I am humbled and appreciative of compliments received about my photography over my career. Below are comments made through cards, emails, job reviews, photo contests and letters of recommendation. ~ Andrew

“I still want to cry with happiness every time I look at Jaelynne’s senior pictures. You did such an amazing job!”

Julie VecchiarelliParent

“We had a great month for traffic in August, and a large part of that is due to the wonderful work of our photographers and the photo galleries. Of the top 5 stories for August, FOUR of them were for photo galleries. That’s awesome!”


Stephanie RomanowskiAudience Development Editor

“I really loved your Harvest of Harmony photos on the website!”
“I especially liked the one of the Northwest band jumping in the air and the one
of the GISH band in front of the Grand Theatre!”
“Terrific! You really captured the energy and grandeur of the event.”

R.J. PostCopywriter and Digital Content Creator - IdeaBank Marketing

“Hey I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to you.”
“So thanks for being so nice and friendly and helpful this summer.”
“I definitely enjoyed your company on assignments.”

Nikoel HytrekGrand Island Independent - summer intern

“Thanks Andrew. You do amazing work!”

Betsy LynchEditor for AQHA Performance Horse Journal

“Thank you so much for coming to take pics of my Reiki room! They turned out absolutely amazing! I definitely want a plaque with your photos and the story! I appreciate your help getting the word out about Reiki! Thanks so much!”

Better Living by Sarah Larsen-AstronesLife Coach & Reiki Master

“This word to convey my thanks for the time and effort to realize the coverage of me for the 7/17/17 issue. I enjoyed the brief exchange on your professionalism and artistic activity”.

Steve AndersonDeputy Director - Multicultural Coalition

“People’s response to your story tells me that many people in our community pay attention to The Independent. In this time when newspapers are fighting for survival, it was gratifying to glimpse how many people you are reaching. You are a major part of the glue that holds our community together. You are also a vehicle for encouraging people to see the world through a wider lens and our community with a more compassionate heart. Andrew Carpenean’s eye with the camera is exceptional. It is not easy to make me look good and he did! Thank you!

Caroline Price-GibsonReverend - First Presbyterian Church

“I wanted to commend you on the outstanding job you did covering the images of the Nebraska State Fair. I heard many positive comments about the Independent’s news and photo coverage of the fair. I looked foward each day to the pictures. I am sure you were ready for a rest after 11 days. Thanks for a job well done!

Don SmithGrand Island Independent Publisher

“Andy is professional and a hard working photojournalist who can produce quality photographs in demanding situations. His technical expertise has allowed us to substantially upgrade the equipment and the overall quality of photographs published in the Boomerang. While he can competently cover all types of news and feature assignments, he has been particularly successful at covering sports assignments. I have always found Andy to be honest and direct in his dealings with the newspaper and with news sources. He has shown himself to be friendly and dependable in his dealings with fellow news staff members.”

Don BlackPublisher - Laramie Boomerang

“I admire someone who can pick up and move to an unknown community, leaving friends and colleagues behind to make a move that holds a lot of uncertainty. Andy has done that and made it work for him”.

Deb ThomsenManaging Editor - Laramie Boomerang

“Andy won both first place as well as second place in the July Wyoming Photo of the Month contest. You really have an eye for great talent”.

Rob PainePhoto Editor - Associated Press

“Excellent, moving photos from the serviceman’s funeral. It’s a tough assignment to shoot, but you handled it well. You served our readers well with a good selection of high-impact photos. Thanks”.

Jeff FunkPublisher - Enid News & Eagle

“I want to extend my congratulations to you on receiving the September Employee of the Month honor from the Enid News & Eagle. This is great news! I was so happy for you when I read about your award. Your photography coverage is outstanding and a valuable asset to this community. Keep up the good work. You are to be commended for your dedication and commitment to excellence. You are extremely talented and I enjoy viewing your creations.”

Dr. Cheryl EvansDean - Northwestern Oklahoma State University

“Just wanted to pass along congrats for making MSNBC’s Year of Photos for the shot of the Kingfisher fire on a stormy night. It is a wonderful photo. Also I want to applaud the photo dept. and editorial staff for putting your own year of pictures on the Web site. We enjoyed it.”

Zach NashCreative Department - Oklahoma Press Association

“I wanted to commend you for producing some pretty darn good photos for our Progress sections. As I’ve been proofing these sections I’ve noticed that our photos this year seem to be the strongest of the last three”.

Cindy AllenManaging Editor - Enid News & Eagle

“SNPA uses outstanding photographs from our annual Photo of the Year Contest for the directory cover each year. And, the photo you submitted is a wonderful example of photojournalism. Congratulations on having your photo selected for this year’s cover.”

Southern Newspaper Publishers Association

“You have done some impressive work at the News & Eagle. Plus, you have helped elevate the quality of photojournalism overall by nurturing other, younger photogs and by working with editors/reporters to try to improve the quality – or at least the probable – quality of assignments”.

Jeff FunkPublisher - Enid News & Eagle

“Thank you, thank you, thank you for the photo you took at Booker T that we published in today’s paper. I’ve enjoyed looking at all the kid’s expressions. This may not be considered an award-winning photo by photojournalist standards, but it wins with me. Nothing is better for our paper than to get more faces.
You really accomplished it with this photo. I love it!

Cindy AllenManaging Editor - Enid News & Eagle

“I met with Andy Carpenean at the New Years in Rio event and found him funny, friendly and professional. It is refreshing to meet with media that is non intrusive and is able to integrate into the events and persons involved”.

TeressaEvent Coordinator

“Andy, without a doubt was the best photographer I have ever had the pleasure to work with. His professionalism with the public is extremely polite and he made ordinary assignments into award winning photos. He won many 1st place awards in photography at the Colorado Press Association Awards Banquet held yearly.”

Tom SpargurPublisher - Colorado Community Newspapers

“The symmetry of the trees, buildings, fire apparatus and the firemen. The way the hoses are arranged on the road – not to mention the colors. I have been a working photojournalist since 1979 and was immediately struck by the uniqueness of this image where so many elements fell into place. The important aspect for me was that you recognized the moment and the elements… along with some sort of divine intervention… and captured the image in spite of the challenging conditions.

Dan MarschkaPhotojournalist

“Thank you for being such a great employee, colleague and friend. It has been a pleasure knowing and working with you. You are very talented and very hard working, an awesome combination, plus a heck of a nice guy. I would be happy to hire you again and at a lot more money”.

Cindy YingstManaging Editor - The Daily Astorian

“An outstanding selection of photos by Andy – and they were put into the system nice and early, which made a HUGE difference, meaning I could do most of the creative work Sunday instead Monday. This was the biggest single factor in us meeting our deadline with a quality product.”

Patrick WebbManaging Editor - The Daily Astorian

“Andy, I LOVE the cover photo of the pilot portrait! I LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT.”

Jill ForemanReporter - The Daily Astorian

“Great photo on page 1 Friday. Real magnetism and tension. Little heads turning in a row.”

Steve ForresterPublisher - The Daily Astorian

“During his time here, Andy has proven to be very reliable, cooperative and honest. He does what he says he will and follows instructions well. He also is a very good photographer.”

Richard BangsManaging Editor - The Douglas County News

“Hooray for any photographer who can make us laugh – and especially if that image captures a genuine, spontaneous and humorous moment. We share the grad’s joy, captured amidst the decorum.”

NPPA National Judge’s commentsPictures of the Month - Miami Herald