July 13 will mark the end of my time as a photojournalist at the Republican-American. Though I'm leaving the paper, I am not leaving the state, and with this decision, I will free up more time to work as a freelancer.

This marks the end of one of the most interesting chapters of ANYONE'S life I know, and I will look back on it with lots of "How the HELL did I do that??!?!"s... in a good way, of course. As much as I wanted to delay it, this day had to come, and I thank everyone, (especially my photo brethren Jamison Bazinet, Jim Shannon, Darlene Douty, Steve Raggie, Steve Valenti and yes, even Jonathan Wilcox) from the bottom of my heart who mentored me through these five years.