On Wednesday I was assigned to photograph the swearing in of our newly elected State Representatives and State Senators. It was right there in the assignment, swearing in. My goal was get something different than people raising right hands and taking oaths. Sure I shot that , but I was thrilled to pick up the paper on Thursday and not see one of those right hand raising photos published. Those photos a too obvious. Here: Katie Henke signs her oath of office.
Jack Etters,12, and his sister Lily Etters pray before the swearing in of the Senate Nov. 14, 2012. The two were supporters of Rob Standridge's campaign. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World
Representative Lewis Moore and Katie Henke say the pledge of allegiance before being sworn in to the House of Representatives Nov. 14, 2012. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World
Senator Jabar Shumate and his father Glenn Shumate talk after Jabar was sworn into the Senate Nov. 14, 2012. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World
Senator-elect Nathan Dahm is congratulated by Ronda Vuillemont-Smith shortly before while being sworn in to the Senate Nov. 14, 2012. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World
Representative elect Katie Henke is greeted by Rep. Jadine Nollan shortly before being sworn in Nov. 14, 2012. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World
Caleb Chhim(CQ),9, pretends to hold his breath as he has his photo taken by a friend in the underwater viewing area at the Oklahoma Aquarium's new exhibit Extreme Amazon Nov. 13, 2012. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World
Oklahoma's Landry Jones is sacked by Bryce Hager of Baylor during their football game Nov. 10, 2012. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World
Oklahoma's Justin Brown makes a touchdown catch against Joe Williams of Baylor during their football game Nov. 10, 2012. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World
Lynelle Lancaster of Tulsa reacts to the news that Obama will win a 2nd term at the Republican watch party at Cityplex Towers Nov. 6, 2012. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World
Oklahoma's Kenny Stills runs the ball against Kansas Oct. 20, 2012. The MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World
These are the kind of sports assignments I like! A trip with Adam Nasreddine to his first Thunder game. A gift from his sisters.
Adam Nasreddine and his sisters Rania Nasreddine and Jessica Nasreddine react as players take the floor at the Oklahoma City Thunder exhibition game against Phoenix at the BOK Center Oct. 19, 2012.
Adam Nasreddine smiles while sitting courtside at the Oklahoma City Thunder exhibition game against Phoenix at the BOK Center Oct. 19, 2012. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World
This time of year my schedule is incredibly busy. Football season means long Saturdays and busy weekdays. It doesn't leave a lot of time to blog, so I haven't been able to do this in a while. But, I find myself sitting in a hotel room in Pittsburgh, Pa.; on the road for another Saturday football game. I thought it would be a good time to do one of my favorite parts of the job: blog. Here are some of my favorite photos since the last time I blogged.
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