Covering Hurricane Katrina for People Magazine

Covering Hurricane Katrina for People Magazine

There are certain assignments in a photojournalist’s life that leave lasting memories. Hurricane Katrina was one of those assignments. It was two days into the devastation of one of America’s great cities when I was asked by People to jump on a flight and head to New Orleans. The magazine was putting ten writer/photographer teams…

What a Difference 5 Yrs Makes for Jordan Spieth

He wasn’t brash by any means, but he had a healthy dose of southern, polite confidence. He was as firm with his handshake as he was with his putter. He was quick to bet a fellow player a single dollar for “closest to the pin” and even quicker to collect. It was all good, albeit serious, fun on the…

Cattle Pens and Prozac? My First US Open

Cattle Pens and Prozac? My First US Open

The Department of Homeland Security dog, head held high and tail straight, sniffed along the edges of the van as it entered the secure gate at the top of the hill. As the hordes of people marched seemingly in solidarity from one point to another below, I caught my first glimpse of the battlefield, an…

A Note To Young Photographers

A Note To Young Photographers

After years of reading posts on various social media sites from young photographers with years (yes, years) of experience, I was almost ready to admit it: I’m a dinosaur, a relic from the past, a slow moving Snorkasaurus (picture Dino from the Flintstones) with one foot stuck in the La Brea Tar Pits and one trying desperately…

Investigative Story Reveals Pesticides Around Schools

Investigative Story Reveals Pesticides Around Schools

It was with profound disbelief that I skimmed the rough draft of a story emailed to me by the photo editor of a environmental non-profit. The Food and Environment Reporting Network (FERN) in collaboration with The Nation magazine had asked me to shoot images to accompany a story on the use of toxic pesticides in…

Interviewed For The Full Time Photographer Podcast

Interviewed For The Full Time Photographer Podcast

  Josh Rossi, who founded a popular photography podcast, interviewed me recently about my experiences as a freelance photographer today versus years past, client development as well as mentioning my workshop. The interview runs about 20 minutes and is available for free on iTunes as well. Todd Bigelow Photography

Getty As The Titanic

The Titanic was the largest passenger cruise ship to sail the ocean. As such, it relied on the captain to steer the ship in a responsible manner in an effort to avoid a catastrophe. The captain failed, hit an iceberg and ultimately sank the vessel. But only after failing to realize the enormity of the disaster….

Teaching Tolerance Recognizes Excellence in Teaching

Please take a moment to view the profiles of these two fantastic teachers who were recently recognized by Teaching Tolerance as among the five best teachers in the nation. I was asked to spend a day in their Oregon and Wisconsin classrooms to document their approach to teaching and their thoughts about how to create…

Licensing the Easy Way

Licensing the Easy Way

Despite all the angst from photographers about publications unwilling to license photography for standard rates, I’ve found that the licensing answer is exceedingly simple. Of course, this “answer” is really just my opinion and I openly acknowledge that others may choose to adhere to alternative solutions, but this works for me. In fact, it’s worked quite…

Westboro Baptist Church: A Hate Group of Cowards

(Photographs © Todd Bigelow/All Rights Reserved) The death of Fred Phelps, the founder of the anything-but-a-church Westboro Baptist Church can only bring hope that this nation’s most vile group of haters will reconsider their lives. I’ve photographed the WBC, though I never saw Fred Phelps on the streets. What I did see was enough to…