My Favorites of 2015

A lot of my 2015 was spent taking pictures of a certain baby boy.  On March 1st my son Tommy was born, and from that point on he ended up being the subject of many of my images.  Of course, every picture of him is a favorite of mine, but this one was an artistic attempt when he was about 3 weeks old.

I also got to shoot a lot of my step daughter’s soccer games this year.  At one point I stopped travelling for work, so I was home and ready to shoot many more games this year than in the past.  As luck would have it, her team did better this year than any previous season, so that added some extra excitement.

Even with a new baby around, we still managed to take a few trips and see some interesting things.  We made it out to Kaua’i a couple of times, and I got to visit the Allerton Gardens again.  This time we were there for the sunset dinner, so I got to see the place at, you know, sunset.

On a different trip, we took a small plane tour and got to see the island from the air.  I guess that’s the post right before this one, but I’m surprised I didn’t share this image of the Na Pali coast before.  The rock formations are called cathedrals, and they are breathtaking.

We also managed to get to Maui this past year, but it was in November and very rainy at the time.  Really, it was much rainier than usual for Hawai’i.  That extra water lead to many scenes like this one of some very swollen waterfalls.

I was in my 30’s before I went to Hawai’i the first time.  I guess we’re making up for lost time now.  But after all, it is just the next state over.  I was 40 years old the first time I saw the Grand Canyon.  My son was 4 months old for his first visit.

Sedona, Arizona (where we were staying for the Grand Canyon visit) is absolutely beautiful and much greener than I was expecting.  I had the shot below printed huge at 36″x 24″, and it looked great.  It makes me want to get other big prints made.

For some reason I found myself in Atlanta in 2015, where I ran around trying to find shooting locations for The Walking Dead.

I managed to get some non-Waling Dead pictures in Atlanta too . . .

. . . and even see Eric Burdon and The Animals perform.

I finally made it up to Orcas Island in 2015.  The area around the San Juan Islands is endless with beauty.  This was a quick trip, so I don’t have a whole lot of images, but boat tour was sublime.

Speaking of “up there in the San Juans”, there was also a trip to Victoria BC in 2015.  Here is a shot that proves Tommy walked in foreign lands before he was a year old (dressed as  a football no less).

There was that wedding I ended up shooting in Michigan in the pouring rain.

And there was that trip to the farm in Rosemount, Minnesota.

Of course there were some images to be seen closer to home this past year too.  Like St. James cathedral in Seattle.

A cargo ship parked in front of Mt. Rainier.

This year’s 4th of July fireworks show on Vashon Island.

And toward the end of the year, I got asked to shoot the children’s Nutcracker performance here on Vashon.  I’ve always wanted to do this, but they’ve always had a guy for it.  This year was my year, and I may be shooting more Vashon Allied Arts things in the future.

So I guess it was a pretty full year.  Looking back, we apparently did a lot of things, and these are just some of the highlights.  Hopefully 2016 will be at least as exciting (in a good way).

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