2016 was year of amazing growth, closeness, emotion, and overall life fullness. From newborns to new marriages and Chicago to Oahu, photography took me to new places, familiar places and amazing hearts. I went through periods of self doubt, questioning my work and its ability to continually push further. I was inspired by so many artists' creativity. I was inspired by the faith of so many of the brides and grooms celebrating their commitment. I worked on sharing my love for photography and helping others take better photos. Here's a glimpse into some of my favorite moments from 2016. 2017 is going to be written in the salt and starts. And I'm looking forward to everyday the new year brings.
For those of you who are just as obsessed with HGTV's Fixer Upper, this post is for you. I slowly, but not so slowly, became enamoured with the show and Chip and Joanna Gaines. To start, yes I understand this is a reality show, but I just LOVE THEM. Are they not the couple you just want to be friends with? Chip's jokes. Joanna's easy going but totally cool demeanour [and strong baking and design skills don't hurt].
Anyway. What better thing to do than to take a short 36 hours down to Waco, Texas to Magnolia Markets? Waco is a short 90-minute drive from Dallas, which was the easiest to fly into. This Disneyland for HGTV obsessed lovers is awesome. Something like 30,000 visitors come through Waco to Magnolia Markets A WEEK. A WEEK.
I've recently started taking the Metra and I was at the FFC at Union Station and cut my workout short to catch an earlier train. Except I had the direction wrong and my train was still an hour away. So I sat in the food court just wasting time and this elderly woman came and sat down at the table I was sitting at. She was accompanied by a Metra worker and she was trying to get situated and look for her ticket.
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I never need convincing. If I have the chance to hop a plane and escape for just a few days, I'm in. Got to head down to Scottsdale to celebrate the marriage of two friends. The desert light. The blue skies. The amazing company. All signs to a good weekend getting outside.
Opting out of staying at the W, I found a fantastic Air BnB option just half mile from the hotel. An awesome value and a little bit more space to spread out, yet super close to all the action.
Friday night we spent time at Casablanca Lounge by some late night dancing at Casablanca Lounge. Saturday's more formal dinner reception was at El Chorro... What an amazing Scottsdale venue and restaurant.
Sometimes AZ feels like Mars to me, but all in all, great short weekend away!
Chicago. You might find yourself standing in the same places, but it's never the same view. The way that light reflects or diffuses off glass buildings. The way shadows encroach your step. Sometimes I end up taking for granted all the photo opportunities that exist in this great city and get wrapped up exploring other cities. I still love you, Chicago! Here are a few of my favorite Chicago scenes. Don't forget to stop and look around. :)
Back to back weekends of warm weather! Heading west for a few days of work, I went early to stay the weekend. Perfect southern California days - warm sun, cool breezes - doesn't get better than that. Sometimes just getting to the edge allows you to gain perspective, break free from daily mundane automation, and feel real again. Hoped to do a little more surfing, but conditions weren't great and I'm out of paddle shape. Albeit, happy in the brine so even a bad day out there is better than anything else.
If you've met me, it probably doesn't surprise you how much I love Hawaii. It's without question one my favorite places to visit. The smell of salt water, the sound of the ocean, and the spirit of the aloha wash over me and it's another world. My heart rate slows, my shoulders lower, and I forget about whatever I used to worry about on the mainland. It's a place I truly can unwind and rebalance. I never look forward to spending 9 hours on a plane more. It's practically a quick work day anyway!
I'm lucky enough to have family in Hawaii and getting to connect with them as an adult has been awesome. My grandparents grew up on the Big Island, so growing up we would visit every so often, but often times that meant bypassing Oahu. Going back to Oahu and spending time with family there has been quite special.
Not all those who wander are lost. - J.R.R. Tolkien.
Most especially in the French countryside. My last trip to France was really urban focused and this time I spent a lot of time in wine country. From family owned wineries to quaint small town markets, exploring more never felt better. Being a needle in a haystack of vineyards, you slow down, you breathe deep, and you drink some wine.
Just a few frames, but enough to transport you if you just close your eyes ...