Before I dig into this post...
Divine Urban Expressions is still trying to raise money for a van and could really use some help! Read about all of the effort Felecia Outsey puts into making the group possible and donate by clicking the link below! Thank you!
Here are some of my favorite pictures I took while working at the News Sentinel. I had the chance to cover a lot of really fun things, but I gravitate towards quieter moments.
Right now I am living at my parents house in Joliet, Illinois while I save some money before starting a new job in March at Mount LeConte Lodge in the Smoky Mountains. In the mean time I will be freelancing, cranking out blog posts and taking a bunch of pictures of my family and friends with my new camera that I am very proud of and excited about.
A few things I learned in 2015
- Always have rain gear.
- Uncertainty about the future is ok.
- Being 24 feels old; it is not.
Hala Sufi raises her arms during a cryotherapy session at Ice Up Cryo on Kingston Pike in Knoxville Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Sufi said as a tennis instructor she gets very sore and taking cryotherapy keeps her feeling good. When you enter the chamber liquid nitrogen is used to cool your body in three minutes or less. Owner Casey Flowers said the low temperature tricks your brain into thinking your dying and pulls all the blood into your core, runs it through your vital organs where it is enriched with oxygen and nutrients . It is recommended for people with aches and pains, and also has energy boosting side effects. Flowers said her inspiration began after hearing about cryotherapy on a podcast she and her friend decided to try it out for themselves.
Richard Whitt (left) tries to ease his daughter Jordan Whitt's nerves before she is presented in the AKA Debutante Ball at the Knoxville Convention Center Saturday, Mar. 28, 2015. "The is a time when the girls are moving into a new place in their lives, but also the parents," said Presentation Chair Rosalyn Tillman about how preparing for the Debutante Ball is a journey that the girls and their parents take together, "This is a special time with lots of good memories that they can have about how they worked together for this end result."
Head coach Johnny Morgan tapes Jessie Truelove's (15) ankle while other teammates prepare in their own way before McMinn Central competes against Martin Luther King high school in the girls' Class AA state championship basketball game at the Murphy Center in Murfreesboro Sunday, Mar. 8, 2015. Morgan told his team not to think about this game being for state or for it being their last game.
Steve Hampton comforts Fulton's Ethan Williams (42) after the team's loss in state Class AA final Saturday, March 14, 2015, in Murfreesboro. Haywood claimed the state championship with a 47-33 victory.
Team members of Hardin Valley Academy pile on top of each other after making the final out during the Division I Class AAA state boys' baseball championship against Farragut Friday, May 22, 2015.
Fans of Lil Iffy sing along to Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" with band member Wil Wright as an encore during the band's performance at the Pilot Light at the Rhythm n' Blooms music festival in the Old City Friday, April 10, 2015.
An Indian dance is performed during India Fest at the Hindu Community Center of Knoxville Saturday,Aug. 22, 2015.
Pledges wait to enter the Delta Zeta sorority house during the first day of sorority recruitment week at the University of Tennessee Thursday,Aug. 13, 2015. Pledges spend the day visiting the 13 sorority houses where they are able to get acquainted with members, and later in the week request a sorority to join.
Ashley Abraham of Boston, Mass. lounges in the designated hammock area during day three of Bonnaroo Saturday, Jun 13, 2015. Abraham said she came with three other friends, but decided to go off on her own and relax.
Vincent Demor, 18, practices the accordion before his audition at Dollywood Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Artists of varying genres from musical performers to bluegrass bands gathered at the closed amusement park to try out for the chance to perform this season.
Fire fighters walk the stairs in front of the Convention Center during the 2nd annual National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Knoxville Memorial Stair Climb at the Sunsphere Saturday, Sep. 5, 2015. First responders climbed the equivalent of 110 stories while wearing i.d. tags with photos of firefighters killed in the 9/11 terrorist attack.
Keith Swafford of Kansas (left) and Jon Coffee of Sevierville (right) join hands as they are married by Pastor Chris Buice at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville Friday, June 26, 2015. Swafford and Coffee are the first same-sex couple to be married in Knoxville after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide.
An English setter picks up the scent of a quail covey in East Tennessee February, 2015.
Jan Williams of Murfreesboro sweeps the floors of the Murphy Center in Murfreesboro Thursday, Mar. 5, 2015. All state tournament basketball games scheduled to be played today at the center were cancelled due to snow and ice accumulation last night.
A veteran and his companion walk among veterans' graves during 25th annual Veterans Day program hosted by the Tennessee Department of Veterans Services at the East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015.
The girls and boys practice their dances separately while the younger kids watch under a pavilion during Divine Urban Expression dance practice at Parkridge Park Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. Felecia has given the boys, girls and younger children empowering names; the Mighty Kings, the Divine Diva and the Baby Dream Team.