amy elrod | photojournalist

Lecture given on impact of Millennium Summit Goals in Liberia
October 15, 2009, 6:43 pm
Filed under: uncategorized

The Whitworthian – Lecture given on impact of Millennium Summit Goals in Liberia

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Tour of Missouri
September 17, 2009, 12:11 am
Filed under: freelance

On Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, the third annual Tour of Missouri finished in Kansas City. Speeding through the downtown streets of the city, over a hundred cyclists raced for the top finish. One claimed the stage and one claimed the title.

This was my second time to witness the Tour of Missouri. A year ago, I picked up cycling and quickly fell in love with the sport and the community. It’s shaped my life, as well as, gotten me in shape. I warn you:  if you’re curious about this sport and thinking about delving into the world of spandex …beware …it’s quickly becomes an addition.

Just ask these guys.

Here’s some photos from the event.



Tour of Missouri 1


Tour of Missouri 2

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Tour of Missouri 3


Tour of Missouri 6

Tour of Missouri 7

Tour of Missouri 8


A Holga Experience
July 23, 2009, 1:29 am
Filed under: holga, photojournalism, wedding




I had the distinct pleasure of being in my first wedding as a bridesmaid last weekend. My best friend and teammate from the Ohio University women’s varsity soccer team fell in love with one of my good college guy friends and Ohio University football player. Both are amazing people and I was honored to be in the wedding.

Being infamous for not being able to shoot and be in something at the same time, I left my big digital Nikon SLR camera at home and travelled to Pittsburgh with my Holga toy camera and three rolls of color 120 film in tow. I immediately loved my quick decision making because the Holga was so much fun. It had been several months since I had taken the camera out for a spin and had to quickly re-learn how to load and operate the simple camera.

I knew I was going to be in for a treat since you can never predict or control what happens when you use a Holga. But I was pleasantly surprised when I got my negatives. Three rolls, a loose spool, several light leaks and some double exposures later I had a collection of unique and fun images.

For those of you wanting to dive into the Holga experience, my advice would be to buy a camera online buy some 120 medium format film and do a quick Google search on the basics of loading and shooting then just point and click! You won’t be disappointed. And don’t be discouraged if it takes you a couple rolls to figure it out …it can be tricky!

If you would like to see the full collection, visit my website and select “Nuptials”.

Edge of Life
July 16, 2009, 3:12 am
Filed under: uncategorized

Moving and real life photojournalism allows a person to dive into a world unknown. Sonya Herbert, Ohio University graduate and Dallas Morning News photographer, did this wonderful multimedia piece on palliative care. Emotional, gripping and worth every minute. Take some time to enjoy. Then read this article and interview by the Poynter Institute:


Dallas Morning News

“The Dallas Morning News spent a year exploring efforts to improve end-of-life medical care. Reporter Lee Hancock interviewed experts and attended national and regional conferences and trainings in palliative care. Ms. Hancock and photographer Sonya N. Hebert gained unprecedented access to Baylor University Medical Center’s palliative-care team, spending months attending team meetings, observing patient visits and interviewing clinicians, patients and families. In late May and early June, they shadowed the team around the clock for three weeks. Every patient, family member and staffer named or photographed gave prior permission, and unless indicated, the stories are presented in the order that events occurred,” (Dallas Morning News).

charity: water
July 12, 2009, 7:40 pm
Filed under: africa, education, human rights

I’d like to introduce you to a charity I have been following for the past year. Charity: water had a nice piece written about them in a New York Times column by Nicholas Kristof. Charity: water has provided millions in Africa with clean water. Their marketing and branding efforts inspire me and the outreach and follow-through of their organization is brilliant. I agree with Kristof that charity: water is sexy. They’re making a difference and bridging the gap from the average American to a child unable to attend school because they sacrifice education for their family’s need of water. Unfortunately this water is miles away, unclean and unsafe. Thanks to organizations who are able to educate, inspire and make a different, countless lives are changing one donated dollar at a time. Well done, charity: water. Well done.

Read the article online here:

charity: water homepage

Link to charity: water:

One Voice Campaign: Book
March 10, 2009, 4:29 am
Filed under: education, human rights, photojournalism

Here’s a selection from the book:

Also, don’t forget to check out the multimedia – look below.

One Voice Campaign

One Voice Campaign

One Voice Campaign

One Voice Campaign: Multimedia
March 9, 2009, 11:49 pm
Filed under: education, human rights, photojournalism

Check out a new multimedia piece I made for Ridgeview Elementary’s O Ambassador program called the One Voice Campaign. These kids truly inspire me. I hope as you read and listen to their thoughts they will inspire you as well!


One Voice Campaign Multimedia