Top 10 Photos of 2014

2014 is coming to a close and I feel like I've accomplished so much this year- I can really feel my artistic style evolving into something I love. With that being said, here are my top 10 favorite photos from this year! (they're sort of in chronological order) 

#1 Tyler Joseph // Twenty One Pilots // The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA

TOP is one of my very favorite live bands to shoot- they somehow manage to create a dreamlike atmosphere at every show (this might have something to do with the fact that a new fan may feel like they're witnessing a bank robbery from a movie scene- complete with smoke, ski masks, and stunts.) I snapped this at the very beginning of the show, when Tyler emerged from behind his piano. I feel like it should also be noted that this band has one of my favorite fanbases ever- they're always super nice and even more excited. 

#2 Christo Bowman // Bad Suns // Buckhead Theater, Atlanta

I remember getting approval for this show the morning of, which also happened to be my last day of my Sophomore year of high school. I had never heard of Bad Suns, as they had only released an EP, but was instantly hooked after hearing "Salt" live. I love my photos from this show because the lights were excellent- the mirage-y edit came a few months after the show when I was getting obsessed with the kaleidoscope-like feel in photos. 

#3 Matty Healy // The 1975 // Buckhead Theater, Atlanta This photo was actually taken at the same show as the last one. It was my very first time seeing The 1975 and it ruled- the atmosphere at their shows is wild- there's smoke and strobes, and fans go absolutely NUTS the whole show. I love this photo because 1) I love The 1975 and 2) it was sorta the beginning of my overlay obsession! The photo of clouds was actually taken on a plane on the way to New York over the summer, which brings me to the next photo...

#3 Matty Healy // The 1975 // Buckhead Theater, Atlanta

This photo was actually taken at the same show as the last one. It was my very first time seeing The 1975 and it ruled- the atmosphere at their shows is wild- there's smoke and strobes, and fans go absolutely NUTS the whole show. I love this photo because 1) I love The 1975 and 2) it was sorta the beginning of my overlay obsession! The photo of clouds was actually taken on a plane on the way to New York over the summer, which brings me to the next photo...

#4 Some Random Subway Station // New York City

I can't remember which station this was taken in, but I guess that doesn't really matter. I snapped this on Lomography film as a train was leaving the station- I love the juxtaposition of the chaotic, NYC-feeling look of the moving train/woman walking through the station with the stillness of the man reading the newspaper. If you're reading this, newspaper man, thank u for being chill. (I also feel like I should note that I was in New York to receive my Scholastic Award, but I might sounds like a broken record by now). 

 

#5 Matt Ramos // Little Five Points // Atlanta, GA

I love this photo for a few reasons...

1) Little Five Points is probably my favorite place to shoot. It has so much character and no shortage of cool little places to use as backdrops. This floral mural has always been some of my favorite street art in L5P and I'm so happy I got to use it in a photo.

2) Matt is awesome. He slays 24/7. 

3) Megan assisted this shoot and she is also awesome & slays 24/7. My friends are excellent. 

 

#6 Nicholas Petriccia // Walk the Moon // Chastain Park Amphitheater, Atlanta, GA

Just gonna start this one out by saying I LOVE WALK THE MOON, TALKING IS HARD FOR ALBUM OF THE YEAR/DECADE/CENTURY. I always was a "casual fan" of WTM- I remember seeing that they had a song called "Quesadilla" and knowing I'd like them. Seeing them live turned me into an even bigger fan- they are the happiest band I've ever shot, which is the best kind of band to shoot. Anyway, I had a lot of fun dancing around the photo pit and shooting this photo of Nicholas- you can view it in gif-form here (I highly recommend it <3).

 

#7 Brendon Urie // Panic! at the Disco // Chastain Park Amphitheater, Atlanta, GA

Mark 2014 as the year I learned to spell "amphitheater" in one try. I hate that word. 

Anyway. I realllllly like Panic! at the Disco, and have for a long time. Needless to say, I was stoked when I was approved to shoot it. I love this photo because I feel like it sums the show up well- rainbows, smoke, and Brendon going hard. My 14 year old self might have cried. I'm glad my 16 year old self didn't. Also, this photo ended up being in the September issue of Highlight Magazine (it was the first show I ever shot for Highlight), which made me really happy. I luv Highlight. 

#8 Stacy King // Sucre // Vinyl, Atlanta, GA

Alrighty. I have been an Eisley fan for the past 4 years, and by extension, a Stacy King fan. Sucre is her incredible side project- the Young & Free EP was actually on my Top Played Spotify list for 2014, obviously, because it's beautiful. I really enjoyed her live show- it looked just as dreamy as her music sounds, with the glowing candles laced with flowers on the stage and the fairy dress she was wearing. I love this photo (another overlay, surprise!) because I feel like it has the same dreamy element that her show had. 

#9 Bethany // Grayson, GA

I've been shooting with Bethany for a couple years now and it's always sooo fun. I was really proud of the photos from this shoot because I felt (and still feel, really) like they were the most fashion-ish photos I had ever taken. I also love this giant fur coat that I thrifted from Goodwill for $10. Also I'm just gonna note that Bethany constantly does semi-dangerous/uncomfy things for photos for me and I <3 her. THANK YOU I'M SORRY.

#10 Gabby // Grayson, GA 

I've known Gabby since middle school and shot with her for the first time a couple weeks ago (it was long overdue, I know). She is a killer model and this is probably one of my favorite portraits I've ever taken. I think she looks so punk in it- something about her "I'm-mildly-annoyed-that-you-are-taking-my-picture" expression and the leather moto jacket just make it for me. I had fun styling this shoot as well, which is always nice. 

If you read this whole thing: HOLY CRAP, THANK YOU. Thank you for taking the time to look at my art, comment on it, like it, reblog it, scroll past it, whatever. Sorry there weren't any dogs in this list. I've truly done a disservice to us all. U rock, here's to an even better 2015 (with more dogs).