Behind the lens

By Jimmy Alford

No, this isn’t me, this is Liam, a cool cat who sang with a heavy metal group in Washington state. By Jimmy Alford

Sometimes the perfect style is no style

Jimmy Alford • jta0033@gmail.com • 214.609.8871 • Dallas, Texas

The headline above is a rip off from a quote about Bruce Lee. It was all about how one system of fighting wasn’t the end-all-be-all,

By Jimmy Alford

and you had to train yourself to be an individual, not a part of system. That’s me. I’m the guy who spends all his energy being as good as he can at many disciplines. On any given day I’m shooting portraits, news, sports, or commercial work and writing too — it’s great.

That’s enough with the marketing, here’s some bio — I’m from a small town in northeast Texas and I fell in love with photography and writing. I started working for newspapers while in high school and went to the University of North Texas, where I earned a Bachelors of Arts and Sciences in Photojournalism.

By Jimmy Alford

I’ve had the privilege to tell some great stories, but the best story is always around the corner. I’m still learning still exploring.

Currently, I work at a newspaper in Texas. They have been good enough to let me pursue freelance, where I write and photographed for magazines, trade publications and websites, like TheCreatives, GOMC, and EatGeekPlay.com.

First place in 2014

I was awarded first place in news photography by the North and East Texas Press Association for my spot news coverage of a rolling gun battle that ended in one man’s death.

Awards of excellence 2013

I was honored with an Award of Excellence in the National Press Photographer Association’s annual Best of Photojournalism competition for a portrait I took of a child with Autism.

Three in a row

I won three consecutive first place awards in feature writing. Two are from the North and East Texas Press Association and one is from the Texas Press Association

More awards

• In 2013, I won several awards at 2013 NETPA, including: feature writing – first, page layout – second, and fourth, and column writing – second. I also shared in a first place win in Sports coverage.
• I also won a third and fourth place photography award from the TPA in 2013.
• I won second place in news writing from the TPA in 2012.
• I won several awards at 2012 NETPA, including: feature writing – first, news writing – second, news photo – third, feature photo – fourth, sports photo – fourth, news photo – second, and sports photo – second.

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