When a photographer goes through the post-season retrospective of their year, it can be a little emotional. Just like a writer, you may find yourself killing your darlings during such an intensive edit, because a lot can change. You see the things you would have done differently, the things you enjoyed shooting most, and - just like unpacking a bin of clothes at the beginning of a new season - there are still a few things that may surprise you. 

This year, my top 40 choices aren't necessarily my prettiest or most perfect photos. For that, you can go to my portfolio. Instead, they are the photos that still make me feel something, even after months of looking at them hundreds of times. They're the photos where I wasn't afraid to get up close, take chances, or push myself. They're emotional, intimate, and real. For the most part they were taken with my Sigma 35mm - my favorite lens.

2016 was the year where I felt I truly felt at home in my art. I can't wait to see what 2017 brings.