For 17 years I’ve worked as an award-winning photojournalist in Kansas and during this time I’ve learned that it takes experience and preparedness to put yourself in the right position to get the best moments at the biggest events. What I also know, and this comes from the same experience, is that there are little moments that exist, too. Ones that sometimes happen away from everyone else’s view. Ones that can often be more compelling and ones that can also give a greater glimpse about who we are as people. To find images like these you need a storyteller with intuition.
What I bring with me is a documentary style backed with nearly two decades of storytelling experience covering the entire range of human emotion. As the KU basketball and football beat photographer for the Lawrence Journal-World and KUSports.com, I’ve shot three Final Fours, the 2008 National Championship win and the 2008 Orange Bowl victory.
In 2015 I was invited to spend a day embedded with the White House Press Corp during President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Lawrence—a day that I won’t soon forget.
My work has been recognized with multiple awards from the Associated Press, the Kansas Press Association, Inland Press Association, Heartland Press Association and Editor and Publisher.
Finally, I think what I’ve learned about myself through my many experiences is that I live for moments when my photos can make someone else smile. For me, the allure of documenting a wedding is that you’ve been invited to witness and record the happiest day for a couple that will serve as the cornerstone for every other happy day they make together from then on out. Not to mention, all their friends and family are there and everyone is having a great time. Who doesn’t want to shoot that?
Cheers to all the big moments and to the little ones, too! — Nick
P.S. To see some more of my work, please visit my personal site at nickkrug.com