My Best Photos of 2016

I was fortunate to be able to do quite a bit of photography in 2016, more than in any prior year. Some was because people asked me to take photos (family photos, sports events, couples, weddings, etc.), and some was because I convinced folks to serve as models for me so I could work on improving my skills. Early in the year I bought some professional flash equipment, and have been trying to learn how to use "off camera flash." It was a fun and eventful year.

Below are what I think are some of my best photos of the year.  I'm not claiming they are especially great photos; they are just my best at this point in time.  (I can point you to several websites if you want to look at some really good photos!)

If you want to see more, click this link to see my Facebook photography page.

Scenery

We (Roanne and I) were blessed to be able to visit Colorado both in July and then again in September when the leaves change color. Many of these pictures were shot in Summit County, about an hour west of Denver. But a few are from Rocky Mountain National Park. We love hiking or driving, and getting to capture gorgeous landscapes. It was hard to pick just these few from all the photos we shot.

Click on the photo above to see many more pictures of Colorado ...

Click on the photo above to see many more pictures of Colorado ...

Silverthorne CO, about 9,000 ft elevation, 11pm in late September.

Lilypad Lake, hike from Frisco CO.

In Rocky Mtn Natl Park; got to hear these guys bugling.

Portraits

Portraits are one of my favorite things to shoot. Most of these photos are of friends or family who are patient enough with me (and my learning curve) that they agreed to let me practice on them. But some of the pictures were taken at the request of the subjects. About half are shot using off-camera flash, and half are natural light.

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Sports

When I shoot sports now, it is usually because friends of ours are parents of a student on the team, and they have asked me if I could come take some photos. I started with baseball and softball two years ago, then had parents who saw those photos ask if I could shoot pictures of volleyball, and then basketball. 

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Events

These three softball-playing girls thought this up -- they asked if we could shoot photos of them and their dates on the ball field before they headed out to prom.  It was a chilly 35 degrees(!) in January, but it was a lot of fun! Very glad they asked!

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Families

Most of the family photography I do is for families we know, who simply ask if I could take photos of them sometime.

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Couples

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Grandkids!

Three of our four grandkids were born in 2016: Athena and Oliver in February, and Sage in June. Rosie, the oldest,  was born in 2014. We definitely enjoy being grandparents, and taking photos of the grandkids and their parents. (Only problem is they all live far away.)

Athena, 5 months

Athena, 5 months

Oliver, 7 months

Oliver, 7 months

Oliver, 9 months

Oliver, 9 months

Megan and Athena, 6 weeks

Megan and Athena, 6 weeks

Athena, 4 months

Athena, 4 months

Rosie, 2 years

Rosie, 2 years

Rosie and Grandma

Rosie and Grandma

Athena, 10 months

Athena, 10 months

Athena, 5 weeks, and Grandpa

Athena, 5 weeks, and Grandpa

Oliver, 2 months

Oliver, 2 months

Grandparents with Sage and Rosie

Grandparents with Sage and Rosie

Athena, 6 weeks

Athena, 6 weeks

Sage, 6 months, and Mom (Sharlotte)

Sage, 6 months, and Mom (Sharlotte)

Sage and Dad (Josh)

Sage and Dad (Josh)

Athena with Dad and Mom (Mike and Megan)

Athena with Dad and Mom (Mike and Megan)

Rosie, 2 3/4, with Grandma

Rosie, 2 3/4, with Grandma

Rosie and Mom (Sharlotte)

Rosie and Mom (Sharlotte)

Weddings

I like taking wedding photos for people we know, as the backup photographer. I've been asked a few times if I would serve as the main photographer, but so far I haven't taken that leap. Maybe someday.

Josh and Sharlotte at their wedding near Washington DC.

Josh and Sharlotte at their wedding near Washington DC.

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Logan and Kelly

Logan and Kelly

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Eric and Rachel

Eric and Rachel

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Peter and Jordan

Peter and Jordan

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Thanks for checking out the photos!

Dave