In 2017, my wife and I traded our life of suitcases and boarding passes for one of diapers and burp cloths, as we welcomed the newest member of our family, Micah. And if caring for a newborn wasn’t busy enough, it was also our busiest wedding season yet. Thank you to all the couples and families that I had the privilege of working with this year! Farewell to 2017, and cheers to what’s to come in 2018. With that, I leave you with some of my favorite photos from this crazy year!
Oh, 2016 was a whirlwind of year. My wife and I were bitten by the travel bug, and, in one year's span, we were able to travel to Las Vegas, Disneyland, Portland, Seattle, Las Vegas (again), San Diego, New York City, Disneyland (again), and Chicago. I was able to stand beside my brother at the altar as he married my new sister-in-law. Also, I'm a proud new uncle and plan to photograph the heck out of my new adorable niece. And, of course, I photographed dozens of weddings and portrait sessions for clients both new and old. :)
I've never been much of a city person. Maybe it's all the crazy drivers. Or maybe it's the immense crowds of people (who I feel are all watching me). Or maybe it's the constant hustle and bustle, keeping me from ever taking a moment to relax and let it all soak in. But when I went to New York City for the first time three weeks ago, it was this craziness that made me absolutely fall in love with the city. As I trekked the streets -- clocking in over 40,000 steps throughout the sole day I spent in the city -- I made sure to "swim with the current" of businessmen, fashionistas, and tourists. And when I stopped, the city (and all its craziness) kept moving, breathing, and simply going -- leaving me to create images, capture moments, and just take in the beauty of this otherworldly solitude.
For most of my life, I was never quite a dog person. That changed the day I met Chopper — my now in-laws' pit bull/American Staffordshire Terrier/American Bully mix. He's a huge dog, and (I admit) a bit intimidating when you first meet him. But he also has a huge heart, and I ended up warming up to him fairly easily. I began photographing him about a year and a half ago; he was my original canine muse.