Earlier in the year I had the pleasure of working with (and finally meeting) Ellen McCarthy of The Washington Post. My photography had been featured alongside McCarthy's work in the Post before, so finally meeting the woman behind the words was a true pleasure.
My photos ran alongside her story about death doulas in The Washington Post.
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 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!
Before I left for Japan I was faced with a whirlwind of freelance projects that kept me working right up until a few hours before I stepped on the plane. I count myself as lucky for having such a schedule.
The product one of these said projects was my latest piece for the Washington Post Express.
Delving into the history and modern day life of daiquiris was not only a tasty, tasty assignment to complete- it was a fun derivation from my usual food pieces.
Much to the woes of my inner travel-bug, I am back home in D.C. I couldn't be more excited to get a jump on the stories and ideas that have been brewing in my brain these last few weeks.
As always, a huge thank you to my editor, Holley Simmons. My life & faith in myself wouldn't be the same without her patience, guidance and care.
This past week I had my latest piece for the Washington Post Express on stands. I consider myself incredibly privileged to be able to write about the local art and beer community all in one piece- while learning more about the history of DC at the same time!
A digital version of the piece can be found here, or crammed between the uncleaned metro seats of our Nation's Capital.
I look forward to my next published piece in the Express, which will be out sooner than you know it. In the meantime I anxiously await a few secret projects that should be hitting stands shortly; I can't wait to share them with you.
As always a huge thank-you goes to the Washington Post Express Dining Editor, Ms. Holley Simmons, for her incredible direction, patience and faith in my ideas. Also a big thank you to the fine folks of DC Brau & Graham Jackson for taking time out of their busy schedules to chat with me about their passions and projects.