I feel so fortunate to have my job at the Daily Inter Lake. I love working for a community newspaper. I love feeling like I have the ability to contribute something meaningful with the work that I do, to the people and place I call home.
Journalism offers a photographer a palette of colors to choose from that is rich and varied. One gets to witness everything, from moments of joy to gut-wrenching heartbreak. Magical moments. Quiet moments. People. Places. Cool things. It isn't always "fun" but in this business, the good far outweighs the bad.
As I'm looking back at 2016 I have to pick no more than four favorite images that will have a shot at being published in this Sunday's Daily Inter Lake Montana Life Section. Herein is one of the great downsides to working for a newspaper — space. There is only so much space, and those who purchase ads get some of it. So narrowing down all the photos of the year into the truly essential ones is hard.
My best of list started with 96 images. I looked through everything and picked out what I really liked. Don't worry, I'm not going to fill a blog with that many photos. I have narrowed my list down to 30. These are in chronological order except for the final four. If you only care to see the ones I am submitting to our editors jump to the end.
My grandmother used to tell me, "Work is a blessing." When I look back at this year and everything I've gotten to do — weddings, family photos, bridal portraits, theater performances, portraits of musicians, destination weddings, travel photography, and all the chaos of the newsroom...it has been an amazing year. And I agree with my grandmother, work is a blessing.
I hope you enjoy these. If you'd like to see my favorite landscape photos of the year check out the previous blog.
Ok. Now I am down to my final four images. These are the ones I am going to give my editor for my favorites of 2016. It was hard to choose these. Some of them are images I love, but also these were photos from stories that were significant this year.
This wraps up my 2016. Next up I am going to do a blog on my favorite wedding photos of the year and then it is full swing into 2017. I hope all of you reading this have an amazing year in store for you.
To view my favorite wedding images from the year check this out.
Or to view my favorite scenics try this link.