Wall Street Journal Photos of the Year

As a Panama City photojournalist I submit numerous photos to the Associated Press. Every now and then a major media outlet will pick up one of my AP photos and use them online or in print. In October, the Wall Street Journal picked up one of my photos to use as one of their “Photos of the Day.” It was a photograph I shot from a Panama City Beach condo looking down upon the clear water of the Gulf of Mexico.

The day I shot the photograph, the water clarity was unreal due to the lack of wave activity for several weeks during the summer. (Translation….I only got to surf twice all summer!) As usual, lots of beach-goers were enjoying the day and the water. As I looked around for a human to photograph, I spotted a boat, paddle-boarder and a kayaker. The kayaker was in just the right spot and I fired off a series of frames. I headed back to the office and sent it over the the AP. They accepted it and I forgot all about it.

Fast forward to December. A Twitter follower tweeted me that my photo was on the Wall Street Journal website. I clicked the link and saw that the kayak photograph was included in their “Photos of the Year 2014” gallery.

I love when I happen to be in the right spot at the right time with the right gear. Sometimes the planets align and it all comes together. This was one of these times.

Panama City Photographer

Panama City Beach Surf Report

Being landlocked in Tennessee my growing up years I always dreamed of surfing. It only took 11 years after I left Tennessee, but I finally moved to a place I could surf! The first thing I did (after getting married my beautiful bride at St. Andrews State Park) was buy a surfboard. After a couple years, I finally got to the point to where I could sit in the lineup with the surfers I aspired to be as good as. If you are coming to town and want to give surfing a try, check out the surf reports below and see if the waves will be good during your stay. If you would like some recommendations on where to get a board or surf, contact me and I would love to help you out. See you in the lineup!