The very first photo story I worked on as a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed photojournalism student was a black-and-white story on the Boston Ballet. I was granted unlimited access to this internationally acclaimed performance house, and it was then that I fell in love with The Nutcracker. Since then I take every opportunity to photograph my most favorite ballet. A few years ago I traveled with some local Fremont dancers to the San Francisco Ballet, and this year I photographed a dress rehearsal of the local production at Buhach Colony High in Atwater. We have revitalized the Community section of our Merced Sun-Star Saturday paper, and it’s my job to come up with a good photo package for it each week. It was an easy choice this week, and I had a blast as always shooting one of my favorite subjects.