Unfortunately for photographers, not every assignment has beautiful light, high emotion, interesting patterns, and a pinch of the unique. Sometimes we just have to make the best of a less-than-ideal situation.
For this year’s election night, we crammed two photographers, a videographer, and plenty of reporters into a tiny room in the basement of the courthouse. It’s always cozy, but this time there was a serious difference in the candidate-to-journalist ratio. In fact, as the results started to come out we spotted a total of three candidates in the room (none of which were on our ‘please get a photo of ____’ list).
Videographer Madison McCord’s face in this photo by Mason Trinca says it all.
So, we photographed the few folks that were there, and then started gathering any general election photos that we could. Once that was done, it was time to wait and hope that some of the winners would show up.
Luckily, the waiting paid off, and I was able to get photos of a couple of smiles as folks saw the results. They’re nothing to write home about, but they’re a whole heck of a lot better than nothing.
It goes back to the old photojournalist mantra, “Stay early, leave late.”