2013 OWH Year in Pictures – Brynn Anderson

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My first year at the Omaha World-Herald was highlighted with new faces, names, moments, communities and especially a new home. I’ve enjoyed every new experience, and being a part of a new community has been enlightening, humbling and thrilling.

In this image, I got to spend time with 3-day-old Emery Mary Catherine Cowardin and her family during a visit with nurse practitioner Sarah Miller. The result was this wonderful, intimate moment, which was one of my favorites in Omaha so far.

OneWorld Community Health Centers Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Sarah Miller, gives 3-day-old newborn Emery Mary Catherine Cowardin an exam to make sure she is healthy while the new mother, Courtney Cowardin, gives 3-year-old son Ethan Cowardin a kiss in the exam room at the OneWorld Community Health Centers in Omaha on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. BRYNN ANDERSON/THE WORLD-HERALD

OneWorld Community Health Center pediatric nurse practitioner Sarah Miller gives 3-day-old Emery Mary Catherine Cowardin an exam while her mother, Courtney Cowardin, gives 3-year-old son Ethan Cowardin a kiss  on Dec. 6, 2013. BRYNN ANDERSON/THE WORLD-HERALD

 

During the Miss Amazing Pageant I got to photograph girls being silly, dancing, swimming, singing and being themselves.

The whole weekend brought a smile to my face.

Preteen Utah state representative Kiya Alexander, center, reacts when she learns that she will be crowned queen of the the preteen first National Miss Amazing Pageant as, from left, California representative Juliana Lee Martin, volunteer Shelby Rosman, Wisconsin representative Nelia Cullen, volunteer Isabella Stagliano, and North Carolina representative Gabby Arthurs stand on stage at the Ramada Plaza Convention Center on Friday, August 30, 2013. BRYNN ANDERSON/THE WORLD-HERALD

Utah representative Kiya Alexander, center, reacts when she learns that she will be crowned queen of the the preteen first National Miss Amazing Pageant at the Ramada Plaza Convention Center on Aug. 30, 2013. From left are California representative Juliana Lee Martin, volunteer Shelby Rosman, Wisconsin representative Nelia Cullen, volunteer Isabella Stagliano and North Carolina representative Gabby Arthurs. BRYNN ANDERSON/THE WORLD-HERALD

 

My grandpa would have loved this photo. He was in the Air Force, so Memorial Day always means a lot to me, and so do these moments that remind me of him.

Members of the Marine Corp from left, Joel Scneider, Dick Beal and Clark Mathisen, center gather during the Memorial Day celebration to salute in honor of fallen soldiers at Memorial Park on Monday, May 27, 2013. BRYNN ANDERSON/THE WORLD-HERALD

Members of the Marine Corps, from left, Joel Schneider, Dick Beal and Clark Mathisen gather during Memorial Day at Memorial Park to honor of fallen soldiers. BRYNN ANDERSON/THE WORLD-HERALD

Omaha Fashion Week was the coolest assignment I’ve had this year at The World-Herald. The fabric, color, hair and fashion were right up my wheelhouse of fun and interesting events to shoot.

A large crowd filled the tent on the corner of 10th and Capital Ave. before the start of the finale during Omaha Fashion Week on Saturday, August 24, 2013.  BRYNN ANDERSON/THE WORLD-HERALD

A large crowd took the Omaha Fashion Week finale on Aug. 24, 2013. BRYNN ANDERSON/THE WORLD-HERALD

 

I loved working with high school athletes like Alyssa Frauendorfer. I get to see them excel throughout the year in many sports, and then they shared their stories with me during photo shoots.

Alyssa Frauendorfer, 19, of Humphrey, Neb., poses for a portrait in her home town on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.  Frauendorfer plays volleyball, track and field and  basketball for Humphrey High School, and has been accepted to play volleyball for Wayne State College. BRYNN ANDERSON/THE WORLD-HERALD

Alyssa Frauendorfer, 19, of Humphrey, Neb., poses for a portrait in her home town on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Frauendorfer plays volleyball, track and field and basketball for Humphrey High School, and has been accepted to play volleyball for Wayne State College. BRYNN ANDERSON/THE WORLD-HERALD

 

The most frightening image this year was being up in the catwalk of the CentruyLink Center covering the Nebraska state wrestling championships.  It turned out to be OK in the end, but getting the shot sure was scary.

Players from each class walk along the mats in the Parade of Champions during the final match of the Nebraska State Wrestling Championships at CenturyLink Center Omaha on Friday, Feb. 16, 2013.  BRYNN ANDERSON/THE WORLD-HERALD

Wrestlers from each class walk along the mats in the Parade of Champions at the Nebraska state wrestling championships at CenturyLink Center Omaha on Feb. 16, 2013. BRYNN ANDERSON/THE WORLD-HERALD

 

Hope you enjoyed the highlights of my first year at The World-Herald. I can’t wait to see what the future holds. Hope to see you next year!

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