August was a very busy month for us at the Daily News. The anniversary of Hurricane Harvey was extremely important for us to execute well. We put together stories from around the county and made a separate magazine to look back on the trying year for many folks. Santa Fe students started school after a summer of attempting to heal from a horrific shooting in May. The school board worked tirelessly to involve and inform the community on new security measures, which meant many public meetings. Coast magazine kept me busy and volleyball and football are back and swinging almost every night.

Within all the work, some nice images came out this month. Here are my favorites.

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I was happy with this moment between Pam Stanich and Marshal Robert Wood. Wood was being honored as one of the first responders to the Santa Fe High School shooting in May, where Stanich lost her son Jared Black. Time will not change the pain of that day, but healing is possible. There is hope.

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Hitchcock’s annual Good Ole Days festival was not it’s best this year due to weather. However, I enjoy this off moment with James Rocker. He’s excited to be there with his ice cream cone. Such blissful innocence.

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Volleyball is back and I can’t be more excited!! I can already see such improvement in my photography this year. I appreciate how close I got and the fact you can see the dent she’s making while hitting the ball.

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Parents brought their children to Lasker Pool for some rest and relaxation before school starts. Although not exciting, I enjoy the colors in this photo and an angle not normally seen everyday.

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For Harvey’s anniversary, we went back to many homes that are still seeing renovations or may be still destroyed in general. I like this photo, because you can see the improvements in the Flexes home as well as the progress they still need to make.

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John Maisel is an extremely interesting person with a home that has barely been touched since Hurricane Harvey. Although I got good photos inside his home, I think the portrait really shows how he thinks of life. He isn’t down because he has to live in an RV. He’s going to keep working and doing what he can to get back to normal.

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On the anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Harvey Recovers went to different homes to assess damage. Barbara Murray, left, lives in her home but still sees remnants of Harvey in her floors, ceilings and furniture. I think this photo is a creative way to show the work these volunteers were doing.

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I’m pairing these two together because they really go together. Where’s Crabbo? was a sandcastle concept featured at the AIA Sandcastle Competition. People were challenged to find the crab with the hat in a batch of hundreds. I absolutely loved this sandcastle and thought peoples’ reactions were fun as well.

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This photo is not the best soccer picture, but I love the Dash to I’ll include. I think the ball is framed well and you can see the struggle between Kealia Ohai and Jen Hoy.

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This is probably my favorite image of the month. Anyone could have taken this photo, but I was actually in the right place at the right time for once. They were excited to tell me about their baby powder plan right before it happened. It was the perfect beginning to football season. Lots of excitement with a little rebellion.

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This photo is not the most special thing in the world, but I really love it for some reason. You see Frank’s workspace while his face is framed in the chair. I think this photo could have been taken a thousand ways, but I really enjoy the way I took it.

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