25 Best Photos of 2015

It's been a year of big things: Ed and I got married, got to take a couple of great vacations, we dealt with our dog Molly's illness, ate great food, worked, saw lots of live music, watched the Royals win the World Series, and spent time with our best friends, families and pets. We have been really fortunate - Molly is still with us and doing well, as are our families and those closest to us. We are happy and healthy, too, and hopeful for whatever next year will bring. 

I also spent a lot of time taking photos this year, with varying degrees of success. Here are my favorite photos of 2015. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!

Houses at Acoma Pueblo, Acoma NM

Cheeseburger from Howard's Cafe, KCMO

Queenstown, New Zealand

Taylor Swift at the Sprint Center, 9/22/2015

Molly at the Blue River, Minor Park, KCMO

Milford Sound, New Zealand

Stevie Wonder at the Sprint Center, 10/23/2015

Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

Kyp Malone, from TV on the Radio, 5/21/2015

Fresh tacos at Tacos on Wheels, KCKS

Khadka Regmi from Bhutan, a member and farmer with New Roots for Refugees

Lupins at Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Taps at Boulevard Brewery, KCMO

Deer Blind, Wisconsin

Jason Isbell at the Uptown, KCMO 2/15/15

Royals World Series Victory Celebration, 11/3/2015

Hiking with Dad, Acoma NM

Sweet Molly

El Porton (Venezuelan food), KCMO

Mt. Cook, New Zealand

Courtney Barnett at the Uptown, 6/18/15

The drive down to Milford Sound, New Zealand

Hank

Flower Petals, Australia

One-Eyed Jack, West Side Local, KCMO



Images: Courtney Barnett and Belle & Sebastian, The Uptown, 6/18/15

The lovely and incredible Courtney Barnett (Australia), with Scotland's Belle & Sebastian. Fabulous show - review up tomorrow at the Pitch

Images: Death Cab for Cutie at the Midland, 4/23/15

We got a fun, warm and nostalgic show at the Midland tonight from Ben Gibbard and Death Cab for Cutie. Full writeup and photos up at the Pitch tomorrow morning. 

Images: Fleetwood Mac at the Sprint Center, 3/28/15

Not since my friend Becca wore out the VHS of "The Chain [reunion]" in high school have I been so into Fleetwood Mac. Total pleasure getting to take some photos of the original lineup at the Sprint Center tonight. The review by the lovely Natalie Gallagher will be up at The Pitch in the morning.

The blazing, overwhelming 2015 Folk Alliance International Conference

The Folk Alliance conference is a beast. A huge, sprawling conference of and for folks and roots musicians, FAI can boast around 3,000 attendees this year (holy shit monster conference). It's sheer size and the number of performances make it an impossible feat to really even get a handle on. You certainly can only see a small fraction of the performances, but part of why it's wonderful is that everyone has an entirely unique experience. The Pitch has been offering great coverage of the beast here,my Wednesday night recap is here. Last night's here

Anyway, offering up a handful of my favorite shots from the past couple of trips to FAI for those who may be interested. I love this event! Will keep returning as often as I can.

Includes photos of Destroy Nate Allen, Hembree, The Grisly Hand, The Blackbird Revue, AY Musik, Nicholas St. James, Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear, The Howlin' Brothers and Good Time Charley.