December feels like forever ago, and not because it was last year.
I traveled home to Wisconsin for a week, spent a weekend in Nashville for a concert and worked through the holidays. I know working during Christmastime sounds depressing but it’s one of my favorite times of year at the office. While everyone is away, it feels good to reset from a year of go, go, go and catch up on filing expenses, cleaning the photo studio and other boring things haha.
A story about a female race car driver published earlier this month in which I wrote the story, shot the video and took the photos for. I’m proud of how it turned out.
I also realized that in September I have been photographing for ten years. Has it really been that long since ninth grade? I can’t wait to see what 2020 and the upcoming decade has in story for me!
Here are some of my favorite photos from December.
My mom and Sentinel!
Snow covers a vista of hills after an overnight snowfall in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tenn. on Monday, Nov. 2, 2019. 5 to 9 inches of snow were expected at elevations above 3,000 feet, and some of the highest peaks like Mount Le Conte were expecting a foot of snow. US Highway 441 and Newfound Gap Road from Gatlinburg, TN to Cherokee, NC, closed due to snow and ice, as well as Foothills Parkway East and West.
In this one five long exposure photograph, the Little River flows through Element Campground after an overnight snowfall in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
From left, Chelsea Mann and her children Turner, 1, and Chloe, 4, along with her husband, Weston, build a snowman on the roadside in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Kevin DuBose, Director of Area Ministries, dedicates the Haslam-Sansom Emerald Youth Foundation complex in Lonsdale with confetti party poppers during a grand opening celebration in Knoxville, Tenn. on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019.
A hot air balloon named “Lucky Charm” rises into the air at the grand opening celebration for the Haslam-Sansom Emerald Youth Foundation complex.
Children ride an inflatable slide at the grand opening celebration for the Haslam-Sansom Emerald Youth Foundation complex.
Wisconsin forward Aleem Ford (2) shoots the ball as Tennessee guard Davonte Gaines (0) and Tennessee forward Drew Pember (3) defend during a game between Tennessee and Wisconsin at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019.
Tennessee guard Jalen Johnson (13) dunks the ball during a game between Tennessee and Florida A&M at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019.
Tennessee guard Davonte Gaines (0) and Tennessee forward Uros Plavsic (34) celebrate after Tennessee defeated Florida A&M 72-43.
A model walks the runway during the first Knoxville Style Magazine Fashion Show held at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn. on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019.
Liza Zenni, Executive Director of the Arts & Culture Alliance, poses for a portrait at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville, Tenn. on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. The alliance recently announced its Grace Fund, where artists or alliance members struggling financially can apply for grants paying bills up to $2,000.
Surgeons take a tour of the post-anesthesia care unit, or PACU, at Parkwest Medical Center’s new surgery wing in West Knoxville, Tenn. on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. The $99 million expansion includes additional operating rooms, surgical support space as well as a dedicated surgery entrance and patient discharge. The wing is set to open in mid December.
Tennessee guard/forward Rennia Davis (0) is introduced during a game between Tennessee and Colorado State at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. The Lady Vols defeated the Rams 79-41.
Florida A&M forward DJ Jones (25) and Tennessee forward Olivier Nkamhoua (21) over Tennessee forward John Fulkerson (10) and Tennessee guard Jordan Bowden (23).
Pedestrians cross Gay Street during an evening snowfall in Knoxville, Tenn. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019.
Ice skaters enjoy the ice at Holiday’s on Ice in Market Square in downtown Knoxville, Tenn. on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019.
Gov. Bill Lee visits Mrs. Gruhn’s honors algebra class at Farragut High School Farragut, Tenn. on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. Lee was touring the school’s Career & Technical Education classes.
News Sentinel Sportsperson of the Year Trey Smith, Tennessee junior offensive lineman, poses for a portrait in Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019.
in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019.
University of Tennessee Interim President Randy Boyd and Honorary Degree Recipient Theotis Robinson Jr. listen to the program at the University of Tennessee winter graduation ceremony in Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn. on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019.
Graduates wear decorated caps at the University of Tennessee winter graduation ceremony.
Friend and fellow photog Mason Willett.