One of the most formative experiences of my life was traveling through Eastern Europe by train. A long haul, overnight journey from Riga to Moscow; I barely slept the entire way, I was so excited. We went through dense, dark forests and the night sky illuminated Orion almost the entire way to Russia’s capital.
We stopped in a tiny village in the Russian countryside, about eight hours from our destination. There were a few streetlights alongside the tracks and in the blue light you could see snow falling gently, laying a thin blanket on the ground. Slowly people began to disembark and head off into the night; it was well past midnight. After everyone was out of sight, you could still see their footprints in the snow, falling off into the darkness. And slowly, the train pulled out of the station, into the darkness, leaving behind nothing but a faint memory.
I was only 19 at the time and I barely had time to process everything. Now, six years later, it’s really important to me to remember these experiences because they bring a bit if humanity into my world. In the seemingly insignificant moments, that’s where the fullest moments of life happen. In the sideways glances, in the silent tears, in the squeeze of a hand: intention meets action.
If you’re looking for it.
This year, my wife and I consciously decided to let things happen on their own: to let them evolve and dance to their own cadence. Four continents. Thirteen Countries. One hundred and twenty-two days on the road. It was exhilarating. It was exhausting. And the whole time, it was an amazing adventure.
Despite all this, 2016 is already looking like an incredibly different year, and I’m excited by the stories and people that it will bring. I’m going to be spending more time in Colorado, working on some new branding, focusing on experience, and hopefully allowing things to take a new direction. More moments, less mountains.
There are so many people that I need to thank for this year, the first of which is my incredible wife. Hillary has been my cheerleader and my partner in all of this, making everything possible form the background. From the northern lights to walking the souks in Morocco, there is nobody else I would rather share my life with.
To my friend, Gene Pease, you have been an incredible encouragement this year. From hosting me in your home to bringing your family to travel around the world with us, you’re a brother and an inspiration and there is no one I’d rather have as a photography team mate. To all my friends around the world who have invited me into their homes and lives, whether for meals or rest, I can’t thank you enough. Late night cigars in Italy, long-evening talks in New York, camping in Iceland, sharing a desk in my office—you know who you are. You are my inspirations and the husbands, fathers, and friends I aspire to be. Thank you.
And to all of the folks who trusted me to take take your photos this year: from the bottom of my heart, thank you. You are what make all of this possible and you’re the reason I do what I do. Stay in Love.
Next year is going to be an incredible year, with trips already planned to Asia, Europe and throughout the US. If you’re getting married in 2016 or 2017, please reach out. I’d love to be a part of documenting your life and story.