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I’ve lost track of how many commencement ceremonies I’ve photographed, but I learned pretty quickly that you’ll make the best pictures before or after the actual ceremony. I tend to arrive early, just to make sure I get pictures in case I’m called away to spot news mid-ceremony, but until somewhat recently, I never mustered the courage to walk into the girls bathroom and ask if I could make pictures.

Glad I finally did.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Adams Academy graduates Shawni Mitzel, left, and Aniamonie Walker adjust their caps before walking in the winter commencement ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at the York Learning Center. York Adams Academy graduated 32 students from 14 York and Adams counties school districts in its winter commencement.

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Hello baby

Hello baby.

© 2013.

Everybody, meet Layla. She’s the five-month-old daughter of my brother Matt and his wife Emily, and as the first member of my family’s newest generation, she’s a big deal.

© 2013. Matt, Emily and Layla in my family’s Houston backyard.

Jeff and I flew down to Houston last weekend for Chinese New Year, and Matt and Emily brought the baby for everyone to meet.

© 2013. My grandma greets Layla, held by Matt, during dim sum on Chinese New Year’s Eve.

© 2013. My uncle Doug – who declares himself to be not a “great-uncle,” but rather a “great uncle” – holds Layla, who is apparently laughing at/with my uncle Dave (whom Doug says is a “grand uncle.”)

© 2013. Wherein Matt offers a fish eyeball (held between the chopsticks) to Layla. Needless to say, Emily would not allow him to actually feed it to her, so he happily ate it instead. Eating fish eyeballs is, um, a fairly male Dunn thing.

In case you were wondering — yes, I have a lot of photos from the five days we spent in Houston. Like I’ve said, Layla is kind of a big deal. Plus, this is the first, last and only time I’ll have had with her as a baby. Because an ocean separates Matt’s family from me, the next time I see Layla, she’ll be crawling if not walking, probably talking and definitely showing more personality.

So yes, I made a lot of pictures, and this post reflects a few of my favorite moments from our trip.

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Dinosaurs. This was reporter Lauren’s and my first assignment together since covering Newtown.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Holding daughter Sophie Hewitt, 1, in one arm, Jessica Fahringer of Wrightsville coaxes son Lucas Hewitt, 2, to stand with her for a picture underneath an Allosaurus dinosaur model in the “Discover the Dinosaurs” traveling exhibit on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at the York Expo Center.

It was basically a big traveling exhibit of dinosaurs. No one in the newsroom was excited about it except for editor Kate and me. Me, I love dinosaurs. Everyone else, though, was hatin’ on it.

Turns out — if you read the comments on our story and a Facebook page dedicated to it — a lot of people hate on this exhibit. I’ll let you judge.

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When I asked fellow photographer Kate about shooting wrestling at Milton Hershey School, she gave me two really good tips: Use a 300, and shoot from the track level.

I understand wrestling just enough to shoot it, so I’ve never tried to have fun with it before. Today, I did just that by acting on her tips. Thanks Kate!

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Boiling Springs’ Grant Bond, top, wrestles with Bermudian Springs’ Dalton Becker in the 120-pound bout in the District 3 Class AA team championship match on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Milton Hershey School. Boiling Springs defeated Bermudian Springs for the District 3 Class AA team championship.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Boiling Springs’ Kyle Shoop, left, wrestles Bermudian Springs’ Ted Marines, right, in the 126-pound bout in the District 3 Class AA team championship match on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Milton Hershey School.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Bermudian Springs’ Briton Shelton, left, wrestles with Boiling Springs’ Tyler Kauffman in the 145-pound bout in the District 3 Class AA team championship match on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Milton Hershey School.

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