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It might be cliched, but I always go over my shoots from a prior year and reflect on them, pick out the images that have stayed with me. Great stories behind them all...
I got to do a lot of portraits this year, some of them with dear friends for years and some with new contacts that became friends. I look forward to what happens with all these wonderful people!
I got to shoot a few weddings and engagements. One engagement in particular is for my oldest and dearest friends, and I get to be at their wedding next year too! So excited!
Dragon*Con was a blast this year, and I was able to work with a few friends there and other great cosplayers. I also got to do a few other strong thematic shoots and really want to expand on this next year. Ideas upon ideas...
One of my favorite events is Dancers Unite Against Cancer. I have been a part of that charity for several years now, and I love every chance I get to be there. I also shot a few other events, and one spectacular day of celebration.
But the most powerful image of the year, the one that struck me the most, I took in the right place and the right time. The equalization of marriage for all was a big deal, and far overdue. I was down near 10th street and Piedmont Park that day taking pictures of the celebration. In the midst of it, I caught this image. It stoked some controversy online, which I hadn't expected. To me, it is a reminder of progress: both in how far we've come, and how far we still have to go. It's not that one issue is more important than the other. We just have to keep doing more, keep going forward.
I hope you keep moving forward next year. I hope to do the same. This year I let myself be defined by other people's expectations. Sometimes, my work, my expectations, and my overall self-satisfaction suffered for it. This year, I hope to regain that sense of self that I've misplaced. If I focus on images like these, ones that made me feel instead of ones that I do based solely on superficial expectations, then 2016 will be a good year to look back on.
We learn, we reflect, we apply, we grow. I hope to grow in 2016 as I did this year. I hope the same for you!
So this is one I've been looking forward to for a while now.
Jacklyn has been one of my closest friends since the early days of college. For years she's been one of my best dance partners and comrade in shenanigans. When she and Dave got engaged, I was ecstatic. They're simply my people. Seeing them happy makes me happy.
And when they asked me to shoot their wedding, I was over the moon, might have let out a squeal or two. Part of it will be knowing that the wedding will be one of those times with friends, where the photography will be easy when the clients two are people I adore.
We had more fun with the images that were too goofy to be 'appropriate' than anything else, and there will be many more to come.