I feel like I’m finally back in my element.
School is back in session, Tennessee football is starting up again and fall is quickly approaching. After a summer of being a desk jockey it’s time to get back into the swing of things. Portraits, news, sports, working till 1:30am to get football photos in – gimme what you got.
Hot air balloons rise at the second annual Smoky Mountain Balloon Festival in Townsend, Tennessee on Saturday, August 18, 2018. The festival featured several hot air balloons, food trucks, wine tasting and live entertainment.
Children take a photo with the hot air balloons in the background at the second annual Smoky Mountain Balloon Festival.
A visitor snaps a photo with their phone at the second annual Smoky Mountain Balloon Festival.
Laura Hebbert, of Strawberry Plains, dresses as a witch in her booth, BearMoth Crafts, during the annual Knoxville CreepyCon at the World’s Fair Exhibition Hall in Knoxville.
Contenders in the costume contest gather backstage during the annual Knoxville CreepyCon.
Members of the group “Realm of Oddities” take a break on a bench outside of the annual Knoxville CreepyCon.
Cities Summit at Overcoming Believers Church in Knoxville on Wednesday, August 22, 2018.
Maryville’s Trace Parris (22) gets pumped up during a football game between Maryville and Oakland at Maryville High School in Maryville, Tennessee on Friday, August 24, 2018.
Gatlinburg-Pittman’s Trevon Faulkner (25) is pulled by his jersey by the Northview defense during a football game between Gatlinburg-Pittman and Northview at Gatlinburg-Pittman High School in Gatlinburg, Tennessee on Thursday, August 30, 2018.
Catholic players drill during a football game between Maryville and Catholic at Catholic High School in Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday, August 17, 2018.
Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln rest on a bench at the East Tennessee Historical Society History Fair in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, August 18, 2018. The fair included a variety of antiques, crafts, historical actors and a “history hound” dog costume contest.
Logan and Katherine Higgins with their dog Leia, a belgian malinois, at their JFG Coffee loft in Old City in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, August 18, 2018.
Gatlinburg-Pittman’s Gabriel Mejas (12) passes the ball during a football game between Gatlinburg-Pittman and Northview.
Alcoa cheerleaders watch the action from the sidelines during the Blount County football jamboree at William Blount High School in Maryville, Tennessee on Friday, August 10, 2018.
An attendee shows off her sleeve at the Knoxville Tattoo Convention inside the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, August 25, 2018.
A tattoo artist performs their craft at the Knoxville Tattoo Convention.
BrickUniverse Lego artist Edward Sampson looks as a Lego roller coaster goes up its tracks at the BrickUniverse Knoxville LEGO Fan Expo in the Knoxville Convention Center in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, August 25, 2018. Life-sized LEGO displays, over 40 world landmarks build to-scale from LEGO as well as castles, trains, and cities and other creations were on display.
Visitors take a look at the 8500-piece NASA Space Launch System display at the BrickUniverse Knoxville LEGO Fan Expo.
Hardin Valley Head Coach Wes Jones reacts in frustration during the game during a football game between Hardin Valley and Oak Ridge at Hardin Valley Academy in Knoxville, Tennessee on Thursday, August 16, 2018.
Oakland player lie in the grass before a football game against Maryville.
Maryville’s Bryson Teffeteller (21) runs past the Catholic defense.
The moon rises over the stadium lights during a football game between Maryville and Oakland.
Gary Christian poses for a photo at his West Knoxville home Knoxville, Tennessee on Thursday, August 23, 2018. Christian lived for 11 years only to plot to kill the people who tortured, raped and murdered his 21-year-old daughter, Channon. On the day her body was found crammed in a trash can, her father – who had been a Baptist since he was eight – screamed at God he was done with him. 11 years later, he fell on his knees at his daughter’s grave and asked God to come back. Now he tells his testimony and urges others to open their souls to the Lord.
A member of the Northshore Corridor Association listens during a Metropolitan Planning Commission meeting at the City County Building in Knoxville, Tennessee on Thursday, August 9, 2018. Members of the board and a large turnout of the community addressed the controversial Post Oak development in southwest Knox County.
Robmat Butler, preparator at the Knoxville Museum of Art, adjusts the spinning wheel inside the Early American Kitchen display in the Thorne Room at the Knoxville Museum of Art in Knoxville, Tennessee on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. The nine miniature rooms were created in the 1930s and 40s by Mrs. James Ward Thorne to a scale of one inch to one foot.
Club LeConte General Manager Steve Laney is one of three members who purchased the club from its parent company, Club Corp. The club will see renovations, upgrades and other changes under its new ownership.
William Blount’s Isaiah Pratts (13), left, is congratulated by Kalib Sugden (9) on his touchdown against Greenback during the Blount County football jamboree at William Blount High School.
Maryville’s Spencer Shore (11) reacts after taking down Oakland’s Justin Jefferson (6).
David Trout, a nurse at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, check the lungs of patient Ruth Shipley in Knoxville.
A Gatlinburg-Pittman coach takes a seat in the locker room during a football game between Gatlinburg-Pittman and Northview.
Catholic’s Keondre’ Jarmon (1) runs the ball down the field during a game against Maryville.
Catholic students cheer during a football game between Maryville and Catholic.
Kindergarten teacher Porscha Settlemyer assembles a painting easel in her room at Sam E. Hill Primary School in the Lonsdale community in Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday, August 3, 2018. The school has newly transitioned from a preschool into a primary school.
A jogger runs across 16th and Laurel Ave. Fort Sanders in Knoxville, Tennessee on Monday, August 6, 2018.
Gatlinburg-Pittman cheerleader Alexis Valentine juggles a soccer ball before a football game between Gatlinburg-Pittman and Northview.
Oak Ridge’s Herbert Booker (13) throws a pass during a football game between Hardin Valley and Oak Ridge.
Spectators watch from the sidelines during a football game between Gatlinburg-Pittman and Northview.
Attendees listen during the Cities Summit held at Overcoming Believers Church. Mayors from all over the country are in Knoxville with Mayor Rogero to talk about opportunities and issues facing young men of color.
Visitors snap a photo beside the lake at the Lost Sea Adventure underground cave attraction outside of Sweetwater, Tennessee on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. The cave system dates back some 20,000 years and today features points of interests like an old moonshine still, rock formations, Confederate Army graffiti and the popular boat ride in a natural lake stocked with 200 rainbow trout.
Maryville’s Cade Chambers (9) hands the ball to Maryville’s Tee Hodge (44).
Cancer survivor Marisha Dotson poses for a portrait at her north side apartment in Knoxville, Tennessee on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. The Clinton, Tennessee native was diagnosed with extremely aggressive squamous cell carcinoma on her nose, and has since undergone 49 facial surgeries to treat the cancer and repair her face.
Stephanie Carmichael holds Cobi, 6, at their home in East Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, August 11, 2018. The Carmichael’s, who have adopted four children with down syndrome and autism, received a ramp free of charge built by Amramp of East Tennessee.
A rainbow rises over the stadium after a rain shower during a football game between Hardin Valley and Oak Ridge.
Bearden senior linebacker and orchestra member Mac Chandler plays his cello on the football field at Bearden High School in Knoxville, Tennessee on Wednesday, August 22, 2018.