2016 was an awesome year for me, full of great friends, lots of laughter, and plenty of learning experiences that I will take with me into the new year. Perhaps one of the greatest things that happened to me in 2016 was I fell in love. I fell in love with looking through a lens, chasing the best light, and trying to look at things in a new, fresh perspective. Yes, I fell in love with photography!
I had always been intrigued with photography and those flashy DSLR (digital single lens reflex) cameras, but I never really thought of myself being a photographer. As I continued to adventure, I found myself in places I wanted to capture and share. It was then that my shopping began. When I buy expensive gear, hours of internet searches and questions to friends ensue. Finally, I settled on what I thought would be the perfect camera for me to start with: the Nikon D5300. I am happy to say, I have continued to be impressed by it!
With zero background in using a DSLR camera, or photography as a whole, I started taking pictures everywhere I went. I still have a lot to learn, I think every photographer does. There is no perfect combination of gear, nor can you guess when the perfect moment for a picture might be. The greatest parts of photography are the unplanned, beautiful moments that you capture at just the right time.
Every picture has a story, some big and some small. Sharing those moments is my favorite part of taking them. With that being said, here are 10 of my favorite photos that I took in 2016.