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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.

The Wagner Family

Gosh, one of my favorite family sessions in awhile…loved seeing the Wagner’s once again!

The Linde Family

Going to be a fun few blog posts coming from the Linde family, starting off with this family session last fall. A maternity is coming up and a newborn session as well!

Luis & Lauren’s wedding at The Paseo

One of my favorite venues is The Paseo, and absolutely loved this wedding from this past fall. Lauren and Luis were the first wedding in the spring that had to postpone because of the pandemic, and they were my first fall wedding! Loved how awesome they were about doing most everything outdoors, spaced, with masks for everyone who needed one. Felt very safe and everyone was incredibly kind!

The Brown Family

An adorable family session from a year ago…

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!

Irelynn’s senior session!

The Kleins are some of our dearest friends and getting to see Irelynn grow up before our eyes and graduate high school was amazing! Wishing her the best at UofA!

The Hicks Family

Needing to get more stuff blogged, here’s a fantastic engagement/family session last fall!

San Simon Supercell

After nine days of no storms, I struggled with motivation, but somehow still dragged myself out of bed last Thursday at 5am to get to the AZ/NM border in time for late morning development. It seemed like a lock for a supercell to form between 10-12 near San Simon and move east into New Mexico. Arrived early, took a cat nap, enjoyed a weaker storm waking me up with rain drops, but I knew the real show was the tail end one rapidly intensifying over the Chiricahua Mountains. Lightning showed up on radar finally and I knew I was in business. I sat back and watched it arrive in San Simon mostly a blob of rain, but then the bolts starting hitting around me and some structure began to show. I headed east on 10 to get out of the precip and avoid the widow maker bolts, but after a few miles I pulled over to a nice high view overlooking this valley. And that’s when this thing rapidly turned into the most incredibly structured supercell I’ve ever personally witnessed here in Arizona. The wall cloud, the vertical updraft, the incredible rain/hail falling to the right and then NUTSO towering lightning bolts landing everywhere. There is actually another faint one on the left. Thankful I pushed myself to chase this and feel lucky to have been on this guy for the 20 minutes it was awesome. The time-lapse is great, look for it in Monsoon 6!

Larissa & Nick’s maternity session in Sedona

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