Shannon Huff was 16 when she became pregnant with her first child. Now she's a mother of four.
"What I've done over the past 20 years was rough," Shannon said. "I'm nowhere near where I want to be but I know where I've been and I know where I'm going." She said she wants to get out of the "hood" and move to the country for a more relaxed life.
** A note: I didn't love this last photo, but during the final edit I felt it was necessary to complete the story.
There's a new look to my blog...if you haven't noticed. Bigger photos!
I wanted to find a wide-range of gun owners who owned guns for different reasons.
In addition to taking portraits of the people and their gun(s), I collected a short audio interview of each person. I wanted to not only show the person, but let viewers hear everybody's opinions about guns and gun legislature.
I really enjoyed working on this project. And I was able to sit down with an online editor at the paper to come up with a design for the final web product, which was a lot of fun.
Some of my favorites are below.
Here's how the piece ran.
I’ve been packing up my house all morning. I’m graduating on Saturday and moving to Virginia on Sunday. And I just had a major breakdown.
I’ve been waiting for it to hit me.
These last four years have been the best years of my life.
I’m sure I’ve complained pretty much non-stop about the long hours and the little sleep and the cold weather and the smoking and drinking habits of my fellow PJs, but much to my disbelief, I think I secretly loved it all.
I’m extremely excited to start the new chapter of my life and my new job, and I can’t wait to get back to Virginia, but at the same time, I don’t want to leave. I love my Western PJs. They get on my nerves all the time, but I really love them all so much, and would do anything for any of them.
I am so thankful to have had them in my life, and I will give anything to be able to keep them in my life forever.
I wish I’d gotten closer to some of them and hung out more, stayed up later and partied harder, but then I guess I wouldn’t be where I am now.
I’m so thankful for everything that’s happened over the last four years, and for being able to come to Western. I love Western PJ.
I’m 100 percent sure that I’m going to lose it at the annual PJ picnic tomorrow night. I’m going to have to bring a box of tissues. I just can’t believe I’m going to have to say goodbye to everyone.
I’ve always said I hate Kentucky, but the truth is, whether I want to admit it or not, Kentucky has become my home.
I never thought I’d want to come back to Kentucky after I graduate, but I do hope that I can come back someday and visit the people and places that I’ve grown to love.
Here are some (yes, a lot, I know) pictures from some of my favorite memories from the last four years with my best PJ friends, and one from a story subject.