Photojournalism: Seize the Day

Malinda Hartong, Photojournalist
Documentary Photography on Location

A Day in the Life

For today. And for a lifetime.

Malinda Hartong, Photojournalist

Capturing what’s really important: an “everyday” day!

Why should weddings be the only day we have documented? Life moves at the speed of light! Freeze those moments! They’re so precious and so very fleeting!

Photojournalist – Really!

Malinda Hartong, Photojournalist shooting real news.

I shoot news – still – for the past several decades I’ve either been on staff at a major newspaper or freelancing – for everyone from The Times of London and The Guardian to Community Press.

I’ve photographed the good and the bad news – from fires and tornado scenes, fatal crashes, murderers in a courtroom answering for their unspeakable deeds, and one of my favorites – Special Olympics and kids events.

I shoot freelance for arts organizations, The Dragonfly Foundation, STEM and more.And I do still chase our first responders. I grew up a stones throw from a firehouse 👨‍🚒 . Glenn & I have so many friends, and now even family that serve as firefighters and police. He gave me a scanner for sweetest day one year – because I asked for one. ❤️

But having shot the bad news for years, I much prefer documenting real life.
As it happens. There really is beauty, and humor, and love, in the little tiny moments that flit by on a daily basis. It’s really important stuff!

And I still miss my Dad – ALL. the. time. He HATED to be in pictures. I get it. We are never ‘happy’ with how we look. But it’s Heartbreaking not to have photos of him!  Please don’t let this happen to your family!

Not for today, but for a lifetime from now.

Don’t do this for you – do it  for your family!

What childhood memories burst into your head & heart when you look back? Document THOSE moments! Hold a book of images in your hand. Relive a day in your lives. With something beautiful and tangible.

Give your family something to cherish decades from today.

A Day in the Life: “un-fooled-around-with

I know you’re thinking – “Really? What should we ‘do’?”
1st answer: Do what you always do! What could be more important to capture than life as you know it?

Or something a bit extraordinary: 1st day or last day of school 📚 , decorating for the holidays 🎄 , or making treats 👩‍🍳 , gone fishing 🎣 , campfires 🏕 , whatever you want to be an indelible memory – etched into images that pull your heartstrings and transport you back to that moment, or just an everyday day.

Freeze that!

Ok, Just call me!

Quick! No more excuses. Get your behind in the photo!


Repeat after me: “Hi Malinda, I’d like to tell you about my family…” Yes, it’s just that simple!

Let’s meet for coffee . There’s absolutely no obligation. I’d love to hear about your family!

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  • Spontaneously fabulous! Malinda is a delight to work with. We recently hired Malinda to shoot video and photos of the winner of our 2011 small business contest. Malinda's candid photos of the scene were topnotch, and she's also very discreet and sensitive in delicate situations. (We were surprising our contest winner, so it was an unpredictable situation that turned out well.) I highly recommend Malinda for photography and video shooting.
  • Malinda has taken numerous still shots for Wyoming Fire-EMS. She consistently captures the most amazing shots that truely describes the fire service and shows the dedication of these men and women. I would recommend hiring Malinda for action shots, organizational banquets/dinners, events/weddings, as well as individual/family portrait photography. Malinda knows how to produce top quality photographs!
  • Malinda has been a reliable and trusted photojournalist of multiple fire and police departments in the Greater Cincinnati area for years. She has a unique ability to capture the raw emotion and feelings of emergency responders. Her professionalism and abilities as an artist convinced me to have her shoot my son's senior portraits as well as my family's.

“I first hired Malinda to photograph our wedding. I did not want staged pictures. I loved the fact that she was a photojournalist and would document our wedding in a way that would capture the emotions, movement and images like no stills could.

Fast forward 25 years to today. Malinda not only gave me the wedding album of a life time, she has since documented the birth and growth of our daughter, the trials and tribulations of my husband as a fireman (we had no idea this was her passion when we met), and even captured corporate head shots for projects I led. What I will say about every shoot with Malinda is that she works hard to find the emotion under the surface. She over delivers on every promise. She gives so much more than you expect. What I will rave about are her images. A silhouette of me dancing with my father so we never grow older. My child being tossed in the air snapped at just the right moment to see the eruption of laughter on her face. My husband beaming with pride along side the men he serves with every day.

I have books of images that Malinda has taken because it is so hard to choose. In fact if there is a down side it is that – don’t expect the selection process to be easy. To pick means leaving love behind because that is what you see when you look at her work. Her love of what she does, the love you feel that she captures, the joy you will have for years to come because of the gift she give you.”

Documentary Photography: Unposed, Unscripted

For you – But More For them. Photographs for your family to remember- able to hold images in their hands, relive a day in their lives when everyone was together. Tangible. Printed. Unforgettable.

Contact Malinda Hartong

Call/text 513-245-4100 or fill out our contact form for more information & set up a complimentary consultation with Malinda. She’d love to hang out with you and document a day in your life.

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