Best of 2021

Every year, I like to share all my favorite images from the past year. It’s fun to look back and see how the past 12 months of life went, from moments with my family, to weddings and portraits, then 5 months of storms, and then right back to weddings and Christmas family photos.

2021 started off with the kids doing school at home thanks to a little something called Covid…but luckily things improved a bit on that front, and weddings happened and chasing was still in the cards. Not only chasing, but GOOD chasing…the spring plains season and the monsoon were both excellent this past year and I was thankful to be on some spectacular storms.

Thank you to all my clients, to workshop guests, to my buddy Brett for being on many of these storms together, to Crescent Crown, the BBC, National Geographic and so many others. But mainly…to my family. Jina, thank you for loving me and supporting me and taking care of life when I’m gone chasing. And to my kiddos…you all are the bestest and I’m so thankful we got to make a fun photo in front of a stunning supercell in Nebraska this year!

Here are my favorite images of 2021, in order of their capture.

Welcome to the world baby Charlotte

Baby Charlotte came into the world earlier this year, and I can’t wait to catch up with the Linde family again in a few days!

This was 2020

2020. What a year. I truly don’t want to get into the crap that happened over the past 10 months, but I will say, the number of photos I have here are a lot less than normal. Under a 100. I think I usually can’t keep it below 150!

Canceled weddings, subpar spring chase season, horrific monsoon, lack of motivation and a general lackluster year led to less opportunities. But…I’m incredibly blessed to have seen what I did see in a year when people were mostly holed up in their homes keeping safe and healthy. So many of my friends were unable to travel to the United States to chase this year and so I feel super lucky to have been able to get out at all!

As always, these are generally in order of when they happened. Thankful to all my amazing clients who return every year for annual family photos, it means so much to me! Some pics of my wife and kids in here of course, I only wish I had taken more photos of them this year.

Hope you enjoy this look at my favorite pics from 2020!

 

Welcome baby Henry

Hard to believe I shot Andrew and Carolyn’s wedding so long ago and now they have THREE kids! Love these dudes!

Larissa & Nick’s maternity session in Sedona

Larissa and got married a few years ago and their first little kiddo is on the way!

Kelsey & Brian’s maternity session

Been on a maternity kick lately…this was this past spring and wow, the light in this location was just stunning! Another sweet couple who’s wedding I shot awhile back!

This was 2019

It’s a little late, but here’s my annual blog of my favorite photos from 2019. Bits from weddings, engagement sessions, family sessions, my own kiddos and family and of course, storms.

Hope you enjoy this look back!

The Arreola family & newborn session

Gosh I loved this session so much. The photos came out so beautiful and warm and full of love. Hope you enjoy.

Charmaine & Richard’s maternity at the Salt River

I don’t do a ton of maternity sessions, but I wish I did more! Thoroughly enjoyed hanging with Charmaine and Richard back in the fall!

This was 2018

One of my annual traditions around these parts is to post a nice recap of the year in photos. They range from road trips with friends,  family pics, wedding, photoshoots and of course, storm images. It felt like a different year overall, a little more subdued, with spring chasing offering slightly less excitement this time around and a couple less weddings. But wow it was a blast of a year regardless!

The year kicked off at a little shoot with a former bride and groom from Australia and their new baby girl, and then I was off on a road trip with Jay, Jason and Andrew to Death Valley and the eastern Sierras. From there it was wedding season, then storm chasing on the plains, followed by epic haboob and lightning action across Arizona during the monsoon, and finally fall weddings and family portraits. Toss in some wonderful family moments, it was a year to remember.

It also marked my fourth year as a full-time photographer and it keeps getting better and better. I still feel incredibly blessed that I get to do this everyday.

Hope you enjoy this look back at some of my favorite images, including at least a photo from almost every wedding and family session!