On Coming Home…

In April of this year, I left my staff job at the News & Record in Greensboro, NC. I had been there just 8 months. Honestly, I’m still processing my thoughts on my time there, and my nearly 4 years with BH Media, so I’ll save that story for another day. I moved back to Arlington, Virginia at the end of April, ready to be back “home.”

I spent 14 years in Northern Virginia and DC, and of all the places I have lived in my life, it’s felt the most like home. I like not needing GPS to get around. I like having local knowledge on the best parking spots in case I need my car. I like not needing my car for most things, too! I love taking my daughter to Nationals games, and to our favorite lunch spots. I love the bike trails, and the greater DC bike community. Mostly, though, I’m thankful to be back amongst so many amazing friends and colleagues that I’ve known over the years. I have an amazing opportunity ahead of me that starts in September, and I can’t talk about it right now, but I wanted to give an update with what I’ve been up to so far since moving back to the DC area.

2018 was filled with peaks and valleys for me. One of the peaks, though, has continued into 2019. I am continuing to work with The Devil Makes Three and it’s been just amazing. They are some of the most talented, most genuine people I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. Watching them work, and watching how hard they work at their craft, is just inspiring. I push myself every time I shoot for them, because they deserve no less than my very best. They are talented storytellers, fun people to be around, and oh yeah, the music is incredible. Here are a few pics from their show in DC, along with a couple videos I’ve put together. I have another video in the works at the moment, so stay tuned to @thedevilmakes3 and @jwestcottphoto on Instagram !

WASHINGTON, MAY 11: The Devil Makes Three performs at the 9:30 Club on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Washington. (Photo by Jay Westcott/For The Devil Makes Three)
WASHINGTON, MAY 11: The Devil Makes Three performs at the 9:30 Club on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Washington. (Photo by Jay Westcott/For The Devil Makes Three)
WASHINGTON, MAY 11: The Devil Makes Three performs at the 9:30 Club on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Washington. (Photo by Jay Westcott/For The Devil Makes Three)
WASHINGTON, MAY 11: The Devil Makes Three performs at the 9:30 Club on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Washington. (Photo by Jay Westcott/For The Devil Makes Three)
WASHINGTON, MAY 11: The Devil Makes Three performs at the 9:30 Club on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Washington. (Photo by Jay Westcott/For The Devil Makes Three)
WASHINGTON, MAY 11: The Devil Makes Three performs at the 9:30 Club on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Washington. (Photo by Jay Westcott/For The Devil Makes Three)
WASHINGTON, MAY 11: The Devil Makes Three performs at the 9:30 Club on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Washington. (Photo by Jay Westcott/For The Devil Makes Three)

One of the valleys, however, has been dealing with my left hip. In early 2018 I started experiencing an all too familiar pain. X-rays and an MRI confirmed that bone had grown back in my hip and more tissue was torn in my hip socket. I also had inflammation where bones were colliding. I literally worked myself to the bone last year. (You gotta let me get one dad joke in there, ok?) I had surgery in December 2018 in Raleigh, NC. Recovery has been difficult. I was in a brace, 23 hours a day, for 7 weeks. I had to sleep with my leg locked straight. Moving in April set me back; I overworked muscles that weren’t ready for that level of intensity. I am back in physical therapy, twice a week, and working out every day trying like hell to get my hip right before my new job starts.

My plan for the summer was to freelance intermittently and work at a bike shop 30+ hours a week. I wanted to shoot enough to keep my skills sharp but I really wanted a break from a newsroom and the news cycle for a little while. I love bikes, and cycling is a big part of my life. Because of my hip, though, I can’t work the bike shop job. I tried. It was too much on my hip. I physically can’t do it yet, it’s too taxing on my body. I am having to rely on freelancing only, and to be perfectly honest, things are slow. If you need a photographer in the DC area, please give me a call. I’d love to work for you.

I have had a few assignments for The Washington Post, the Military Officers Association magazine, and the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star. Here are some favorite pics from my recent work.

WASHINGTON, MAY 1: Neval Thomas Pre-K students practice traffic safety in a “traffic garden” on the playground on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 in Washington. (Photo by Jay Westcott/For The Washington Post)
WASHINGTON, MAY 1: Markies Ross-Myers pops a wheelie during a traffic safety lesson at Neval Thomas elementary school on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 in Washington. (Photo by Jay Westcott/For The Washington Post)
WASHINGTON, MAY 1: Kemet Harris transits an intersection during a traffic safety lesson at Neval Thomas elementary school on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 in Washington. (Photo by Jay Westcott/For The Washington Post)
ARLINGTON, VA, JUNE 3: Thomas Schultz poses for at portrait at Fort C.F. Smith on Monday, June 3, 2019 in Arlington, Va. (Photo by Jay Westcott/For The Military Officers Association)
ARLINGTON, VA, JUNE 3: Thomas Schultz poses for at portrait at Fort C.F. Smith on Monday, June 3, 2019 in Arlington, Va. (Photo by Jay Westcott/For The Military Officers Association)

GIBSONIA, PENN., JUNE 24: Alejandro Villanueava poses for at portrait at his home on Monday, June 24, 2019 in Gibsonia, Penn. (Photo by Jay Westcott/For The Military Officers Association)
GIBSONIA, PENN., JUNE 24: Alejandro Villanueava poses for at portrait at his home on Monday, June 24, 2019 in Gibsonia, Penn. (Photo by Jay Westcott/For The Military Officers Association)
GIBSONIA, PENN., JUNE 24: Alejandro Villanueava poses for at portrait at his home on Monday, June 24, 2019 in Gibsonia, Penn. (Photo by Jay Westcott/For The Military Officers Association)
NEW CARROLLTON, MD, JULY 1: Scenes from the Shoppers Food Warehouse on Monday, July 1, 2019 in New Carrollton, Md. (Photo by Jay Westcott/For The Washington Post)
NEW CARROLLTON, MD, JULY 1: Scenes from the Shoppers Food Warehouse on Monday, July 1, 2019 in New Carrollton, Md. (Photo by Jay Westcott/For The Washington Post)
NEW CARROLLTON, MD, JULY 1: Shoppers Food Warehouse butcher Kevin Freeman poses for a portrait in front of Shoppers Food Warehouse on Monday, July 1, 2019 in New Carrollton, Md. (Photo by Jay Westcott/For The Washington Post)
NEW CARROLLTON, MD, JULY 1: Shoppers Food Warehouse butcher Kevin Freeman poses for a portrait in front of Shoppers Food Warehouse on Monday, July 1, 2019 in New Carrollton, Md. (Photo by Jay Westcott/For The Washington Post)
Springfield, VA, JULY 2: Denver Broncos wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton works out at West Springfield High School on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 in Springfield, Va. (Photo by Jay Westcott/For The Free Lance-Star)
Springfield, VA, JULY 2: Strength and conditioning coach Myron Flowers helps Denver Broncos wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton stretch during a workout at West Springfield High School on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 in Springfield, Va. (Photo by Jay Westcott/For The Free Lance-Star)
Springfield, VA, JULY 2: Denver Broncos wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton works out at West Springfield High School on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 in Springfield, Va. (Photo by Jay Westcott/For The Free Lance-Star)
Springfield, VA, JULY 2: Denver Broncos wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton works out at West Springfield High School on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 in Springfield, Va. (Photo by Jay Westcott/For The Free Lance-Star)
Springfield, VA, JULY 2: Denver Broncos wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton works out at West Springfield High School on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 in Springfield, Va. (Photo by Jay Westcott/For The Free Lance-Star)
Springfield, VA, JULY 2: Denver Broncos wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton works out at West Springfield High School on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 in Springfield, Va. (Photo by Jay Westcott/For The Free Lance-Star)

Also, I’m having a print sale, check out some of my favorite pictures here. $50 for an 8×12, and $75 for an 11×17. What a deal! The 11x17s look awesome with a 16×20 mat and frame. Perfect for any home.