My Favorite Moments of 2016

I know right now it’s trendy to say that 2016 was a terrible year. So, I’m not going to say that (but also because it quite simply isn’t true). Overall, the past twelve months have been the biggest adventure of my life, and with adventure, of course, comes its fair share of ups and downs. I have grown more as an individual and as a photographer than any year before. I made mistakes. I suffered at the hands of other’s mistakes, as well as my own. I made so many new friends and saw so many new places along the way. I love doing what I do so much (as cliché as that sounds). I get to travel with some of my best friends and take photos and I get paid for it. That doesn’t make any sense, but I’ll take it.

The phrase I probably thought the most this year was “this is going to make for a great story.” Here’s a brief rundown of a few very random things that happened to me this year:

  • I got the opportunity to tour with one of my favorite bands, Better Off, on their biggest tour to date (Mayday Parade and The Maine). Only a day into the tour (and about three days after first meeting all of them) we were asked to the leave the tour and we drove back to Nashville where I was then picked up by Silent Planet two days later on their tour with Beartooth (because they’re some of the kindest humans in the world).
  • I rode in the back of a U-Haul truck for 20 hours after the Silent Planet van broke down in Denver and we needed to get to Reno, Nev. the next day. So, we transferred everything from the van to the back of the truck, attached the trailer, and four of us rode in the back of the truck in complete darkness while two others rode up front. That was quite the bumpy ride.
  • I got in an accident while riding in the back of an Uber with Will from Against The Current. The driver was a kid who told us his family had been killed in a hurricane back in his country (and he laughed about it the whole time, thinking it was funny to make something like that up), told us his country was way better than ours, and then proceeded to snapchat the other car that hit us as they were using the jaws of life to pry the passenger out, laughing through the whole thing. The kid was terrible and almost got us killed.

Despite all of that (and many other stories I’ll have to tell you some other time), I had a blast this year. I got to tour across North America way too many times with so many different people. I was a part of 10 tours and 175 shows. I was a part of five festivals, along with Warped Tour. I was theoretically only off tour about a month and a half this year. I got the opportunity to document two of my favorite bands recording their new records.

None of this would have been possible without Phinehas, Better Off, Silent Planet, Corey Kilgannon, Wolves At The Gate, Gideon, The Ongoing Concept, Vanna, and Against The Current letting me invade their spaces this year and document their lives. So, thank you, thank you, thank you. Also, a huge thank you to Andrew Cramb for being my right hand man for the latter part of the year. Thank you to my parents for being the most supportive people in my life. Thank you to all of you who believe in me and support my work. Thank you for making 2016 the best year of my life. Here are a few of my favorite moments and photos of the year. (P.S. I don’t blame you if you skip over the novella I wrote to go with each photo, but I had a blast reliving all these moments.)

 

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