Pittsburgh Photojournalist:

I love weddings. Filled with narrative, emotion, beauty, and joy – they’re an ideal vehicle for visual storytelling.

Variety, as is said, is the spice of life. For a very long time I worked as a full-time newspaper photojournalist. The subject matter and range of situations that you find yourself in while doing that job is nothing if not varied. I still enjoy the opportunity to do that sort of work and I’ve been very fortunate to have done some freelance work for The Washington Post over the past couple of years.

Here’s a story that I photographed for the Post. I had a great time with the King family, of the Great American Country network series Farm Kings. The editors liked the photos enough to run them on the section front with a double truck spread inside! That sort of play really gets a photographer jazzed up. Since it was in one of the country’s largest and most-respected daily newspapers you can just imagine how I felt.

Newspaper section front showing a family eating dinner together outdoors at picnic table as well as an image of plated turkey with all of the fixingsNewspaper pages with images of a family being filmed by a television crew while eating dinner, a woman picking flowers, men cleaning butchered meat, a man removing plastic mulch from a field and a woman making gravy for dinner

Here’s a link to the online version of the story on the newspaper’s website. The photos are bigger in this gallery.

If you follow me on Instagram (joeappel) you know that I love to photograph food, so that made this assignment that much better 🙂