This photograph will always be one of my favorite images. The joy and celebration of becoming an American citizen is so wonderfully evident on her face. In my work as a photojournalist I am always looking for the genuine emotions that will bring a viewer more fully into the photograph.

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Bernadette Binoya Fuhst of the Philippines throws her head back joyfully after receiving a small American Flag as well as her American Citizenship certificate at a ceremony in Glacier National Park.
Portrait of Ruth Anne Wisener, Whitefish, Montana.
Studio portrait of former United States Marine Re Richards of Kalispell, Montana.
Zane Smith in his shop in West Valley, Montana. Smith was subcontracted by Northwest Cabinet Works for his expertise in the spiral staircase construction and is also doing in-field assembly work.
Portrait of civil rights activist Rabbi Allen Secher in his home in Whitefish, Montana.
Glacier High School science teacher and grant co-writer Sarah Conner and Megan Hornby working on the DNA Barcoding lab .
“High school students don’t usually get to do labs like this, let alone freshmen,” said Conner.
Glacier High School science teacher Austin Robbins helps students with their DNA Barcoding lab.
Sean Foley, right, focuses intently on the math problem on the projector in Mark Casazza’s Algebra I lab. “It’s all about making the kids connect,” says Casazza. “When they know that you care they’ll do anything for you, but they have to know you care first.”
Swing dancers from Montana State University gather for a backyard dance before the start of the Big Sky Weekend annual dance workshop.
The dancers are Jason Baide and his sister Jessica.
For a number of years it was my privilege to photograph Chef Howard Karp and the Culinary Arts students at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Montana.
From left, Cathy De Schouwer, her son Louis, 16, Antoine Jennings and his son Antoine Jr., 17, at the basketball court on 39th Street in Gifford. Jennings is the founder of Crossover Mission and De Schouwer is the cofounder and executive director.
Flathead County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team pose for a quick group photo as the Homeland Security helicopter takes off in the background.
Glenn Seven Allen and Sharin Apostolou of the New York City Opera perform in the Alpine Theatre’s concert OperaLesque II which combines opera music with burlesque performances in a show that is classical, soaring and sexy.
Gavin McCaig and Abby Cockrell, both of the Northern Ballet in England, perform with the students at Noble Dance for the annual production of the Nutcracker. Cockrell, who grew up in Whitefish, Montana is returning to her ballet roots dancing in her hometown as a professional for the first time.
Drew Hollinger of Bigfork, Montana, comes through two gates on his first run through the beginner slalom at the annual Whitewater Festival.
Bigfork junior Cody Dopps holds tight to the ball as he is tackled by several Loyola defenders during their game in Bigfork, Montana.
Glacier’s Josia Bumgarner kicks the ball under pressure from Flathead’s Jakob Leuthe during their game in Kalispell.
Glacier won the match up 1 to 0.
Sunrise at the Bibler Home and Gardens east of Kalispell.
The lights of the Kalispell Grand Hotel glow brightly against the night sky in downtown Kalispell.