2015 in Review: The Rivard Report’s Year in Photographs

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Every week we have a staff meeting consisting of ideas for stories, a general update of our growing startup and other details related to life here at The Rivard Report.

Jaime, our energetic business and marketing director turned and looked at me during a recent meeting and asked, “Why don’t we do a gallery featuring the best photos of the year?”

I scoffed– the millions of reasons why I shouldn’t do it flipped through my mind like a rolodex. It’s an extremely huge undertaking, and yeah, there are some standouts but a bulk of the time would be me combing through thousands of images in our archive for something I may have missed.

But then as I thought back I realized how much The Rivard Report has grown visually over the past year. This was the year The Rivard Report took a huge step forward in putting a large emphasis delivering compelling imagery to our articles. I was able fully commit myself to photography when The Rivard Report asked me to join their team, a dream I never thought could come true.

When I arrived, I made it my goal to build a community of talented freelance photographers, just like managing editor Iris Dimmick had done and continues to do with freelance writers. And just as the Rivard Report has committed itself to producing quality imagery, I promise to provide this article every end of year featuring my favorite moments in San Antonio. So go ahead and scroll through the photographs at the top of this article and leave us feedback on how we’re doing.

First, I’d like to highlight three outstanding freelancers that made a 2015 debut on The Rivard Report.

Rachel Chaney

Rachel Chaney is a mother of three who is passionate about every thing she lays her eyes on, it’s an emotion that translates to the viewer through her unique images. Often involving family life, her care and attention to detail and involvement in her subjects’ lives never ceases to amaze me. If you took the camera away from Rachel her life wouldn’t change. At the end of the day, her passion for people goes beyond the viewfinder and into all of our hearts.

Zephyr Castro, 3, serves up the tastiest imaginary tacos. Photo by Rachel Chaney.

Zephyr Castro, 3, serves up the tastiest imaginary tacos. Photo by Rachel Chaney.

Matthew Busch

Matthew Busch, a seasoned photojournalist with a knack for capturing the pinnacle captivating moment in the story, is filled with talent.  I’ve learned a lot from Matt just by seeing his work over the past six months and look forward to seeing his work more often next year.

Parade spectators yell at a man preaching to them, left, during the San Antonio Pride festival and parade. Photo by Matthew Busch.

Parade spectators yell at a man preaching to them, left, during the San Antonio Pride festival and parade. Photo by Matthew Busch.

Josh Huskin

Josh Huskin, who is well known for his editorial and portrait work, dealt with my crazy ideas and brought equipment out of his studio and into the world, where he delivered a finished product that is both beautiful and hard to come by. He’s not only a good friend of mine, but someone who always comes away with images that have a unique style and pleasing aesthetic.

A charro gallops through the sandy landscape. Photo by Josh Huskin.

A charro gallops through the sandy landscape. Photo by Josh Huskin.

Of course there were many more who pointed the camera at something, and I have nothing to say but thank you to everyone who has contributed an image to our publication this year. The Rivard Report is already planning more in depth and visually minded articles that we all can look forward to in the new year.

 

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