20 photos from 2016

2016 was a big year for me when it came to photography. I've only been doing the camera thing for almost two years, and I believe that 2016 was the year that I started to come into my own when it came to taking images.

I started the year exclusively taking photos of sports. I worked for schools like Eastern Michigan University, the University of Michigan, University of Detroit Mercy and Oakland University; taking photos of mostly soccer matches.

Then I created For the Love of Futbol which covered semi-professional soccer clubs playing in the NPSL throughout Detroit/Ann Arbor in the summer. A lot of travel and a lot of connections with amazing people made the immense workload bearable, and plenty of great photos came out of the summer.

Having had a deep connection with bands and music as I have grown up, I decided to move into music photography in the latter half of the year. It was very difficult at first, and it's completely different than shooting sports, but it has grown into a new passion that I'm going to continue working on and building.

Not to mention, I get to photograph bands that I grew up loving, as well as meet some awesome people.

That being said, I present my favorite photos from 2016.

20. Block M Backflip, EMU Gymnast Ciara Gresham against University of Michigan 

19. Feed the Smoke Gods, Northern Guard Supporters


18. Goal Celebration, Ellie Tillar scores for Eastern Michigan soccer

17. Look Into The Darkness, T.J. Horansky of Sleep On It

16. Black Smoke Protest, Northern Guard Supporters

15. Craig Owens Sings With Fan, badXchannels debut show

14. You're Not Welcome Here, Northern Guard Supporters smoke out Kalamazoo FC players

13. Close Catch, Ian Eriksen of Eastern Michigan and Heath Harding of Miami Ohio

12. Hands Like Houses Blackout, Trenton Woodley of Hands Like Houses

11. Sing It With Me, Fan sings with Mattie Montgomery of For Today

10. Family Affair, Michigan soccer defender Andre Morris with mother

9. Norma Jean Scream, Cory Brandan Putman of Norma Jean

8. That Winning Feeling, Jordan Smith of Eastern Michigan volleyball celebrates a win

7. Out Came The Wolves Blackout, Cameron Burns of Out Came The Wolves

6. Face To Face, Trenton Woodley of Hands Like Houses


5. The Peoples 'KeeperDetroit City FC goalkeeper Evan Louro after historic U.S. Open Cup win

4. International Friendly Throwdown, Detroit City FC's Omar Sinclair takes a hit against FC United of Manchester

3. We Came As Romans Hometown Holiday, We Came As Romans


2. Scream It Like You Mean It, Trevor Wentworth of Our Last Night

1. Soccer Fight Club, Alex Ofeimu of Oakland University soccer and Yamann Sahlool of University of Michigan soccer