One of my latest assignments for The Washington Post hit stands today, this time in the Kids Post (which, by the way, is a section I've been reading since I can remember).
The story took me to Ketcham Elementary in Anacostia.
The school was working with REAL School Gardens, an organization that seeks to use gardening as an educational tool. The day's volunteers, staffers and students gathered to get to work building beds, digging in the dirt, and planting various herbs, vegetables and flowers.
On the other side of the field children were painting rocks that would be used as decorations from the gardens. I found a few dabs of purple paint on my camera bag later that night.
I continue to be incredible grateful for the hard work and patience that Photo Editor Nicole Crowder has with me. Her guidance, kindness and questions help me learn something new every shoot.
Last night I had the immense pleasure of working for The Baltimore Sun, covering the Maryland Senate primary. In particular I was assigned to cover Donna Edwards, who hoped to become the second African-American female to be elected to the Senate.
Edwards hoped to become the second African-American woman to be elected to the Senate. Though there were several candidates, Edwards was primarily running against Chris Van Hollen.
Polls were extended until 9 p.m. due to some stations having a late start. AP called the race shortly before 10 p.m., claiming Van Hollen as the victor. Staffers, volunteers and supporters began to gather for Edwards's concession speech.
Edwards's speech called for lawmakers to be more inclusive of different races, gender and economic classes. At times, the crowd would cheer for so long she would have to pause and restart her sentence.
The story that John Fritze wrote for The Baltimore Sun can be found here (update: some of my work can also be found here). More tweets, photos and updates can be found on my twitter feed, as well as The Baltimore Sun's feed.
A few thank yous go to John Fritze, Christopher Assaf, Sandra Banisky and the rest of the Sun staff for working with me. I had a wonderful time covering this race, and look forward to seeing continued coverage of the Maryland races.
Last week I had the pleasure of The Washington Post running my photos for the Local Living cover story on postpartum depression. Coincidentally, the story came out on the birthday of her first son, the pregnancy from which she suffered postpartum depression.
For the piece I met with Lynne McIntyre and her children at their home. The goal was to snap a photo of the whole family... but it just so happened that Lynne's husband was in Turkey for work. So how do you snap a photo of the family together when one person is thousands of miles away? Technology, of course.
It was a pleasure getting to meet Lynne and learn about her story. I often write and photograph stories, so simply taking things from a photographic standpoint was a refreshing and wonderful exercise. And, for the sake of transparency, I will admit that it still makes my heart skip every time I get to see my name in print for the Post.
Thank you to the wonderful Nicole Crowder for not only giving me a chance to grow, but for pushing the Post to new limits. Thank you to Lynne for letting me in her home and sharing her story with me.
Last week my latest piece for the Washington Post Express hit the stands- this time showing readers some of the more private quarters of restaurants and bars across the city.
Having just started a master's in journalism, I've been doing an incredible amount of writing the past month. Being able to do a piece that was photo-centric was a nice reprieve from working on more writing-intensive pieces.
An extended version of the quiz is available on the online version- take the test to see how well you know your DC thrones!
I can count on my hands how many assignments I have done the past five years that have reached down into my soul and grasped the depths of my heart in a way that changed how I viewed the world. This was certainly one of those assignments.
Last month I had the pleasure of being assigned to write about the Caspari family's farm in College Park, Maryland. On a very early drizzling morning I headed to the suburban neighborhood, camera in hand, ready to snap a few photos and head back to bed.
Little did I know what awaited me within the confines of a quarter acre plot on a tiny cul-de-sac on a sleepy resident street in Maryland.
The Casparis came to America from Indonesia, first Roy then Arti. Since being reunited in America the two have created a beautiful life full of love, happiness and produce. The love and compassion they show for not only each other, but the food that they produce, acted as a reminder for me to practice such values in my own everyday life.
I won't divulge all the details of my experience on their farm- you can read the full story in the latest Edible DC. But one thing I can say is that the Casparis are some of my newest friends- and ones that I look forward to seeing for years to come.
A special thank you to the Caspari family for not only allowing me to visit their home, but for feeding me absolutely delicious food every time I visit them at the market.
And a heartfelt thank you to Edible DC, who continues to nurture and challenge me with every passing issue.
(UPDATE: As of 09/15/15 the digital copy has been made available online at edibledc.com . A screen capture of the piece is included below.)