In the last week of February 2020, I went around to the two local hospitals in Lafayette to get file photos of each knowing I was about to be gone for a week on vacation. After weeks of following the stories out of Wuhan, China and then New York and Seattle, I felt like I should have something ready in case the reporters needed some images. While attending Northern Short Course in Fairfax, Va., cases began to be reported in Indiana. By the time I got back into town, this were changing rapidly.
After several weeks(one month) I’m finally getting around to posting my favorite photos from 2018.
For me, 2018 was a huge year for growth both as a photographer and person. After almost two years, I left my internship in Youngstown for a three month internship with The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and then seven months with the Jackson Citizen Patriot/MLive.com.
I’ve had the privilege of covering several incredible communities, meeting so many amazing people and made some great friends along the way.
After leaving Michigan, I have relocated back to California where I am regrouping and figuring out my next step.
Bob and Judith Stanger of Boardman sit on a bench at Glacier Lake in Mill Creek Park looking at the fog layer created by warm rain interacting with the ice layer on the surface of the lake, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, in Youngstown, Ohio.
Brayan Colon warms up inside the rink, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at the Southside Boxing Gym in Youngstown.
Lana Adi listens as her mother, Fidaa Musleh, center, speaks during a rally for her father, Al Adi’s release from Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 outside the Nathaniel R. Jones Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse in Youngstown, Ohio.
Two couples embrace on Tamm Ave. after The Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Saturday, March 17, 2018, in the Dogtown neighborhood of St. Louis, Mo.
The mother of Deonta Barnes runs away from the coroner’s van after identifying the body of her son, as police investigate the fatal shooting on Burd Ave that occurred shortly before 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 1, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo. Barnes was unconscious and not breathing when officers arrived in the area of Burd and Wabada avenues near the former Langston Middle School.
Bob Reisch of Ballwin, an U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, stands under a tree far away from the ceremony stage before the 59th annual Memorial Day ceremony, Monday, May 28, 2018, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty (32) throws in the first inning during a baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates, Thursday, May 31, 2018 in St. Louis. The Cardinals won, 10-8.
Taylen LePeak goes up for a dunk, Thursday, July 12, 2018, at Optimist Park in Jackson..
Alexandria Burgess, 15, takes a nap with her pigs, Peter Parker, bottom, and Mary Jane, top, during the first day of the Jackson County Fair, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, in Jackson, Mich.
Carrah Fransted, 16, opens her horse, Pricilla’s stall door after they placed first in the 4-H showmanship championship at the Jackson County Fair, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, in Jackson.
Chase Elliot high fives fans before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, in Brooklyn, Mich.
Jolie Brochu of Flint Powers Catholic reacts to her putt on hole 7 during the MHSAA Division 3 girls golf finals, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 at Forest Akers East golf course in East Lansing.
Julie and Dan Risner hold a photo of their late son, Christopher Risner, while posing for a portrait, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 at their Jackson residence. After years of aiding in the fight against opioid addiction, and months of staying sober, Christopher, 29, died in his home Wednesday, Nov. 21, the day before Thanksgiving.
Shed Hearon uses a horse hair brush to polish long time customer Tim Maxwell’s shoes, Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at the St. Louis Airport Marriott in St. Louis, Mo. Hearon, better known as Shed the Shoe Doctor, has been shining shoes in the lobby of the Marriott for the past 35 years. Every morning, the 79-year-old stands in front of his elegant stand, watching hotel guest walk by, calling out to them, “Shoe shine! Shine ‘em up!”