This past year took me all over. A road trip to Utah and Colorado for our annual Lost//Discovered adventure. Weddings in Montana, Buffalo and Las Vegas. Engagement sessions in California, Sedona, Tucson, the Mogollon Rim, Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. Storm chasing in the spring across nine different states while driving 25,000+ miles. Seeing a dozen or so tornadoes, including the first time capturing one in 8K. Then chasing storms and haboobs all over Arizona this summer with a couple film crews.
I also won an Emmy in October, which I need to write about at some point on this blog. I photographed 31 weddings, 41 family/engagement sessions, ran a tornado tour and a monsoon workshop. I put about 50,000 new miles on the 4Runner.
There is no way around it: 2016 was everything I hoped it would be. Thrilling, exciting, daunting, fulfilling and yes, completely exhausting. The end of the year has been great for me to take a break, reflect and refresh. Going over these images has been therapeutic. When you see your entire year laid out like it is below…well for me, it’s emotional. You see all the work you did, the smiles, the laughs, the love, the tough times, the storms, my kids, the moments and the celebrations.
Hope you enjoy this look back! This was hard to narrow down and painful to leave things out. But I tried to keep it “tight” as much as possible haha. It begins on New Year’s Eve just a 1/4 from my house at a blast of a wedding and ends with a treasured photo of my three kids with our amazing nanny Emma who will soon be leaving us for school full-time.
I included the three films I made as well!
I never know how to cut down on photos for a blog post…my wife does. If I let her at this thing, it would probably be half the size! As it is, I took out a ton of photos I love and kept it under 200. I feel good about that.
This was 2015. These are the photos I love the most and what made up my year. I used to try and include shots from every single shoot or wedding I did, but I’m unable to do that now as things have gotten busier and more widespread. But from personal work with my own family, to weddings, to portraits, to road trips and of course the storms, this spans the entire year.
All photos are shown in the order taken as well.
The year began with a big snowstorm that even produced flurries in Phoenix on December 31st, so we went out to enjoy it on New Year’s Day. From there it was engagement sessions, a road trip with my buddies, weddings, spring storm chasing, more weddings, the summer monsoon and ends on a volcano in Nicaragua!
So many amazing things happened this past year, but the biggest of all was it being my first as a full-time photographer. I quit my job a year ago in November and haven’t looked back. Best decision I’ve ever made and am so proud of that accomplishment.
Hope you enjoy this look back!
It’s tough to sum up a year in a few paragraphs but I’m gonna try! 2014 was amazing. 36 weddings. 47 family sessions. Death Valley. 14,000+ miles of chasing storms in Arizona that resulted in a film of which I’m so very proud. Two trips to the central plains for a total of seven days. Clips from my time-lapse videos showing up in State Farm and Vonage commercials, plus other random productions. So many amazing things took place.
None of those really compare to the biggest event that happened to me last year: I finally quit my day job.
It’s been about two months now and I’ve been grateful for every single moment. It hasn’t been easy of course. Other parts of our lives have also changed and we’re still figuring things out. But at church yesterday I realized exactly how much God has taken care of us…not only in 2014 but already this year. It’s so easy to forget how blessed we are and I’m trying to remember that every day.
Thanks to everyone out there who supports me and shares my work. It means so much to me. My clients, who refer me out…you are the lifeblood of my business. My kids (who appear many times below)…well thanks for being yourselves and letting me capture those moments. And Jina…well you know. None of this is possible without you.
These photographs below sum up my year. I have a very difficult time not including all my clients, so there are a lot of images…but that’s okay. This collection is as much for me as it is for anyone reading this. I’ve done one of these year-in-review posts every year since 2011 and I love to look back at them. The images mostly appear in sequential order, but I’ve also mixed up some of the weddings because I couldn’t pick just one from most of them!
Hope you enjoy! Happy New Year!
R.I.P. Dodo Cheney
And from my family to yours…have an amazing 2015!
I met Katie earlier last year when I photographer her dad and Misty’s wedding. It was such a beautiful day, and I had tears in my eyes as I got to watch two families come together like that.
So I was thrilled when they called me to up do Katie’s senior pictures…she had her heart set on Scottsdale, so we walked around and took some photos…she killed it.
I’m not gonna lie…2013 was awesome. I met seriously amazing couples and families. Photographed some gorgeous weddings. Went on sweet little 2-day road trip across AZ with some buddies (#YoloZona). Traveled to Africa and had an experience like none other. Fulfilled a dream of witnessing and photographing a stunning supercell in Texas. The timelapse I shot of it not only went viral, but it ended up being the #1 timelapse on Vimeo for the entire year and even made a brief appearance in Thor 2!
I can’t imagine a year like this ever happening again. I’m incredibly humbled by all of it. I honestly feel like God put me in the right places this year and I have him to thank for anything that came from it.
And while the big stuff is cool…I love all the little moments along the way. The people I met, the kids, the friends, the brides, the grooms…the sunsets, the storms, the lightning…our third child Asher arriving this past September, my beautiful daughter Lyla, our son Eli and of course my wife who celebrated our 15th anniversary with me in 2013.
Below is the story of my year in photos. They are in chronological order. And yeah, there are a lot! Thanks to everyone who made this year one of the best ever.
It all started sky-high at the Whipple Observatory in southern Arizona…