Favorite Images From 2018
2018 has been a year that I will always remember for a few personal and photography accomplishments. First, on the personal side this year, with A LOT of help from family and friends, my wife and I built our forever home. And, of course, we decided to build during one of Virginia's rainiest years on record. This meant for the first half of the year, almost every free moment my wife and I had, we were busy working on the house, which left little time for anything else. Even though I didn’t have as much free time as in years past, my family and I still continued to explore new and old places in Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. When Virginia got a late snow in March, I snuck away for a few hours and headed to the Blue Ridge Parkway to photograph the beautiful snow covered peaks at sunset. As spring turned to summer, we finished our house, and in mid-June, we got our permit for occupancy! We moved in just in time before my very busy photography schedule started.
In June, my friends Mike, Tom, and I got to explore the Shenandoah Valley for a few days as we filmed a few videos for Virginia Tourism. Well, Mike and Tom did most the filming; I mostly tagged along carrying gear, taking behind the scenes images, and learned a lot from both of them about the video world. On the last day, as we were filming Skydive Shenandoah, we needed another subject to film jumping out of the plane, so I volunteered, and I got to skydive for the first time, which was an awesome experience and another personal accomplishment. Then in late June, I headed up to New York’s Catskills Mountains for a fun weekend teaching my first ever photography workshops for The Outbound: Pursuit Series. I had a great time teaching and helping other people improve their photography skills. It was also awesome working with fellow landscape photographer Jason, my co-photography instructor, and the rest of The Outbound Media Team. When Jason and I were not instructing, we got to hang out with other outdoor enthusiasts while trying a bunch of new outdoor activities. Once the event was over, I could not wait for the second event in my home state of California to start.
In early August, my family and I flew back to California to visit my family and so I could teach a bunch of photography workshops at the second The Outbound: Pursuit Series in the Sierra Mountains. We were in California when most of the state was on fire, which included a fire that was only about seven miles from the event site. My brother, who is a wild land fire fighter, was working that fire, so I got to see him for about an hour as we grabbed dinner the night before the event started. The next morning, the smoke was so thick that I had about ½ mile visibility, but this thick smoke helped make some awesome images as I hiked though a grove of sequoia trees. As the morning turned to afternoon, the winds finally switched just as the event participants started to arrive. Once again, I had a great time at teaching a series of photography workshops and hanging out with my co-instructors Jason and Scott
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