I tend to be a very future-oriented person: I'm so focused on what's ahead and moving forward that I don't give myself any time to reflect on what I've already done. I really have no desire to change this trait as it helps make me ambitious and driven but it does get exhausting. As 2016 comes to an end, I'd like to pause and take a minute to look back on the work I've done this year. I started an internship as the photographer at local radio station WXPN (which I'll write a full post on later!) and ended up shooting more than I ever have before. In this post I'll just run through some of the best pictures I've taken this year, briefly explaining ones with fun stories and just throwing in others. Thank you to everyone on Twitter who voted for this post, I'm stoked people like my work enough to be interested in reading this! Hope you're all enjoying the holidays!
NEW YORK CITY
LAUNCH MUSIC CONFERENCE
LAUNCH is a music festival and conference in Lancaster, PA where they have panels with music industry professionals early in the days and tons of concerts in different venues in the afternoon-night. They get tons of smaller artists to play and usually bring in a big headliner (Panic! at the Disco headlined a few years ago). This was absolutely one of the most unique and rewarding experiences of my life. If you live nearby I highly recommend going, especially if you're interested in working in the music industry! The Ice Nine Kills set was incredibly hard to shoot (barely any light, no photo pit, tiny but completely packed venue) so the fact I still got two of my favorite pictures from that set is something I'm really proud of.
VANS WARPED TOUR
My favorite day of the year as most of you already know. I know it's common to make fun of Warped and the jokes are honestly hilarious but even with it's flaws I have no interest in belittling the festival that's pretty much the main reason I'm able to do what I do and has opened up countless doors for me. This summer's pictures are definitely my best from the last 5 years I've covered it and there were just so many excellent bands, I love this tour.
These are from my family's trip to Hilton Head Island, SC and just in my backyard. The portrait of my mom gardening is one I took for Adam Elmakias' photography challenge and it's truly one of my favorite photos I've ever taken, it just captures her essence so well. The one of my little brother does the same, he's gotten used to modeling for me after years of making him pose for pictures.
If you have any questions about what gear/settings I used on specific photos or about how I edit please feel free to send me a screenshot of the photo & ask whatever you're curious about!