2015 In Review: Music

I feel like I didn’t really seek out new music all that much in 2015. Partly because there wasn’t really anyone to corrupt me musically and also partly because I just didn’t have the free time that allows for musical exploration. I think that was a mistake, though, in a way. While it was great having so many years worth of music to fall back in-love with everyday, not finding new musical inspiration is just one reason why my creative well stayed so dry this year. I need to work on that more in 2016 so I don’t find myself in the same place at the end of the year. I only downloaded 178 songs in 2015, that’s half as much as last year, which was half as much as the year before!


Of the new music I did discover in 2015, the two bands that stand out the most are…






Love Tyler Carter’s clean vocals in contrast with Michael Bohn’s screaming. Love the way they weave metal and hip-hop together. Love how much energy every song packs. Seriously, this band is still young in their existence, but so far their work is super consistent. I can’t wait to see what they put out next!









Discovered this band shortly after falling in-love with ISSUES and actually only gave them a shot because of ISSUES. Lynn Gunn’s voice has that smoky, rugged feel and the pop-rock their music has as a whole reminds me a lot of all the reasons I loved Paramore when they first came out. Definitely excited to hear more from this band in the future!


And now for the part that’s probably pretty obvious if you’ve been following along for Music Friday


Top 10 Most Played Tracks of 2015


10. Throne by Bring Me The Horizon

9. Cupid Carries a Gun by Marilyn Manson

8. Falling Apart by Papa Roach

7. Something New by Dance Gavin Dance

6. Fire by Pvris

5. Stingray Affliction by Issues

4. I Am by Hands Like Houses

3. Mind Games (feat. Champs) by The Palisades

2. Uncomfortable by Andy Mineo

1. This Is Not A Game (feat. Miguel) by the Chemical Brothers


What were you listening to in 2015? Anything I should have been listening to? 😉



Milan Family Winter Shoot

This family has been my last to shoot for the last three years and I wouldn’t have it any other way because they’re like family and who doesn’t love to finish out the year spending time with family? :)


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Lee Family Winter/Pregnancy Shoot

This family of six is becoming a family of seven and they’re ALL a bunch of hams! 😀


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Neighborhood Friends Shoot

It’s an awesome thing when your neighbors feel like like family. How fun to capture such a relationship!


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Coleman Family Fall Shoot

One of the first families I ever started shooting outside of my own family. Glad to have them back in the client list! :)


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Messer Family Winter Shoot

A girl who’s both beautiful and badass. 😉


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Mraz Family Winter/Pregnancy Shoot

Can’t wait for this Christmas baby to arrive! :)


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Bell Family Fall Shoot


I love when people bring their dogs to shoots!


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Jordan’s Senior Shoot

I go to church with Jordan and he’s easily the sweetest teenage boy I’ve ever met. And him and his girlfriend Maddy are such an adorable couple so I was really glad she tagged along for some of the pics! To see more from this set, click the image below!





The Huff’s || Fall 2015

I know I’m biased, but my sister’s family will always be my favorite to shoot. Even though my nephews are wilder than any other little boys I know, they’re the cutest kids I know and without them coming into this world, I probably never would have spread my photographer wings. Click the picture below for more from their shoot!