The photography of Sam Householder


A Real Barn Burner

GN141023 barn fire 20I went out to a fire on Wednesday, north of town. I don’t get out to a ton of spot news situations but this week has had a lot of spot news for me. There was a serious car crash Wednesday morning and then this barn fire Wednesday afternoon and then another fire yesterday.

Fortunately, in both the fires no one was injured. The barn was used for storage and contained a few cars but no people or animals. Since it was a less-intense fire scene I shot it in a more feature-ish way than usual.

One moment in particular caught my eye: 10-year-old Troy Cutter was with his father, an Elkhart firefighter, when they saw the smoke from the barn fighter and decided to check it out. Cutter’s father assisted the Jefferson and Concord Township firefighters on scene while he sat on the truck and watched all the action. He helped the guys roll up their hoses and get the gear on their trucks. It was a nice moment at an otherwise unfortunate event.

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Friday Football

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It’s been too long since I last updated and for that I apologize. Here is a lot of what I’ve been busy covering: high school football. This Friday will be the final regular season game before the playoffs start.

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Getting Schooled

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Over the last two weeks every local school our paper covers returned for the 2014-2015 school year. This meant a week of getting up early and taking photos of all the kiddies going to school. I was able to make several very cute and adorable photos.

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Fair-y Good

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Better late than never, here are my highlights from the 2014 Elkhart County 4-H Fair.

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All’s Fairs in July

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As a community photojournalist the seasons aren’t marked by what seasonal calendars but rather by which events you’re photographing. From August to June its high school sports season, then it’s graduation season and as the calendar turns to July in the Midwest, it’s fair season.

That great American Midwest tradition of the county fair. It’s a piece of Americana and something that has a long tradition in the summer months. I’ve been around the county fair as long as I can remember whether it was going as a patron when I was kid, working them as a carnie in high school or shooting them for work.

This week I visited two of the local fairs around here: Kosciusko County and LaGrange County 4-H fairs. A week from today, though, the Elkhart County 4-H Fair starts which will consume just about every second of my working life. There will be plenty of pictures from that to come, I hope. In the meantime, here are some of the better photos I got.

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Graduation Season

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As the calendar flips to June that can mean only one thing: high school graduation season. Even with the long winter and many snow days all ten of our coverage schools held their graduations in the last nine days. Four of them fell on one day.

Thankfully I had help covering those but I still managed to shoot five of the ten. These are my favorite photos.
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Waka Waka

IMG_0173Last weekend was the Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival. I took the opportunity to try out my street photography skills with my iPhone. These are my favorites.



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