Two-thousand and sixteen. A year of many ups and downs.
It stands out, in particular, for all the greats we lost. It hurt to lose David Bowie, Prince, Alan Rickman, Glenn Frey, George Martin, Keith Emerson, Garry Handling, Merle Haggard, Muhammad Ali, Anton Yelchin, Pat Summitt, Garry Marshall, Kenny Baker, Gene Wilder, Arnold Palmer, Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell, David Hamilton, Douglas Slocombe, Vilmos Zsigmond, and John Glenn.
It was also a scary year in world events. Zika. North Korea conducting rocket and nuclear tests. Pro-Russian forces shooting down a Malaysian airlines flight. Global CO2 levels exceeding a level that is believed to be higher than anything experienced in human history at the time of year normally associated with minimum levels. And Trump the president-elect.
As for myself and mine, 2016 was a mix of good and bad. One of my close friends battled cancer, my stepfather was hospitalized for nearly a month, and my sister injured her back, requiring spinal surgery. My daughter had her first boyfriend and her first real heartbreak. I found out I have sleep apnea.
On the positive side, I did a lot of shoots in 2016. Here are images from a few of them…
It was great to collaborate with these folks. Additionally, I photographed a lot of Little Debbie products and visited 11 Assisted Living communities to get images of their facilities and residents for new websites.
In 2016, I almost moved into a studio in Chattanooga that later caught fire on Thanksgiving Day. Karma paid me back by dodging a bullet on that one. One of my DSLRs finally crapped out after 160,000+ shutter releases.
I’m looking forward to lots of photography in 2017. I really want to get some momentum on submissions and shooting with quality models in the months ahead.
To those reading this, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.