Goucher recognizes founder’s birthday with afternoon tea


"The Reverend's Rebels, Goucher's female A Capella group, perform in front of guests at the Mary Fisher Tea at Goucher College's Athenaeum Tuesday, March 22, 2011."

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: photography is my favorite way to take my mind off of things. On days when life can seem confusing and chaotic, producing images is something that’s simple. It’s just you and whatever fills your viewfinder.

That’s how I felt yesterday while I was shooting this assignment for The Quarterly. I hadn’t ever seen the Mary Fisher Tea, a campus tradition honoring the birthday of Mary Fisher Goucher, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

It didn’t matter much, though. I was able to shoot a nice variety of types of shots in the short window of time that I had.

Between being pleased with my work and speaking with some cheerful ladies sipping their afternoon tea, I left feeling much better than I did when I came in.

Project Stream Clean.



"Students work together to clean a stream that runs through Goucher College's wooded campus Saturday, October 2, 2010. The clean-up, which is sponsored by the Green Residential House on campus, takes place four times each year."


I was asked to cover the most recent stream clean up on campus for Goucher’s Alumni magazine, The Quarterly.

If the Editor and designers are happy with the selection of photographs I gave them, they’ll run one as the cover photo. I’ve shot a lot for The Quarterly as a Goucher student, but have never made it on the cover. I would be honored if one of my photographs were chosen.

This was a tricky assignment for several reasons. First, to fit the format of the magazine, I had to frame all my shots vertically. Additionally, I had to keep in mind that the magazine’s title always runs across the center of the page (as seen here). I was surprised at how much difficulty this gave me compositionally. Finally, the sun was shining which made for some awkward lighting situations.

I’m satisfied with what I shot, though, despite accidentally stepping into the deepest part of the stream and walking around with soggy feet for the rest of the afternoon.