Every year I try to look back at the images taken and pick my favorites. It’s a hard thing to do because I like so many of them for different reasons. This year I decided to do something a little different. I narrowed it down by picking my favorite photo from each month. Making it easier to make decisions yet unfortunately leaving out many really good images. But, that’s the way it had to be, so I present to you, my favorite photos of 2013
2013 started out with a bang last year. Red Bull Crashed Ice was once again in Saint Paul MN and I was able to cover it from the air for part of it this year. It really provided some unique angles. This one was one of my favorites. It unfortunately almost didn’t make the first cut of images, but after looking back it jumped out at me right away.
This photo of Nick Dirks backlipping through a chain really shows how many times a good photo goes un published. I really thought this one had a chance but unfortunately it never saw the light of day. It was crazy to see happen and really proves how good Nick is on a board.
If you follow me on instagram you know that I’m fairly obsessed with my dog, Remi. I always loved this photo of her sitting in the backseat of my truck for some reason. Probably because she isn’t seen back there very often any more as she has decided that riding “shotgun” is a better spot.
I picked this photo because at the end of this shoot I had one of the best commutes home from work ever. We spent a couple days shooting in the backcountry of Jackson Hole at the end of the season last year. When it was all wrapped up moments after taking this photo, I got my only powder day of the year in at the last possible moment.
This photo of Jade riding over a stack of wood capped off probably one of the most productive days shooting of the year. I probably shot half a dozen photos that could have been contenders for my favorite photos of the year in that day alone. I’ve always enjoyed shooting with Jade as he is one of the hardest working yet underrated riders in the industry right now. Without him that day wouldn’t have been half as productive, and his hard work definitely paid off.
Chase Mastel had quite the year in 2013, he got married, got a new job, and got plenty of riding in. I grabbed this photo during one of our early morning sessions this year.
In July of this year Chris Bank approached me to do something unique for the wake surf tournament he was hosting. He wanted to present an original photo to the winners instead of trophies and I immediately said I was interested. He showed me several shore break photos from the likes of Clark Little and Zak Noyle and asked if I had anything like that. Being that I was a fan of their work I had always wanted to try to achieve this with a wake surf wave. So a couple of days later we got together on Lake Minnetonka and Casey Smith drove me into several “sets” behind the G23. It was definitely a learning curve as we worked our way towards this photo, but eventually everything came together. The sun was in the perfect spot, I was able to get to where I needed to be and the wave was super clean. After a few victory beers and a couple sets for ourselves we heading in for the night, stoked on our results.
August was probably one of my biggest months of the year. Several of my favorite shoots happened, went to Hong Kong for Red Bull Illume, but this photo definitely trumps them all. On August 16, Lindsay said yes to my proposal and I couldn’t be more excited.
Shot in Montana this year which is definitely one of the more beautiful places I have been. It’s easy to see why so many landscape photographers come out of there.
Red Bull Interskate was probably one of my favorite projects this year. We traveled between 4 cities over the course of a week as teams from each city competed at their local skatepark. We got to see a lot of sick riding and really cool spots. St. Louis was the first stop of the tour and definitely one of the more photogenic, which made my job a little bit easier and a lot more fun.
Lindsay and I traveled to Hawaii for a little vacation around Thanksgiving this year. I can easily say that it is probably one of my new favorite places in the world. We spent so much time in the water and capturing amazing sunsets like this one.
December was a hard month to pick a favorite photo. Partially due to the fact that it is so new and a lot of my photos taken have to be kept aside for clients and magazines. But this one definitely felt right. Maybe it’s because it signifies reflection, or looking forward into 2014. However you view it, I’m stoked on how this year went down and I cannot wait until next. I think it’s going to be a good one.