Week 1: Beginnings

Sometimes words fail.

The power of the camera is to freeze a moment in time, to freeze that moment that is impossible to explain in words.

This summer, I am interning at The News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C. Each day I have countless opportunities to freeze time. I have countless opportunities to capture moments and memories.

I want to use this space to share some of my favorite experiences, memories, and photos from each week. But remember: words fail. Words may fail to describe my experience.

 Day 1: First day on the job. I was instructed to wear business casual. What I quickly learned was that business casual for photographers is very different than business casual for reporters. Within a few hours of arriving at the N&O, I was sent to help cover a tractor demonstration. I think I've finally gotten all the dirt out of my Tory Burch flats. Lesson #1: Be prepared for anything! 

Day 1: First day on the job. I was instructed to wear business casual. What I quickly learned was that business casual for photographers is very different than business casual for reporters. Within a few hours of arriving at the N&O, I was sent to help cover a tractor demonstration. I think I've finally gotten all the dirt out of my Tory Burch flats. Lesson #1: Be prepared for anything! 

Day 2: I was sent to the N.C. Legislature to cover the annual milk chugging contest. This job is crazy! You never know what you are going to be doing.

 Day 3: Road trip! I went with staff photographer Ethan Hyman to northeastern NC to document some of North Carolina's best-kept secrets. We traveled to Livermon Park and Mini-Zoo in Windsor, N.C., where they have buffalo, peacocks, goats, and llamas. (Photo Credit: Ethan Hyman)  

Day 3: Road trip! I went with staff photographer Ethan Hyman to northeastern NC to document some of North Carolina's best-kept secrets. We traveled to Livermon Park and Mini-Zoo in Windsor, N.C., where they have buffalo, peacocks, goats, and llamas. (Photo Credit: Ethan Hyman)  

 Day 4: Racquetball!

Day 4: Racquetball!

 Also on Day 4: This was incredibly special to me. I had the opportunity to take portraits of M.H. Green, a WWII veteran who was off the coast of Normandy when his ship was blown apart by mines on D-Day. My grandfather was in those same waters 70 years ago, so it was an honor for me to meet and spend time with Mr. Green.

Also on Day 4: This was incredibly special to me. I had the opportunity to take portraits of M.H. Green, a WWII veteran who was off the coast of Normandy when his ship was blown apart by mines on D-Day. My grandfather was in those same waters 70 years ago, so it was an honor for me to meet and spend time with Mr. Green.

 Day 5: This sweet boy sustained brain damage at birth and has severe developmental delays. He has a sweet and powerful connection with his therapist, who works with him five days a week. After working on several autism stories, covering this story was very emotional and special to me. These children with autism and other developmental problems are some of the sweetest people I have ever met. I am always so lucky to meet them and have the opportunity to help share their stories.

Day 5: This sweet boy sustained brain damage at birth and has severe developmental delays. He has a sweet and powerful connection with his therapist, who works with him five days a week. After working on several autism stories, covering this story was very emotional and special to me. These children with autism and other developmental problems are some of the sweetest people I have ever met. I am always so lucky to meet them and have the opportunity to help share their stories.

Well that's the end of my first week. I can't wait to see what else this summer has in store for me. I'm soaking up every second of it, trying to learn as much as I can.