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The Columbus Dispatch

My 6-months at The Columbus Dispatch has officially come to a close. Photographing and living in the capital of my home state is something I will always cherish.

Having an extra 3-months (compared to the traditional 3-month summer internship) was beyond helpful because it gave me time to really settle in. For me this internship was a lot about becoming more technically sound. I can now confidently say that I can caption and transmit while walking down the street and set up lights on the fly and that is a feat! (I also know where all the best coffee is in Columbus....and the best pizza).

I feel like my photos are starting to look like me more---something I am really proud to admit because it has required a lot of patience to find my sort of style. I think it's something you eventually fall into naturally, but it surely requires a lot of assignments to get there!

I can not thank the staff enough and I will miss them all so much. It was so nice to always have someone around the office to ask questions on the fly or just to grab a coffee with. The photogs at The Dispatch (though all extremely well-rounded) seem to have a specific skill they each kind of hone in on (feature hunting, portraits, sports etc.) which made improving in certain areas a lot easier.

I'll miss Columbus but I am feeling confident about my next adventure. I'll be freelancing here in NE, Ohio until I find it.

Here are some of the favorite images from my review with the staff!

Agatha Horstman, 7, of Cincinnati looks for a 44th Alabama Stone at the 119th Annual Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery Memorial Ceremony on Sunday, June 14, 2015 in Columbus.

Laura Berger of Westerville (far right) admires the Black Croppy fish she caught at Stratford Ecological Center's first Adult Farm Camp on July 25, 2015. Participants spent the day learning farm chores and skills and spending the night camping out on the land in Delaware. Campers ages ranged from 20s-70s.

Mary Herrejon with Kingdom Mission International Ministries prays with her daughter Daria, 11, at Ohio 7:14, A Solemn Assembly of Prayer, that drew more than 500 people to The Ohio Statehouse on Thursday, June 11, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. Attendees prayed about the upcoming decision in the Supreme Court regarding same-sex marriage.

Ricky Lasley of Dayton (right) cheers after defeating Joshua Knuckles (left) of Cleveland during the Amateur PeeWee Boxing Tournament at The Ohio State Fair on Friday, July 31, 2015 in Columbus.

Eric J. Ringle of Lake Worth, Florida judges a St. Bernard during the last day of the Mid-Ohio Cluster Dog show on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at the Bricker Building in Columbus. The dog show sponsored by four kennel clubs, included approximately 2,000 dogs per day, representing more than 150 breeds, from all over the United States and Canada.

Brody Eckelbarger, 8, of Sunbury is buried by his sister, Liberty, in a giant pile of LEGOs at the LEGO® Creativity Tour at The Greater Columbus Convention Center on Sunday, November 22, 2015 in Columbus. The sold-out tour allowed boys and girls of all ages the opportunity to build, create and enjoy a unique LEGO experience through engaging play areas, construction zones, family-oriented activities and more.

Ella Goodwin, 8, of Dublin flings a stuffed sheep over a bar using a pitch fork during the Kid's Gaelic Games at the annual Dublin Irish Festival in Dublin, Ohio on Saturday, August 1, 2015. The festival attracts thousands of locals and out-of-towners with traditional Irish music, sports, arts, and food.

Riley Tate, 17, participates in the spaghetti eating contest at the 50th annual Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival on Saturday, August 15, 2015 in Reynoldsburg. Contestants had 10-minutes or less to eat a 30 oz plate of spaghetti without using their hands.

Zoe and Jack Johnstone, community leaders who run a central Ohio endowment supporting contemporary classical music, pose for a portrait, framed between two violinists, at Garden Theatre in the Short North in Columbus on Wednesday, August 26, 2015. The fund supports the continuing growth and vitality of contemporary classical music, and offers grants for commissioning new music composition and producing its performance.

A fan is reflected watching the Columbus Blue Jackets as defenseman Jaime Sifers looks for the puck during the preseason game against Minnesota Wild at Nationwide Arena on Thursday, September 24, 2015. Sifers, formerly on Minnesota Wild, signed with the Jackets for two-years this season.

Columbus Crew fans celebrates after Columbus Crew forward Kei Kamara scores a goal against the New York City FC on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus.

West High School Cowboys kicker Kassim Hassan practices before the game against the Columbus Africentric Nubians on September 18, 2015 at Columbus West High School.

Bishop Watterson Eagles quarterback Stephen Markos (12) flips over while carrying the ball in the first half of the game against the Bishop Hartley Hawks on Friday, October 16, 2015 at Hagley Field in Columbus.

Thomas Worthington's Ellie Potts hugs her friends after defeating the Hudson Explorers 3-0 at The 37th Annual Girls State Field Hockey Tournament held at Mary Morehead Memorial Stadium on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at Upper Arlington High School. Potts friends made a sign of her face to help cheer her on during the game.

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