It's true, it really is. 2013 was a year that was full of incredible experiences and so many of them were because of you. If you are reading this then you are someone who follows what I do, and if you follow what I do then there is a really good chance you and I have interacted in some way this past year. It is these interactions that helped me develop who I am as a photographer, it is this relationship building that gave me the chance to experience new things and to try out new photographic techniques and equipment. So it is you I wish to thank for an incredible year. May you all have a wonderful 2014!!
My Year in Photography
January: Trip to Olympus Headquarters
February: Local workshop on studio lighting and some experiments with lightbulbs.
March: Had some fun with my kids doing "Anime style" actions shots.
April: Visited friends and family in Florida and spent time in the Keys!
May: We added a new member to our family as we said farewell to another.
June: Storm season arrived and I found a new photographic subject to obsess over.
July: A lifelong dream of hot air ballooning was fulfilled thanks to a wonderful woman named Mo and a brilliant pilot named Mark.
Love you Mo!!
August: The one time this year we went camping and I shared the Milky way with my wife.
September: My summer of chasing storms went out in a blaze of color.
October: A new obsession was started. Painting with light has been in my head a lot lately.
November: Spending time with friends at Olympus Headquarters and then getting the worst news of my life. All within 5 days.
December: The battle against cancer began the first week of December. My wife is so strong it inspires me daily. Fight hard!
There were a LOT of other events in the middle of all that which I will take a moment to mention here.
I was asked to be a part of an incredible photography podcast with some great guys, Zach Egolf, Joe Sterne, and Joshua Conti. Great guys, great photographers, and inspirational in many ways. I suggest you get to know them.
I was intriduced to some amazing photographers who I am still amazed to say I know them. They are people who are changing things in the industry in ways that the traditionalists never thought to do. Who are they? Well let's just introduce you then!
And finally I have to give thanks to the companies who have been here for me this past year. They have done so much more than provide gear (which I am of course eternally grateful for), they have provided me exposure to people who otherwise would likely not know me, they have supported what I shoot and how I shoot it, and they have been there for me on a personal level in a way that I would never have believed a company could be.
So to Olympus Imaging America I say thank you and I look forward to all the incredible innovations you will provide the photographic world with in the next year. I love all of you there like family.
And to Think TANK Photo, you have been helping me on this journey since day one. Hell, if it weren't for YOU (Sime) I would not be here at all sharing this with as many people as it will reach. You have been so much more than an equipment manufacturer (a damn good one I might add) you have been like a good friend who has made me smile, and even put a tear or two in my eyes.
I love you all and may 2014 be as incredible as you all are!