It can be difficult to enter situations like this house fire. We never know the mood of people or how they’ll welcome our cameras. But experience has taught me that quite often, people WANT to talk. This was the case with Gina Axe. She agreed to wear my microphone as she watched her home burn. It’s a powerful thing when folks let me into their lives like that, and even after the interview was over, she kept me updated on things.
There is a competitive side as well. My interview with Gina was under the nose of a photojournalist from a competing station, one whom I have immense respect for. That I was able to beat him to Gina's story in such a chaotic scene was immensely gratifying.