2014. The Year In Review.

Well in my typical fashion, I am a month late in getting this post published...despite knowing that the end of the year is coming, I am never totally prepared for the amount of time it takes to really dig through an entire years worth of work and choose a few favorites.  Decision making has never been easy for me. :) Though as much of an overwhelming task as putting this post together can be...I really enjoy it.  The end of the year is obviously a great time for reflecting on the things you have accomplished and reevaluating the places you would like to go...especially as an artist.  2014 was a really incredible year for us both professionally and personally.  We saw some of our closest friends start amazing new chapters in their lives...and Shauna and I started one of our own as new parents.  I know I say it a lot...but there isn't a day that goes by that I am not totally blown away by the fact that I am able to do this photo thing for a living.  I am so incredibly thankful to those who trust me to document some of the most important moments in their lives.  It truly truly means the world to me.  Being a photographer has taken me to some pretty amazing places, introduced me to equally amazing people and provided me with time that I am now able to invest back into my family and caring for my son.  I love what I do more than I can effectively express and I hope to continue this journey for years to come.

So that's a wrap on 2014...its been a helluva ride! Here's to an awesome 2015 for us all!  Can't wait to see what it has in store.

And with that...with no particular rhyme or reason, here's a few of my personal favorites from the last year.

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Blog Update

It's been kinda quiet around here lately huh? The truth is, I am really having trouble finding the time to blog.  Running a full time photography business and being a stay at home Dad for Rider is not an easy task.  Our current arrangement leaves me with 2-2.5 days a week to really get some solid work done, which means that time needs to be pretty damn productive.  The vast majority of those 2.5 days are spent emailing clients, going to meetings, shooting, editing, designing albums, and delivering photos.  I have timelines laid out for all of my clients and making sure that I am able to stick to those commitments is my number one priority. Thus, blogging has had to take a temporary backseat.  Which is a bit of a problem when you are a photographer...showing work is the only way to book more of it so I need to address this issue ASAP. The whole process of blogging is super time consuming...at least for me.  Figuring out the proper flow of images that complement each other best is the first hurdle but it is really the writing part that eats up most of my time.  It's not that I think I am a bad writer, I'm just not a very efficient one.  I was an english major in college, which you would think would be helpful...and I'm sure that it is to a certain extent but at the same time, it causes me to question every single sentence that I write.  I scour through my posts and contemplate the use of every word.  I'll usually end up deleting some or all of what I had just written and starting over again until I eventually have something that I am happy with.

As much as I hate to do it, for now I need to make some changes.  I am planning to start concentrating more on imagery and less on the writing.  Since I started blogging four years ago I have always tried to tell a little piece of my clients stories and I have really loved doing that...but it has become far too time consuming for me to keep up with at this point in my life with Rider.  I'm sure I will eventually get back to doing it but for now I need to do whatever will allow me to share more work.  I just thought that I would mention it and give a little bit of an explanation so that there isn't this abrupt change and future clients take it personally. :)

Anyway, I have a fairly large backlog of things to share and I am planning to start posting some of it soon.  In the meantime, here are a handful of images of the little man that has been taking up so much of my time lately.

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