Best of 2018

2018 has been a wild and busy year! I hope it’s been wonderful for you! As a full time professional photographer I take a lot of pride in my ability to capture a genuine moment throughout a lot of diverse jobs, situations and scenes. So… with that in mind here are my personal top and most impactful photos (to me) that came off my camera in 2018. Hope you enjoy!!

 

2018 Weddings

I had a blast documenting a few weddings this year. Documenting more weddings with my camera is certainly something I want to do more of in the future!

Mark and Kait, March 2018

Mark and Kait, March 2018

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Always time for a beer in Asheville!

Always time for a beer in Asheville!

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Caitlin and Scott, May 2018

Caitlin and Scott, May 2018

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Kasey and Anthony, June 2018

Kasey and Anthony, June 2018

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Mia and Enrique, May 2018

Mia and Enrique, May 2018

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Tracy and Gene, September 2018

Tracy and Gene, September 2018

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2018 Real Estate and Architecture

My real estate and architectural photography grew immensely in 2018! I upgraded to a 17 mm tilt shift lens and it has helped make a huge difference in the quality of my work.

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2018 Family

If you know me then you know how much my family means to me. I am so in love with them! Here are a few of my favorite family photos for the year.

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About to take the “plunge” with my wife.

About to take the “plunge” with my wife.

While they argue Catherine came away with the treat.

While they argue Catherine came away with the treat.

Beach frisbee time with my wife.

Beach frisbee time with my wife.

This is my #1 favorite photo for 2018… for obvious reasons.

This is my #1 favorite photo for 2018… for obvious reasons.

Rosie…

Rosie…

Rosie being Rosie…

Rosie being Rosie…

UNO at 3350’.

UNO at 3350’.

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My son was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in October. He spent four nights in the hospital. I was by his side the entire time. It was an incredibly hard time for all of us. However, I am happy to report…

My son was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in October. He spent four nights in the hospital. I was by his side the entire time. It was an incredibly hard time for all of us. However, I am happy to report…

He is doing AMAZING now! This photo was taken in December (about two months later than above image). We are so happy he’s back to 100%! Life is precious!

He is doing AMAZING now! This photo was taken in December (about two months later than above image). We are so happy he’s back to 100%! Life is precious!

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San Jacinto Corvette Club Shoot, Biltmore Estate, May 2018

I was hired by the San Jacinto Corvette Club out of Houston, TX to photograph their amazing Corvettes on the Biltmore Estate in May. It also happened to be the opening day of the Dale Chihuly glass exhibit on the estate. and was pouring down rain for 90% of the shoot. This was one of my most exciting and fun shoots of the year!!

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2018 Family Sessions

I documented so many fun and beautiful families this year!!

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Asheville Yoga Festival July 2018

I was a staff photographer for the Asheville Yoga Festival in July. What a great experience!!

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Documentary Photography September 2018

In September I was hired by a family whose Matriarch is terminally ill with cancer. The goal was to document happiness within this family member. I will NEVER forget this emotional and moving experience. I feel blessed and full of gratitude for this opportunity.

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Professional Shirt Co.

In addition to being a full time photographer I am also the co-owner of Professional Shirt Co. Please visit our website www.professionalshirtco.com to learn about our story and mission. 2018 was our first year of business and it was a tremendous success! In particular I am extraordinarily proud to have seen our Professional Yoga Shirt come to fruition. We have a cycling shirt in production and it will be out soon! You can follow us on social media @professionalshirtco

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The beautiful and talented Mauni Tomlo @ohmmauni

The beautiful and talented Mauni Tomlo @ohmmauni

2018 Landscape

In all honesty I was not highly motivated to capture landscape scenes this year. However, when the opportunity did present itself I did my best to capture the beauty of our planet. Hope you enjoy these images.

High Tide on the North MIll’s.

High Tide on the North MIll’s.

Before a spring storm.

Before a spring storm.

After the storm…

After the storm…

Lightning caught off Emerald Isle in September 2018.

Lightning caught off Emerald Isle in September 2018.

18 “ of pow on the Blue Ridge Parkway

18 “ of pow on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Looking Glass Falls, Brevard, NC

Looking Glass Falls, Brevard, NC

Finally I will leave you with a poem I wrote over the summer. I truly wish you an amazing 2019!! Get out and make your wildest dreams come TRUE!!

Professionally Yours,

Steven Charles Freedman

828-778-9772

www.stevenfreedmanphotography.com

www.professionalshirtco.com

 

Rushing Water by Steven Charles Freedman

Step by Step

One at a Time, Balance Always Questionable

The Colors, The Textures, The Flow, The Ripples

The Ripples Send Emotions Through My Soul

Seasons are Stuck

Reflections Mesmerize at Each Gaze and Breath

The Current is Ever Changing and Steady

Direction is Un-Mistakable and Apparent

Lights, Darks, Every Shade Imaginable

I Become One With the Rushing Water

Change

My birthday always falls around the Labor Day holiday weekend.  Always has and always will.  It's a time when people are going back to school.  A time when summer begins to turn to autumn.  A time of change.  Some people welcome change and some people loathe change.  Either way change happens.  It's unavoidable.  

Over the past few days, as I usually do around my birthday, I have been contemplating, analyzing, reflecting and pretty much any other word that ends with ING on my life.   This morning (September 2, 2016) marks the eve of my 44th birthday, and this particular year has been a time of great change in my life.  

I am not sure if one would call it a successful venture yet, but I have done my best to kickstart a full time photography and yoga teaching career over the course of 2016.  The joy that I feel in using my camera and helping people grow their yoga practice is immeasurable.  

I have felt my body and spirit change tremendously for the better.   Simply put, for the first time in my life I am meeting my life's purpose on a spiritual level.  Now I just have to figure out how to make it work financially.  I am not sure if that can or will happen but at the very least one day I will look back at this particular point in my life and remind myself that I tried.  I took the leap to see if I could meet my life's purpose and make that my career.  

My early morning adventures on the Blue Ridge Parkway have been limited this year.  However, on August 12th I made a special point to hit the parkway with my camera and head south to see what I could see.  The weather forecast called for partly cloudy skies which is exactly what you want for optimal sunrise colors.  Once I got on the parkway partly cloudy quickly changed to mostly cloudy.  Soon after the weather changed to mostly raining.  The fog was thick and I considered turning around but I pressed on to one of my favorite overlooks, Pounding Mill, which is located at mile marker 413, south of Asheville.  Pounding Mill has gorgeous 270 degree views with a tremendous view of Looking Glass Rock.  These two images below were my first two shots of the day and are of Looking Glass Rock.  The fog thickened about a minute later and visibility went to zero in a hurry.  I felt these were going to be quality images and would have been perfectly happy heading back into Asheville through what I thought would be more rain.  I was wrong.  The weather had changed.

I exited the north end of the Buck Spring Tunnel which has beautiful easterly views and saw this scene pictured below.  There is no overlook here and the closest and safest place to park is about 1/8 of a mile further up the road.  I grabbed my camera and tripod and began sprinting back toward the tunnel because I knew this light would not last long.  I was able to capture one image that I was very happy with.  The mountains seem as though they are a dam holding back the clouds and this stunning golden light lasted for only a few minutes.  

From there I could not resist stopping at another one of my favorite spots to capture a few more shots of the incredible and quickly changing clouds, fog and light.  

This was my last shot of the morning.  I was happy that I did not ditch my plan and let the rain keep me away that morning and was treated to this incredible scene of nature's beauty.  

Lot's of change happened that morning on the Parkway.  Similar to how much change has happened to my life in 2016.  I feel fortunate to have been a part of it and to have had the opportunity to  capture the change with my camera.  Thank you for reading my blog and I hope you enjoyed these pictures.  

Easy Like Sunday Morning

We love Sunday mornings.   Alarm clocks don't wake us up.  We are not in a hurry to catch a school bus.  We can simply wake up and enjoy each others company.  On a few mornings throughout 2015 I made a point to pick up my camera and capture some "real life" moments on our most relaxed morning of the week.  I hope you enjoy these images.  Comments and feedback are always appreciated.  

For full effect please play video below before scrolling.  

Normally there is a lot of laughter.

No one is in a hurry to get dressed.

Forts are common.

Games are played.

We build.

The kitchen usually smells good.

We do yoga.

We do yoga.

Breastfeeding is common.

Rosie tries on shoes.

Creativity is encouraged.  

Masterpieces are made.  

Obviously we take a lot of photos.

We love on each other. 

Rosie enjoys extra paci time.

We build fires.

We play outside.  

We had a great year!