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Best of 2010 (part 1)

What a year! I’ve taken a TON of pictures this past year and I figured I would use the remaining days of 2010 to post some of my personal favorites. If you didn’t know, I’ve only been shooting professionally since September 2010 but I’ve spent the last 4-5 years photographing just about everything (just ask my friends!). These images might be familiar to some people when I operated as ChillyBanana Photography but I’ll try to provide a caption to each picture, why it made the short list and the background behind it. Thanks again for checking in and I can’t wait to capture more great images in 2011!

Date: February 6th, 2010
Place: Mungenast Motorcycle Museum in St. Louis, MO

Sometimes getting a great picture means having access to areas that typically people can’t get to. When you are fortunate to get that special access, you take advantage of it and do the best possible job. In this case, I was allowed to venture up to the upper level of the Mungenast Motorcycle Museum (at my own risk). The building has a ton of character and the floor boards were VERY questionable as I walked on them while being several feet from the ground.

Date: February 27th, 2010
Place: 100 Acre Wood Rally in Salem, MO

I’m big fan of motorsports but this was my first experience watching rally racing in my neck of the woods. Josh/ (another great photographer), and I ventured the woods of Salem and followed the cars throughout the day. Unlike other traditional motorsports, rally cars don’t typically race on a course that allow them to do laps. Instead, they complete each stage while driving a fast as they can. This is Ken Block in his Monster Energy Drink Ford Fiesta during the Potosi Super Special stage. It was a cold day, especially after the sun began to fade away behind the trees. It was also challenging to get any good images free of the official photographers or spectators who seem to always be in the way.

Date: March 22nd, 2010
Place: Jacksonhole, WY

This is the town square of Jacksonhole, Wyoming and it also happens to be the place where I proposed to Ali. The gazebo is actually made from deer antlers and laced in Christmas lights. Another cold one but definitely worth it. :)

Date: May 1st, 2010
Place: Michelle and Craig Wedding at Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, MO

Michelle and Craig’s wedding is hands down, one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve been fortunate to attend. Even though I wasn’t the official photographer, I brought my gear and took the opportunity to work on my wedding photography. I’m glad I did or else I would have missed this shot…

Date: May 2nd, 2010
Place: Lemp Brewery in St. Louis, MO

Ali and I had visited the Lemp Brewery earlierFebruary to take some glamor type pictures but only captured a handful of decent images. We came back in May (with our friends Katie and Shane) so I could try my hand at portrait photography again at this great location. I think it was this session which defined my desire to finally go pro…

Date: May 2nd, 2010
Place: Bluebird Park in Ballwin, MO

Katie and Shane are great to work with since they are so comfortable in front of the camera, willing to try anything, take directions very well and above all, patient. Starting off at Lemp Brewery, it was a long day; however, we finished off strong at Bluebird Park. In this picture, I used the grass to help produce a shallow depth of field. After rolling around the tall grass in shorts, I found a nice surprise while taking a shower the next morning – a tick on my leg! YUCK!

Date: May 21st, 2010
Place: Indy 500 Qualifications at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN

Remember I mentioned that it helps getting great access to produce great pictures? Here is another perfect example. While standing around in front of Takuma Sato‘s garage at Gasoline Alley with two big cameras, Nick Slate (a mechanic from KV Racing) took notice and we started chatting about photography and of course racing. Sato happens to be one of Ali’s favorite drivers and we have followed his career since his F1 days. It was great to see him stateside and even more of a thrill to get some unusual access to him. Nick allowed me past the garage doors and I had a few minutes (it felt like a few seconds) to capture some great pictures of Sato setting up the cockpit with his engineer and team.

To be continued…

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