Christine RuckerI've always wondered what makes good photographers different from other people. I think we see images all around us, every day. We have a childlike vision of the world around us; we look at the way light streams across the faces of our subjects. We photograph people in their true character and in our photographs you can see the honesty of who they are.

A photojournalist is trained to be a patient observer in the background and to have certain instincts to create images that convey not just what their subjects look like, but how they feel at a prtticular moment in time. Our images stand apart from other photographers because it is our goal to wait for the precise moment to trip the shutter and reveal a special instant, a laugh, a cry or a look of awe.

I was a photojournalist with the Winston-Salem Journal for ten years and before leaving to pursue a freelance career. During my career at the Journal, I photographed everything from presidential visits, hurricanes to hostage situations. I have photographed all ranges of emotions and have been very fortunate to be in situations I would never have experienced outside the newspaper.

I won several awards in the Southern Photographer of the Year contest, The North Carolina Press Photographers contests, and contributed to the Sigma Delta Chi award for community journalism. I have had photographs published in "One Hundred years of Photography with the W-S Journal, "Great Bike Rides in and Around Winston-Salem", Dirt Rag, Bike Magazine, USA Today, and the Washington Post.

Since starting a freelance career, I received the 2000 Emerging Artist Grant from the W-S Arts Council, Won the Grand Award in Photo essay and Series category of the council for advancement and support of education District III awards competition for photographing a "Day in the Life" documentary for the North Carolina School of the Arts and have had work exhibited in the Bank of America Lobby of Charlotte, The Greenville Museum of Art, The Light Factory in Charlotte, The Sawtooth Center, The Hendersonville Arts Center, The W-S Convention and Visitors Bureau and currently have work at the Green Hill Center for the Arts in Greensboro and Mullen Advertising in Winston-Salem, NC.

My freelance specialty is black and white portraiture. I approach my work looking for the same candid spontaneity that I captured every day at the newspaper. I have photographed families, individuals, weddings, and pets with the same careful attention to detail, often capturing images that are filled with warmth and humor.

I am available for documentary weddings, family portraiture and yearly family documentary contracts, editorial, and advertising assignments. Please take a few minutes to check out my collections of ongoing documentary projects.

To find out more about packages or pricing, please visit the Pricing page or contact me by phone between the hours of 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM (EST) Monday through Friday or by email any time.