Some of my favorite images are the ones that capture joy. The joy of victory, a special moment, or people celebrating. Sharing happy moments in our community is what makes photojournalism so special. These moments are the images people cut out of the paper and hang on their refrigerators.
On this day, the sun was shining and the weather was beautiful — a perfect fall day. I went to the Maryland Corn Maze in Gambrills to look for families enjoying the afternoon.
Everywhere I turned there were families having fun. The Conway family was no exception. I saw Ryan Jr., 7, and his sister Ramir, 4, being pushed on a swing by their dad, Ryan Sr., with mom, Renita Martin at his side. They were all smiles.
I set up my camera and began shooting pictures. When I saw the above frame I knew I had something special: joy. The glee on this family’s faces filled me with equal excitement. I knew I had captured the moment.
I like to think I brought that same joy to the family the following day seeing the image on the front page of The Capital newspaper. I imagine it hanging on their refrigerator to this day.