Little Moments.

I was on assignment to take photos during mass at Sacred Heart Catholic School during an all-school mass.

It was for this story: “Sacred Heart group shows ‘impressive’ fundraising since opening arms to 2 other schools

I always try to be invisible and cause as little disruption as I can.

Father Fangman started to talk about his two guests in the back, me and writer Julie Anderson.

He then asked all those in attendance to bless us.

The church turned toward me and Julie, raised their hands, sang a song and blessed us.

blessingblogIt was definitely one of the more surreal moments of my career.  I decided I wanted a photo of the moment, but felt awkward raising the my camera mid-song.  I snapped one photo and enjoyed the moment.

Chris Machian

About Chris Machian

I was born in Omaha, graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a journalism degree in 2004 and have spent most of my life here. I was a photo intern with the Omaha World-Herald in 2003 and had various roles with the company before becoming a staff photographer. I love to shoot UNO hockey and last year placed video and still cameras inside the goal to provide our readers with another unique perspective. My goal is to use available technology in ways that help our readers understand the stories we cover. For instance, in 2011 I used Gigapan technology to provide a wide view of flooded areas while allowing users to zoom in on the smaller details. My love of this job extends beyond disasters and sporting events; I also enjoy covering the events that help define Omaha's cultural landscape.
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