The end of the year is often a time of self reflection, photographer or not. Things we did right. Things we could improve. So I thought this might be a good time to share my favorite images of 2015. They reflect a wide variety of subject matter. I photograph more than nature – people, pets, and a variety of images to grow my stock photography portfolio. And some images are just ones that I like, despite their imperfections or lack of public appeal.
The Selection Process for 2015's Favorites
Even before I scanned through my images for 2015, there was no doubt that Corky's Last Days was #1 in my book. I'm not sure you'll be able to see the emotion in Ruth's face—the soft crinkling of skin around her eyes as she shut them tight. I know if this were me, I'd be so sad inside thinking that my dog would be gone soon. She scrunched up her dog's head to be close to hers, pulling Corky in tight. And that cute little red tongue of Corky's peeking out. I know this image resonates very strongly with me this year, as my dog is declining in health. (That awful decision being closer than I'd like. But hope to have many months left with him.) But I think the emotion in this photograph will resonate with any pet owner.
I will be honest that I went with my initial reactions to the photos I scanned through. There was no scientific process for this. I looked through a lot of images, and tried to include some that you hadn't seen before for one reason or another. Had I been in a different mood, perhaps I would have selected different images. Although there were a handful that I purposely looked for because I thought of them immediately. And why 22? That's when I decided that was enough. No reason really.
My 22 Selections for 2015
Each photo below has captions, describing a bit about the photo, or why I chose it for my 2015 list of favorite images.
JUST CLICK ON THE FIRST IMAGE TO OPEN THE IMAGE LARGER, AND THEN HOVER OVER EACH PHOTO TO REVEAL THE CAPTION FOR EACH.
Looking forward to 2016
As 2015 winds down, I hope that this has been a good year for you. I don't think I know anyone who hasn't faced some challenges, but I hope you can look back and smile at the good times. And of course we have all of 2016 to be the best that we can be.
PORTRAITS — I do a few commissioned portrait sessions each year. I love to work together with people who feel really connected to others and the world around them, are laid back, a bit quirky (ok, maybe a lot quirky), and enjoy humor in their life, but also have a serious and thoughtful side, too. You can view more photos and find information here on the Portraits page.
STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY — This is a new venture for me. I'll update this blog post in the future with more information about that.