Instead of freezing in Minneapolis as usual, I was able to travel in Mexico during the Christmas/New Years holiday this year, visiting Huatulco, Oaxaca, and Mexico City. It was amazing to see so much culture compressed and layered, getting glimpses of ancient to modern, urban to rural and all the colors in between. As with every trip, especially the ones with good food a comfortable exchange rate, I wish I had been able to stay longer. But we packed in lots of stops and sights and I tried to make the most of the photo ops I came across along the way.
I was honored to photograph the wedding of my friends Sam O’Keefe and Shelby O’Keefe in October, 2013, and today it is being featured on glamour.com! I had a great weekend with them in St. Louis and I’m glad the people,weather, and location all came together to create the beautiful conditions for this shoot.
Another great afternoon was spent at The Cavalier Store for the annual Cav Cup. This year The Burg asked for enough photos to fill a page so I turned my lens away from the pool table for a while. It has been great to return here each year and see more and more familiar faces. I know I’ll never be a true local but I am feeling like more of a regular.
I spent two days and two nights at the inaugural Lockn’ Music Festival. There was no shortage of interesting things to photograph with 25,000 people camping, listening to music and opening their minds in the rolling hills of Central Virginia. Artists included Further, Black Crowes, Punch Brothers, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Zac Brown Band, Trey Anastasio Band and others. And all was groovy.
Easter is by far one of the strangest holidays, at least how we celebrate it now. Many symbols we associate with it are of non-Christian origin, it’s floating date was decided in an ancient meeting, and the cuisine is a hodgepodge of foods from all over the world. Personally, I like rabbits, spring vacation days, ham and all that. But the plastic egg hunts are right near the top of my hardest-things-to-photograph list.