2015: A Year of Change
In 2015, I made moves to "step up" my photography. Due to a combination of events, I came to a point in my life where I felt the move to do this full time was the right path. Needless to say, I am happy I did so. From investing in new equipment, to taking classes, to teaching myself new practices and techniques, I feel great about the improvements I have made to my work even just over the past 12 months.
I have also been lucky enough to have been given some amazing opportunities, including shooting for Third Eye Blind three times, Big Gigantic twice, Pierce Fulton, traveling to Israel and elsewhere, shooting a friend's wedding party and shooting again at Mysteryland USA for thissongslaps.com while recovering from knee surgery in the spring.
However, my biggest break came when Sotheby's took a chance on me, hiring me to freelance for them shooting an event here in New York City. Since starting a few months ago, I have worked a couple events each week here in NYC, enjoyed some incredible food thanks to Massimo Bottura, and traveled with them to shoot their events in Miami at Art Basel. I can only hope to continue shooting even more for them as we move into 2016.
As I look back on the past year, I am thankful to all of the people that have supported me in any way. From my parents supporting my creativity and passion (and supplying me with some great reading material), to my sister providing me with her technical/artistic insight, to all the people at Sotheby's for taking a chance on me, to Luke and the whole Third Eye Blind gang, to all of my friends who have seen, loved and supported my work; I couldn't have done it without all of you.
Here's to an even bigger and better 2016, let's see where this ride takes me. I am running a contest through the end of the year on my Instagram (@hiephotography) counting down my 10 favorite images from the past year and giving away a free framed print. If you don't follow me already, check it out!
Happy holidays, happy new year, and here's to a great 2016! - Harrison