Date: Oct. 2016

Position: Videographer, Photographer

Client: PACE, USAA Magazine

Genre: Photojournalism

Every now and then, I am overjoyed when I get to work on a project that helps people and shares their story with others. This was one of those projects. Veteran James Jackson lost his home to flooding after Hurricane Matthew, and without flood insurance, he was looking at a total loss. Sergeant Kaleigh Pesgraves saw Mr. Jackson in distress, stopped her car and helped him salvage what he could. Then, she took to social media and gathered volunteers and resources to help him rebuild his home. The story made national news and more support came to help not only Mr. Jackson, but others with similar loss.

Working with PACE and USAA, I photographed their progress on demoing and rebuilding, while also shooting an interview and B-roll for a web connected story. It was an interesting challenge shooting stills for print and also shooting a video for web distribution at the same time, however, Mr. Jackson, Kaleigh and the other volunteers were incredibly welcoming and easy to photograph. I was so happy to share his story and to see the project get completed successfully.

To see the full article, visit: http://www.usaastories.com/magazine/rallying-the-troops-soldier-gathers-donations-volunteers-to-help-veteran-repair-his-flood-damaged-home

To view the video: click here