2013 - Closing Thoughts


2013. It's come and gone in a hurry. I never thought that 365 days could escape us so quickly. Normally, the end of the year is a nice winding down period, but the last month has been quite the opposite. 

Thanksgiving signifies the beginning of the holiday season. The food begins. The tree goes up. The crazy shoppers begin their mad dash for sales. Though I'm not a holiday-type person, I do enjoy the time with family. It's a moment of reflection and relationships. 

Soon after Thanksgiving the weather decided that a couple inches of ice would look good across a few states. In the South, winter weather brings the chaos of freezing rain and sleet and rarely the beauty and quiet of snow.

2013 was the start of Workhorse Creative. The six of us have shared an incredible 8 months so far. The beginning days of December pushed our little production company to flex its muscle. Two of our post-production guys got a workout finishing the effects for a cable network TV show promo. We also had a quick trip west to Scottsdale, AZ, where the warm temperatures robbed us of almost all sense of the Christmas season. These two projects alone were enough to show how much we could accomplish in such a short amount of time. It was exhilarating and exhausting. The week off for Christmas was much appreciated.

You do what you can to kill reflections. James uses my hoodie to nail focus.

I'm just too short for some shots. Derek helps out in these situations.

Christmas is an awkward holiday for me. The gift receiving stresses me out. But in the end, I know that gifts are a language of love that many of my family use to show affection. I enjoy the giving, but I view that as a year-round goal, and not something to only be celebrated at the end of the year. Some gifts are practical. Some are just plain fun - like my childhood nostalgia rolled into one mashup with the Wookie the Chew series by James Hance

My sister makes the best gift tags. Gotta love the the baby bump and two cats.

Hardingopoly - the best version of Monopoly ever for a Harding alum.

I consider 2013 to be a positive year for me. I had the goal of documenting more stories and presenting photography in an editorial fashion more than just a gallery of images. I think I moved closer to that in the last 12 months. I'll continue to work on these stories in 2014, but I also want to focus on the simple portrait. I have a goal of sitting down with as many family members as possible for a headshot. This could be a daunting task, but I'm excited to get started. 

2014 will be here in a matter of days. My overall goal is to be present, fully aware of what I'm doing, where I'm going and with whom I'm spending time.

Thanks for following my humble attempts of words and imagery. I hope what I've presented this year has informed, enlightened or entertained in some way. I'll try to continue to push out more content and better stories in the coming year. I'm still growing as a photographer and storyteller, and I hope that never ceases.

Thanks again, and God bless.