If 2016 was the year that I started to "come into my own" when it came to photography, then 2017 was the year that I really found myself and started to craft what I wanted to be known for when it came to photography.
In 2017, I virtually abandoned pursuing sports photography as a whole, and focused primarily on growing and improving in concert and music photography, something that I started at the end of last year.
I worked my ass off, I photographed an average of six shows a month for the last twelve months. I found my style, my process, and got a handle on what I wanted to accomplish in the short term and long term with a camera in my hand and a band in front of me.
Of course, there were a lot of difficulties and challenges along the way. There were times that I thought I was on top of the world, and times where I wanted to put my camera down for good and quit.
But I remembered why I started photography in general, and concert photography specifically. The love of creating, putting a point-of-view on an image and my incredible love for music and the tremendous music scene that I have the privilege of being a part of. I couldn't bring myself to walk away.
Some crazy things have happened over the last year. I started to move towards photographing for marketing and public relations firms rather for a publication. I was the last photographer to work for rock legend Chris Cornell before his tragic suicide, for some reason I agreed to work for the Insane Clown Posse.
Most importantly to me, I got the opportunity to photograph the band that changed my life forever in Fall Out Boy.
I didn't completely leave behind sports photography, I closed out the chapter of my life that was For the Love of Futbol, started to exclusively work with the Northern Guard Supporters of Detroit City FC (#biased) and built relationships with some of the best people I have ever met.
Photographing Detroit City FC matchdays, being considered a NGS photographer and having the ability to capture moments with supporters actually helped drastically with the advancement of my concert work.
After searching through thousands and thousands of images from 2017, I present to you my favorite 10 photos taken in 2017.
(Some of my actual favorite photos are stuck on a hard drive that I can't get access to, so these are the next best thing)
10. Jeremy Bolm of Touche Amore
9. Sergeant Scary of Northern Guard Supporters
8. Alan Day of Four Year Strong
7. Kyle Breitmeyer of AFC Ann Arbor and Stephen Carroll of Detroit City FC
6. Jaime Preciado of Pierce the Veil
5. Nick Maldonado of Hell or High Water
4. Zach Blair of Rise Against
3. Chris Dudley of Underoath
2. Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy
1. Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, the night of his tragic death