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A few months ago, I spent a morning in All About Pets Too, a small pet store in Red Lion. It’s a small shop, but it offers supplies for all kinds of pets and is home to three roaming cats, three squawking birds and a small pond of fish, plus other animals that are for sale. In the short article I wrote to accompany the pictures I made, I compared the store owner, Tammie, to an American Doctor Doolittle, as she spent most of her daylight animals surrounded by animals.

Here are a few of the pictures I made:

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Max, one of three store cats, watches goings-on from his perch on stacks of pine bedding on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at All About Pets Too in Red Lion. Co-owner Tammie Arnold, who has operated the store in various locations for 22 years, has provided grooming and nail-trimming services, and now offers same-day delivery service as a way to compete against big-box stores that carry pet food. “It’s been up and down, but we’ve survived,” she said of the store she co-owns with Jennifer Warfel.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. All About Pets Too co-owner Tammie Arnold feeds a turtle on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at her pet store in Red Lion. Every morning an hour before the store opens, Arnold arrives to feed the various pets and clean up from the previous night.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. All About Pets Too co-owner Tammie Arnold greets Salso, an 8-year-old umbrella cockatoo who is one of the three store birds, on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at Arnold’s pet shop in Red Lion. Salso’s cage is close to the front door, where he can greet customers.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. All About Pets Too co-owner Tammie Arnold holds out Salso, an 8-year-old umbrella cockatoo, to greet Max, one of three store cats, on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Red Lion.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. A micro potbelly pig eats food thrown to him by Salso the 8-year-old umbrella cockatoo on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at All About Pets Too in Red Lion.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Tiggie, a 10-year-old cat, sits in an open-top pen with a micro potbelly pig and two bunnies on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at All About Pets Too in Red Lion. Tiggie, one of three store cats who are free to roam, changes her nesting spot every few weeks and has recently settled in with the smaller mammals.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. All About Pets Too co-owner Tammie Arnold cleans out the cage of Buddy, a 22-year-old African grey parrot on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Red Lion.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Max, one of the three store cats at All About Pets Too, watches as store co-owner Tammie Arnold feeds the mice on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Red Lion.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. A bunny and a micro potbelly pig snuggle up together for naps in an open-top pen on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at All About Pets Too in Red Lion.

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As the seasons change, so do the sports. Each time I shoot a sport for the first time that season, it’s a big refresher course: “Oh yeah, that’s how baseball works.” “Okay, now I remember the best way for me to shoot wrestling.” And etc.

But if you’re covering Penn State, it’s always football season.

Just a few short months after the end of the Nittany Lions’ 2014 season, I’ll be returning to Beaver Stadium this Saturday to cover the Blue-White spring scrimmage. Just two months ago, I was in State College to shoot the second annual Signature Event. Here are a few pictures from the signing day festivities back in February:

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. From left, Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg, running back Akeel Lynch and wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton wait for fans to arrive for an autograph session during the second annual Signature Event on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at Penn State’s Rec Hall. The event, held on National Signing Day, featured an autograph session by the 2015 football starting players and culminated in head coach James Franklin’s discussing each of the new recruits.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State fans wait in a line that snaked around the concourse to get posters signed by football players, during the second annual Signature Event on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at Penn State’s Rec Hall.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State head football coach James Franklin walks the concourse before the second annual Signature Event on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at Penn State’s Rec Hall.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State sophomore Misha Demchuk holds a flag as she watches the video board during the second annual Signature Event on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at Penn State’s Rec Hall.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State head football coach James Franklin, new recruit Paris Palmer and player development director P.J. Mullen discuss Palmer’s background during the second annual Signature Event on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at Penn State’s Rec Hall.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State fans watch a recruit’s highlight video on the video board behind them during the second annual Signature Event on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at Penn State’s Rec Hall.

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The high school winter sports season ended not too long ago, but with spring games getting canceled left and right due to inclement weather, I’m a little nostalgic for the days of photographing sports exclusively indoors.

Earlier in the winter season, reporter Steve wrote a feature on New Oxford’s swim team, which meant I had the rare opportunity/freedom to photograph a swim meet without worrying about getting action shots of certain swimmers. Here are some photos from that assignment (you can view more here):

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. New Oxford swim coach Cheryl Mowery talks to her team before a swim meet at Red Lion on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Despite being a small team, New Oxford is competing in Division I for the first time.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. New Oxford’s Alex Pecher, center, prepares to swim the 100-yard butterfly during a swim meet at Red Lion on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. From left, New Oxford’s Hailey Janocha, Madison Smith, Regan Chalk and Rachel Groden put on their swim caps before the 200-yard freestyle relay during a swim meet at Red Lion on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. New Oxford’s Regan Chalk, second from bottom, begins the 100-yard backstroke, which she won, during a swim meet at Red Lion on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. New Oxford’s Alex Pecher, center, lifts himself from out of the pool after swimming the 100-yard breaststroke during a swim meet at Red Lion on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015.

Not too long afterwards, I was assigned another swimming feature — this time, at the 36th annual South Western Relays.

Fun fact: Between the ages of roughly 6 and 11, I was on my neighborhood’s summer swim team. This meant every morning, five days a week, my brothers and I were shipped off to the neighborhood pool for two hours of swim practice. Saturday mornings were spent at the pool again, participating in more specialized clinics. On Mondays, our team would compete in a swim meet against another neighborhood team (there were six or seven teams in whatever league had been formed).

At first, I hated swim team: It subjected me to my first experiences as a victim of bullying and made me feel completely inadequate when, try as the coaches might, I never did learn how to dive properly. Once I became pretty decent at backstroke and butterfly at age 8 or 9 and got moved up to heats 2 and, occasionally, 1, it was all right. But definitely the best part of swim team and the meets was the downtime between races, which was when I’d eat whatever I wanted — especially since my mom would always volunteer to work the concessions booth, and would pay for my Airhead candies, pizza slices and flavored shaved ice.

Photographing the South Western Relays took me back to those swim meets, in a good way, especially once I discovered that even high school swimmers get their races Sharpie’d onto their arms and also pig out between races.

Just a few photos from that assignment (here are more):

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Suburban swimmer Karl Schmittle, center, puts on his goggles as he and other swimmers enter the natatorium for the 400-yard medley relay on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at South Western High School. Hundreds of swimmers competed in the 36th annual South Western Swimming Relays, which featured 21 relay events.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Event, heat and lane assignments, written in permanent marker, are visible on the forearms of Susquehannock swimmers Ryan Denis, Jade Reall and Allie Reed as they play Cards Against Humanity with teammates during downtime in the gym on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at South Western High School.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. One heat of backstroke-relay swimmers walks around the diving end of the pool as another heat competes on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at South Western High School.

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The city of York faced a budget crisis last year that resulted in cuts to the fire department, effective Jan. 1, 2015. This meant reporter Teresa and I spent much of Dec. 31, 2014, shadowing one of the four laid-off firefighters on his final shift. Clifton Frederick IV was gracious to let us follow him right up to the end, and I wish him all the best.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. From left, York City firefighters Don Newcomer, Clifton Frederick and Joe Portner relax in Station 2’s lounge on West Market Street on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. Frederick is one of four firefighters who was laid off as a result of the York City Council’s budget that calls for eight firefighter positions to be eliminated. His 7 a.m.-5 p.m. shift Wednesday was his final shift. Three of those positions had been vacant, while another firefighter announced his retirement effective Jan. 2, 2015, resulting in four firefighters being laid off effective Dec. 31, 2014. Frederick, hired in July, was the last firefighter hired by the department. He started volunteer-firefighting with the Yorkana company with his father as soon as he was old enough, and left a welding job to join the York City company.

We also caught up with another firefighter on his final shift (the other two who were laid off had already worked their last day):

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York City firefighter Steve Bowman, Jr., stands for a portrait inside Station 5 on East Market Street. The York City Council passed a balanced budget for 2015 that cuts eight firefighter positions. Three of those positions had been vacant, while another firefighter announced his retirement effective Jan. 2, 2015, resulting in four firefighters being laid off effective Dec. 31, 2014. Bowman, Jr., hired in July, was one of the last firefighters hired by the department. His father, also Steve Bowman, has long worked in the York City company.

But we spent most of the day with Frederick, who went out on a medical call, installed smoke detectors and took in his last hours as a York City firefighter.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York City firefighter Clifton Frederick, carrying his medical pack, returns to a Manor Street home where he had been installing smoke detectors when he was radioed to a medical call on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York City firefighter Clifton Frederick, center, makes light conversation with fellow firefighters, including Don Newcomer, right, as they wait to see whether they need to assist in a medical call in a West Cottage Place home on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York City firefighter Clifton Frederick works to install a smoke detector in a Manor Street home on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York City firefighter Clifton Frederick installs a smoke detector inside a second-story bedroom in a Manor Street home on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York City firefighter Clifton Frederick, right, returns some gear to a firetruck as fellow firefighter Don Newcomer, left, stands by at Station 2 on West Market Street on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York City firefighter Clifton Frederick’s accountability tag is Velcroed below Don Newcomer’s on the truck they worked out of on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. The tags work much like a military service member’s dog tags, to help keep track of which firefighters are where.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York City firefighter Clifton Frederick stands in the Station 2 bay to help guide a firetruck backing into the bay on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York City firefighter Clifton Frederick folds up his jacket before placing it in a bin to turn in at the end of his final shift Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014.

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Open wide.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Pleasant View Elementary kindergartner Benedict Cardell, 5, watches as York County School of Technology dental assisting student Fabiola Checo demonstrates how to floss during a dental screening for Red Lion Area School District’s second annual Fluoride Day on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at Larry J. Macaluso Elementary School. By appointment, students and their parents could come to the school to learn about flossing and brushing from York County School of Technology dental assistant students and to get their teeth checked by a hygienist.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Red Lion Area School District hygienist Kathi Hunger-Sanders examines Pleasant View Elementary kindergartner Benedict Cardell’s mouth during a dental screening for Red Lion Area School District’s second annual Fluoride Day on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at Larry J. Macaluso Elementary School.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Pleasant View Elementary kindergartner Benedict Cardell, 5, and his mother Melanie Cardell open their mouths wide after Benedict brushed his teeth for the second time during a dental screening for Red Lion Area School District’s second annual Fluoride Day on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at Larry J. Macaluso Elementary School.

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Last month, South Western hosted its 36th annual diving competition. I wasn’t able to arrive on time to photograph the girls, but I did photograph every single dive performed by the boys later in the afternoon. Some favorites:

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Northeastern’s Josh Freeze performs a dive during the 36th annual South Western Diving Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at Emory H. Markle Intermediate School. Chambersburg’s Nick Cover bested the meet and pool records with a diving score of 471.95, while South Western’s Andrew Feeser took second with 351.85 and Northeastern’s Joe Writer won third with 289.95.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Dover’s Jamie Kohler performs a dive during the 36th annual South Western Diving Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at Emory H. Markle Intermediate School.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Chambersburg’s Nick Cover performs a dive during the 36th annual South Western Diving Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at Emory H. Markle Intermediate School.

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A few years ago, I blogged a series of summer heat pictures. Now that there’s a wind chill of -2 degrees Fahrenheit, I’m almost ready for summer again. Almost.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Peyton Tucker, 3 of Coudersport, shields his eyes from the sun as he sits in a snow tube on top of the Avalanche Xpress hill on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in York Township. Thanks to mild weather throughout December, Heritage Hills Resort wasn’t able to open its snow-tubing and ice rink attractions til early January. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

Unrelated: I forgot to submit my January entries for the National Press Photographers Association’s monthly clips contest, so over the next few days, I’ll be blogging many of the pictures that I probably would have turned in.

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© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State players enter the field from the first-base dugout for warmups before the New Era Pinstripe Bowl game on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at Yankee Stadium.

One does not simply cover a bowl game.

At least, not if you’re The York Daily Record.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State head football coach James Franklin tours the field at Yankee Stadium ahead of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl game on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014.

In the weeks and days ahead of the 2014 New Era Pinstripe Bowl, I was involved in one formal planning meeting and at least a half-dozen informal others. The main points were these:

  • It’s Penn State’s first bowl game in three seasons, following the NCAA’s lifting the sanctions enacted after the Sandusky scandal erupted, so this game is important for the players and the fans.
  • It’s in New York City, which is weird because bowl games are usually played in nice, warm places, but New York is also iconic, so pictures of Penn Staters — who usually tailgate in the rolling hills of rural, central Pennsylvania — wandering or partying in the concrete jungle are paramount.
  • It’s my first bowl game to cover for the paper, so it’s crucial I’m on my A-game.

To be fair, the third point was never actually uttered, but it stood.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State head football coach James Franklin and Boston College coach Steve Addazio listen to a question at a coaches’ press conference at Yankee Stadium on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. Penn State plays Boston College tomorrow in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl Bowl in Yankee Stadium.

So, the day after Christmas, writers Frank and Lizi and I boarded the Amtrak to Penn Station, and got to work immediately upon our arrival in Manhattan. The only chances we had for relaxation and/or exploration were in the late evenings after we finished work on Friday and Saturday, as well as Sunday morning before we departed for home. We made the most of these limited opportunities, and had a nice Roman-Jewish dinner, a hoppin’ late-night Korean dinner and a hearty Sunday brunch.

(The Korean dinner was particularly memorable: Not only was it weird and delicious, it also followed an unintentional 12-hour fast during which I was so busy covering festivities, the game and the celebration that I didn’t have time to eat anything, including the provided meal for media.)

As for the actual festivities, game and celebration? Check out some pictures:

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State alumni Kayla Nakonechni of Scranton and John Tecce of Downington, center, stand in front of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree for a photo on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, in New York City. Tecce graduated in 2012, while Nakonechni just graduated in a December commencement ceremony.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State fans Scott Yorty of Bloomsburg, left, and Zach Stike of Suffolk, Va., center, walk into Johnny Utah’s for a happy hour hosted by the Nittany Lion Club and the Penn State Alumni Association on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, in New York City.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Peggy Rehill of State College is the first person to ride the mechanical bull at a happy hour hosted by the Nittany Lion Club and the Penn State Alumni Association at Johnny Utah’s in New York City on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. From left, Penn State fans Beth Bevan of Tunkhannock, Pa., Nathan Cartwright of Los Angeles, Calif., Bevan’s husband Bill Berholtz and Berholtz’s daughter Sarah, 15, shout the “We are” chant at their tailgate in a Bronx parking lot nearby Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State fan Dave Hennon of Pittsburgh checks his phone outside Stan’s Sports Bar on River Avenue toward Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Boston College cheerleaders walk down River Avenue toward Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday news. A portrait of New York Yankee legends Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth hangs on a wall behind Penn State cheerleaders as they rally up a crowd inside Yankee Stadium before the team’s arrival on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State head football coach James Franklin tours the field at Yankee Stadium ahead of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl game on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State wide receiver Chris Godwin escapes a tackle by Boston College’s Manuel Asprilla in the first half of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl game on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at Yankee Stadium.

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In two days — the day after Christmas — I’ll be covering the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium, where Penn State will meet Boston College in the Nittany Lions’ first bowl game since the Jan. 2012 TicketCity Bowl.

This will be my first-ever Penn State bowl game, and only my second-ever college bowl game. (My first was in 2010, when the Navy defeated Missouri in the Texas Bowl.) This will also be my first time in Yankee Stadium.

I’m ready for it. But first, I’ll finish out my Christmas Eve shift and enjoy Christmas Day. In the meantime, here are pictures from the Penn State football games I’ve covered this season:

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. New Penn State head football coach James Franklin walks up Curtin Road toward Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Penn State hosts Akron in new head coach James Franklin’s first regular-season home game on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State’s Geno Lewis rushes against Akron’s Kris Givens and Johnny Robinson in the third quarter at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Penn State defeated Akron 21-3 in new head coach James Franklin’s first regular-season home game.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State’s Michael Buddenberg tries to break a pass from Akron quarterback Kyle Pohl in the third quarter at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Penn State defeated Akron 21-3 in new head coach James Franklin’s first regular-season home game.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. New Penn State head football coach James Franklin reacts to a call in the third quarter at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Penn State defeated Akron 21-3 in new head coach James Franklin’s first regular-season home game.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. The Penn State student section erupts after Jesse James rushed a touchdown in the fourth quarter at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Penn State defeated Akron 21-3 in new head coach James Franklin’s first regular-season home game.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Maryland head football coach and York County native Randy Edsall walks into the visiting team’s locker room at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Penn State and Maryland will play their first game against each other since 1993, with York County native Randy Edsall leading the Terrapins as head coach, at Beaver Stadium.

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Tomorrow is officially the first day of winter, so naturally my mind is turning towards warmer, summery topics. I’ve also been reviewing the pictures I’ve made in 2014, which reminded me just how many summer nights I spent at William Grove Speedway. (Three — which isn’t that many, but definitely more than any other YDR photographer this year.)

This job has a way of flinging me out of my comfort zone, with the expectation that I’ll make it out not just alive and relatively unscathed, but with some decent pictures as well. Four years ago, I wouldn’t have imagined being able to navigate my way around a dirt track, but now I’m hailed as a familiar face by crew members and push-truck drivers. The more time I spent with these folks, the more I appreciated how the races are just a big family reunion.

Here are pictures from three of those reunions, or races:

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. (Left to right) Crew members Vince Hamberger and David Rohrbaugh change out the rear gears of York driver Cory Haas’ car before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse raced at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, May 16, 2014. The World of Outlaws raced their first night of the season at Williams Grove against the Pennsylvania Posse on Friday, May 16, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Chad Lloyd and Vince Hamberger, crew members for driver Cory Haas of York, measure the circumference of the right-rear tire while pumping it up Friday, July 18, 2014, before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse met for the first of the two-night Summer Nationals event at Williams Grove Speedway.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Ryan Hand, crew member for driver Greg Hodnett of Spring Grove, works on Hodnett’s car Friday, July 18, 2014, before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse met for the first of the two-night Summer Nationals event at Williams Grove Speedway.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. A tractor grooms the track Friday, July 18, 2014, before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse met for the first of the two-night Summer Nationals event at Williams Grove Speedway.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Pit steward Eric Walls waves drivers onto the track for the motor heat Friday, July 18, 2014, before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse met for the first of the two-night Summer Nationals event at Williams Grove Speedway.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Queen Anne’s Lace grows on the safe side of the rail as drivers run their dirt-track cars for the motor heat Friday, July 18, 2014, before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse met for the first of the two-night Summer Nationals event at Williams Grove Speedway.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Hanover driver Jacob Allen drives a time trial before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse raced Friday, May 16, 2014, at Williams Grove Speedway. The World of Outlaws raced their first night of the season at Williams Grove against the Pennsylvania Posse on Friday, May 16, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Spectators cross a bridge connecting the infield and a grandstand as a truck grooms the track below before hot laps at Williams Grove Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. The Pennsylvania Posse faced off the World of Outlaws in the 52nd National Open.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. World of Outlaws driver Daryn Pittman drives a time trial before racing the Pennsylvania Posse at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, May 16, 2014. The World of Outlaws raced their first night of the season at Williams Grove against the Pennsylvania Posse on Friday, May 16, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Drivers take their hot laps around Williams Grove Speedway Friday, July 18, 2014, before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse met for the first of the two-night Summer Nationals event at Williams Grove Speedway.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Cory Haas of York, second from left, stirs up some dust while driving a heat at Williams Grove Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. The Pennsylvania Posse faced off the World of Outlaws in the 52nd National Open.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Fan Matt Miller lifts up World of Outlaws driver David Gravel after Gravel won the 40-lap feature race at Williams Grove Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. The Pennsylvania Posse faced off the World of Outlaws in the 52nd National Open.

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Analog: Colorado

Jeff and I went to Colorado for a friend’s wedding in Snowmass Village, where it was autumn and the aspen leaves were in their golden prime. Then we spent the next day and a half at Rocky Mountain National Park, where it was winter and the snow crunched under our boots.

When you go to a big, epic place like Colorado, you need to take a big, epic camera. So I brought my Pentax 6×7 and all three lenses, plus a few rolls of Portra 400. Enjoy!

© 2014. Looking westward from Ute Pass Road off of Highway 9 near Arapaho National Forest, Colo. Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.

© 2014. Aspens at Maroon Bells near Aspen, Colo., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.

© 2014. Wildflowers along the road to Snowmass Village, Colo., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.

© 2014. Maroon Bells near Aspen, Colo., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.

© 2014. Maroon Bells near Aspen, Colo. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.

© 2014. Wildflowers along the road to Snowmass Village, Colo. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.

© 2014. View north from Falls Road near West Horseshoe Park in Rocky Mountain National Park. Monday, Sept. 29, 2014.

© 2014. View east from Rainbow Curve in Rocky Mountain National Park. Monday, Sept. 29, 2014.

© 2014. Tundra Communities Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. Monday, Sept. 29, 2014.

© 2014. Tundra Communities Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. Monday, Sept. 29, 2014.

© 2014. Tundra Communities Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. Monday, Sept. 29, 2014.

© 2014. View from Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.

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I never thought about it til Penn State football beat reporter Frank brought it up, but I’ve covered three different head coaches in as many years as I’ve been with The York Daily Record (about three and a half years).

My first season photographing Penn State football turned out to be Joe Paterno’s last (2011).

Bill O’Brien took the helm for the next two seasons, but signed on with the Houston Texans basically as soon as he possibly could (2012-2013).

And now, we have James Franklin (2014).

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. New Penn State head football coach James Franklin steps off the team bus and greets the crowd outside Beaver Stadium before the Blue-White Game on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Penn State’s spring football scrimmage will be new head coach James Franklin’s first game in Beaver Stadium.

I photographed the Blue-White Game in April, which was technically Franklin’s first game in Beaver Stadium. Tomorrow, editor Eileen and I go to cover the game against Akron, which will be his first regular-season game in State College.

Another season, another coach. This’ll be fun.

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When I was younger, summer always seemed to drag on. Don’t get me wrong: It’s not as if I was anxious to get back to school. But after we finished swim practice in the summer mornings, my brothers and I were ushered off to the babysitter’s house for the rest of the day, and frankly, I’m not sure how we passed the time besides rereading the same old books and watching the same old TV shows and reliving the same old arguments. (I’m sorry, former babysitters.)

Now, probably because I have a year-round job and no three-month vacation, summers seem to fly right by. But most York County schools are opening up this week, so it’s time to share my second annual “Children of Summer” collection:

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Gabe Sulpizio, 9 of Manchester Township, comes back up for air as Cameron Wright, 9 of Newcastle, Dela., dives into the pool at Summit Grove Camp in New Freedom on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Camp Superkids, run by Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center at Summit Grove Camp in New Freedom, is now in its 23rd year.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Led by Tiffany Berry of Conewago Township, Carly Knoedler, 4 of Jackson Township, rides Peanut the miniature horse at the 30th annual Olde Tyme Days in Conewago Township on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The annual show features historic power equipment, tractor pulls, a petting zoo and more.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. (Left to right) Temple Guard Drum Line members Reuben Beatty, 4; Quasen Hawkins, 5; Conrad Beatty, 5; and Mijiere Hillian, 7, perform at the third annual Codorus Street Reunion at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. The reunion, a celebration of the values and heritage of one of York’s first African-American neighborhoods, brings together descendants of families who moved from South Carolina to the neighborhood now marked by the park.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Kendell Graham, 3 of Delta, gets ready to ride the Dragon Wagon with her sister Cambria, 5 of Delta, right, and Brooke Shrewsbury, 5 of Fawn Grove, left, at the Mason-Dixon Fair on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 16th annual Mason-Dixon Fair, located on the Pennsylvania-Maryland line between Delta and Cardiff, runs through Saturday, July 12, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Regional Academy Charter School second-grade student Claire Guschel hands a piece of trash to teacher Jennifer Reihm in Lincoln Park on Saturday, June 7, 2014. Second-grade students at York Regional Academy Charter School picked up litter at Lincoln Park along Roosevelt Avenue, as part of both their curriculum and York’s Litter Letter project.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. (Left to right) Brothers Zaire Kittrell, 7; Zayden Kittrell, 5; and Zyon Sweeney, 8, plead with their cousin Naquaj Sweeney, 14, for another push on the tire swing during Parkway Day 2014 at Williams Park in York on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. Parkway Day first began as a sort of block party for the neighborhood in 1984 and was held every year through 1996, followed by a reunion in 2001. Now the older generations who hosted the previous events hope the younger members of the neighborhood will carry the torch and continue the tradition of Parkway Day.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Red Lion Fire Company volunteers Jarred Miller, second from left, and Andrew Duarte, far right, help Lincoln Porta, 4 of Hellam Township, and Blake Kahler, 5 of York Township, down from the company’s ladder truck on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Grace Baptist Church’s Community Night in Windsor Township. Almost 10 firefighter, police or EMT units were represented at Grace Baptist Church’s first-ever Community Night, which was organized by fifth- and sixth-grade students at the church. The event took place in lieu of the regular Wednesday night service.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Nas Simms, 11, takes a shot at the basket during Parkway Day 2014 at Williams Park in York on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Ka’Liyah Redman, 6 of York, pulls out a notebook and other supplies that came in her new backpack at Project Big Love 717, a free back-to-school event that was the result of collaboration among Dillsburg-area churches, business and citizens, on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Northern York High School. The project served about 500 special-needs persons by invitation only on Friday, and opened up to the public Saturday. As of 11 a.m. Saturday, about 1,500 people had come for free backpacks filled with school supplies, haircuts, sneakers, family pictures, groceries and lunch.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. New Hannah Penn students peer into the gymnasium during a back-to-school night at Hannah Penn K-8 School on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Hannah Penn was closed as a middle school at the end of the 2011-2012 school year, but is reopening as a K-8 school, to accommodate students who previously attended the now-closed New Hope Academy Charter School and to relieve overcrowding at other schools.

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In March 2013, I covered the 2013 YAIAA Cheerleading Championship, where I made this picture:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. William Penn’s Q’ajaniyah Miller drops into her teammates’ arms during the Bearcats’ routine in the 2013 YAIAA Cheerleading Championship on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Dallastown Area Senior High School. William Penn took first place in the “small” division, while Central York won in the “large” division.

Little did I know that Q’ajaniyah — whose name her teammates were unable to spell out for me — and I would cross paths again.

The YAIAA would host yet another 2013 cheerleading championship that took place in the next school year, in December. Sports reporter Matt Goul was covering a William Penn basketball game later that day, and happened to be chatting with their scorekeeper, who was upset that the William Penn cheer squad had lost their division title by a mere half-point. The conversation then revealed that one of the cheerleaders had had a particularly rough year: Q’ajaniyah had been caught in some crossfire in June and struck through the hip, yet recovered in time to rejoin the squad in the fall.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Q’ajaniyah Miller and other Tri Town Extreme cheerleaders run through a routine in the squad’s final practice of the year on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at William Penn. Miller, 18 of York, has twice been the victim of gun violence: Her father, Ajani Miller, died via a gunshot in the pelvis in Dec. 1999, and she was caught in crossfire outside her house in June 2013. Newly graduated from William Penn Senior High School — where she was a cheerleader, class vice president and homecoming queen — and motivated by her brushes with gun violence, Miller is working to overcome financial and other issues in order to study criminal justice at The Pennsylvania State University this fall.

Matt relayed this information to me in January or February, and mentioned he was interested in pursuing the story. I encouraged him to dig a little deeper and to include me in the coverage.

The longer we worked on the story, the more we learned.

We learned that Q’ajaniyah’s father had been shot and killed two days after Christmas 1999, when she was 3.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. This picture of Ajani Miller, left, his daughter Q’ajaniyah, right, and Q’ajaniyah’s cousin was taken two weeks before Ajani Miller’s Dec. 27, 1999, death. The picture hangs on the refrigerator in Q’ajaniyah Miller’s West Princess Street home, and is the only one she has of her father.

We learned that her mother moved them to Brooklyn two years later and studied to become a police officer, but another tragedy prompted their return to York.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Q’ajaniyah Miller, 18, and her mother Ronielle Kirkland stand on their West Princess Street porch and brace themselves before running in the rain to the minivan to take Q’ajaniyah to school on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. When she hesitated about whether to leave her mother and family for college, Q’ajaniyah said her mother told her: “Get out of here, I’ll be fine.”

We learned that Q’ajaniyah, profoundly affected by her father’s death and perhaps influenced by sitting in on her mother’s law enforcement classes, was determined to go to college and study criminal justice.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Q’ajaniyah Miller, 18, participates in her criminology class at William Penn on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Teacher Stuart Krise said of Q’ajaniyah, “She’s rare in my 32 years of teaching because she’s so resilient.”

We learned that she is the oldest of her siblings — two brothers, ages 6 and 2, and a now 10-month-old sister — whom she helps care for, and for whom she strives to set a good example.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Q’ajaniyah Miller, 18, helps her brother Julius “Juju” Little, Jr., 2, brush his teeth before school in her family’s West Princess Street home on Wednesday, April 30, 2013. Q’ajaniyah, who is 12 years older than her oldest sibling, helps her mother, Ronielle Kirkland, care for her younger brothers and baby sister.

We also learned that she found strength in cheerleading, where she made friends with other girls who had lost their fathers to gun violence.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Q’ajaniyah Miller looks across the floor as she and other Tri Town Extreme cheerleaders stretch before the squad’s final practice of the year on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at William Penn Senior High School.

Over the course of several months, we worked with Q’ajaniyah, her mother and her friends, and incrementally learned new tidbits that would shape or completely change the story. The weeks before Q’ajaniyah’s graduation presented a tough time for all involved, as she wasn’t sure whether she could afford to go to Penn State and we weren’t certain how we should end the story.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Q’ajaniyah Miller, 18, reacts after the announcer at William Penn’s commencement ceremony pronounced her full name correctly on Friday, June 6, 2014. She was named after her father, Ajani Miller, who was killed when she was 3.

In the end, I’m grateful to Q’ajaniyah for opening up to us, and glad that we all put so much of ourselves into the story. And I’m excited for her as she starts classes at Penn State in the next few weeks, and I wish her all the best.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Q’ajaniyah Miller, 18, stands with her grandmother Tina Maxfield while waiting for her mother, Ronielle Kirkland, to drive the minivan over after graduating from William Penn on Friday, June 6, 2014. Q’ajaniyah, who is enrolled to attend Penn State in State College in the fall, plans to spend this summer working on her tumbling and staying in shape for cheerleader tryouts.

You can read Matt’s story here, and view many more pictures here.

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When I went to Houston in May for my grandfather’s funeral, I brought not just my digital camera, but also my Mamiya C220. I shot an entire roll of just family time in the backyard, but this one’s my favorite.

© 2014. Emily with Layla, then almost 20 months old, in Houston.

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We’re in the midst of sweaty, humid, buggy summer, so it’s high time I shared my favorite photos from a Spring Forward fashion show I photographed back in April.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Jamie Wolf, a model for The Watchmaker’s Daughter, gets her hair braided into a fishtail by stylist Christina Vicario, before The Parliament’s Spring Forward event on Friday, April 18, 2014, at The Bond Building. The Parliament hosted Spring Forward: Fashion Meets Art, an event featuring collaboration between local artists and fashion boutiques and culminating in a runway presentation at The Bond Building on East King Street in York.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Pairs of shoes line the floor beneath a table of refreshments backstage at The Bond Building as 20 models prepare for The Parliament’s Spring Forward event on Friday, April 18, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. (Left to right) Karen Staub, owner of The Watchmaker’s Daughter, and Hilary Arthur, owner of Arthur & Daughters, consult on what type of shoes model Annie Mendoza, far right, should wear for The Parliament’s Spring Forward event on Friday, April 18, 2014, at The Bond Building.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Event hair director Glen Oropeza, of Glen Coco for Hair, leans in for a selfie with Allyson Bohnert, a model for KrysLyn’s Bridal Boutique, before The Parliament’s Spring Forward event on Friday, April 18, 2014, at The Bond Building.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. People mix and mingle during The Parliament’s Spring Forward event in The Bond Building, which will become a wedding and events venue, on Friday, April 18, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Annie Mendoza, a model for The Watchmaker’s Daughter, waits as the other models line up before walking the runway at The Parliament’s Spring Forward event on Friday, April 18, 2014, at The Bond Building.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Tony Jacquiez, a resident artist at King’s Courtyard Artists’ Collective, high-fives Angela Brenneman, a model for Sweet Melissa’s Dream, as she walks the runway at The Parliament’s Spring Forward event on Friday, April 18, 2014, at The Bond Building.

You can view more photos here.

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In my 3.5 years in York, I’ve never known the West Manchester Mall to have even half of its storefronts leased out and occupied. Let’s hope that its de-malling brings good results.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Mardell Messersmith, 75 of Dover Township, left, walks with her brother Harold Feeser, 64 of York City, around the interior of West Manchester Mall on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Messersmith and Feeser have taken to mall-walking a few days a week in the past year, but security will soon ask mall walkers to cease their routines before the mall begins dramatic renovations. With the West Manchester Mall destined to give way to an outdoor town center-style shopping center, stores within the mall are shutting down and moving out.

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© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Central York student council members greet graduates after they received their diplomas and sunflowers during commencement at Central York on Friday, May 30, 2014. Central York graduated 445 seniors, 430 of whom participated in the 2014 commencement ceremony.

I didn’t attend my college graduation because I had better things to do. But, having photographed four high school graduations and one college graduation in the past two weeks (including three ceremonies in as many nights, in a row), I’ve probably heard “Pomp and Circumstance” enough times now to atone for not walking in my own commencement.

Without further ado, my favorite pictures from the 2014 graduation season:

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. (Left to right) Stefano Colletti and James Volpe, both candidates for Bachelor of Science degrees, try to figure out their regalia before York College’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17, 2014. York College of Pennsylvania’s class of 2014 celebrated its spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Retiring nursing faculty member Jacquelin Harrington, left, chats with fellow nursing faculty member Susan Scherr as they wait for York College’s spring commencement ceremony to begin on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Catholic senior Ralph Maiolino, center, relishes the applause of faculty members as he and other seniors proceeded to commencement at York Catholic on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. York Catholic graduated 107 seniors in its 2014 commencement ceremony.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Catholic graduate Mary Hale, left, exits the stage after receiving her diploma during commencement at York Catholic on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. York Catholic graduated 107 seniors in its 2014 commencement ceremony.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. A York Catholic graduate winks at a friend in the audience during commencement at York Catholic on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. York Catholic graduated 107 seniors in its 2014 commencement ceremony.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Suburban senior Allie Patterson looks at photo collages of her classmates in the cafeteria before commencement on Thursday, May 29, 2014, at York Suburban. York Suburban had 213 seniors participating in commencement.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. (Left to right) Central York seniors Teal Kreft, Jaida Klyeman and Zane Knaub wait in queue for the procession before commencement at Central York on Friday, May 30, 2014. Central York graduated 445 seniors, 430 of whom participated in the 2014 commencement ceremony.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Central York senior Pedro Tavarez pauses and acknowledges the crowd at the stadium for commencement at Central York on Friday, May 30, 2014. Central York graduated 445 seniors, 430 of whom participated in the 2014 commencement ceremony.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Central York graduates stand and wave their sunflowers during a choral arrangement of “For Good” from the Broadway musical “Wicked” at the end of commencement at Central York on Friday, May 30, 2014. Central York graduated 445 seniors, 430 of whom participated in the 2014 commencement ceremony.

I didn’t intend for all of my favorite pictures from the next graduation — William Penn Senior High School’s — to feature one particular senior, but it just turned out that way.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. William Penn senior Jeshaun Maddox wears sunglasses as he relaxes in the school library before commencement on Friday, June 6, 2014, at William Penn Senior High School.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. William Penn senior Jeshaun Maddox, left, looks back on classmate Symia Major-Kinard as she cries into a tissue as they enter the auditorium for commencement on Friday, June 6, 2014, at William Penn Senior High School.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. William Penn senior Jeshaun Maddox comforts classmate Symia Major-Kinard — and checks her face for tears — as they enter the auditorium for commencement on Friday, June 6, 2014, at William Penn Senior High School.

Congratulations to the Class of 2014, and best of luck to everyone!

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Central York seniors stand to receive their diplomas during commencement at Central York on Friday, May 30, 2014. Central York graduated 445 seniors, 430 of whom participated in the 2014 commencement ceremony.

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When I first made plans to fly to Houston for my grandfather’s funeral, I had no intentions of bringing a camera. When my brother made plans to fly himself, my sister-in-law and my niece to Houston, I packed up my cameras, both digital and film.

As I previously wrote, exploring our childhood home through the eyes of my niece, then almost 20 months, was a lot of fun. Without further ado, I present pictures of the world’s most important toddler:

© 2014. A particularly grueling customs process at IAH put Matt in the depths of despair, but gave Layla some time for a nap.

© 2014. Wide awake, Layla explores one of her favorite things — the stairs — under the watchful eye of my mother. To the right are baby portraits of my younger brother and me. Matt’s baby portrait is out of frame.

© 2014. Mother and child.

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© 2014. Jet-lagged.

© 2014. You’d be pretty self-satisfied too, if you’d navigated going down the stairs by yourself not long after waking up.

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Earlier this month, I returned to Houston for my grandfather‘s funeral, but I was hardly the most far-flung traveler: My brother, sister-in-law and almost-20-month-old niece flew in from Italy.

Not since Christmas 2010 had my two brothers and I been together under the same roof, so while we had gathered to pay respects to our grandfather, we had fun being siblings again and exploring our childhood home through the eyes of Layla, who is now a very confident toddler.

Making pictures of a constantly/unpredictably moving target is a lot different from making pictures of a babe who is either being held or lying relatively sill, but it’s also a lot more fun. Unfortunately, editing down pictures of a toddler who is rambunctiously touring her new domain is pretty difficult. How can you say no to this face?

Saturday, May 3, 2014. Layla at 19 months in Houston, Texas.

© 2014. Like many other young ones, Layla has been trained to stop what she’s doing and smile at the camera. I think I’ve largely trained her out of that when I’m the one holding the camera, although she’s still pretty intrigued by its buttons. This was the first (and only) time she actually walked right up to me and smiled. I’m okay with that.

…Or to this face?

Friday, May 2, 2014. Layla at 19 months in Houston, Texas.

© 2014. EPIC POUT.

Layla isn’t quite ready to put nouns and verbs together to form sentences, but she is very capable of understanding directions and making pout faces. The pictures in this blog post wouldn’t have made the final cut for what I’ll ultimately share, but I take my responsibility as family photographer* very seriously and believe that not sharing these pictures would be akin to committing a serious transgression.

Saturday, May 3, 2014. Layla at 19 months in Houston, Texas.

© 2014. At the breakfast table, with the “Little Mermaid” plate that was my favorite when I was 5 or 6.

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© 2014. I think my younger brother Geoff made this picture, at Grandma’s house.

Obviously, there will be more Layla pictures to come.

 

* Apparently I was always the family photographer: While looking through photo albums for pictures to submit for my grandfather’s obituary page, my uncle Doug discovered this picture:

A picture of Chris taking a picture of extended family at Uncle Emmo's Sugar Land house in 1994. Friday, May 2, 2014.

A picture of me taking a picture of extended family at my second-uncle Emmo’s house, probably in 1994. I would have been 6 years old. We couldn’t figure out who actually took this photo, unfortunately, nor who the girl on the far right is.

Uncle Doug was very proud of this discovery. I am very excited about this early evidence that I’m better behind the camera than in front of it.

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