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Politics as usual

Politics are in full swing again. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution sent me on several assignments covering 6th District Rep. Karen Handel and her opponent Lucy McBath.

Campaign signs are displayed in a window as man enters the Cobb County GOP headquarters, Saturday, Oct.6, 2018, in Marietta, Ga.

Campaign signs are displayed in a window as man enters the Cobb County GOP headquarters, Saturday, Oct.6, 2018, in Marietta, Ga.

Democratic candidate for 6th District Lucy McBath, who is running against Republican Rep. Karen Handel, speaks to campaign volunteers and supporters, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Atlanta

Democratic candidate for 6th District Lucy McBath, who is running against Republican Rep. Karen Handel, speaks to campaign volunteers and supporters, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Atlanta

Cobb County Commission Chairman Mike Boyce, left, talks with a woman during a breakfast meet and greet at the Cobb County GOP headquarters, Saturday, Oct.6, 2018, in Marietta, Ga.

Cobb County Commission Chairman Mike Boyce, left, talks with a woman during a breakfast meet and greet at the Cobb County GOP headquarters, Saturday, Oct.6, 2018, in Marietta, Ga.

Democratic candidate for 6th District Lucy McBath (L-R), former Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick, and Sally Harrell, who is running for a Dunwoody-based state Senate district, listens as Jon Ossoff speaks to campaign volunteers and supporters, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Atlanta.

Democratic candidate for 6th District Lucy McBath (L-R), former Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick, and Sally Harrell, who is running for a Dunwoody-based state Senate district, listens as Jon Ossoff speaks to campaign volunteers and supporters, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Atlanta.

Democratic candidate for 6th District Lucy McBath, who is running against Republican Rep. Karen Handel, walks with former Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Atlanta.

Democratic candidate for 6th District Lucy McBath, who is running against Republican Rep. Karen Handel, walks with former Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Atlanta.

A Trump flag hangs from the ceiling as people talk during a breakfast meet and greet at the Cobb County GOP headquarters, Saturday, Oct.6, 2018, in Marietta, Ga.

A Trump flag hangs from the ceiling as people talk during a breakfast meet and greet at the Cobb County GOP headquarters, Saturday, Oct.6, 2018, in Marietta, Ga.

Rep. Karen Handel greets guest during a breakfast meet and greet at the Cobb County GOP headquarters, Saturday, Oct.6, 2018, in Marietta, Ga.

Rep. Karen Handel greets guest during a breakfast meet and greet at the Cobb County GOP headquarters, Saturday, Oct.6, 2018, in Marietta, Ga.

Democratic candidate for 6th District Lucy McBath, who is running against Republican Rep. Karen Handel, speaks to campaign volunteers and supporters, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Atlanta

Democratic candidate for 6th District Lucy McBath, who is running against Republican Rep. Karen Handel, speaks to campaign volunteers and supporters, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Atlanta

On Assignment for NBC News

NBC News reached out to me recently and asked me to cover a church service in Atlanta.  This was a great assignment where I had to be patient and hunt for the images.  The congregation was very thin at the beginning of the service, but eventually filled in.  By the way, I live for hunting images.  I love when the image isn't there waiting for you.

I've recently been focusing on my portrait work more and more as I shoot assignments.  Portraits in this kind of situation are tough, because I sometimes only have a few minutes with a subject.

I had to quickly walk around and find different places to set up the portrait shot.  I settled on one before the service and kept my eye out for where I would shoot the second portrait. I spent about two minutes with Pastor Billy Honor before the service and then another two minutes following the service.

On this particular assignment, I was covering a black church's reaction to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump becoming President-elect Donald Trump.  The first shot is of church member Octavia Jones reacting as Pastor Billy Honor was preaching that  "IT'S TIME FOR HEAVEN TO START RAISING HELL. YOU HAVE TO BE DILIGENT AND KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN. I WANT YOU TO SPEAK UP. LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD."

It was at this moment that worshiper Octavia Jones jumped out of her seat and spread her arms in front of this beautiful stain glass window and began to shout.

Octavia Jones reacts as pastor Billy Honor preaches during a church service at Pulse Church, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Atlanta. Branden Camp / for NBC News

Billy Honor, pastor of Pulse Church, poses for a portrait following a worship service at his church, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Atlanta.Branden Camp / for NBC News

Pulse Church congregants holds hands during a service, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Atlanta. Branden Camp / for NBC News

I was struck immediately by a man wearing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt in a church.  No religion, no politics, right?  Here we had religion and politics clashing together.

D'Andre Mayberry enters Pulse church before a church service, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Atlanta. Branden Camp / for NBC News

A woman prays during a church service at Pulse Church, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Atlanta. Branden Camp / for NBC News

Congregants listen as pastor Billy Honor preaches during a church service at Pulse Church, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Atlanta. Branden Camp / for NBC News

Billy Honor, pastor of Pulse Church, poses for a portrait before a worship service at his church, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Atlanta.Branden Camp / for NBC News