When I tell people that I’m the photographer at Gonzaga University I almost always follow up by saying something like “yeah, it’s a unicorn of a job”. Let’s be honest, the number of opportunities there are to be a full-time with benefits photographer in this world are few and far between (and they’re not exactly growing). I feel incredibly fortunate to get to do what I love for a living.
Sometimes, though, my job really rocks. Like when I get to photograph the NCAA Basketball Championship. Or when I get to fly to FLORENCE, FREAKING ITALY to photograph Gonzaga-in-Florence for two weeks. I spent 15 days in Italy working nearly 190 hours and came back with just over 14,000 images. It was exhausting, rewarding, challenging, exciting, unbel- - - you get the idea.
There was something so special to be on a trip with the sole purpose of taking pictures. I damn near had my camera on me every waking second. I’m usually with Meg when I’m traveling and while she is a great sport when it comes to me and my camera, I always try to balance picture-taking with other aspects of the trip. Not so with my Italian adventure. There was absolutely no balance and it was refreshing.
Anyway, without further ado, here are some pictures I took in all those little gaps during and in between assignments. Warning, it’s like 200 photos. Sorry.
But not really: