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Just like everyone else on the planet, 2020 has been a year to remember for me. Thankfully, shooting cars is something that can be done safely outside, so there were still plenty of amazing vehicles to get a good look at through my lens. Here’s a 2020 recap!

1 – BMW M School

Yes, I did shoot there, but I also took the class. What’s it like? Find out here. More Performance Center stuff is coming in 2021!

BMW M2 autocross
M School. The most fun you can have with your clothes on.

2 – Dream Car

A Mitsubishi 3000GT in Brooklyn during a summer sunset. This was not only my favorite shoot of the year, but possibly all-time.

Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4
Dream shoot.


Larry Kosilla built a garage, and fills it with the rarest of metal. I love it, and I never know what’s coming next. No doubt there will be plenty more in 2021.

This is a happy place.

4 – The 2020 M3 Fall Cruise

130 BMWs cruise on a fall morning. Enjoyment ensues. I’ll have some big news for this coming in 2021.

BMW M3 Fall Meet and Cruise
What a day.


Thankfully, MPACT still happened this year, and it was as fun as it always is. Relive it here. Looking forward to next year’s event!

MPACT Motorsport festival
MPACT was a life saver this year.

6- Beemer Believer

Speaking of which, I shot tons of BMWs this year. Hey, I do it for you guys.

BMW M2 profile
Loved shooting this M2.

7- Photo tips

Helping people offers its own kind of reward. Here are the tips from 2020.

Nikon Z7 vs iPhone
See the difference in quality for a DSLR/Mirrorless vs an iPhone.

8 – Retouching

Here’s the retouching tips from 2020.

BMW 340i
Light painting!

Thank you

Someone recently said one of my images “moved” him. That’s the greatest compliment to my work, and what any artist should strive for. It means what I’m doing is working. It happens because the clients above have chosen to shoot with me. I thank them, and I thank you for reading!

Happy holidays, Happy New Year, and I’ll see you soon.

Full send into 2021!

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