With my favorite (mostly) unpublished photos from 2012

So we made it (for now). That whole Mayan thing is behind us and the Apocalypse is still somewhere looming off in the future. Christmas has come and gone, two thousand and twelve is dead and buried, and the fiscal cliff has been pushed down the road a few more months. Yay 2013. With all of this in mind, I wanted to share some photos that I took in 2012 but never had the time or the excuse or the permission or whatever to show until now. So prepare yourselves for a veritable casserole of photography.

But before all of that, a short word:

Two-thousand-and-twelve has been my most busy year by far. I did a lot of work for my friends at Kinfolk (as you may remember from here, here, here, here and here), but I’ve also been hither and tither shooting for myself and others. When I look back upon the last 365 days, I can’t believe all of the places I’ve visited and awesome people I’ve been blessed to come to know and work with. It truly humbles and gladdens the heart. The pity is that the vast majority of shots must still remain locked up in the photo vault for one publication or another. But were that not the case, I still wouldn’t have space here to include all of my unpublished favorites from 2012. So I suppose the following will just have to do.

The dear people pictured below include: My most favorite Riley Messina, Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Williams, my sister Joy Kim, Ryan Muirhead and Jarrod Renaud (photographer-brothers extraordinaire), Angel Taylor, Joe Lieske, Lana Nyman, Meredith Adelaide, Luke and Rachel Price, Tunde Baiyewu, the ever-talented Amanda Jasnowski, Alela Diane, Andrew Stonestreet, Tift Merrit, Jennifer Sullins, Kimbra, and of course, my dearest brother and friend James Fitzgerald III. There are many, many more who have graced my camera in the last year that must be kept tucked away — but only for the time being!

So. There we are. And without further ado, here’s to 2013 — may she bless you all heartily!

With Lana Nyman

Lana and I have gotten together a few times now to take photos and it’s always pretty enjoyable. She resembles a younger, more easily-gotten-ahold-of Amanda Seyfried, which is braggable. And like so many of my recent personal shoots, having convened, we decided to throw a few old blankets into the truck and head down the river into the Columbia Gorge. I should mention it was freezing outside. I should also mention that I may have gotten a speeding ticket (but it was a set up, I swear). So yeah, it’s a good thing that the shots ended up turning out, or else it would have been a bit hard to swallow my Christmas present from the Gresham PD.

Speaking of which, I was hoping to have posted these before Christmas, what with the heavy green and red color palette, but time and life had other plans, so you’re only just seeing now. Sorry about that. Merry late Christmas (or early, however you wanna see things).

In all seriousness, though, Lana is a real beauty and it’s always a great experience taking photos with her. One or two of the photos from our outing turned out to be some of my all-time favorites for 2011 (this and this and this are her too). I can’t wait until the next time!