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Carmen Sisson (Carmen K. Sisson)
Works at Cloudybright Communications
Attended Theodore High School 1987-1991
Lives in Mobile, Alabama
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My latest image, shot last night at the Bayou La Batre State Docks. 
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Thanks, +Ryan Poe. Pretty places make for pretty photographs.
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Dauphin Island, Alabama
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Thanks for the kind words, +Leigh Montgomery . Photography is my outlet — my way of getting away from everything and getting back in touch with myself and with our Creator. When I am troubled, the Gulf never fails to lift my spirit. The pretty pictures are just an unexpected bonus. :-D
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I am thankful this year to be back on the Gulf Coast. I had missed scenes like this.
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Thank you, +Irene Kato .
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My latest images from Greenwood, Mississippi. #MississippiDelta  
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Happy to find this group. I live on the Gulf Coast and try to shoot the sunrise or sunset (or both) every day. This is the image I shot this evening in Bayou La Batre, Alabama.
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Parabéns Carmen Sisson pelo ótimo trabalho!
Carmen Sisson Congratulations for the great work!
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Had a lot of fun covering Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama this year. Here's a gallery from the Joe Cain Day parade. 

#MardiGras   #Mobile   #Alabama   #GulfCoast   #JoeCainDay  
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For all my northern friends, I shot this pretty sunset on Dauphin Island.
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Thanks so much, +Joshunda Sanders .
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Trying something a little different, working with slow shutter speeds to show the power of the Gulf of Mexico.
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Thank you, +Marcos Kin Hennemann .
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This year, I am thankful to be back on the Gulf Coast. I missed scenes like this, shot on Dauphin Island, Alabama, Nov. 5, 2013.
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On any given day, you'll find a slew of people at the Bayou La Batre State Docks in Bayou La Batre, Alabama. But sometimes, even a regular can bump into a surprise.

I was actually at the docks this evening to interview some locals for a magazine story. I chit-chatted with a few, talking about what was biting (white trout) and what their futures held.

A sun-bleached blond boy — he couldn't have been more than eight or nine — struggled  to lug a white Styrofoam chest from the water's edge, and when he motioned me to him, I assumed he wanted help carrying it to the nearby dock where his father fished.

"Whew, it's heavy!" he said, wiping his brow. "Know what's in here?"

I posed a few options — fish bait, croakers, channel cats, his little brother — but he shook his head each time.

"Shrimps," he whispered. "Caught 'em with my cast net. Wanna see?"

Of course I wanted to see. How could I not? I peered into the container of dirty water and saw a dozen or so shrimp swimming around.

"You must be pretty good with that net," I said.

"The BEST," he replied and scampered off to conquer more marine life.

It's beautiful to see the confidence and pleasure in a child's face.

And when I turned away and was met by this spectacular sunset, I too felt the rush of happiness, the old confidence, the simple joy to be found in doing what you love in a place that you love and sharing it with the world.

My Gulf. There's nothing like it.

Photo by Carmen K. Sisson/Cloudybright

#photography #HDR #GulfCoast #sunset #Alabama  
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+Paul Carmona You were right about HDR. I'm finding the change of pace is lifting my spirits as well. Thank you.
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Journalism, photojournalism, writing, photography, narrative writing, long-form journalism, feature writing, travel photography, studio photography. I specialize in writing about — and photographing — the people, places and things that make the South such a wildly beautiful, complicated region. Special interests include civil rights, social justice, poverty, racism, Southern culture, and environmental issues as they relate to Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and the Gulf Coast.
  • Cloudybright Communications
    Writer/Photographer, 2002 - present
    • Provide photos/text for regional, national, and international publications including Christian Science Monitor, TIME Magazine, Associated Press and others. • Offer multimedia services including audio, video, and slideshows. • Photograph products in-studio for commercial clients. • Provide copy editing, line editing, and proofreading services. • Maintain a daily photoblog created in 2004 which includes nearly 1,000 entries and generates 88,000 unique visitors per year. • Designed and coded main portfolio site. • Active participant in social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, and Pinterest.
  • The Commercial Dispatch
    News Editor, 2011 - 2013
    • Oversee the newsroom in the managing editor's absence. • Edit copy, make assignments and work closely with a staff of three reporters and two photographers to shape content and develop stories. • Line-edit and proof pages. • Assist copy editor with basic page design, as needed. • Develop self-driven, long-term and short-term enterprise projects, orchestrating the writing, photography and presentation. • Specialize in human interest features. • Covered education, economic development and military affairs while serving as a beat reporter.
  • The Northport Gazette
    Editor, 1998 - 2002
    • Assisted with founding paper, helping develop ethical standards, corporate policy, branding, design, and community relations. • Doubled circulation, receiving the 2002 Most Improved award from the Alabama Press Association. • Coordinated a five-person staff, covering a 2,751-square mile area. • Recruited and taught stringers, several of whom now hold staff jobs at daily newspapers. • Wrote 8-10 news stories, one editorial, and one personal column each week. Beats included city council, county commission, education (encompassing more than 20 public and private schools), sports, and the local arts community. • Photographed, edited, and captioned 90 percent of the paper's photo content. • Transitioned paper from 75 percent paste-up to 75 percent pagination. • Assisted with the pagination, layout, and design of full-page and double-trucked features as well as special tabloid editions, including home and garden, fall football, and graduation. • Developed and maintained website. • Fostered community relations through active involvement with the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce, Northport Merchants' Association, and other civic groups. • Earned a laurel from Columbia Journalism Review in Sept/Oct. 2002 for the ethical stance which resulted in my departure from the paper.
  • Bay Area News Network
    Reporter/Photographer, 1988 - 1991
    • Covered news, sports, and feature stories as a paid contributor for The Tillman's Corner News and Mobile County News during my sophomore through senior year in high school. • Provided two to three articles per week while working part-time as a veterinarian's assistant and maintaining a 4.16 GPA.
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Writer. Photographer. Journalist. Storyteller. National correspondent, wannabe cowgirl, incorrigible tumbleweed. Making sense of the South, one story at a time.
I am a 25-year, veteran journalist/photojournalist specializing in coverage of the southeastern U.S. I frequently write about Southern culture, civil rights, education, and religious trends, though I've covered everything in between, from cattle rustlers to a septuagenarian college basketball player.

Published credits include Christian Science Monitor, TIME, AP, NYT, EFE-Spain, NEA Today, and others.

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2012 Mississippi Press Association First Place Feature Story • 2012 Mississippi Press Association First Place News Story • 2012 Mississippi Press Association 2nd Place Best Planned Series • 2012 Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Managing Editors First Place Feature Story • 2011 Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Managing Editors Second Place Feature Story • 2011 Mississippi Press Association Second Place Feature story • 2010 Associated Church Press Award of Excellence for a News Story, Newspaper Division • 2006 NISH Media Reporter Award for Best Media Coverage • 2006 Photobloggies Runner-Up for Best Writing • Columbia Journalism Review Laurel Sept/October issue 2002 • 2002 Alabama Press Association Most Improved Paper (shared with staff) • Alabama Education Media Honor Roll 2001 and 2002 • 2002 Alabama Press Association Best Human Interest Story • 2002 Alabama Press Association Best News Feature Story • 2002 Alabama Press Association Third Place Feature Photo • 2001 Alabama Press Association Best News Photo • 2001 Alabama Press Association Second Place In-Depth Story
  • Theodore High School 1987-1991
  • University of Alabama
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