What I’m Thankful For… 2018
The year two thousand and eighteen. Really? This year has really been a roller coaster. I’ve gotten to do some cool stuff, meet some amazing new people and see old friends that I’ve not seen in YEARS, but it’s also come with a lot of low’s where you feel like wtf can go wrong next! It’s easy to get swallowed up in the negativity and just give up on things and to be honest, at times it’s been a struggle this year to have the desire to keep pushing forward. Thankfully, I have some people that have been there to support me through hitting burnout, as well as some ongoing family medical issues, and have been there to lend an ear as well as to encourage me to keep creating.
When I was growing up, I really enjoyed reading artists’ thank you’s on cd covers, and to me I always enjoyed Brooks & Dunn’s the best. They would thank people individually as well as write something to that person. I’ve always tried to kind of keep my thanks like that. There’s no way I can thank everyone that means something to me, but I’m going to share some of the things I’m thankful for and why, as well as some of the people that are closest to me. I’m honestly thankful for each one of you that are actually reading this because you guys have given me a voice with both my writing as well as my photographs to do something that I love. So thank you!
My wife - I’m so blessed to be married to an amazing lady that even when she doesn’t really get what I do, she supports and encourages me to continue to grow as an artist, but more importantly as a person.
My kids - It’s been a tough year so far with homeschooling you guys, but I treasure the time that we get to spend together. To L - My favorite part of pop hunting is getting to hang out and connect with you like we do. To A - Life’s not always fair, but I love you more than you know and am always here for you.
Family - I know a lot of people who have lost their parents recently, and as I’m getting older, I’ve had to start realizing that at some point, sooner or later, I’m going to have to deal with the same thing. I’m thankful to still have both my parents here this Thanksgiving.
My Clients - I’m saying this to the people that I’ve worked with because I’ve been blessed to work with all of you. You guys have entrusted me to create memories for you and that means the world to me.
Film - I started shooting film in 2015 as I started playing around with learning how to shoot it, and then started processing it myself later that year. Shooting film has really pushed me as a photographer to grow like nothing else. It’s such a beautiful medium and when I do personal work, and projects that mean the most to me, film has captured that better than any other way that I’ve tried.
Toy Photography - If you’ve followed my work at all this year, you’ve probably seen that I’ve started shooting a lot of toys. I dabbled with photographing some legos in the past, but this year I started shooting Pops as well as other toys, and it’s been such a breath of fresh air. Early this year I hit burnout where honestly I didn’t really feel like shooting anyone. I was seriously contemplating whether or not I wanted to continue doing this, but the fun that I had shooting these dudes and the interaction with the toy community and people telling me how much they liked the photos really brought back my fire and creativity.
Greg Cook - Brother, I’ve had a blast finally getting to know you more than just some comments back and forth on Facebook. Getting together and shooting toys has always been a blast, and even though I’d dabbled with it in the past, connecting with you really helped me discover the fun in shooting toys. I appreciate it man!
Edge & Literary Ink - Edge, I’ve always enjoyed our projects that we’ve worked on over the years and was thrilled when you brought me on at Literary Ink and encourage me to do some HP photos. I’m so stoked to be a part of it again this coming year and seeing how your vision grows.
Lauren Coakley - Dude, I’m so blessed to have finally gotten to meet you this year at Lit Ink and I can’t wait to start on some of our big ideas together. You’re a hell of a photographer and I'm looking forward to working with you.
Lauren Dunham - Lauren, I’m so glad I got to shoot Brina and meet you. That pet session has led to connecting with someone who’s become one of my best friends. Thank you for not only being an amazing muse who really gets the vision In my head, but thank you for being a friend that’s been there to lend an ear with all the ups and downs of this year.
Jessika Rocket - Dude, who would’ve thought that after our first couple of dud shoots where everything went wrong, you’re one of my best friends. I wish I got to see you more, but thank you for being my friend, even though you are a witch. ha!
Morgan Akins - Morgan I’ve not known you as long, but I feel super blessed to have gotten to know you this year. The adversity I’ve seen you face and the optimistic spirit you have with all of it, you’ve been an inspiration dude. I can’t ever have a shoot with you where it’s not been a fun shoot.
Kendra - Man, I’ve only seen you twice this year, but for good reason. I’m so stoked that you and Chris are about to bring a beautiful little girl into the world. I wish you guys all the best and I hope you get plenty of sleep before she gets here. ;)
Becky - Bex, dude I think I probably text with you more than anyone. I always enjoy the books you send me, even if sometimes I forget to reply right away. I always have a blast at our shoots, but I also really appreciate you being an ear and caring about me as a friend and not just as a photographer.
Holly - Dude, it sucks that I hardly get to see you anymore, but you’re still one of the most important people in my life. I know it’s been a really rough year but things will turn around and the rough times will pass for you. You’re such a talented person and I love to see your artwork. Keep growing.
Renee & Polli - Dude, I’ve not seen you guys since 2013 and this year I was so stoked we got to reconnect and hang out! I love you guys and I love Seattle and I can’t wait for another trip out there. And there are still more pics coming!
Christine - Dude it was so great getting to see you and Price this summer. I had a blast getting to hang out with you and working with your shop while I was out west.
The Pacific Northwest - I am thankful I got to go out to Oregon/Washington this summer to visit family. I hadn’t gotten to go since 2015 and every year I start missing it. It’s such beautiful country and it’s just always super inspiring. This year I was just at the point of where I was trying to push through my burnout, and that trip really helped a lot.
To Those that Like or Comment on my Work - I really appreciate you guys! Just taking the time out of your day to view what I do and to leave some feedback. It means a lot.
I just want to share a little more with you guys. As I mentioned, it was kind of a tough year so far, but it’s really had some amazing blessings too. Sometimes the darkness can be so thick that it’s all you see, and honestly you just don’t feel like trying to see the light. It’s a choice though. I don’t remember where I heard this but it’s like with the Yin and the Yang, the dark side has a little bit of light and the light side has a little bit of darkness. In tough times, if you look for it, you can always find a little bit of light to help you get through the darkness. In the good times, there’s a little bit of darkness to keep you grounded and humble. Sometimes the light in the darkness is just the fact that you’re still breathing and due to that, your reality is still subject to change. Sometimes it might be that you hear a bird singing and it makes you smile. Start saying thank you, even for the little things and it will start to change your mood. I hope you guys all have a great Thanksgiving.