One of my earliest experiences getting paid as a photographer was shooting for the University of Idaho student newspaper, the Argonaut. When I started working for the paper, I was still shooting film and went through the digital transition while I was there. It was an interesting time to be working for a newspaper.
I learned a lot working for the Argonaut. When handed an assignment to photograph a student government meeting in a poorly lit room in the basement of a 100 year old building, you have to get creative. I shot everything from meetings to protests to basketball games and more. This job taught me how to find a way to create a compelling image regardless of the subject and lighting. I'm still awestruck by talented photojournalists who are able to create brilliant images out of nothing.
My early education as a photojournalist still plays a large role in how I shoot today. Even when the budgets are bigger and the shoots are produced on a higher level for advertising, I still shoot with a photojournalistic approach. This approach paid off on a recent shoot for Under Armour. I was asked to shoot alongside a film crew and would not have many of the normal lighting resources that I often rely on for commercial assignments. For most of this 2 day project I would literally be shoulder to shoulder with the DP. My directive was to get the shots, but do my best to not interfere with the TV production.