September at the Review-Journal

My last month at the Review-Journal was amazing! Here are some of my highlights from September. Unfortunately, in the process of backing everything up to all my external hard drives, I lost a few assignments' full takes along the way. Some of the photos are screenshots from what I could retrieve online. Lesson learned to back files up right away and not seconds before you leave Vegas to move home to LA!! Missing the newsroom very much and I am so grateful for the opportunities I had to grow as a photojournalist and explorer of a complex, unique city! 

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August at the Review-Journal

Another month down at the Review-Journal! Still amazed at the variety of assignments I get to cover every day! 

Kai Charvet in her bedroom with her championship medal and scholarship check on Friday, August 4, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Kai Charvet in her bedroom with her championship medal and scholarship check on Friday, August 4, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Caroline Ciocca, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish of Southern Nevada, in the Southern Nevada headquarters, on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Summerlin. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Caroline Ciocca, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish of Southern Nevada, in the Southern Nevada headquarters, on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Summerlin. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Kevin Lopez and Chris Bulen prepare a dish at Kevin's house on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Kevin Lopez and Chris Bulen prepare a dish at Kevin's house on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Maximiliano Torandell watches the trapeze performance of Andrey Mantchev at Nevada Rhythmic Academy on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Maximiliano Torandell watches the trapeze performance of Andrey Mantchev at Nevada Rhythmic Academy on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Elise Choi poses for a portrait at Grant Sawyer Building on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Elise Choi poses for a portrait at Grant Sawyer Building on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

New Las Vegas residents Adi and Francisco Martinez look to adopt a cat at Henderson Animal Care and Control Facility during "Clear The Shelters" day on Saturday, Aug. 19. 2017, in Henderson. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

New Las Vegas residents Adi and Francisco Martinez look to adopt a cat at Henderson Animal Care and Control Facility during "Clear The Shelters" day on Saturday, Aug. 19. 2017, in Henderson. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Kathia Soleto at home on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Kathia Soleto at home on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Malibu resident Miles Carlsen, 5, plays with eclipse glasses before his first day of kindergarten at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas, California, on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Malibu resident Miles Carlsen, 5, plays with eclipse glasses before his first day of kindergarten at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas, California, on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

UNLV Men's Football at UNLV Rebel Park during practice on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

UNLV Men's Football at UNLV Rebel Park during practice on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Emily, 9, and Triniti, 9, work on video game development with STEAM Director of Southern Nevada Britney Davis during  Alexa Café at Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Emily, 9, and Triniti, 9, work on video game development with STEAM Director of Southern Nevada Britney Davis during  Alexa Café at Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Elizabeth Higgins trains with Leah Elmquist at Branded One Cross Fit on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Elizabeth Higgins trains with Leah Elmquist at Branded One Cross Fit on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Ricardo Medrano cleans the pool in front of the mural he painted for his late children on Thursday, August 3, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Ricardo Medrano cleans the pool in front of the mural he painted for his late children on Thursday, August 3, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Guinevere Cisne working at the nurse dispatcher station at Las Vegas Fire and Rescue on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Guinevere Cisne working at the nurse dispatcher station at Las Vegas Fire and Rescue on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Full-time volunteer Beth Kane cleans a "Dr. Who" pinball machine from the 80's at Pinball Hall of Fame on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Full-time volunteer Beth Kane cleans a "Dr. Who" pinball machine from the 80's at Pinball Hall of Fame on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Coronado Varsity Girls Soccer player Jensen Boman at practice at Coronado High School on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, in Henderson. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Coronado Varsity Girls Soccer player Jensen Boman at practice at Coronado High School on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, in Henderson. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Megan Barborka with her twins, Henry and Lorea, in the Barborka home on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Megan Barborka with her twins, Henry and Lorea, in the Barborka home on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

John Krikorian, dressed as the character "Lokai," poses for a portrait at Star Trek Convention at Rio hotel-casino on Saturday, August 5, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

John Krikorian, dressed as the character "Lokai," poses for a portrait at Star Trek Convention at Rio hotel-casino on Saturday, August 5, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

A security guard was stabbed at the Palazzo hotel-casino on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

A security guard was stabbed at the Palazzo hotel-casino on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Lightning strikes near North Las Vegas on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Lightning strikes near North Las Vegas on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Mermaid Nicole Grant kisses a sting ray during her underwater show at Silverton hotel-casino on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Mermaid Nicole Grant kisses a sting ray during her underwater show at Silverton hotel-casino on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Minneapolis couple Matt Lenz and Rena Lindberg check out wall decor at Las Vegas Market at World Market Center on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Minneapolis couple Matt Lenz and Rena Lindberg check out wall decor at Las Vegas Market at World Market Center on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

July at the Review-Journal

Another hectic and amazing month at the RJ! 

Finn, a 5 year-old labrador, and his trainer, Fred Hassen, anticipate the next bat at the Las Vegas 51s game on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at Cashman Field in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Finn, a 5 year-old labrador, and his trainer, Fred Hassen, anticipate the next bat at the Las Vegas 51s game on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at Cashman Field in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

"Big Dave" Sylvester embraces a vendor at Las Vegas Gift Show at Las Vegas Market on Sunday, July 30, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

"Big Dave" Sylvester embraces a vendor at Las Vegas Gift Show at Las Vegas Market on Sunday, July 30, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

UNLV Men's Basketball top newcomer Brandon McCoy at practice at UNLV Mendenhall Center on Monday, July 31, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

UNLV Men's Basketball top newcomer Brandon McCoy at practice at UNLV Mendenhall Center on Monday, July 31, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Chef Johann Willar leads a master class of bread baking for hotel guests on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at Wynn hotel-casino in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Chef Johann Willar leads a master class of bread baking for hotel guests on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at Wynn hotel-casino in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

A rally to bring awareness to the Bundy Political Prisoners begins at the Federal Courthouse on Saturday, July 15, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

A rally to bring awareness to the Bundy Political Prisoners begins at the Federal Courthouse on Saturday, July 15, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Minnesota resident Jon Ulness shows his support for the last few minutes of the match at the PDC's World Series of Darts Festival at Tropicana hotel-casino on Friday, July 14, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Minnesota resident Jon Ulness shows his support for the last few minutes of the match at the PDC's World Series of Darts Festival at Tropicana hotel-casino on Friday, July 14, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Nicole L. Olson participates in the Dance in the Desert Festival master class at Summerlin Library and Performing Arts Center on Saturday, July 29, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Nicole L. Olson participates in the Dance in the Desert Festival master class at Summerlin Library and Performing Arts Center on Saturday, July 29, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

The Summer Slam Domino Tournament hosted by the The Universal Domino League has $50,000 in cash prizes at Westgate hotel-casino on Saturday, July 8, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

The Summer Slam Domino Tournament hosted by the The Universal Domino League has $50,000 in cash prizes at Westgate hotel-casino on Saturday, July 8, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Dr. Robert Lowe, a pediatric arthritis doctor 

Dr. Robert Lowe, a pediatric arthritis doctor 

Master Sgt. Lyle Wells and PFC Vernon Fulcher with their Legion D' Honneur medals for their military service during World War II at El Cortez hotel-casino on Saturday, July 22, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Master Sgt. Lyle Wells and PFC Vernon Fulcher with their Legion D' Honneur medals for their military service during World War II at El Cortez hotel-casino on Saturday, July 22, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Bighorn sheep at Hemenway Park on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, in Boulder City. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Bighorn sheep at Hemenway Park on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, in Boulder City. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

John Cwik at his parent's home in Las Vegas on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

John Cwik at his parent's home in Las Vegas on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Zoe Kenner, 7, on the racetrack for the first time at Pole Position Raceway on Saturday, July 22, 2017, in Summerlin. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Zoe Kenner, 7, on the racetrack for the first time at Pole Position Raceway on Saturday, July 22, 2017, in Summerlin. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Jay Dubbler and Nic Lynn walking down Fremont Street on Friday, July 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Jay Dubbler and Nic Lynn walking down Fremont Street on Friday, July 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Councilman Isaac Barron hugs his grandmother after his swearing in ceremony at North Las Vegas City Hall on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Councilman Isaac Barron hugs his grandmother after his swearing in ceremony at North Las Vegas City Hall on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Mimi Diebold gets a hat adjustment before the "One Mile in Style" on behalf of Dress for Success Southern Nevada at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood hotel-casino on Saturday, July 29, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Mimi Diebold gets a hat adjustment before the "One Mile in Style" on behalf of Dress for Success Southern Nevada at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood hotel-casino on Saturday, July 29, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

A cop at a standoff shooting with the police. 

A cop at a standoff shooting with the police. 

Leftover blood stains lie on the concrete outside the Knaub house on Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Leftover blood stains lie on the concrete outside the Knaub house on Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Patty Romeo, a travel agent and show horse judge, in her home on Friday, July 21, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Patty Romeo, a travel agent and show horse judge, in her home on Friday, July 21, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Matthew Kish of Social CirKISH in office headquarters on Friday, July 21, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Matthew Kish of Social CirKISH in office headquarters on Friday, July 21, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Professional Massage employee Erica Nelson massages Ryan Tosoc at WSOP on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at Rio Convention Center in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Professional Massage employee Erica Nelson massages Ryan Tosoc at WSOP on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at Rio Convention Center in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball goes up against Dallas Mavericks guard Nicolas Brussino during the NBA Summer League semifinal game at Thomas and Mack Center on Sunday, July 16, 2017, in Las Vegas.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball goes up against Dallas Mavericks guard Nicolas Brussino during the NBA Summer League semifinal game at Thomas and Mack Center on Sunday, July 16, 2017, in Las Vegas.

Lily Zhang serves the ball during the USA Table Tennis 2017 Supermicro National Championship “Final Table Celebration”at Silverton hotel-casino on Friday, July 7, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Lily Zhang serves the ball during the USA Table Tennis 2017 Supermicro National Championship “Final Table Celebration”at Silverton hotel-casino on Friday, July 7, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Villa Anita artist Carlos Roncancio on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, in Tecopa, California. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Villa Anita artist Carlos Roncancio on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, in Tecopa, California. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

World Series of Poker 

World Series of Poker 

June at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

WHAT A FUN MONTH!! I've been at the RJ for over a month now and June was jam packed. Getting used to the heat has been difficult, but the variety of events I've photographed have been incredible and full of learning opportunities. Check out my work and let me know what you think! 

Keira O'Brien, 6, shows Mykolas Brown, 5, the protocol for the doctor's office at the Discovery Children's Museum on Friday, June 9, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Keira O'Brien, 6, shows Mykolas Brown, 5, the protocol for the doctor's office at the Discovery Children's Museum on Friday, June 9, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Denise Frelot and Frank Sweet check out the interior of a vintage car on display at the Beers, Gears & Bikinis Car Show at the M Resort on Saturday, June 10, 2017, in Las Vegas. The event featured over 40 cars in competition. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Denise Frelot and Frank Sweet check out the interior of a vintage car on display at the Beers, Gears & Bikinis Car Show at the M Resort on Saturday, June 10, 2017, in Las Vegas. The event featured over 40 cars in competition. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Derrick Howard and the entertaining penguin at the Minus 5 ice bar at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman/Las Vegas Review-Journal

Derrick Howard and the entertaining penguin at the Minus 5 ice bar at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman/Las Vegas Review-Journal

Ian Catacutan cools off before the opening of the Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday, June 16, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Ian Catacutan cools off before the opening of the Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday, June 16, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Wang Chung-Werner showing a smile at Nellis Air Force Base after an activation ceremony of an F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter jet on Tuesday, June 21, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Wang Chung-Werner showing a smile at Nellis Air Force Base after an activation ceremony of an F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter jet on Tuesday, June 21, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Horidaleth Castro and Juan Grijalva prepare for their dance with Grupo Folklorico Libertad de Las Vegas at the "I Am An Immigrant" celebration event at the Asian Culture Alliance Center on Saturday, June 10, 2017, in Las Vegas. The event is part of Immigrant Heritage Month, a month-long celebration of contributions and successes of immigrants in the United States. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Horidaleth Castro and Juan Grijalva prepare for their dance with Grupo Folklorico Libertad de Las Vegas at the "I Am An Immigrant" celebration event at the Asian Culture Alliance Center on Saturday, June 10, 2017, in Las Vegas. The event is part of Immigrant Heritage Month, a month-long celebration of contributions and successes of immigrants in the United States. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

The start of the Glow Worm 5K Fun Run at Equestrian Park South and Trailhead on Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

The start of the Glow Worm 5K Fun Run at Equestrian Park South and Trailhead on Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Contestants exit the stage at the 2017 Miss Nevada pageant at Tropicana Resort and Casino on Friday, June 16, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Contestants exit the stage at the 2017 Miss Nevada pageant at Tropicana Resort and Casino on Friday, June 16, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Michele Fiore celebrates winning the Ward 6 Las Vegas City Councilwoman position on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Michele Fiore celebrates winning the Ward 6 Las Vegas City Councilwoman position on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Portland Trail Blazers rookie Zach Collins trains at alma mater Bishop Gorman High School on Friday, June 30, 2017, in  Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Portland Trail Blazers rookie Zach Collins trains at alma mater Bishop Gorman High School on Friday, June 30, 2017, in  Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Brieana Lemon at Las Vegas Comic Con on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Brieana Lemon at Las Vegas Comic Con on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

"American Ninja Warrior" contestant Jelani Allen training at Camp Rhino on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

"American Ninja Warrior" contestant Jelani Allen training at Camp Rhino on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

The Raiders football stadium lot, as seen facing the Las Vegas Strip from the Staybridge Suites window on Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

The Raiders football stadium lot, as seen facing the Las Vegas Strip from the Staybridge Suites window on Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Thomas Randolph arrives in court on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Thomas Randolph arrives in court on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Employee Christine Parman checks out the numerous products on display at Euphoria Wellness on Thursday, June 29, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Employee Christine Parman checks out the numerous products on display at Euphoria Wellness on Thursday, June 29, 2017, in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Matthew Hohn runs to embrace his brother, Army Specialist Bradley Hohn, after Bradley planned a homecoming surprise at Matthew's graduation rehearsal on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at Ed W. Clark High School in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Matthew Hohn runs to embrace his brother, Army Specialist Bradley Hohn, after Bradley planned a homecoming surprise at Matthew's graduation rehearsal on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at Ed W. Clark High School in Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman Las Vegas Review-Journal

Mizzou Thon 2017

It was my first time attending/capturing MizzouThon this weekend after four years of trying to make it out to the Rec and I was really blown away by the energy in the room as well as the sense of community that students created during their 13.1 hours of dancing! The organization's mantra is "For The Kids" and it is evident that the kids were having such a blast with their families and their college friends they have established relationships with throughout the year! Congrats to the 1200 dancers that raised over 300k for the Children's Miracle Network Hospital!

Women's March

Hey everyone! Check out some photos from the Women's March that took place in Columbia, Mo, the day after the Presidential Inauguration in January! 

Final Portrait Series Project: House Moms of Greek Town @ Mizzou

This project was such a blast to work on! I have always had an interest in house mothers and the importance they play in a sorority. I ended up finding six house mothers that were willing to be photographed and I spent about an hour with each of them, shooting and interviewing. I used one speed light with an umbrella and for every portrait, I placed it on the left side of me. Some portraits were taken at full power and others less power because of the inside lights being strong. I took all the portraits in one school day, so there was really no room for mistakes. The commander device I placed on my camera worked, but my LCD screen blacked out several times and wouldn't allow me to look at my photos. I factory reset the camera and that helped me continue my project! That was my only trouble during the day. I tried to capture the personalities of each house mom to the best of my abilities, also without leaving out the surrounding environment. 

House Mom Kathy stands in front of Kappa Alpha Theta on Wednesday, November 7, 2016 in Columbia, Mo. Photo by Morgan Lieberman © 2016

House Mom Kathy stands in front of Kappa Alpha Theta on Wednesday, November 7, 2016 in Columbia, Mo. Photo by Morgan Lieberman © 2016

House Mom Dacie stands in the front lobby area of Tri Delta on Wednesday, November 7, 2016, in Columbia, Mo. Photo by Morgan Lieberman © 2016

House Mom Dacie stands in the front lobby area of Tri Delta on Wednesday, November 7, 2016, in Columbia, Mo. Photo by Morgan Lieberman © 2016

House Mom Cheryl sits on the front staircase of Phi Mu on Wednesday, November 7, 2016 in Columbia, Mo. Photo by Morgan Lieberman © 2016

House Mom Cheryl sits on the front staircase of Phi Mu on Wednesday, November 7, 2016 in Columbia, Mo. Photo by Morgan Lieberman © 2016

House Mom Suzie takes a moment to herself in front of her security screen at Alpha Chi Omega on Wednesday, November 7, 2016 in Columbia, Mo. Photo by Morgan Lieberman © 2016

House Mom Suzie takes a moment to herself in front of her security screen at Alpha Chi Omega on Wednesday, November 7, 2016 in Columbia, Mo. Photo by Morgan Lieberman © 2016

House Mom Marit sits in her apartment bedroom at Kappa Delta on Wednesday, November 7, 2016 in Columbia, Mo. Photo by Morgan Lieberman © 2016

House Mom Marit sits in her apartment bedroom at Kappa Delta on Wednesday, November 7, 2016 in Columbia, Mo. Photo by Morgan Lieberman © 2016

House Mom Karla stands in front of Pi Beta Phi on Wednesday, November 7, 2016 in Columbia, Mo. Photo by Morgan Lieberman © 2016

House Mom Karla stands in front of Pi Beta Phi on Wednesday, November 7, 2016 in Columbia, Mo. Photo by Morgan Lieberman © 2016

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Blending Light: La Habra Boxing Club

For this assignment, I was at the La Habra Boxing Club in California. I shot at the venue as part of the Sports Shooter Academy, a weeklong workshop of sports photography. I used a low powered strobe that was placed on the left side of me to give a small key light to the boxer jabbing in front of me. It was a matter of trial and error and eventually the proper exposure combined with artificial light to showcase a moment of power and strength. I did not use a gel for this, so I cannot say I properly did the assignment, but I do think the blending of light was successful! 

Multiple Flash Assignment: Club Swim

I really enjoyed this assignment because I was able to shoot a sport I have never captured before. Monique and I went to a Club Swim practice and photographed Claire Schlimm, along with her other teammates during their last training session before Thanksgiving break. We used a Nikon SU 800, a "Pocket Wizard" type device that automatically synced the two SB 910's that were remote. It was a really easy setup, especially with everything hooking up properly, and we decided that them being on the outside lane worked best with our flashes. My favorite select is the photo of them racing towards the end of the pool during warm ups and how symmetrical they are with their arm movements. Monique held on flash above their heads on the right side of me and then the other flash was about 10 feet away on the side of the pool lane. Each one was at 1/4 or 1/8 power because the venue was already well lit. I think this was successful, even though it wasn't peak action. It is a unique angle of athletes and I like that I can see the bottom of the pool! 

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Video Interview with Nana

Here is my video interview with Nana. We used a two camera setup and a two light setup to get her face lit evenly and to make the video more visually appealing. The hardest part of this assignment was matching her voice to the sound in post production, but besides that, I enjoyed this project and hope to conduct more interviews like this with more experimental lighting. We used a D7100 and an 80-200mm 2.8 lens for the close up camera and we used a 40-120mm wide angle lens with a D750 for the wide angle perspective and edited in Final Cut Pro. 

Fill/Balancing

This project was really difficult for me because I did not have a ton of time to complete it and I had complications with my flash. I liked the photos I took at the Chapel, even though they were not necessarily in the criteria of "fill" and "balancing" and unfortunately became the key light for the scene. I put my camera on Command Mode, turned down my on camera flash to the very least level of power, and then used my off camera flash on lower power as well. For the first photo, I held the flash above my head and out towards the left to point down to Paul, whereas the second photo, I put it underneath the bench so that the light would disperse towards the subject that left a dramatic looking shadow behind him and he successfully was illuminated. In the future, I would like to practice this for a much longer length of time and also be able to utilize harsher lighting conditions to really challenge myself. 

Glass Assignment: Mason Jar

This assignment was such a blast! I really enjoy working with animals/creatures of any kind, so it gave me an extra challenge where normally a human would be sitting in front of me. By utilizing a fish and also the fish snack food, I could be conceptual, creative, and minimalist simultaneously. I backlight the mason jar and also turned on a strobe that went underneath the backdrop to shine through and give a sense of transparency. There were no lights in front because it would cause heavy reflection or shine, so using a back strobe was the most effective way to document glass properly. Check it out! 

Caption for photo:

"This photo has a double meaning for the word "Goldfish." It is referring to the live creature in the Mason jar, as well as the snack food surrounding it. Normally, a jar holds items that can be preserved for long amounts of time that also are not alive. Maybe this photo is a metaphor for the stress we feel in college, feeling kind of trapped and enclosed in small spaces, especially during senior year when the real world is rapidly approaching. It is up for interpretation!"

Single Flash Assignment: "Swing"

For my single flash assignment, I attended the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival as well as Mizzou Swing Club Dance Lessons. My outdoor photo was with a direct flash and my indoor photo was a bounce flash off of a green wall in Memorial Union. I was very worried that it was going to be unsuccessful because I was missing the radio receiver that I needed for the Pocket Wizard to properly communicate with the flash, so I turned my camera on command mode. The command mode allowed me to use my on camera flash to trigger the off camera flash and not overpower its  light as well. I had a lot of fun stopping action and giving two very different settings a well lit outcome. I hope to practice this skill more with sports photography. 

A festival attendee tries to get a high score on the hammer game at the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival on Sunday, October 2, 2016, at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia, Mo. The manger of the game said that if one were to get 38 high swings in a row, they were eligible for a free ferris wheel ride.

A festival attendee tries to get a high score on the hammer game at the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival on Sunday, October 2, 2016, at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia, Mo. The manger of the game said that if one were to get 38 high swings in a row, they were eligible for a free ferris wheel ride.

Marat Musin, a Russian PhD Physics candidate, has been at Mizzou for 5 years now, and is shown teaching the "shim sham" to students at Memorial Union on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. He started teaching swing lessons a few months ago and likes the shim sham dance because "it has good stops and breaks to do fun things."

Marat Musin, a Russian PhD Physics candidate, has been at Mizzou for 5 years now, and is shown teaching the "shim sham" to students at Memorial Union on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. He started teaching swing lessons a few months ago and likes the shim sham dance because "it has good stops and breaks to do fun things."

Studio Portrait: Nate Brown

Hey everyone! Here are my two portraits of Nate Brown, unedited. My first portrait that is a single flash portrait, I jumped into without any idea of how I was going to set up the lights. The second one I wanted to focus more heavily on because I knew with a multi flash setup, the lighting could be extremely successful or too overexposed. I opted to create a look like Martin Schoeller. The beauty dish was put above two soft boxes and Nate looked directly in the camera almost at eye level, giving an intimate feel because of how close he was to the lights and to the photographer, aka me! The first portrait was a simple straightforward shot as well, but a wider composition. I learned that if sync speeds do not match up on both the meter and the camera, you will get a terrible result of a black bar across your photo. I am looking to be more adventurous with the composition of subjects and if I could more successfully light environmental portraits, I will be very pleased! I am posting the edited versions as well, where I used VSCO filters to change the colors. Take a look! 

Copy Work For Advanced Techniques

Hey everyone,

I had my first assignment for Advanced Techniques, which involved taking photos of photos! This is called copy work and it's extremely crucial for future freelance jobs or even salaried positions where archiving and even documentation of every day objects is needed to be captured by a professional. The lighting was already set up for me, luckily, but I had to adjust my camera farther away from the image because I was using a 50mm lens. I had trouble at firs figuring out how to change my camera's 1/3 stops to now 1/2, but after that, it was smooth sailing. I learned that lighting plays a role in absolutely every photo, especially copy work. It is a tedious job, but it is a great skill to have because a scanner will never take the place of a high resolution image straight out of the camera. The photos are from Steve McCurry's "Untold" series. 

January and February Images

Here are some of the photos I have made this year so far! Many of the images shown were created for the University of Missouri while I was on assignment, and others are for my Fundamentals of Photojournalism class. Enjoy! 

Diane Nash, Civil Rights Activist 

Diane Nash, Civil Rights Activist 

Michael Hamtil, Pictures Of The Year International Judge and Dallas Morning News Photo Editor

Michael Hamtil, Pictures Of The Year International Judge and Dallas Morning News Photo Editor

Jimmy Yates and his Hank Hill themed lighter, Sub Shop

Jimmy Yates and his Hank Hill themed lighter, Sub Shop