2012: A Year in Photos
This year was a wonderful journey in art for me. This collection of photographs by no means covers everything that I shot. It certainly doesn’t do justice to everyone who did me the honor of allowing me to take their photograph. Some things I’ve shot can’t be posted yet because of their role in album artwork, or were never intended for mass consumption, etc. What is here is a sample of some of my favorite shots of the year.
This year definitely had some nostalgic tones to it photographically. I hadn’t shot the All-American Rejects in a few years till March, but it was wonderful to get back to doing so regularly. They’re such wonderful people and so very much fun to shoot. Obviously I’ve photographed Alex Carpenter quite a bit this year as well, which again, it had been a while since I’d done so. Working with friends is more fun than I can have anywhere, except Disneyland. I haven’t shot Daughtry since April 2010, what a wonderful way to cap off the live concert element of my photos for the year. I am so fortunate for having had the opportunity to travel with them as much as I did.
In February Porcelain Black and I did a shoot which we’re finally starting to let out into the world in small portions. Here’s two more of those shots, probably our second most fun shoot to date (I’d say the white trash roof top shoot in New Orleans was the most fun - but that was 2011).
The very talented wAx is here as well. We shot new promo shots - which are here, and his new album package, which is not. Next year you’ll get to see those photos when his new album Continue comes out.
I started working on a few new series, two of which are represented here, sort of. The Disneyland project isn’t going to be posted until I’ve finished it, however other photos of the park are here. They include a couple photos of my friend’s son on his first trip to the park. Watching him discover the magic was so incredible, I was flattered to be asked to a part of such a special day with someone I’ve known and loved my whole life, she’s like a sister to me. Neighboring Forestation, the accidental series of my closest friends. This has been so much fun and I can’t wait to continue it in the new year, but those that have graced this blog already, Philippe, Ryan, Alex, and Colleen are represented in that collection image.
I’ve been photographing people I shoot on stage with their pets at home for a while now. The shoot I did with Nick Wheeler and his dog Dexter was so much fun. It was great because we’d been talking about it for over a year and finally got to do so. The timing on that was fortunate because the All-American Rejects are teaming up with Petfinder.com to help animals like Dex find their forever homes. So here are a few shots from the day as well as the ads for Petfinder.
Included here as well are photos of the very talented Matt Palmer, my friend Pfc Sanchez on his Harley - newly returned safely from Afghanistan, Hyla (Host of The Daily Buzz), and my friend Shawn.
Looking back over this entry, and at these photographs I am overwhelmed with a feeling of gratitude that this is my life and my work. Thank you, because anyone who cares even the slightest about the work I do makes it possible for me to do it. What a wonderful year in photography, thanks for those of you on the ride with me and who support me year after year. Here’s to the next one!