This year was wild in terms of work and growing as a creative. I was fortunate enough to have freelanced more than ever. Every month I worked with new clients and continued to work with some of favorites. Just the other day I realized that November 2016 was the first time I ever got paid for a photoshoot. Some days it feels like I’ve been doing this for years and I get sad about not quite being where I want to be. It’s important to put things in to perspective when you’re feeling doubtful. Maybe you’re not quite where you want to be, but you’re always right where you’re supposed to be. Never feeling satisfied is key for continued growth. There needs to be a balance between wanting more and appreciating your present for what it is. I’m looking forward to many more days of doubts, triumphs, and beautiful memories in 2019. I’m so grateful for 2018 and all it has given me. Here are some of my favorite photo moments of the year:
Working with the non-profit buildOn this summer was such a life changing experience. I spent the day capturing photos as we toured the South Bronx and local teens talked about their experiences. Just a few years ago I was a teenager navigating NYC wondering what the future would be like. It was refreshing to see such a vibrant group of kids that may not have it all financially working towards a better future.
I was an official photographer for the City Parks Foundation Summerstage. It was challenging to be assigned a set number of dates and set number of shots. Not having totally free reign really helped me grow as a creative and pushed me out of my comfort zone when it comes to my photo work.
The best tour I have ever had the pleasure of being on happened. Stay Here and The Fairview really made these the best two weeks of my summer…and probably the entire year if I’m being honest. Some of the most talented musicians I have ever met and the most genuine human beings to have around. They’re going to do big things in 2019.
Be Our Guest: Disney DJ Night is the most wholesome form of entertainment around. Being the photographer for two of their events helped me dive in to event photography and get more comfortable with my flash. The singalongs also made it the most fun job I’ve ever had.
This year was also filled with so many incredible shows and many artists I got to see and photograph for the first time. Some of my favorites this year included Chase Atlantic, Yungblud, Young The Giant, Jesse McCartney, and All Time Low. Hoping to knock out some more of my bucket list artists in 2019 (Shawn Mendes?? Paramore? John Mayer (Impossible)?) and freelance even more.
Shameless Self-Promo: Check out Impressions Magazine for more fun and exciting content in 2019.