2017 — my year in review

At the end of 2016, I wrote a blog post titled “2016 — my year in photographs.” I loved that post, and I look at it often. In a sense, that’s what this post is too. Instead, however, of choosing my favorite photographs, I’ve chosen some of my favorite moments.

This year, like any, was full of ups and downs. From travel to school to work, 2017 brought many experiences I was able to capture in photographs, but many, many more I wasn’t able to capture. I hope these do justice the experiences I encountered along my journey throughout this year.

As we move into 2018, I’m excited to take more photos and experience more of the world. But for now, I’m thankful for the ups and downs of 2017.

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Jan. 6, 2017 // In 2017, I tried to capture more scenic shots and enjoy my surroundings. This photo is from our one snow day in 2017. Here’s hoping there are more in 2018.
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Jan. 6, 2017 // In 2017, I tried to capture more scenic shots and enjoy my surroundings. This photo is from our one snow day in 2017. Here’s hoping there are more in 2018.
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Jan. 6, 2017 // In 2017, I tried to capture more scenic shots and enjoy my surroundings. This photo is from our one snow day in 2017. Here’s hoping there are more in 2018.
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Jan. 6, 2017 // In 2017, I tried to capture more scenic shots and enjoy my surroundings. This photo is from our one snow day in 2017. Here’s hoping there are more in 2018.
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Jan. 6, 2017 // In 2017, I tried to capture more scenic shots and enjoy my surroundings. This photo is from our one snow day in 2017. Here’s hoping there are more in 2018.
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Jan. 20, 2017 // In 2017, I took an advanced photography class. It pushed my creative limits, and it left me with one of favorite photographs of the year. This was taken at 1:11 a.m. on Armstrong Hall second floor short hall. I’m thankful to have gotten to know these guys in 2017, and I’m not going to say I miss them because they’ll hold it against me.
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Jan. 29, 2017 // In 2017, I tried to shoot more than what I had just sat out to shoot. This was one of my first attempts in downtown Little Rock.
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Feb. 1, 2017 // In 2017, I tried to not lose it when I saw a dog. I don’t know if that happened, but I’m certainly thankful to the Miller family for letting me in their home each Wednesday night in spring 2017.
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Feb. 3, 2017 // In 2017, I fell in love with the library.
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Feb. 25, 2017 // In 2017, I spent time with friends and tried to remember those moments by taking photos.
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Feb. 25, 2017 // In 2017, I spent time with friends and tried to remember those moments by taking photos.
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March 4, 2017 // In 2017, I took a trip to Minnesota with my friends, and we took at pit stop in Iowa.
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March 4, 2017 // In 2017, we stayed in the Matsches home for spring break, and we made some great memories.
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March 6, 2017 // In 2017, I traversed around Minnesota with friends.
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March 6, 2017 // In 2017, I traversed around Minnesota with friends.
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March 6, 2017 // In 2017, I traversed around Minnesota with friends.
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March 7, 2017 // In 2017, I vowed to drink more coffee and explore cool restaurants. I did, and every cent was worth it.
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March 7, 2017 // In 2017, I added the Twin Cities to my list of explored cities. And I’ll definitely be back.
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March 7, 2017 // In 2017, I added the Twin Cities to my list of explored cities. And I’ll definitely be back.
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March 7, 2017 // In 2017, I added the Twin Cities to my list of explored cities. And I’ll definitely be back.
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March 7, 2017 // In 2017, I added the Twin Cities to my list of explored cities. And I’ll definitely be back.
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March 8, 2017 // In 2017, I added the Twin Cities to my list of explored cities. And I’ll definitely be back.
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March 8, 2017 // In 2017, I added the Twin Cities to my list of explored cities. And I’ll definitely be back.
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March 9, 2017 // In 2017, I froze as we visited Duluth, Minnesota.
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March 8, 2017 // In 2017, I added the Twin Cities to my list of explored cities. And I’ll definitely be back.
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March 8, 2017 // In 2017, I added the Twin Cities to my list of explored cities. And I’ll definitely be back.
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March 9, 2017 // In 2017, I froze as we visited Duluth, Minnesota. And the we went indoors to warm up.
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March 8, 2017 // In 2017, I added the Twin Cities to my list of explored cities. And I’ll definitely be back.
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March 8, 2017 // In 2017, I added the Twin Cities to my list of explored cities. And I’ll definitely be back.
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April 18, 2017 // In 2017, I had the opportunity to showcase my photography in a gallery exhibition as part of my photography class. I chose to document the different aspects of the public school system.
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April 18, 2017 // In 2017, I had the opportunity to showcase my photography in a gallery exhibition as part of my photography class. I chose to document the different aspects of the public school system.
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April 18, 2017 // In 2017, I had the opportunity to showcase my photography in a gallery exhibition as part of my photography class. I chose to document the different aspects of the public school system.
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April 18, 2017 // In 2017, I had the opportunity to showcase my photography in a gallery exhibition as part of my photography class. I chose to document the different aspects of the public school system.
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April 29, 2017 // In 2017, I tried to pay closer attention to details.
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May 6, 2017 // In 2017, we took family vacation to Colorado and Utah. This is just outside of Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
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May 6, 2017 // In 2017, we took family vacation to Colorado and Utah. This is just outside of Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
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May 6, 2017 // In 2017, we took family vacation to Colorado and Utah. This is just outside of Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
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May 7, 2017 // In 2017, we took family vacation to Colorado and Utah. This is just outside of Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
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May 7, 2017 // In 2017, we took family vacation to Colorado and Utah. This is just outside of Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
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May 7, 2017 // In 2017, we took family vacation to Colorado and Utah. This is just outside of Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
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May 7, 2017 // In 2017, we took family vacation to Colorado and Utah. This is just outside of Moab, Utah.
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May 7, 2017 // In 2017, we took family vacation to Colorado and Utah. This is just outside of Moab, Utah.
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May 7, 2017 // In 2017, we took family vacation to Colorado and Utah. This is just outside of Moab, Utah.
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May 11, 2017 // In 2017, we took a Jeep excursion around Moab, Utah.
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May 11, 2017 // In 2017, we took a Jeep excursion around Moab, Utah.
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May 11, 2017 // In 2017, we took a Jeep excursion around Moab, Utah. And I got to visit another national park! Canyonlands National Park
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May 11, 2017 // In 2017, we took a Jeep excursion around Moab, Utah. And I got to visit another national park! Canyonlands National Park
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May 11, 2017 // In 2017, we took a Jeep excursion around Moab, Utah. And I got to visit another national park! Arches National Park
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May 11, 2017 // In 2017, we took a Jeep excursion around Moab, Utah. And I got to visit another national park! Arches National Park
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May 7, 2017 // In 2017, we took family vacation to Colorado and Utah. This is just outside of Moab, Utah.
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July 6, 2017 // In 2017, I got the chance to travel a lot, and I’m so thankful for the chance to see more of the world. This was en route to Malibu, California.
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July 6, 2017 // In 2017, I spent time with friends and tried to remember those moments by taking photos. This was in Malibu, California, and Nathan had gone full surfer dude.
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July 6, 2017 // In 2017, I tried to spend more time in the mountains.
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July 11, 2017 // In 2017, I tried to pay more attention to the details.
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Aug. 1, 2017 // In 2017, I spent lots of time with family and took lots of pictures of Kasen.
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Aug. 23, 2017 // In 2017, I started my junior year of college at Harding University,
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Aug. 27, 2017 // In 2017, I tried to capture more expressions and joy in people.
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Aug. 31, 2017 // In 2017, I tried to take more time to shoot anything and everything. And I decided green was my favorite color.
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Aug. 31, 2017 // In 2017, I decided green was my favorite color, but I vowed to look at lots more.
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Oct. 7, 2017 // In 2017, I tried to be outside lots more. And I’ll be outside even more in 2018. This was in Mountain View, Arkansas.
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Oct. 7, 2017 // In 2017, I tried to be outside lots more. And I’ll be outside even more in 2018. This was in Mountain View, Arkansas.
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Oct. 7, 2017 // In 2017, I spent time with friends and tried to remember those moments by taking photos.
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Oct. 7, 2017 // In 2017, I tried to be outside lots more. And I’ll be outside even more in 2018. This was in Mountain View, Arkansas.
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Oct. 7, 2017 // In 2017, I tried to be outside lots more. And I’ll be outside even more in 2018. This was in Mountain View, Arkansas.
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Nov. 7, 2017 // In 2017, I decided green was my favorite color, but I vowed to look at lots more.
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Nov. 7, 2017 // In 2017, I decided green was my favorite color, but I vowed to look at lots more.
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Nov. 7, 2017 // In 2017, I decided green was my favorite color, but I vowed to look at lots more.
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Nov. 7, 2017 // In 2017, I decided to take photos from different perspectives.
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Nov. 18, 2017 // In 2017, we got to welcome baby Artie into the world, and I got to take so many of his sweet pictures.
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Nov. 20, 2017, I decided to shoot things from different perspectives.
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Nov. 20, 2017 // I decided to be outside more. And this was just behind my home.
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Nov. 20, 2017 // I decided to be outside more. And this was just behind my home.
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Nov. 20, 2017 // I decided to be outside more. And this was just behind my home.
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Nov. 20, 2017 // I took lots of photos of Kasen, and I’ll be taking even more in 2018. Love that boy!
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Nov. 24, 2017 // In 2017, I tried to be outside lots more. And I’ll be outside even more in 2018. This was in Pangburn , Arkansas.
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Nov. 24, 2017 // In 2017, I tried to be outside lots more. And I’ll be outside even more in 2018. This was in Pangburn , Arkansas, on the Little Red River.
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Nov. 24, 2017 // In 2017, I tried to be outside lots more. And I’ll be outside even more in 2018. This was in Pangburn , Arkansas, on the Little Red River.
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Dec. 14, 2017 // In 2017, my grandparents asked me to take some photos of them, and I loved it!
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Dec. 24, 2017 // In 2017, I got to continue taking photos at church, and I’ve made many new friends and relationships because of it.

Here’s to more outdoors, more friends, more photos and more memories in 2018!

–K

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Turning left // 11.24.2017

The sun was setting on my final full day of Thanksgiving break, and I couldn’t just sit around the house and do nothing. The weather was oddly warm but really, really nice, and the bright, warm fall-to-winter afternoon light was casting through our front door.

I had to get out and attempt to capture this last day of break. Mom and I hopped in the car, and I turned left out of our road instead of right. My go-to shooting location would find me turning right, but I decided to go left instead.

Here’s my afternoon product of turning left instead of right. Try it sometime.

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These were all taken at the Ramsey’s Landing public river access on the Little Red River in Pangburn, Arkansas.

Try turning left this week—you never know what you’ll find.

-K

Afternoon shoot & cows // 11.19.2017

I spent my Sunday afternoon on a family shoot midst cattle and warm light. I love fall and winter golden hours because the light seems just a little bit warmer.

After we started off at the grandparents’ house, we traveled down the road to a different shoot location. As we headed back to the house, I got this shot from the backseat of the truck. We had all managed to find a spot inside the truck cabs—all but one. And I loved the picture that came from it.

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Thanks to my cousin Hope for asking me to take their family pictures. I’m always thankful that people trust me to capture their family’s most precious moments so they’ll have them for years to come.

After I got home from the shoot, the sky was still warm with the setting sun, and the cows were moving in the back field. They let me grab a couple shots.

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This final shot was my favorite of the day. I wasn’t even focused in on this curious cow, but I noticed that he peeked his head over his friend to see what I was up to. So, of course, I had to give him some attention.

I’m thankful for families, warm fall light and cows.

-K

 

More #FallAtHarding // 11.17.2017

The communications and marketing office at Harding hosts a campaign and contest each fall called #FallAtHarding. It’s pretty simple—document what you love about our university during the fall months.

I shared some of my #FallAtHarding photos in my “Seasons of Life” post earlier this month. Check that out here.

I was out around campus on Friday (Nov. 17) for a couple hours. It was the Friday before Thanksgiving break, campus was dying down and the final leaves were falling as students left for home.

I found the two-hour break in between my morning and afternoon classes, and I found some of favorite shots from the year.

Here are a couple shots from my second #FallAtHarding outing.

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That last photo is not very fall, but it is representative of my favorite season—winter! The lighting ceremony is the Monday night we get back on campus, and I can’t wait.

You can check out more fall photos here from student, faculty and staff from across campus: #FallAtHarding.

Happy Thanksgiving!

-K

Seasons of life // 11.09.2017

On Tuesday (Nov. 7), I found myself with an hour in my schedule during the middle of the day, which is quite an unusual occurrence.

If I ever have any free time where I’m not napping, I like to spend it outside shooting—photographs, not skeet. So, that’s what I did. I spent my extra hour in the middle of my Tuesday across campus shooting the fall colors. It was in the low 50s, the sky was overcast and I needed and sweater and a coat to stay warm. I loved it.

My hour went by too fast, and I realized I needed to head back to my room, grab my backpack and head to class. It was a great hour, and I hope I’ll take another hour next week to do just the same. I love fall, and I loved getting to capture the fall colors, but it reminds me how excited I am for my favorite season—winter.

Here are some photos from my day.

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Today, I’m thankful for seasons, and I’m thankful that I can see God at work in the changing of the weather. I’m also thankful for seasons of life.

My current season of life is a weird one—I’m constantly plagued by thinking “I just have to make it to the next day.” Although that mindset gets through some challenging points, I often find myself simply making it to the next day instead of living in the current one. It’s also a season where I’m learning a lot about myself. So, it’s a strange balance.

Today, I’m thankful for seasons—literal and metaphorical. But with my favorite season nearing and this one being harder than I expected, I guess I am just ready for the change.

For now, though, I’ll enjoy watching God in the transition (and taking some pictures along the way). I hope you can do the same.

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Away for the day // 10.07.2017

After a week of tests and yearbook deadlines, I knew I needed to get away for the day. My friend, Levi, and I spent the day in Mountain View, Arkansas. The overcast skies and low 80-degree weather made for a really great day, and I have some pictures to prove it.

Today I’m thankful for a break from school and for friends.

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