It’s Christmas Eve morning at 7.35am. I’ve been up for about 45 minutes. Not because I’m waiting for Santa or anything like that. I’ve got a pretty large three-day job for a new luxury hotel that will be opening in Hanoi at the beginning of the new year. The Hotel de l’Opera. An absolutely gorgeous MGallery property. If everything goes according to schedule, I’ll finish shooting around 7pm tonight and be sitting with friends drinking in some holiday cheer soon after. Then a long lazy day watching movies and ignoring the internet on Christmas Day.
The above image is one of the last portraits I took this year. Of the owner of a new rock club here in Hanoi. So there’s that and this. My year-end slideshow, linked below. Nearly 12 minutes of photographs and paragraphs. I did a lot of things this year. I thought a simple slideshow with just images would be pretty boring, so I opted for descriptions and details wherever possible. I don’t expect all of you to watch it. Maybe just my mom and dad. But there’s lots of travel, portraits, random assignments and tearsheets and more to see. So if that moves you. The music is from How to Dress Well. Fittingly one of my favorite albums of the year. Enjoy. Happy Holidays, etc. See you on the other side.