"Happy Hunting"

If you ever hang out with Associated Press photo editor Mike Stewart, he always ends the conversation with "happy hunting" or "go make an image."  Every time I'm on assignment, both these sayings echo through my head.  I have this good anxiety that runs through me every time I head out to find an image.  I'm afraid of not making a good image.  AP staff photographer David Goldman says he always works until he is mentally exhausted in order to make a great image.  I've made this my goal as well.

My favorite assignments have been the ones where I have to go out and find an image when the photo editors says something like, "It's January and people are out enjoying spring like weather.  Take a photo that tells that story."  

Here are some of my favorite images that I've had to go hunt down this month.