It wasn’t until the beginning of December that I finally got used to writing 2019 and not 2018 (at one point I even accidentally wrote 2016), and now here we are at 2020.
When I was putting together my year-end gallery for Loyola, it dawned on me that it’s the end of a decade, which means that I’ve been doing this whole photography thing professionally for about 10 years now. Luckily for you I won’t be making a Photos of the Decade list because I don’t want to put myself through the pain of seeing photos I thought were good when I was 20 years old. But it’s still an important milestone for me as fewer and fewer people are able to do this as a career. I can judge how rare it’s becoming to be a full-time photographer by how many people who say, “And that’s all you do?” when I tell them what I do for a living.
While we didn’t have any March Madness this year at Loyola, I was happy to shoot all the portraits in the University’s new brand campaign that launched this fall across Chicago and a select few states nationwide. It’s still trippy to be walking around town and see my photo on a billboard or giant digital display in the train station. Beyond the campaign, it was another year of learning more about how to cover the University and tell more stories about student life, learning and achievement. Here’s a few of my favorites for Loyola, if you want to see the huge collection, you can view that here.
And here’s a few of my non-Loyola photos:
Cheers to the next 10 years!