Happy New Year – A look back at 2016

by Stephen DeVries

It’s officially 2017 and I thought I’d kick off the year by looking back at 2016. Rather than do a top 10 post this year like I’ve done in the past, I thought I’d just tell you about some of the highlights of 2016 and share some of my favorite work that I made this year.

We kicked off the year by finding out that we were pregnant literally days before we left for the Dominican Republic for my first shoot if 2016. From there I began one of the best and biggest years of my career…shooting for a long list of amazing clients including Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Schlotzsky’s Deli, Jo-Ann Fabric, The Home Depot, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Mazola Cooking Oil, Publix Supermarkets, and many more! I also had the opportunity to work with some exciting publications, including Bake From Scratch, Southern Living, Essence, Garden & Gun, The Local Palate, Southwest: The Magazine, Coastal Living, Rizzoli Press, and Oxmoor House Cookbooks. It was truly an amazing year and I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store!

Some of my business highlights included purchasing, renovating and moving into my brand new 2500 square foot studio, hiring Whitney, my new (and amazing!) studio manager, and signing with my new rep, ETC Creative.

A fun and unexpected twist this year business-wise was the heavy emphasis on directing and motion work…something I’ve done in the past but was never a business focus for SDP. With my favorite DP Stuart Jones by my side we tackled a range of digital and broadcast projects for a variety of motion clients and had a blast all the way.

Annie and I took an amazing ‘baby-moon’ to Italy and shot a ton while we were there…it was the trip of a lifetime and one that we’ll remember forever.

Then comes the highlight…September 11th Lily DeVries came into this world, eyes wide open and forever changed our lives. The past 3 1/2 months with her in our lives have been nothing short of amazing and we couldn’t feel more blessed to have a happy and healthy baby girl this New Year.

This year has been amazing and I have no clue what 2017 has in store but I can’t wait to find out! Thanks for following along with my journey this past year…looking forward to sharing more excitement as 2017 unfolds!