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The Road to the Essence Festival

Local residents enjoy music Friday, June 14, 2013, at Orchards Park in Bentonville during the Road to the Essence Festival, sponsored by Walmart. Grammy-award winner Maxwell headlined the event alongside Trey Songz, Estelle, Hezekiah Walker and the Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir performed during the free event. The 2013 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans beings July 4.

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I'm originally from Colorado and I was introduced to photojournalism in high school while working on the school's yearbook. In 2011, I graduated from Colorado State University with degrees in journalism and art. This is my first “real-world” job, but while in college I worked for CSU's daily student newspaper and I interned for Denver-based Westword, the Colorado Eagles (ACHL hockey team) and Johnson and Wales University. I cherish analog photography and I like to shoot on a medium-format Mamyia RB67 whenever I can. While I'm not at work, I enjoy doing all sorts of physical activities, especially mud runs and Crossfit, and I love to bake desserts (which are usually consumed by my coworkers).