One of the most emotional stories I cover for the Observer is re-deployments, or ceremonies for soldiers who have just returned from overseas.
They're simple stories, but packed with so many emotions. I've covered quite a few, and the storyline is the same, but it's the people that make each one powerful in its own way.
Here's a link to a homecoming for soldiers of the 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, who spent 12 months in the Middle East.
In addition to my story, I shot and edited a short video for our website.
Behind the byline
Here's an inside look at how some of my favorite stories came together.