Saturday, April 24, 2010

Sometimes your pictures anger moms

I once received a phone call from an irate mother, who's son photo appeared in the Kitsap Sun. There he was displayed four columns wide on the sports section front missing a throw to home and allowing the base runner to safely score. She told me he was embarrassed and devastated. I mentioned to her that since their team lost the championship 17-2 by committing six errors allowing all those runs to score, the story of the game was the all those errors committed.

Still she lambasted me, saying I should have chosen another photo to run instead one of her son missing the ball, Finally, I said, "You know, I had plenty of others to choose from, unfortunately, most were your son's inability to catch the ball and protect home plate.

I think she sounded like the one who was embarrassed, not her son, otherwise I would received a call from his father. Remember rule number one: Don't piss off the photographer. A picture is worth a thousand words.


  1. Nice photo Jim! Great choice builds tension and got a reaction. Isn't that what you are suppose to do?

    Tracy A. Hanes

  2. what can you say? It is photojounalism, you caught an actual moment in time, a slice of reality. The story of the game is that unforced errors lost the game and this shot represents the story accurately.....great job