For the last several years, I've dedicated the month of December to look back and some images from some of my favorite shoots over the year. The process gives me an opportunity to go back and take a fresh look at photos that may have been glossed over due to deadlines or simply an emotional bias. I think we can all agree that 2016 has been a particularly rough year and 2017 can't come soon enough. I kind of feel a bit guilty for feeling like this but 2016 was actually a pretty good year for me. There's been a lot of personal growth, the relationship with my wife is stronger than ever, and I made the jump to taking pictures full time. Because of this career change, I wasn't able to cover a ton of shows this year, probably the fewest shows I've shot in several years. I miss it and I think I've gotten to the point where I can start working more into my schedule. A lot of the opportunities and work I've received has been a direct result of me shooting shows, and I need to get back to nurturing that side of my career.
Day 1 of my 2016 Year in Review will start with one of my favorite shows this year, DIIV at The Fonda Theater. DIIV's album, Is the Is Are, has been in constant rotation since it came out earlier this year (I'm actually listening to it now as I write this), which actually means something since most music that comes out is only good for a handful of listens, but this record is one that I can listen to back to back, no problem. The first time I've seen/shot DIIV perform was at Culture Collide a few years back and while I definitely was into it, their music didn't hold me that long. This is why I was curious and excited to see how they've progressed after both their personal and band dramas. They sounded great, the new songs were injected a bit more life and character and they put on an amazing show.