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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · 2014 in Review (50-some pics)

Congratulations to friscoron for winning Feature Thread of the Week with 4 votes - View Previous Winners

I'm a little surprised that we've only seen two year-in-reviews so far, one from Lisa (how did she manage to only pick 25 images?) and one from Zalmy (featuring considerably more than 25 images). I tried to keep it down as little as possible, but 58 is about it. I just couldn't cut less than that.

It's a pretty eclectic grouping, and I'll add a few words to each image to hopefully explain why it made my list.

1. There were a couple brides where I just loved the light I found for them. This is one of them.

2. This family took time out on the Thursday before a Saturday wedding to do a family shoot. They so wanted to cancel but didn't. I later interviewed the Mom as part of a video that promoted my company and she was in tears talking about how much fun she had at the shoot and how important it was to stop thinking about the wedding and just engage as a family.

3. I posted this one on FM fairly recently, but I love this shot of my daughter shortly after she turned 10 years old.

4. I love that all the feet are going straight up in unison, I love the light, and I especially love that toe sticking out.

5. One of my DePaul Univ cheerleaders getting upside down for me, and making it all look so easy.

6. Road trip to the Colorado Rockies for a wedding. The sunsets are so much more brilliant and colorful out west than where I'm stuck now, in Chicago. We pulled over and I pulled out an Einstein and power pack and got this shot of my three kiddies.

7. Rooftop shot of a HS Senior on a downtown building in Small Town, USA. Single Einstein with softbox. I think I like this shot most of all because of how much my clients liked it, especially the girl.

8. They just don't come cuter than this. Unless, of course, it was one of Lisa Holloway's children.

9. I watched how the light from the setting sun hit this snowman thing at a neighborhood house for days until I timed it just right. I loved the American flag in the bg.

10. Just really liked how I got the light on this dancer, loved the color of her tights, and the stark wall and hanging wire actually adds to the shot for me. I know others might be bothered by it.

11. I had rented a 200-400mm zoom lens for a dance performance shoot, and this was the only soccer game of my kids that I was able to get to with that lens. This was a corner kick, and on the previous one, I noticed the kid kicked the ball right to my kid (who was a defender on the play). So when they got another corner kick, I focused in on my kid and it just cracked me up how well this worked out. His expression is priceless to me.

12. One of my kids is on a swim team. In the summer, they swim in an outdoor pool and sometimes the back light from the sun setting is just ideal. So I photograph them a lot, and my fave stroke to photograph is the butterfly since they splash so much.

13. This is from an e-session. He's a foot taller, and when I asked them to kiss, this is how it works out. This shot cracks me up every time.

14. This is from a magazine shoot featuring a cyclist racer. Just love the motion here.

15. A great combo: my kids, water, and an After Dark shot.

16. Two of my kids play soccer, and I always coach at least one of the teams. It's a bit ridiculous as I have to also take pictures whenever I can not focus so much on coaching. This isn't one of my kids, but one of my favorite soccer shots of the year.

17. I love it when I have an idea and it actually works. The concept being: "This is how dancers take selfies." Having the Bean in the background was part of the idea. I was really lucky not to have a huge crowd between them and the Bean.

18. Same dancers as 17, over at the Art Institute. I really washed out the scene so the dancers would jump out of the frame.

19. I'm a sucker for sunset silhouettes, and you get so few opportunities here in the Chicago area. This is during a HS Senior Portrait session featuring a cheerleader doing her thing.

20. The frozen Chicago River in downtown Chicago during the polar vortex last winter.

21. Discovered this park last year here in the town where I live, and it's now my place to go. This is a HS senior portrait session.

22. Another senior portrait session in the same park.

23. Urban Portrait Series shoot on the lakeshore with Chicago's skyline in the background.

24. Wedding portrait last March at the Danada House in the Chicago suburbs.

25. A magazine shoot featuring a fitness trainer/hockey player. I wanted to cover both aspects of her in one shot.

26. I love it when a hotel leaves you a piano way off in an obscure area where no one's going to get mad because you let the bride climb up on it.

27. This is the bride's horse, and as it turns out, he likes the smell of flowers a lot!

28. HS senior portrait shoot. Just love how the sun played in this shot, and he just looks so naturally relaxed.

29. This bride really wanted my umbrella shot in the rain. The problem was that we were in Tucson, AZ, where it doesn't rain for months until the monsoon season. She actually came up running to me during the reception and said a storm was moving in. I went outside and looked. It was more than 50 miles away and wasn't coming any closer. I told her not to worry, I'd make it rain, so we did the umbrella shot with no rain coming down.

30. Same bride and groom, just an hour and a half earlier. Can you see that storm brewing up on the horizon? (Yeah, me neither.) :-)

31. In Tucson, cacti make a pretty cool backdrop for wedding portraits!

32. This is the bride from the earlier piano shot. She wanted to do a Trash the Dress session, so I got her in a muddy pond, a river, and then we ended up at this paintball place. This was the final shot of the day.

33. Urban Portrait Series shoot. I had hoped to find a puddle during this shoot and I thought this one worked out well. Took her more than a dozen leaps to get it right in the camera.

34. The Trash the Dress session, the very first shot of the day.

35. A personal shoot. The city swimming pool let me use the pool after they closed to get this shot with three Einsteins.

36. Nothing is sweeter than a gorgeous flower girl.

37. I just love it when a bridal party totally gets into a shot. They can make it or beak it, and they totally made this one!

38. Not including a lot of dance performance shots here, but this one had to make the cut, I thought.

39. My favorite shot of Mia this year. She's always wearing this hat to school.

40. This couple needed a shot for their Save the Date card, so they scheduled their e-session during the polar vortex last winter. We got this shot for their card, and then we decided to do the rest of the session when it warmed up. It was about -5 or -10 with the wind chill factor during this shot.

41. Magazine shoot for this chocolate place. This is the owner. I just really loved how all the colors worked together here.

42. I blew up the fall colors here.

43. Same couple as in 42. Have I mentioned how much I love sunset silhouettes? :-)

44. Urban Portrait Series shoot with a professional dancer here in Chicago. I love how stark everything looked, which means she just pops out of the scene.

45. I loved the concept of this shot, but the execution was totally blown. They wanted a shot with the dogtags in the foreground but we for some reason decided to do it at our second location after he changed into civilian clothes. When I did the shot, I thought about how little sense this made. So I pulled the shot of them kissing, with him in uniform, from a shot from our first location and slapped them in here.

46. Okay, I'm not going to say it this time. But throw in an airplane, wires going across the scene, and you've got a killer urban silhouette. Have I mentioned how much...

47. Same bride as in 46. Same concept as the very first pic. Gorgeous light makes for a gorgeous bride.

48. One of my gigs this winter is to document the season for a HS senior who is headed to Dartmouth next year. His Mom is 6-5 and the MVP trophy at Dartmouth is named after her. He's 6-8 and has led his team to an 18-1 start so far this year. It's killer fun. The coach has given me complete access, including pre- and post-game locker room action, everything.

49. As a full-time photographer working from home, I get to pick up my kids from school every day if I don't have a gig. My boy, Casey, loves to run up to me and I lift him high and twirl him around a bit. It's the best moment of every school day for me.

50. This is from an e-session. The couple wanted to feature their dog, as he was very sick. He died just a couple weeks after the session. What a happy dog he was!

51. This was a hired gig for audition head shots and position shots in the studio, but we included an Urban Portrait Series style of shoot and came up with this gem.

52. I really should be sharing more of my pics with the DePaul cheerleaders. Here's one, anyway.

53. Just a cute little moment with a newly married couple.

54. I could photograph this HS senior over and over and over again. She's gorgeous and she has such a giving and wonderful personality. I just shooting these golden hour shots. It's all hit and miss here in Chicago, so when it's a hit, you enjoy for all its worth.

55. Same girl, different look.

56. This one's just so cool because she's a family friend.

57. Magazine fashion shoot with my favorite model.

58. Love it when kids are willing to do things like this. Their parents loved it!

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Jan 27, 2015 at 02:10 AM
Squirrely Eyed
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · 2014 in Review (50-some pics)

A great year, Ron! You have wonderful shots that are inspiring.

Jan 27, 2015 at 03:21 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · 2014 in Review (50-some pics)

Lovely images - looks like you were working hard all year. Well done.

Jan 27, 2015 at 05:53 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · 2014 in Review (50-some pics)

Wow! You had a great year, Ron. Love the pics and the words that you put with them.

You know me - always with a nit. So fix the typo in #46.

Jan 27, 2015 at 07:44 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · 2014 in Review (50-some pics)

Stunning work. Thanks for sharing and I hope 2015 is a good year for you too!

Jan 27, 2015 at 12:46 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · 2014 in Review (50-some pics)

Too many excellent captures to pick a favorite. It was a very good year for you Ron!

Jan 27, 2015 at 01:01 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · 2014 in Review (50-some pics)

Thanks, everyone! I really appreciate.

Jim, you totally crack me up! But I did fix the typo.

Jan 27, 2015 at 01:52 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · 2014 in Review (50-some pics)

Wow - many of you photogs on this forum inspire me. friscoron, you are definitely one among them.

Lot to learn (speaking about myself)

Thank you for posting, great work.

Jan 27, 2015 at 02:23 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · 2014 in Review (50-some pics)

so many great shots

Jan 27, 2015 at 04:05 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · 2014 in Review (50-some pics)

Much Goodness.

I'm not sure if I'm inspired to shoot people again or discouraged that I don't have your people chops... I'll go with vicariously inspired for the moment.

Jan 27, 2015 at 04:14 PM

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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · 2014 in Review (50-some pics)

A large variety of wonderful photos Ron. Congratulations on a great year and may 2015 be even better.


Jan 27, 2015 at 07:00 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · 2014 in Review (50-some pics)

when you post up your work like that, its amazing to see how much variety you have and how great your work is. I cant really choose a favorite but you have a fantastic consistency. Awesome work Ron.

Jan 27, 2015 at 08:09 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · 2014 in Review (50-some pics)

Thanks, guys!

Shawn, glad you noticed the diversity of my shoots. I think I'd be bored silly if I specialized in just one field of photography. I love that every week, I'm doing something really different. Definitely keeps me on my toes.

Jan 28, 2015 at 01:50 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · 2014 in Review (50-some pics)

So many amazing shots here, Ron - you had a great year! It's hard to pick favorites, but #'s 17, 24, 29, 35, and 36 are my top choices. I can't wait to see what you do in 2015! Voted.

Jan 28, 2015 at 01:43 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · 2014 in Review (50-some pics)

Ron, from a retired professional photographer; you have set the bar high for all others to aspire to. Thanks for sharing some of the best I have ever seen.

Jan 28, 2015 at 02:35 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · 2014 in Review (50-some pics)

Thanks, both of you! Humbled.

Jan 28, 2015 at 03:53 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · 2014 in Review (50-some pics)

Congratulations on a great year Ron. I really enjoyed looking at these!

Jan 28, 2015 at 08:17 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · 2014 in Review (50-some pics)

Thanks, Evan! I appreciate that!

Jan 28, 2015 at 10:31 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · 2014 in Review (50-some pics)

Great stuff. I voted it for a featured thread.

Jan 28, 2015 at 11:15 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · 2014 in Review (50-some pics)

Nice work.

Jan 29, 2015 at 01:33 PM
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