2016 Year in review | Not on assignment

I kicked off the year in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for my final five months with MLive.com. I made some pictures I liked but I found myself falling into routines and needed to push beyond. The latter seven months of this year, I’ve been traveling, visiting friends, shot a friend’s wedding and began working for a community college in the Bay Area. But this post isn’t about pictures I was paid to take, it’s about pictures I made while soul searching after emerging from nearly two years of interning at community newspapers. (For Grand Rapids highlights see Zayden Needs MeProm season and Fashion show.) After driving more than 6,500 miles this summer, I slowed down enough to remember the parts I enjoyed most about photography — connecting with others, exploring my surroundings and documenting daily life. I found the same gratification photographing Alex & Andrea’s wedding, my cross-country road trip, and just being present while volunteering with First Descents during a whitewater kayak trip on the Rouge River in Oregon. My 2017 goal is to fold my vision while I'm not on assignment into my assignment work. 

Seattle, Washington | January 2016

Seattle, Washington | January 2016

Grand Rapids, Michigan | March 2016

Grand Rapids, Michigan | March 2016

Marquette, Michigan | June 2016

Marquette, Michigan | June 2016

Marquette, Michigan | June 2016

Marquette, Michigan | June 2016

Charleston, West Virginia | June 2016

Charleston, West Virginia | June 2016

New York City | June 2016

New York City | June 2016

New York City | June 2016

New York City | June 2016

New York City | June 2016

New York City | June 2016

Colorado | July 2016

Colorado | July 2016

 Colorado | July 2016

 Colorado | July 2016

Colorado | July 2016

Colorado | July 2016

Provo, Utah | July 2016

Provo, Utah | July 2016

Provo, Utah | July 2016

Provo, Utah | July 2016

 Arches National Park, Utah | July 2016
Arches National Park, Utah | July 2016

Arches National Park, Utah | July 2016

Arches National Park, Utah | July 2016

Arches National Park, Utah | July 2016

Utah | July 2016

Utah | July 2016

Salt Flats, Utah | July 2016

Salt Flats, Utah | July 2016

Lake Tahoe, Nevada | July 2016

Lake Tahoe, Nevada | July 2016

Lake Tahoe, Nevada | July 2016

Lake Tahoe, Nevada | July 2016

Lake Tahoe, Nevada | July 2016

Lake Tahoe, Nevada | July 2016

Crescent City, California | August 2016

Crescent City, California | August 2016

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California | August 2016

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California | August 2016

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California | August 2016

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California | August 2016

Rouge River, Oregon | September 2016

Rouge River, Oregon | September 2016

Rouge River, Oregon | September 2016

Rouge River, Oregon | September 2016

Crescent Beach, Oregon | September 2016

Crescent Beach, Oregon | September 2016

Crescent Beach, Oregon | September 2016

Crescent Beach, Oregon | September 2016

Northern California | September 2016

Northern California | September 2016

San Jose, California | September 2016

San Jose, California | September 2016

San Jose, California | September 2016

San Jose, California | September 2016

Santa Cruz Mountains, California | November 2016

Santa Cruz Mountains, California | November 2016

Santa Cruz Mountains, California | November 2016

Santa Cruz Mountains, California | November 2016