2015 in a Nutshell

I have to admit, 2015 was a great year for me! Lots of exciting things happened and I made some great headway in my goal to make my living as a fine art photographer. I thank each and every one of you that has helped me along the way, and there are many of you. Thank you, thank you! I especially want to thank the photographic community. You're all a wonderfully supportive group of people. There are several of you that have been instrumental in helping me forward. You know who you are.....

A few places I was published this year....Featureshoot, Float Magazine, Streit House Space, The Sun (I got the cover!!! AND a spread,) The Long Way Home, The Hand, Shots (twice!,) Fraction Magazine, Feature Shoot, National Geographic, Orion Magazine, Ticka Arts, F-Stop Magazine, Phosmag and Black + White Magazine (The cover!!! Yes, I get excited about covers. They're rare for me.) Well, technically the last was in 2016, but it was out at the end of December, so I'm including it. :-)

Black + White Cover, Him, 2015

Black + White Cover, Him, 2015

I was also in a few group shows. Field Study at the David Weinberg Gallery in Chicago, the 28th Annual Member's Only Show at the Texas Photographic Society and The Shrode Photography Exhibition in Mt. Vernon Illinois, which I won Best in Show with my image Wishing Weeds. I also had three solo shows. The first at Joe Sippers in downtown Effingham, another at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa and the last at The Effingham Public Library.

Best in Show, Shrode Photography Exhibition, Wishing Weeds, 2014

Best in Show, Shrode Photography Exhibition, Wishing Weeds, 2014

A few accolades I received this year....100 Photographers to Watch in 2015, Shortlisted for Black and White Photographer of the Year and Critical Mass 2015 (for This is Boy.)

Something I've long wanted to do, was to attend a photo fest. This was my year. I attended Filter Photo Fest in Chicago. Not only did I take some wonderfully helpful classes, by awesome instructors, I met so many friends that I had previously only known through social media. It's great to be able to put a real face to the profile picture! I swear I learned more in those two days than I had on my own in the last two years. I'll definitely be going to more this coming year. I just have to decide which ones! Because of Filter, I was curated into a wonderful show called Time In: Refocusing the Lens of Motherhood. It will open soon in Lincoln, Nebraska.

I sent a portfolio of images, by request, to an outstanding gallery in New York too! I'm still waiting to hear back from them, but either way, I'm just thrilled to even be asked by such a gallery.  So yes, I'm looking for gallery representation. ;-)

I'm greatly looking forward to 2016 and anticipating what lies ahead. It's a dream come true to be able to do what I love on a daily basis. It's not always easy, and I'm sure all you other photographers will attest to this, but the joy it brings greatly outweighs everything else.

A few of my favorite images of the year...