Halloween Vigil - Santa Ana

I've been sitting on these images for awhile.

On Halloween, three girls trick-or-treating crossed the street and were hit by a car going over the speed limit. The car carried the children's bodies down the road upon impact and never stopped. Neighbors chased the car but it kept going. The three girls all died at the scene of the hit-and-run.

I was sent to cover the site of the incident the next day as family and friends created a roadside memorial. It was really hard for me and very emotional, especially being an outsider. At first, I tip toed around feeling like a burden or like I wasn't supposed to be there. People were there because they lost someone that they loved and I was just some dude with a camera. Or at least that's how I felt. But, I wasn't just some dude, I was someone who cared and was there to do my best to share their story and get other people to care.

The following pictures were the hard ones to take. Not the overall wide shots of the vigil or details of the flowers and balloons, but the ones that required talking to people, being compassionate and comforting, but most of all, being a human and not a news vulture.

What we do as photojournalists is special. We get to be a part of people lives at both its best and its worst. But the stories are theirs, not ours.







Water Polo - Fullerton, Calif.

Two photos from high school water polo today. I made sure to take some time away from the action to find something interesting utilizing this nice fall light.

Portrait - Huntington Beach

Here's a quick portrait. The story was about a guy who's son died of sudden infant death syndrome. He is currently raising money to restore a dangerous trail leading to a lookout point in the Grand Canyon in his son's honor. The Grand Canyon is a place where he has found solace over the years.

Stories like these are always tough because although there is obviously a lot of emotion present, it's not always shown to the camera. Most of the photos I took were of the father smiling, because that's just what you naturally do when someone holds a camera up to your face.

 Nick Agro, editorial photographer in Southern California.