge Lavender Farm in Selah, Wash., Friday, July 8, 2016. Bees play a critical role in maintaining natural plant communities. Most crops require pollination by insects. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/ Yakima Herald-Republic)
Claire Sundqvist, 4, smells a lavender bunch while sitting on top of her cousins shoulders at Selah Ridge Lavender Farm in Selah, Wash., Friday, July 8, 2016. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/ Yakima Herald-Republic)
Claire Sundqvist, 4, smells a lavender bunch while sitting on top of her cousins shoulders at Selah Ridge Lavender Farm in Selah, Wash., Friday, July 8, 2016. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/ Yakima Herald-Republic)
Selah Dolphin swimmer Ellie Richardson, left, practices diving with other teammates during a swim practice at the Selah pool in Selah, Wash., Friday, July 15, 2016. Head coach Leslie Brown said, "If we don't have a pool it would pretty much kill our team." (SOFIA JARAMILLO/ Yakima Herald-Republic)
Selah Dolphin swimmer Ellie Richardson, left, practices diving with other teammates during a swim practice at the Selah pool in Selah, Wash., Friday, July 15, 2016. Head coach Leslie Brown said, “If we don’t have a pool it would pretty much kill our team.” (SOFIA JARAMILLO/ Yakima Herald-Republic)
Handlers feed their dogs Riker, center, and Genna, right, an ice cream treat before competing in the Pointer group of Yakima Valley Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show at Central Washington Fairgrounds in Yakima, Wash., Sunday, June 5, 2016. Riker's breed is a type of Hungarian Pointer called a Vizsla and Genna's breed is an English Pointer. Genna's owner Lisa Merki, not pictured, said the ice cream cools them down and makes them happy.  (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Handlers feed their dogs Riker, center, and Genna, right, an ice cream treat before competing in the Pointer group of Yakima Valley Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show at Central Washington Fairgrounds in Yakima, Wash., Sunday, June 5, 2016. Riker’s breed is a type of Hungarian Pointer called a Vizsla and Genna’s breed is an English Pointer. Genna’s owner Lisa Merki, not pictured, said the ice cream cools them down and makes them happy. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Scenes from the Eisenhower High graduation ceremony at SunDome in Yakima, Wash., Thursday, June 2, 2016. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Scenes from the Eisenhower High graduation ceremony at the SunDome in Yakima, Wash., Thursday, June 2, 2016. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
An event attendee rides the HIJack as a rainbow glows in the distance at the Selah Days carnival near Lince Elementary School in Selah, Wash., Thursday, May 19, 2016. Selah days events include a pancake breakfast, talent show, and firework show on Saturday and an eating contest Sunday. The carival will open at 11 a.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. Sunday. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
An event attendee rides the HIJack as a rainbow glows in the distance at the Selah Days carnival near Lince Elementary School in Selah, Wash., Thursday, May 19, 2016. Selah days events include a pancake breakfast, talent show, and firework show on Saturday and an eating contest Sunday. The carival will open at 11 a.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. Sunday. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Cameron Slaugh, executive chef at Cowiche Canyon Kitchen, will develop the menu for a new restaurant at the former Speakeasy property in Yakima, Wash., Friday, July 22, 2016. Slaugh has already built a notable resume that includes a stint as executive chef at Osteria La Buca and as a sous chef at Eleven Madison Park, a three Michelin star restaurant in New York. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/ Yakima Herald-Republic)
Cameron Slaugh, executive chef at Cowiche Canyon Kitchen, will develop the menu for a new restaurant at the former Speakeasy property in Yakima, Wash., Friday, July 22, 2016. Slaugh has already built a notable resume that includes a stint as executive chef at Osteria La Buca and as a sous chef at Eleven Madison Park, a three Michelin star restaurant in New York. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/ Yakima Herald-Republic)
Israel James Hunter, left, and Yesenia Hunter, right, are pictured holding one of their community art pieces at the Yakima Valley Museum in Yakima, Wash., Thursday, June 2, 2016. The Museum purchased the piece called "Fire Breather," along with other community art pieces and some of Yesenia's prints. The long-time residents and influential community artists are leaving the valley to move to Los Angeles, where Yesenia will pursue a Ph.D.
Israel James Hunter, left, and Yesenia Hunter, right, are pictured holding one of their community art pieces at the Yakima Valley Museum in Yakima, Wash., Thursday, June 2, 2016. The Museum purchased the piece called “Fire Breather,” along with other community art pieces and some of Yesenia’s prints. The long-time residents and influential community artists are leaving the valley to move to Los Angeles, where Yesenia will pursue a Ph.D.
Marilyn "Micki" Robison was the wagon master of one of the Conestoga wagons in the bicentennial wagon train that came across the U.S. almost 40 years ago in Naches, Wash., Thursday, June 23, 2016. Robison wore a leather vest with pins from all the states she visited during the pilgrimage.  (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Marilyn “Micki” Robison was the wagon master of one of the Conestoga wagons in the bicentennial wagon train that came across the U.S. almost 40 years ago in Naches, Wash., Thursday, June 23, 2016. Robison wore a leather vest with pins from all the states she visited during the pilgrimage. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Marilyn "Micki" Robison wears a vest with pins from all of the states she passed through during the wagon train at Applecart Deli in Naches, Wash., Thursday, June 23, 2016.  (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Marilyn “Micki” Robison wears a vest with pins from all of the states she passed through during the wagon train at Applecart Deli in Naches, Wash., Thursday, June 23, 2016. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Behrle is Yakima Maker Space's first artist-in-residence at Yakima Maker Space in Yakima, Wash., Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Behrle said he used footage of water because he was inspired from his experience living in the pacific northwest. Behrle moved to Yakima four years ago. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/ Yakima Herald-Republic)
Behrle is Yakima Maker Space’s first artist-in-residence at Yakima Maker Space in Yakima, Wash., Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Behrle said he used footage of water because he was inspired from his experience living in the pacific northwest. Behrle moved to Yakima four years ago. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/ Yakima Herald-Republic)
Artist-in-residence Andy Behrle explains his immersive digital art piece called "hydrodome" at Yakima Maker Space in Yakima, Wash., Tuesday, July 26, 2016. His new installation, which will be showcased at the University of Idaho in August, consists of a large plastic dome that allows viewers to walk inside and see video footage reflected on the walls and ground. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/ Yakima Herald-Republic)
Artist-in-residence Andy Behrle explains his immersive digital art piece called “hydrodome” at Yakima Maker Space in Yakima, Wash., Tuesday, July 26, 2016. His new installation, which will be showcased at the University of Idaho in August, consists of a large plastic dome that allows viewers to walk inside and see video footage reflected on the walls and ground. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/ Yakima Herald-Republic)

 

Alright I admit…I’ve been slacking on blog posts. In an attempt to make up for it,  here is a compilation of some favorites from the past 3 months. It has been a wonderful transition from winter to spring. People are starting to come out, the fields are in blossom and its getting hot. Harvest season is just beginning and I am stoked to use my Spanish more often, meet the workers and see all the harvesting methods.

Wallace Van Eaton is pictured at his home in Yakima, Wash., Wednesday, March 16, 2016. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Wallace Van Eaton is pictured at his home in Yakima, Wash., Wednesday, March 16, 2016. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)

 

A Yakama Nation member cheers as presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally at the Yakima Valley SunDome Thursday, March 24, 2016, in Yakima, Wash. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
A Yakama Nation member cheers as presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally at the Yakima Valley SunDome Thursday, March 24, 2016, in Yakima, Wash. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Scenes from the 2nd Annual Central Washington Natural Muscle and Bikini Classic at the Yakima Convention Center in Yakima, Wash., Saturday, March 12, 2016. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Scenes from the 2nd Annual Central Washington Natural Muscle and Bikini Classic at the Yakima Convention Center in Yakima, Wash., Saturday, March 12, 2016. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Gabriel Donovan Rodriguez, left, and Alondra Betencourt, right, wait outside of the old greyhound bus depot, now occupied by Yakima Neighborhood Health Services, in Yakima, Wash., Tuesday, February 23, 2016. Rodriguez and Bettencourt have used services provided by Yakima Neighborhood Health in the past. Bettencourt said most of the people at the depot are good people and the majority don't cause problems. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Gabriel Donovan Rodriguez, left, and Alondra Betencourt, right, wait outside of the old greyhound bus depot, now occupied by Yakima Neighborhood Health Services, in Yakima, Wash., Tuesday, February 23, 2016. Rodriguez and Bettencourt have used services provided by Yakima Neighborhood Health in the past. Bettencourt said most of the people at the depot are good people and the majority don’t cause problems. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Capitol Theatre CEO Charlie Robin poses for a photo at Capitol Theatre in Yakima, Wash., Friday, April 29, 2016. Robin said he supports the plaza because "it would dress up my front porch." Robin said the plaza would provide a central gathering space for the community and further the experience for people attending events at the Capitol Theatre. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Capitol Theatre CEO Charlie Robin poses for a photo at Capitol Theatre in Yakima, Wash., Friday, April 29, 2016. Robin said he supports the plaza because “it would dress up my front porch.” Robin said the plaza would provide a central gathering space for the community and further the experience for people attending events at the Capitol Theatre. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Mike Sliman dresses as Pontius Pilate during a reenactment of Jesus's entrance to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday at the Holy Family Church Activity Center in Yakima, Wash., Sunday, March 20, 2016. The worship service include a procession. Members of the church carried palms, representing the palm branches the crowd scattered in front of Jesus as he entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Mike Sliman dresses as Pontius Pilate during a reenactment of Jesus’s entrance to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday at the Holy Family Church Activity Center in Yakima, Wash., Sunday, March 20, 2016. The worship service include a procession. Members of the church carried palms, representing the palm branches the crowd scattered in front of Jesus as he entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Medical Lake's Donte Brown, bottom, is tackled by friends after winning the the Class 1A Medical Lake vs. La Salle regional game at Eisenhower High School in Yakima, Wash., Friday, February 26, 2016. Medical Lake defeated La Salle 55-51.  (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Medical Lake’s Donte Brown, bottom, is tackled by friends after winning the the Class 1A Medical Lake vs. La Salle regional game at Eisenhower High School in Yakima, Wash., Friday, February 26, 2016. Medical Lake defeated La Salle 55-51. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
The Richland High School dance team form a circle while they scratch each others' backs before the WIAA 4A dance and drill state championships at the SunDome in Yakima, Wash., Friday, March 25, 2016.
The Richland High School dance team form a circle while they scratch each others’ backs before the WIAA 4A dance and drill state championships at the SunDome in Yakima, Wash., Friday, March 25, 2016.
Yakama Nation member Les Wahsise, or Slock-I-Wash, wears traditional Yakama dress while participating in the commemoration of retrocession at the Yakama Nation Heritage Cultural Center in Toppenish, Wash., Friday, April 22, 2016. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Yakama Nation member Les Wahsise, or Slock-I-Wash, wears traditional Yakama dress while participating in the commemoration of retrocession at the Yakama Nation Heritage Cultural Center in Toppenish, Wash., Friday, April 22, 2016. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Jose Delaufente center holds an american flag during a peace rally in Yakima, Wash., Saturday, April 23, 2016. Delafuente who identifies as Mexican American said, "I came out to support my heritage. There is lots of racists stuff going on and we need to throw it all behind." (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Jose Delaufente center holds an american flag during a peace rally in Yakima, Wash., Saturday, April 23, 2016. Delafuente who identifies as Mexican American said, “I came out to support my heritage. There is lots of racists stuff going on and we need to throw it all behind.” (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Jeffrey Fulkerson, left, and Kourtney Webb, right, rest in the grass at State Fair Park in Yakima, Wash., Saturday, February 20, 2016. The two have been together for one month. "She hunts. I fish. That's a power couple if you ask me, " said Fulkerson. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Jeffrey Fulkerson, left, and Kourtney Webb, right, rest in the grass at State Fair Park in Yakima, Wash., Saturday, February 20, 2016. The two have been together for one month. “She hunts. I fish. That’s a power couple if you ask me, ” said Fulkerson. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Billie Worthen, left, 89, puckers up for Raymond Colella, right, 84, during the Valentine's Day dance at the Harman Center in Yakima, Wash., Friday, February 12, 2016. After both their spouses passed away in 2003, Worthen and Colella met at a dance event in Prosser a year later. They have been dating ever since. "I decided to go to the dance. I wasn't looking. I had my very last dance with Billie and thats our story," said Colella. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Billie Worthen, left, 89, puckers up for Raymond Colella, right, 84, during the Valentine’s Day dance at the Harman Center in Yakima, Wash., Friday, February 12, 2016. After both their spouses passed away in 2003, Worthen and Colella met at a dance event in Prosser a year later. They have been dating ever since. “I decided to go to the dance. I wasn’t looking. I had my very last dance with Billie and thats our story,” said Colella. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
A firefighter works to put out a barn fire at 290 McLaughlin Road in Yakima, Wash., Friday, March 18, 2016. Cari Wickersham, the owner of the home, said the fire probably started from a heat lamp the family had just installed for baby chickens. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
A firefighter works to put out a barn fire at 290 McLaughlin Road in Yakima, Wash., Friday, March 18, 2016. Cari Wickersham, the owner of the home, said the fire probably started from a heat lamp the family had just installed for baby chickens. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)

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Pastor Alex Rule prays during the Central Washington Walk-for-life event at the Grace of Christ Church in Yakima, Wash., Saturday, January 16, 2016. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Pastor Alex Rule prays during the Central Washington Walk-for-life event at the Grace of Christ Church in Yakima, Wash., Saturday, January 16, 2016. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Victoria Jimenez holds up a sign of Martin Luther King, Jr. during the 6th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. peace march on West 1st Avenue in Toppenish, Wash., Monday, January 18, 2016. "I came out to support everything and everyone involved," said Jimenez. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Victoria Jimenez holds up a sign of Martin Luther King, Jr. during the 6th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. peace march on West 1st Avenue in Toppenish, Wash., Monday, January 18, 2016. “I came out to support everything and everyone involved,” said Jimenez. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Alexandra Carrasco, top center, and other participants search for rings in a huge cake during Central Washington Bridal Show's annual cake dive at the Yakima Convention Center in Yakima, Wash., Saturday, January 9, 2016.  (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Alexandra Carrasco, top center, and other participants search for rings in a huge cake during Central Washington Bridal Show’s annual cake dive at the Yakima Convention Center in Yakima, Wash., Saturday, January 9, 2016. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Joel Callixtro prunes apple trees at Jumping Horse orchard in west valley Yakima, Wash., Thursday, January 28, 2016. The Yakima valley is in the midst of pruning as the season will end around March. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Joel Callixtro prunes apple trees at Jumping Horse orchard in west valley Yakima, Wash., Thursday, January 28, 2016. The Yakima valley is in the midst of pruning as the season will end around March. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Jené Pleger sits with her dogs, Cora, left, and Wiley, right, at their home in Yakima, Wash., Friday, January 8, 2015. Cora, a 1-year-old mastiff mix, was rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Jené Pleger sits with her dogs, Cora, left, and Wiley, right, at their home in Yakima, Wash., Friday, January 8, 2015. Cora, a 1-year-old mastiff mix, was rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Destiny Knutson snakes during the Sunday afternoon skate session at Skateland Fun Center in Yakima, Wash., Sunday, January 10, 2016.  Skateland Fun Center is open 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays for the public and private parties. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Destiny Knutson snakes during the Sunday afternoon skate session at Skateland Fun Center in Yakima, Wash., Sunday, January 10, 2016. Skateland Fun Center is open 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays for the public and private parties. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Curator of Exhibitions Mike Siebol poses for a photo at the Yakima Valley Museum at in Yakima, Wash., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2015. Siebol has been working at the Yakima Valley Museum since 2001. The museum has 10 storage rooms full of different artifacts that are currently not on display. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Curator of Exhibitions Mike Siebol poses for a photo at the Yakima Valley Museum at in Yakima, Wash., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2015. Siebol has been working at the Yakima Valley Museum since 2001. The museum has 10 storage rooms full of different artifacts that are currently not on display. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Third grade teacher Ashley Sybouts receives a kiss from an Argentine black and white tegu lizard during an assembly at Harriet Thompson elementary school in Grandview, Wash., Monday, January 25, 2016. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Third grade teacher Ashley Sybouts receives a kiss from an Argentine black and white tegu lizard during an assembly at Harriet Thompson elementary school in Grandview, Wash., Monday, January 25, 2016. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Dave Coledurn, of Predators of the Heart, walks his Northern grey wolf, Kakoa, outside of Harriet Thompson elementary school after a presentation in Grandview, Wash., Monday, January 25, 2016. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Dave Coledurn, of Predators of the Heart, walks his Northern grey wolf, Kakoa, outside of Harriet Thompson elementary school after a presentation in Grandview, Wash., Monday, January 25, 2016. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
A northern grey takes a break after an assembly at Harriet Thompson elementary school in Grandview, Wash., Monday, January 25, 2016. The presentation exhibited over 20 reptiles and animals from around the world. Predators of the Heart wildlife exhibit and reptile show will have another presentation Tuesday, January 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the McClure Elementary School Gym open to the public. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
A northern grey takes a break after an assembly at Harriet Thompson elementary school in Grandview, Wash., Monday, January 25, 2016. The presentation exhibited over 20 reptiles and animals from around the world. Predators of the Heart wildlife exhibit and reptile show will have another presentation Tuesday, January 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the McClure Elementary School Gym open to the public. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Bev Mitchell feeds a stray dog at the gas station on the corner of Lateral A Road and West Wapato Road in Wapato, Wash., Monday, January 4, 2016. "Life expectancy of dogs in this area is less than two years,” said Mitchell. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Bev Mitchell feeds a stray dog at the gas station on the corner of Lateral A Road and West Wapato Road in Wapato, Wash., Monday, January 4, 2016. “Life expectancy of dogs in this area is less than two years,” said Mitchell. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Boys play with balloons and paper horns before the Central Washington Walk-for-life event at the Grace of Christ Church in Yakima, Wash., Saturday, January 16, 2016. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Boys play with balloons and paper horns before the Central Washington Walk-for-life event at the Grace of Christ Church in Yakima, Wash., Saturday, January 16, 2016. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
The Eaton family and friends herd cattle northbound toward Mt. Baldy Ranch in the Yakima River Canyon near Selah, Wash., Saturday, January 30, 2016. The cattle drive is an annual tradition for the Eaton family. "It's really a way of life for us. It's something that just in your soul. You feel more at home horseback than doing anything else," said Ken Eaton. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
The Eaton family and friends herd cattle northbound toward Mt. Baldy Ranch in the Yakima River Canyon near Selah, Wash., Saturday, January 30, 2016. The cattle drive is an annual tradition for the Eaton family. “It’s really a way of life for us. It’s something that just in your soul. You feel more at home horseback than doing anything else,” said Ken Eaton. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Beneitta Eaton feeds cattle to keep them from straying off the road during a cattle drive in the Yakima River Canyon near Selah, Wash., Saturday, January 30, 2016.  Beneitta has been participating in her family's cattle drive for decades. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Beneitta Eaton feeds cattle to keep them from straying off the road during a cattle drive in the Yakima River Canyon near Selah, Wash., Saturday, January 30, 2016. Beneitta has been participating in her family’s cattle drive for decades. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Scenes from the annual Eaton family cattle drive in the Yakima River Canyon near Selah, Wash., Saturday, January 30, 2016. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Scenes from the annual Eaton family cattle drive in the Yakima River Canyon near Selah, Wash., Saturday, January 30, 2016. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)

This year was filled with a diverse array of experiences and changes that shaped my direction and vision as a photographer.

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While interning in Mexico I focused a lot of time on video. This was a great learning experience and opportunity to explore a part of journalism beyond photography and writing. After working with such a talented team at AP Television I considered focusing my career on video.

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Carlos Castaneda plucks his violin as he waits for customers at Tenampa Salon in Mexico City, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. Traditional mariachi groups usually consist of at least two violinists. Castaneda plays mariachi music at Tenampa Salon with his brother, Oscar Castaneda, and said mariachi music is a family tradition. This year, the Tenampa Salon is celebrating its 90th anniversary.  (AP Photo/Sofia Jaramillo)
Tenampa Salon- home of the mariachis, MX.
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at the Driver's Volks event in Mexico City, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015. Event organizers claimed that over 150 volkswagen beetles were on display. (AP photo/Sofia Jaramillo)
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In September, I spent the month with family in Colombia and worked on a personal project about a mennonite family making a new life for themselves in the coffee region of Colombia. Taking this time off of internships gave me clarity on where I wanted to go with my career, reminded me that telling stories through stills is what I do best and what I care for the most. This time steered me back onto the path of photojournalism.

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At the Plett coffee ranch near Pereira, Colombia.
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Meeting and listening to so many different types of photographers at the Eddie Adams workshop in October inspired me to continue community journalism but also provoked new thoughts on what is possible for the future of my photography career. The work and words of Victoria Will showed me that you don’t have to stick with one type of photography your whole career and talking with Kirsten Luce, a photographer I had admired for a long time, made me realize how valuable a staff position can be for a photojournalist.

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All of these experiences led me to take a full time position in October at the Yakima Herald-Republic in Yakima, Washington. I could not have asked for a better team to work with or a more unique area to work in. The level and commitment to photojournalism at the paper encourages me to push myself and find a better shot each day.

Gerardo Cortina picks the last harvest of apples at the Profarms orchard near Granger, Wash. Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. This year's apple season was unusually early and the last of the apples are being harvested now. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic) Victoria Castro, dressed as Queen Amidala, poses for a portrait before the first showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Grand Cinemas in Sunnyside, Wash., Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. Castro said, "I dressed up because I am a huge fan and its just part of the American culture. There is a whole world of Star Wars fans out there." (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic) Elk gather near the Oak Creek Wildlife Area in Naches, Wash., Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic) standalone-YH-122715-05 Gil Calac, of the Yakima Warriors Association, poses for a photo at Sarg Hubbard Park in Yakima, Wash., Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. Calac is a Bronze Star recipient and served in the Vietnam war for 2 years. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic) I am always looking for something different. When I have shot Veterans Day events in the past I have not seen many minority or non-white Veterans. I was surprised and pleased to see the Yakima Warriors Associated present at this event. This photos speaks to the diversity of the Yakima Valley. I found it intriguing that although Calac is a Yakima Native American and most of his ancestors land was once stolen from the white settlers, he was still proud to be a U.S. war veteran. I tried to capture that pride and the diversity of the Yakima Valley in this portrait. Lupe Ramales laughs after she was bombarded by candy seekers during a posada celebration at Saint Joseph Church in Sunnyside, Wash., Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015. The posada is a Latin American celebration involving a procession and the breaking of a piñata. The tradition originates from Spain, but is widely celebrated in Mexico and portions of the United States. The Saint Joseph Church will hold a posada every night up until Christmas. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic) Chris Williams, center, applies glue after putting a new horseshoe on his horse, Filly, at his property in Naches, Wash., Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015. Williams has been riding horses his whole life and mainly uses the animals for pack trips and hunting with family. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic) Felix Amescua prunes pear trees at the Brandt orchard in Wapato, Wash., Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. Amescua said, "I am grateful for the snow. Snow is very important for us and for the trees. If we don't give them water, the trees can get sick. " (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)

Working as a full time staffer has lead me to reflect on my years as an intern and given me a new perspective on that time. One thing I realize is that I wish I would have maintained a better balance between work and life. At times I was pushing myself so hard and was so caught up in internships that I didn’t allow myself to be present in important life moments.

Yes it is absolutely crucial to push yourself, to stay on top of deadlines, and take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way but also do all this while maintaining a balance of work and life. Don’t forget the things or people that matter to you outside of photojournalism. These things are also a part of what makes us who we are and in the end matter the most. Once you slow down or finish your internship path those things come into the limelight again. My advice to young pjs out there is just to remember the things that are important to you beyond photojournalism and enjoy the ride!

2015 was a blast —- Finished school, traveled to Latin America, made new friends, new skills, and got a full time job! Can’t wait to see what is next for 2016! Saludos!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Its been a little over a month since I started at the Yakima Herald-Republic. I am happy with my decision to take this job. So far Yakima has shown me its unexpected diversity and hidden beauty. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work alongside such a talented and passionate staff. My Spanish skills have come in handy frequently and its been great to work with the Latino community. With this strong team and unique coverage area I am confident I will be able to produce great work here.

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Scenes from the Veterans Day Parade on Yakima Ave. in Yakima, Wash., Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015.

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Freddy Del Rosario is a cook in the Yakima Valley. Rosario has been cooking for over 35 years. Rosario is shown here before the 63rd annual Harvest Dinner and silent auction at the Filipino Community Hall in Wapato, Wash. Friday, Oct. 23, 2015.

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Scenes from the Veterans Day Parade on Yakima Ave. in Yakima, Wash., Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015.

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Gil Calac of the Yakima Warriors Association at the Veterans Day Parade in Yakima, Wash., Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. Calac, a Yakima native, served in the Vietnam war for 2 years.

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Trumpet player and member of the Yakima Warriors Association, Loren Corpuz, right, participates in the Veterans Day Observance event at the Sarg Hubbard Park Korean/Vietnam memorial monument in Yakima, Wash., Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015.

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Delroy Quiltnaknock, left, prays with the Jaramillo family at Nellie Jaramillo’s home in Sunnyside, Wash., Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. The Jaramillo’s once fostered Quiltnaknock and continue to have him over at their home.

Still wearing his halloween costume, Connor Baird, 3, plays in the leaves at the Yakima Area Arboretum in Yakima, Wash., Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)

Still wearing his halloween costume, Connor Baird, 3, plays in the leaves at the Yakima Area Arboretum in Yakima, Wash., Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015.

Magical realism– An artistic genre in which realistic narrative and naturalistic technique are combined with surreal elements of dream or fantasy.

These are the best words I can find to accurately describe this country and place. I am always blown away. This trip was a great reminder for me why I do what I do.

“The most dangerous risk of all – the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” – Randy Komisar.

Here are some selects from an ongoing personal project in Colombia, South America.

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