Last year was unbelievable. It was my fourth year as a full-time independent photographer, and definitely my most exciting and rewarding. I worked for clients that I used to dream of shooting for, and I got to cover some of the biggest stories of the year and meet some incredible people along the way. I am forever grateful to the folks who hire and trust me to tell stories with my camera, whether it be The New York Times covering the Charleston shootings or the Atlanta Falcons to show a behind the scenes of what it’s like to be a professional football player. I also got featured (twice!) by Instagram and blogged by them, helping me gain over 90k followers! It has been a great year for sure, but I definitely have a long way to go.
I made the short drive over to Talladega this weekend to cover the races. You can’t always count on the racing to be entertaining, like this weekend, but people and sights always deliver. Here is a selection of my favorite images from Saturday and Sunday.
If you’ve never been to an NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) drag race, I definitely encourage you put on the list. Even if racing isn’t your fancy, the experience is unforgettable. First, the cars are the LOUDEST THING ON EARTH. Okay, maybe not, but pretty damn close. These 10,000 horsepower cars, shaking and rattling like they may fly apart at any minute (and sometimes do), shake your innards when they go by. I can’t even really explain the bone jarring power of these machines. Well, they go over 300 mph in a 1/4 mile, so that might help illustrate it.
I have been covering racing at the national level (NASCAR, NHRA) for several years now, but there’s nothing quite like the atmosphere of racing at small, hometown tracks like Senoia Raceway. I’ve been driving past this track, which is right off Ga. Hwy 16 between Griffin and Newnan, since 2005, but had never been to a race there until earlier this month.
Here are few frames from my assignment on Sunday to cover the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. I didn’t get to spend as much time as I would have liked wandering through the tens of thousands of fans who flock here twice a year, but we did have a spectacular race in some of the most beautiful weather Alabama has to offer. Hopefully I’ll be back for the October edition.
I don’t shoot much NASCAR anymore, but I wanted to share some photos I took a few years ago of Chase Elliott, who won his first NASCAR Nationwide race tonight at Texas Motor Speedway. It’s always pretty cool when you have the chance to photograph someone before they really make it.
I spent the past weekend (and about half of last week) in Daytona, Florida. I went down to cover the NASCAR Coke Zero 400, but I also took a little time to make a few images just for me. Above, Danica greets rabid fans during driver introductions.
Going to Commerce, and Atlanta Dragway in particular, is like a homecoming for me. I lived in Commerce for several years while I was a kid, and I visited the track on many occasions with my father (I think he took me every chance he got). So it’s always special for me to be able to work in a place where my father and I shared so many great memories.
Now that I’m home and all the craziness of Speed Week and last weekend’s NASCAR races are over, I finally have a chance to post some of the images from Saturday’s spectacular crash. Superspeedways, such as Daytona and Talladega, host some of the worst crashes in the sport. Just a few short years ago, Carl Edwards slammed into the fence on another last-lap crash at Talladega. Saturday’s Nationwide race was no exception in the crash department.
I cannot believe that 2012 is over! It was wonderful to be a part of, witness, and capture so many cool things. I still have a long way to go in this profession for sure, but I believe I was able to make a couple of decent frames in the past 12 months. My goals for 2013 include trying to learn more from seasoned pros — you know, those folks who seem to produce stellar work on almost a daily basis.
Anyways, below is a selection of what I consider to be my best photos of 2012.