Honestly, I could just cut and paste my sentiments from last year’s 10 favorite list and it would still apply. Thousands and thousands of photos taken, thousands and thousands of photos edited, most of them featuring kids dressed in some combination of red and black. Soccer, cross-country, marching band, and basketball shots won the day and cornered most of my creative efforts.
Make no mistake, I do have many many shots from those categories I’m really proud of (none of which I can share because of privacy reasons), but from the more “artistic” side of my photographic efforts there wasn’t a great deal of variety in 2019. It was relatively easy to whittle down this list from 20, 15, and finally 10 because, to be perfectly frank, there wasn’t that many shots to choose from.
As always, this list serves as a reminder that I have a lot more work to do with so much more to learn, and that I just really need to make more time for the kind of photography I like to do as opposed to the photography I need to do.
I had some luck with some soft light during my annual hike around the Glens Natural Area. This one was a favorite out of a really good batch from that day.
After hectically weaving through the crowds around Nashville’s Broadway, Printer’s Alley felt serene and quiet in comparison.
Chrome and vintage font treatments are always a favorite at classic car shows.
I forced my family to camp out on the Pedestrian Bridge for 45 minutes so I could capture the Nashville Skyline during the blue hour. A big thank you to them for their patience. I think it was worth it.
Warmups are generally easy pickings to get head shots of the marching band kids playing their instrument (they’re standing still for once), but I really like this shot of one of their plumed hats framed out by the kids tuning their instruments.
These kind of abstract shots showcasing simple patterns and hard contrasts just tickle my fancy.
Getting artistic shots at high school football games can be challenging, but this silhouette from the opposite side of the stadium with the orange sky in the background resonated for me.
Repetition is one of my favorite composition techniques. This seemingly endless lineup of colorful used kicks in the basement of a Nashville boot shop proved to be the perfect subject matter.
Even though one of my monolights died during the shoot, leaving me with just a single light, I was still pretty happy with quite a few of the photos from my nephew’s senior year volleyball portrait session.
Sometimes you’re just lucky. A strong summer storm had just passed leaving behind this dramatic sky, and just enough time for the marching band to get in their parent preview.