Visiting Kalamazoo this past weekend reminded me of my days at the student newspaper and the many journalism classes I took in college. I remember professors hammering home the five W’s of Journalism: who, what, where, when and why. Writing always seemed to be a lot of work and I was horrible with deadlines, but I loved the idea of a photograph conveying the same information. I’ve read my share of newspapers, magazines, blogs – you name it, and no matter what I glean from the written word it always seems to pale in comparison to a well composed photo. Photojournalism is every bit as powerful as the written word. The key to being a good photo journalist is focusing in on a image that tells a story, while also being timely (meaning relevant to what’s happening now) and most of all, being objective. I started my photography career taking photos for a small paper and it was there that I learned to love my craft. Like many of you, I enjoy taking pictures of landscapes, buildings, people and family. But I also enjoy telling stories. The pinnacle is reached when I’m able to do both in a manner that makes one pause, step back and reflect. It doesn’t matter if you want to be photo journalist traveling around the world or covering stories at home. It doesn’t matter if you want to make a living taking senior photos or shooting stunning landscapes. What does matter…what makes a good image is a photograph’s ability to tell a story. What story will you tell?