My Favorite 16 of 2016, personal work {austin lifestyle photographer}

So long, 2016! I say this each year, but I cannot believe another year has come and gone! A year in which I took MANY photographs. A friend asked over the weekend, how many I thought I'd taken and it made me pause. Because my initial answer is A LOT. But when I really think about it, that number is in the tens of thousands. 40k? 50k? I don't know. Between personal and client work, it's just many many images. (about 3 terabytes' worth made the cut, if that gives you any idea) And like many artists, I went through times of doubt, boredom, and artistic ruts; as well as times I thought that I was on to something, and feeling like I was kicking ass. I started freelensing in January 2016. This helped me through some of those times, as well as mini courses from various photography forums. Knowing when to reach for or put down my camera, restricting myself to just  my iPhone for periods of time, and keeping my eyes open for interesting situations are all avenues I take trying to keep my perspective fresh. 

I've seen a few "favorite16 of 2016" posts floating around and I thought it would be fun to try and narrow down my own favorite images from my personal files. And I'm laughing as I type this because I know how hard this was for me. I'm sure that when I look back at this post even a month from now versus my entire 2016 album, it's guaranteed that I will have some different favorites. But here goes! 

This is my favorite image of 2016, I think. I just love the light, and that sweet contemplative face. 

This is my favorite image of 2016, I think. I just love the light, and that sweet contemplative face. 

The sheer luck of the Beanie Boo bouncing up, paired with the sun flare makes this a favorite as well. 

The sheer luck of the Beanie Boo bouncing up, paired with the sun flare makes this a favorite as well. 

This drainage tube is a favorite of ours and I've taken several images of Kingston here--you can see them on instagram here.

This drainage tube is a favorite of ours and I've taken several images of Kingston here--you can see them on instagram here.

Trying something new, at night, using a spotlight. I love the outcome! 

Trying something new, at night, using a spotlight. I love the outcome! 

Because I will always love silhouettes. 

Because I will always love silhouettes. 

I love the imperfectness of this image. Lack of focus, water bokeh and the classic childhood water hose fun. 

I love the imperfectness of this image. Lack of focus, water bokeh and the classic childhood water hose fun. 

I love the t shirt, the sand-speckled face, the temporary tattoo and the fact that we were at one of our favorite exploring places. 

I love the t shirt, the sand-speckled face, the temporary tattoo and the fact that we were at one of our favorite exploring places. 

Pure Summer fun. (a full sun portrait)

Pure Summer fun. (a full sun portrait)

This feels like an old portrait to me. 

This feels like an old portrait to me. 

A portrait taken through a plastic grocery bag.

A portrait taken through a plastic grocery bag.

Because rainy days can be favorites too. Except it wasn't raining-I was spraying him with the water hose and he got smart!

Because rainy days can be favorites too. Except it wasn't raining-I was spraying him with the water hose and he got smart!

Freelensed Shadow + Light

Freelensed Shadow + Light

Again with the Shadows + Light

Again with the Shadows + Light

The eyes have it. 

The eyes have it. 

Another spur of the moment adventure.

Another spur of the moment adventure.

Celebrating New Year's Eve at the beach. 

Celebrating New Year's Eve at the beach. 

I'm looking forward to seeing what 2017 will bring with creativity and artistry! Thanks for checking these out and following along with me!