I have a lot to share about the last year and will be putting up some more posts very soon about what I learned and what I captured. I was also captured by friends and a selfie to start with at the beach at sunrise in the first pic on Bulls Island, Magnolia Gardens,  Bear Island, Folly Beach (a lot) always with a camera and on a mission.  And was fortunate to be with lots of great photographers all year.

ME ag magnolia
At Magnolia Gardens walking down the dike by the boat with Guenter Weber
in the marsh
In my nemesis taking photos of skimmers in July. Kathy Hare


me at the beach again again again again
At the Wahine Classic – Matt FotoMatt Drobnik
me taking photos of skiing
At Trophy Lakes withJim Killian
me at the beach
Hurricane swell at almost sunrise with Kathy Hare 
me at the beach again
At Folly Beach Washout with Trey Hopkins 
me at the beach again again
At Folly again, pic by Wade Spees from the Post and Courier
me at the beach again again again
At Folly Beach with Jim Hasapis

I went full frame with two camera purchases, one was for only a few months.  Picked up a new camera bag that holds more gear at the same time making shoots a little more flexible without having to go home, or back to the car, which holds both cameras.

Had some wonderful opportunities to shoot some spectacular events along with some new sports, including nature at its finest with epic surfing conditions for three weekends in a row, a world class ski event called the Malibu Open and my son’s senior year football season.  (He did excellent and came out of it healthy! I could not be happier.)  All in the last three months and my shoulder hurts pretty much all the time right now, and I don’t care.

Expanded my skills to include what I thought turned out to be some great group portrait work trying to take some memorable team photos of my son’s high school teams, for the fall season, which included, of course, his football team photo that came out almost exactly the way I planned out of the camera.  And taking lots of photos of the rest of the seniors that have been a part of our lives that we have watched grow up for the last 14 years along with our youngest son.

I also learned more editing skills in Lightroom and Photoshop this year.  Many of the above were on my years to do list.  A few were surprises that really made my year an epic year for photography for me, and going to be hard to top next year, but I’m sure I will.

I found some subjects that I want to take photos of a lot more of next year (waterskiing) and try to focus on a little more.     I think I see some travel is very likely next year to achieve those goals as well.

This past weekend, I did a complete overhaul of my website and looked back on a wonderful year and with Thanksgiving right around the corner, it is really fitting how thankful I am for the year I had.

Below is the link to my updated website and I will try to get to writing more posts more often.  Take a look at the updated website and thanks for the purchases and support.